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RIP – John Forsythe. Charlie has passed away.

Posted by LiveFor on April 3, 2010

First Farrah and now Charlie. I remember him best as Bill Murray’s boss in Scrooged. Then again he was also in a couple of Hitchcock movies – The Trouble With Harry and Topaz. This from The Guardian.

John Forsythe, the American actor who starred in the 1980s US soap Dynasty and was the voice of Charlie in the TV series Charlie’s Angels, has died at 92. He died of pneumonia at his home in Santa Ynez, California, after a long battle with cancer.

In a statement last night, his family said he died on Thursday, “as he lived his life … with dignity and grace”. His career in film, theatre and television spanned more than five decades, but he is likely to be best remembered for playing Blake Carrington, the Denver oil tycoon in Dynasty, which ran from 1981-89. Joan Collins and Linda Evans played the women in his life and helped to make the actor a sex symbol in his 60s.

Forsythe won three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of the conniving and debonair Carrington, although he never won the award.

He was also well known as the voice of millionaire private eye Charlie in Charlie’s Angels. Forsythe was heard in each episode but never seen as the boss who instructed three glamorous female detectives on their mission over a speakerphone.

He made his acting debut in the 1940s and went on to appear in Broadway shows, a US sitcom Bachelor Father and a 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film, The Trouble With Harry.

In his personal life, Forsythe was interested in ecology and served as spokesperson and sponsor of the World Wildlife Fund. He is survived by his third wife, Nicole, son, two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

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Bill Murray Bartending at Shangri-La during SXSW 2010

Posted by LiveFor on March 26, 2010

Bill Murray is always cool.

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Ghostbusters 3 – Bill Murray talks to David Letterman

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010

In the past Murray has said he didn’t want to do a third Ghostbusters film. Then he said he did, now it sounds as if he is still not sure.

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The Random – Ghostbusters 3, Daredevil reboot, 24 film, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Terminator rights sold, Hanna, 127 Hours, Jane Eyre, The Fields, Thomas Crown Affair 2

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2010

– Bill Murray has sort of confirmed the rumour started by Sigourney Weaver a while back, “I’ll come back in Ghostbusters III only if I get to be a ghost,” said Murray in a new interview “I said to them, ‘I’ll do it if you kill me off in the first reel.’ So now they are going to have me as a ghost in the film.” I just think he is taking the piss.

– Marvel’s Daredevil will get another chance on the big screen as David Scarpa, the man who wrote the recent remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still is writing a new DD script….doesn’t fill me with much hope that the character will get the treatment he deserves. The main reason for the reboot is that Fox’s rights to the character would revert back to Marvel if they didn’t make it.Will Jason Statham be Matt Murdock?

– Jack Bauer may be heading to the big screen for a 24 film. Still early days, but Kiefer Sutherland is up for it and Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, Breach) has pitched the studios about it. Would be set in Europe, but I have to say what’s the point of taking a series that is set over a day and condensing it into a 2 hour action film?

– Steven Soderbergh has another film in the works called Contagion. According to The Playlist, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law have all started negotiations to star in the film, which is written by The Informant! screenwriter Scott Z Burns. It’ll follow multiple plotlines across four continents as a virus begins to spread, and terrifying events follow.

– Sony Pictures and Lionsgate bid on the rights for the Terminator franchise. However, according to Deadline, Halcyon Holding Corp accepted the $29.5 million bid from the debtholder which pushed it into bankruptcy, Santa Barbara-based hedge fund Pacificor. (This is the same Pacificor whom Halcyon accused in a lawsuit of extortion, bribery, and fraud and demanded $30M in damages.)

– Cate Blanchett will join Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana in Hanna. The Joe Wright-directed Focus Features drama that casts Ronan as a 14-year old assassin.

– Amber Tamblyn will play the female lead opposite James Franco in 127 Hours. The Danny Boyle film about Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who cut off his arm with a dull knife to save his life after being unable to free the limb from under a boulder. Tamblyn will play his girlfriend, with their relationship played out in flashbacks that keep him going.

– Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) has landed the title role of Jane Eyre, the Cary Fukunaga (sin Nombre) directed adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte novel.

– Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) has signed on to star in Ami Canaan Mann’s very dark thriller The Fields reports Production Weekly. Based on a true story, Worthington would play a homicide detective from Texas investigating a strong of unsolved murders amidst the oil refineries in the state’s south-east with the help of a peer from New York.

– On the progress of the Thomas Crown Affair sequel, actor Pierce Brosnan said this week that “We’ve got the fourth script in and this is the closest we’ve gotten in structure to making sense. It’s very very hard. Now we have the character, it’s not really fleshed out, so we have to work on him, Mr. Crown, and her, Miss Moore, another affair, more art, but it has to be an unexpected surprise”

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Passion Play – First look at Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2010

Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play has finished filming so now we get our first glimpse of the stars Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox via EW. This is the film set in 1950’s LA and revolves around a washed-up trumpet player (Rourke) who saves a carnival-attraction angel (Fox) from Murray’s menacing mobster. However, in the photo above I can’t see any wings?

Speaking about Fox’s character, Rourke said “She has wings, so she was sort of an oddity trapped in a carnival act. She’s been a prisoner her whole life, and she has no understanding of trust. She’s very vulnerable and delicate.” As for Fox herself, well sounds as if Rourke liked her as he said “I think the pleasant surprise was this girl who’s a world-class beauty turned out to be probably the best young actress I’ve ever worked with. I don’t know if a lot of her films have showcased her acting ability more than, say, being action-oriented, but she really stepped up the plate with this one and was very consistent and professional, beyond her years. At 23, I couldn’t do half of what she’s doing.”

His character in Passion Play seems similar to Randy the Ram from The Wrestler in that they are both seeking redemption. Rourke commented on this and also said some surprising things about his co-stars from that and their lack of chemistry, “Well, The Wrestler was quite tough. There wasn’t much chemistry there. Uh, that’s a whole other conversation. With Megan and I, there’s a lot of chemistry and a lot of respect. We’re both comfortable with each other. As far as the redemption is concerned, it’s almost fate.” Good old Rourke, always willing to stir the pot a bit.

He also spoke about Bill Murray who plays the gangster in control of Fox, “Bill came aboard after another actor (Toby Kebbell) pulled out, and I think his unpredictability was a very interesting choice on Mitch’s part. It made me scratch my head in the beginning, but I kind of like the fact that Mitch went against the grain and didn’t use a Hollywood stereotype. Less is more. Bill Murray isn’t your typical scary, spooky guy, and there’s something very unnerving about a guy with a sort of off-the-wall sense of delivery. It’s very unexpected. Some of your worst gangsters are guys who were very low-key.”

Writer/director Glazer wrote the scripts for Scrooged, The Recruit, and the 1998 adaptation of Great Expectations.

All in all it does sound like it should be an interesting film to watch. I hope Rourke brings his Angel Heart mojo to this one and Murray is always great to watch. As for Fox? Well maybe Rourke is right and she just hasn’t had the chance to shine in a proper role until now. His comments about the lack of chemistry with his Wrestler co-stars seems a bit odd.

What do you think about Rourke’s comments about The Wrestler and Megan Fox? Do you think she has hidden acting talents or is she just a pin up who got lucky?

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Bill Murray joins Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox in Passion Play

Posted by LiveFor on January 15, 2010

Production Weekly reports via Collider that Bill Murray has joined the cast of Mitch Glazer’s directorial debut Passion Play, taking over for British actor Toby Kebbell (RockNRolla) in the role of gangster Happy Shannon. Passion Play, which is currently filming, is an independent drama starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, and Rhys Ifans. It’s set in 1950’s LA and revolves around a washed-up trumpet player (Rourke) who saves a carnival-attraction angel (Fox) from Murray’s menacing mobster.

Rourke’s character sounds like a more relatable version of his Angel Heart one. Murray should also give the gangster character quite a different feel from Kebbell.

Writer/director Glazer wrote the scripts for Scrooged, The Recruit, and the 1998 adaptation of Great Expectations.

Sounds like an unusual kind of film and definitely one to watch out for. Rourke and Murray are both quality actors, the only weak link so far is Fox.

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Ghostbusters 3 may start production in 2010

Posted by LiveFor on December 30, 2009

Harold Ramis chatted with Heeb Magazine about among other things, the plans for and prospective timeline of Ghostbusters 3. Here’s what he had to say:

Something’s going to happen. Dan [Aykroyd] did write a spec GB3 screenplay a few years ago, but no one was motivated to pursue it. Now, 25 years after the original, there seems to be some willingness to proceed and apparently a substantial public appetite for a sequel. We’ll introduce some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, too. Think Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future … GB3 is progressing with plans to shoot next summer and release in 2011 … Oh, and I have two one-of-a-kind Ghostbuster yarmulkes sent by fans.

I like the mention of using the previous Ghostbusters in a Doc Brown kind of way in the new film. I could see that working rather well and could also mean they get in on the action.

Sony has recruited Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg “The Office” writer-producers to work on a new installment of the 1980s film series that starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis.

The original filmmakers, including director Ivan Reitman, and cast are aware of the project and involved in its development. Some original cast members might be involved, but it looks as if it will focus on the next generation of ‘busters. Possibly Peter Venkman’s son, Oscar.

The image is by Dean over at Springfield Punx.

Source: MovieWeb

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Ghostbusters 3 – Sigourney Weaver has some spoilers about the third film

Posted by LiveFor on December 13, 2009

Below is an interesting interview with Sigourney Weaver. Apparantly she has read the script for the third installment (although I still thought it was being written and nothing had been locked down).

I’m not going to say what she said as, if true, they are major spoilers. Have a watch if you want, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Of course she does say they may happen so nothing is set in stone.
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If you want to discuss what she says about it I’ve set up a place to speak about it in the Forum.

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Want to play golf with Bill Murray and Chevy Chase?

Posted by LiveFor on November 14, 2009

caddyshack1Oh my God. How awesome would this be? Go and bid. Unfortunately I don’t have $15000.

Includes: a round of golf for 2 people with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. Will take place at a great golf course in the NYC area. Valid for 2 people, based on a mutually agreeable time

Caddyshack is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney. It stars Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O’Keefe and Bill Murray. Doyle-Murray also has a supporting role.

This was Ramis’ first feature film and was a major boost to Dangerfield’s film career; previously, he was known mostly for his stand-up comedy. Grossing almost $40 million in the U.S. alone (16th highest of the year), it was the first of a series of similar comedies. In 2000, Caddyshack was placed at number 71 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 funniest American films. In 2005, a line from the movie was chosen by AFI for their list of the top 100 movie quotes from U.S. films. This film is also second on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies”.

Fans of Caddyshack- and of course that includes the most famous golfer on the planet- Tiger Woods- who quotes Caddyshack as his favorite film- will never get the opportunity to relive live the experiences from this movie classic!

Donated by: Chevy Chase, Bill Murray

Terms: Includes: a round of golf for 2 people with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. Will take place at a great golf course in the NYC area. Valid for 2 people, based on a mutually agreeable time.

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Cool Art: Venkman and The Joker by Jam-Wah

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2009

Venkman_by_Jam_WahI am loving the art of Jamie Roberts aka Jam-WahJoker_by_Jam_WahCheck out his gallery for lots of comic book style goodness.

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