Screen Junkies » Dan Aykroyd http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:33:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Honest Trailers: Ghostbusters http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-ghostbusters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-ghostbusters/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:19:24 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264498 Ghostbusters is celebrating its 30th anniversary, so it's time to revisit the classic paranormal comedy that launched one really disappointing sequel. Maybe two...

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Ghostbusters is celebrating its 30th anniversary, so it’s time to revisit the classic paranormal comedy that launched one really disappointing sequel. Maybe two…

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You Can Finally Watch Bill Murray’s Strangest Performance In ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/you-can-finally-watch-bill-murrays-strangest-performance-in-nothing-lasts-forever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/you-can-finally-watch-bill-murrays-strangest-performance-in-nothing-lasts-forever/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:02:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262735 Not as strange as his public persona though.

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For thirty years, there have been whispers about Nothing Lasts Forever, the long lost 1980′s comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray that has sat in a vault. Up until now. Directed by SNL’s short film director Tom Schiller, the movie features Gremlins star Zach Galligan as a young man struggling to survive in a totalitarian retro/future New York City. MGM originally shelved the film after a test audience response of “Whaddafuh?”

But that’s the charm of this unique film that has amassed a cult following and has to be seen to be believed. You can watch it now on YouTube. But I wouldn’t wait too long because nothing lasts forever. Especially YouTube uploads that breach copyright claims.

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Phil Lord And Chris Miller Won’t Touch ‘Ghostbusters 3′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/phil-lord-and-chris-miller-wont-touch-ghostbusters-3/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/phil-lord-and-chris-miller-wont-touch-ghostbusters-3/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:33:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260935 Back on track to be awful.

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You can go ahead and add Phil Lord and Chris Miller to the list of people who don’t want to see Ghostbusters 3 happen. Last month, the news that The Lego Movie directors were Sony’s top choice to replace Ivan Reitman was the single the ray of light in a production that has always had dark, scary, ominous clouds swirling above it. Today, with the news that Lord and Miller have walked away from the project, comes more darkness as the sequel is back on track to being an awful decision.

The decision to walk away stems from their desire to keep their options open. Which obviously means they didn’t want Bill Murray thinking they suck. That’s an important life goal for all of us. (Jeff Sneider)

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Miles Teller To Look Nothing Like Dan Aykroyd In ‘Belushi’ Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/miles-teller-to-look-nothing-like-dan-aykroyd-in-belushi-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/miles-teller-to-look-nothing-like-dan-aykroyd-in-belushi-biopic/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:18:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258836 Seriously?

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Back when Emile Hirsch was cast to play great, big, fat pig John Belushi in the late comedian’s biopic, it was also reported the role of young Dan Aykroyd would likely go to professional nerd, Nelson Franklin. Which makes perfect sense because just fucking look at him:

Instead comes word that Miles Teller has been offered the role. As a point of comparison, here’s what Miles Teller looks like:

And here’s a young Dan Aykroyd before his head started doing that thing:

This is not an indictment against Teller or his acting ability. It’s just physically he’s not right for the part. Now, if they ever make a biopic about that guy who gets a blow job from Tara Reid in American Pie, the kid is a shoe-in. (EW)

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Dan Aykroyd Making ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Without Bill Murray, Is Dickless http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dan-aykroyd-making-ghostbusters-3-without-bill-murray-is-dickless/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dan-aykroyd-making-ghostbusters-3-without-bill-murray-is-dickless/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:29:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250121 What did you do, Ray?!

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A brief timeline:

  • Dan Aykroyd announces a desire to make a third Ghostbusters film, but can’t do so without the consent of Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman, and Bill Murray.
  • Bill Murray refuses to give consent.
  • That same sequence of events happens 27 more times over a two year period.

I’m sad to report that Aykroyd has decided to move on and make the unnecessary sequel without Murray. What did you do, Ray?! WHAT DID YOU DO?

“I can tell you he won’t be involved. … It’s sad but we‘re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on. It’s time to make the third one.”

This decision is clearly driven by greed. That’s why I recommend we pool our money and pay Aykroyd off. I’ll send a Kickstarter link shortly. (Metro)

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9 Actors Who Could Replace Bill Murray In ‘Ghostbusters 3′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-actors-who-could-replace-bill-murray-in-ghostbusters-3/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-actors-who-could-replace-bill-murray-in-ghostbusters-3/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:27:41 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245272 If I had to choose with a gun to my head.

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We’ve all known Dan Aykroyd is crazy for a little while now. His claims that 9/11 probably ruined our chances of first contact with aliens, along with his bizarre vodka company, have proved that. However, we just weren’t aware he was this crazy.

In his blind efforts to get a third Ghostbusters made no matter what, he’s now talking about recasting hold-out Bill Murray. He’s now suggesting they bring in “a different actor, a la Jack Ryan” to step into the role of Peter Venkman.

Umm, that’s cuckoo-crazy-nuts. Sure, when I was growing up every kid wanted to be Peter Venkman, but I don’t think putting another actor in such an iconic role is the way to go with this. That role is Bill Murray, and it’s going to be tough to find an actor willing to impersonate him for an hour-and-a-half. But money talks, and that issue could be easily ironed out.

I’m not saying I want to see it happen, but if you were to hold a gun to my head these would be my picks for the replacement Peter Venkman.

Paul Rudd

Over the last few years, Paul Rudd has been carving out a nice niche for himself as the new face of sarcastic charm in comedy. His performance is Role Models has quite a few echos of Murray and he’d be the actor with the easiest transition into the role. However, there are problems with this plan. First, are producers really going to want to age up Paul Rudd? All of our wives and girlfriends like him just the way he is. They don’t want to see him all wrinkly. Unless he’s just getting out of the bath.

Kevin Kline

He’s been keeping a pretty low profile since Wild, Wild West killed all memories of him being funny, but please remember that Kevin Kline is pretty funny! Plus, he’s in pretty good with his Dave and No Strings Attached director Ivan Reitman. The issue here is that Kevin Kline is Kevin Kline, which is all well and good, but he’s not Bill Murray. And Bill Murray is Peter Venkman. There’s no easy replacement.

Computers

Except computers. Computers could easily render a digital Bill Murray and make him do all kinds of things he doesn’t want to do. Ghostbusters 3? Check. Another Charlie’s Angels film? Check. Wild Things Part 7? Get to work, nerds. We have a likable actor’s dignity to ruin.

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The “Ayk” Is Back: Dan Aykroyd To Try Being Funny Again http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-ayk-is-back-dan-aykroyd-to-try-being-funny-again/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-ayk-is-back-dan-aykroyd-to-try-being-funny-again/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2011 22:22:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240931 Let's hope he does better than Eddie Murphy.

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Afraid that the existing cast, which features Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell, didn’t have enough sneaky silent “y”s in their names, the producers of the political slapstick film Dog Fight have smartly added Dan Aykroyd to the cast. It’s the right move, mainly because if craft services ever runs out of liquor in oddly arbitrary vessels, they can just hit up Ray Zalinsky and get some more Crystal Head vodka. It has all the alcohol and taste of vodka, with the creepiness that only a skull bottle can provide.

Dog Fight follows two rival politicians (Galifia…etc and Ferrell) as they duke it out in a North Carolina election. Apparently, they needed one more comedian with an oddly-shaped body. Mission accomplished.

It’s unknown what Ayrkoyd’s role will be, but you can bet your bottom dollar that he’ll talk slightly faster than a normal person in a strange voice.

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Unhappy With The ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Script, Bill Murray Reportedly Shreds It, Sends It Back http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/unhappy-with-the-ghostbusters-3-script-bill-murray-reportedly-shreds-it-sends-it-back/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/unhappy-with-the-ghostbusters-3-script-bill-murray-reportedly-shreds-it-sends-it-back/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:34:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240280 "No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!"

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Can Marvel Studios depart from their standard fare and give us a Bill Murray: Origins movie that clues us in on how he got so Goddamn cool?

For months now, it seems that Ghostbusters 3 has been hinging on Bill Murray‘s involvement. And Bill Murray has said that his involvement hinges on getting a script he deems worthy enough of the heralded khaki jumpsuit.

It’s not happening. At least not according to the National Enquirer, which has never been wrong about anything like this before.

The rag states that Bill Murray received the script, read it, then shredded it, sending it back to Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis with a note that said, “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!” He’s probably wrong about that last part, but his refusal is so stylized that the only way his criticism could be more pointed is if he took out a thirty-minute infomercial block that he used to simply defecate on the script. He could call it I Think This Ghostbusters Script Could Use Some Work.

Even if the other Ghostbusters want to make their sequel without Murray, they’ll still need his buy in, as he’s one of five stakeholders of the film. In my mind, it’s pretty much like the Fighting Hellfish, where all surviving Ghostbusters have to turn a key to greenlight the next script.

In case you think Murray might be a little too harsh in his response, here’s some footage of him mixing drinks for people at SXSW a couple years ago. Watch the video, then think about who’s wrong, him or you.