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Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Lawrence, and More Reportedly Want in on the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

One of the newer finds in the recently leaked Sony documents is an update on the in-the-works Ghostbusters reboot by Paul Feig. According to The Wrap, an October 8 email exchange between Ivan Reitman and Sony exec Amy Pascal reveals some of the actors who have already expressed interest in starring in Feig's all-women reboot:

Agree that everyone is way too nervous about how this issue and how we. present it but it's isn't a sequel to the 80s movies and it is gonna be totally original with completely different characters and our job is to find a clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise [...]

Katie Dippold Is Writing the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot for Paul Feig

It looks like the all-lady Ghostbusters reboot is moving forward. Following August's report that Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig was in talks with Sony to direct the long in-the-works sequel-turned-reboot, THR reports today that Feig's collaborator Katie Dippold — who penned the script for The Heat and has also written for MADtv and Parks and Recreation — has officially signed on to co-write the reboot with Feig. Dippold also recently finished writing the script for The Heat 2. No cast has been announced yet for the film, but hopefully someone involved considers some of Bill Murray's suggestions. Feig also gave an update on [...]

Yahoo Orders a Sci-Fi Comedy Series from Paul Feig

Yahoo is expanding into half-hour comedies, and Variety reports that the company has ordered a show from Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Freaks and Geeks) called Other Space. Feig will executive produce the show, which follows a ragtag bunch of space adventurers who accidentally end up in an alternate universe. Yahoo has ordered eight episodes, but there's no word on when the show will premiere.  Feig has described the show as "a passion project" and a compared it to a sci-fi version of The Office.

Feig actually sold Other Space to NBC years ago, but as he tells The NY Times, he and NBC parted ways on the [...]

Paul Feig on the Decline of the Blockbuster Rom-Com

As the current wisdom goes: Men are stubborn; women are flexible. "It's the 'Will you hold my purse?' theory," Feig explains. "A guy's in a store with his wife or girlfriend and she asks him to hold her purse, it's, like, Kryptonite or something. They have to hold it so that no one around them thinks it's theirs. But if a guy says to his wife or girlfriend, 'Can you hold my backpack?' she's like, 'Sure.' She doesn't give a shit. I think Hollywood banks on that."

- from the Village Voice article "Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?" in which director Paul Feig explains why a male "no" carries [...]

Paul Feig, 'Bridesmaids', and Comedy with a "Feminine Sensibility"

Starting with the creation of his breakout sitcom, Freaks and Geeks, and the lead character of Lindsay Weir, Paul Feig has said publicly and shown in his work that he prefers a “feminine sensibility” in his comedy. His role as the auteur for the female comedic actress has been cemented in recent years with his back-to-back critical and box office successes, Bridesmaids and The Heat, and has helped to launch the careers of his stars and supporting players, particularly Melissa McCarthy. So then what is it about Feig’s storytelling and directing style that is so suitable for women performers? Primarily, the answer is that Feig is actively rebelling against [...]

Ernie Hudson Hates the Idea of an All-Women 'Ghostbusters' Reboot (Unless It's Sexy)

"I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they'll be funny, and if they're not funny at least hopefully it'll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that's great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don't think the fans want to see that."

- Fourth Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson gives his ridiculously sexist two cents on Paul Feig's in-the-works reboot in an interview with The Telegraph.

Paul Feig Might Direct a 'Ghostbusters' Reboot with Female Leads

Here's a new twist in the ongoing saga that is Ghostbusters III: According to Variety, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is currently in talks with Sony to direct an all-female Ghostbusters reboot with a brand new script. It's not clear yet whether the Feig reboot will replace the long in-the-works sequel, which original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman left in March after the death of Harold Ramis. In any case, Feig already has his next project lined up directing Melissa McCarthy in Spy, so there's plenty of time to either get angry about unnecessary reboots or assemble your lady Ghostbusters dream team.

Watch a Teaser Trailer for the Paul Feig-Produced CGI 'Peanuts' Movie

Last year, it was announced that comedy writer/director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids) is producing a 3D CGI animated Peanuts movie, bringing Charles Schulz's beloved comic strip characters to the big screen, and here's a new teaser trailer for the film, featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy in our first glimpse at what the new CGI versions of these characters looks like. As announced previously, the movie is coming out November 6, 2015, and Steve Martino (Horton Hears A Who!) is directing from a script co-written by Craig Schulz (Charles Schulz's son), Bryan Schulz (Charles's grandson), and Cornelius Uliano (Bryan's writing partner). Feig tells USA Today, "Snoopy will not [...]

Here's the First Oscars Trailer Starring Ellen DeGeneres

The Oscars are still over two months away, but the Academy released this super slick trailer yesterday starring second-time host Ellen DeGeneres and a bunch of dapperly dressed backup dancers. It's funny, catchy, and full of feminine empowerment, so in other words, it was directed by Paul Feig.

Paul Feig Is Making a Spinoff of 'The Heat' Starring Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin

Paul Feig is planning a spinoff to last summer's The Heat that will star Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin, who played members of Melissa McCarthy's Boston-based family, Beth and Gina. Deadline says the movie will be written by LA-based writer Tricia McAlpin, who improvises on UCB LA's The Smokes alongside Heat writer Katie Dippold. There's no storyline for the characters yet, and the film doesn't mean that the reported Heat sequel is definitely dead.

Denbo and Chaffin are best known for their talk show-hosting characters Ronna & Beverly. Feig directed a Showtime pilot of Ronna & Beverly, and co-produced a six-episode series that eventually aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK. The characters also host [...]

Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Will Be "Really Scary" And Respect the Original Films

Following yesterday's news that he had teamed up with writer Katie Dippold to make the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig sat down with Entertainment Weekly to shed some light on his vision for the film. Feig put a lot of emphasis on his respect for the original films and the pressure of taking on a Ghostbusters movie especially in the wake of Harold Ramis's death and Bill Murray's lack of interest in continuing the franchise:

I love origin stories. That’s my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, [...]

Melissa McCarthy Shares Details on Her Upcoming Movies 'Michelle Darnell' and 'Just Do It'

Variety has a cover story on Melissa McCarthy and her husband/frequent collaborator Ben Falcone, that has some new info on some of the pair's upcoming projects.

McCarthy will be starring in Michelle Darnell, a comedy that was announced last year but has kept its plot under wraps until now. The movie, based on a character she created at LA's Groundlings Theater, was co-written by McCarthy, Falcone, and Groundlings' Steve Mallory and will be directed by Falcone, who helmed McCarthy's upcoming movie Tammy.

Michelle Darnell follows "a self-help inspiration speaker (a la Suze Orman or Oprah) who goes to jail for insider trading, and struggles to reinvent herself as America’s new [...]

Paul Feig on Producing the 'Peanuts' Movie: "It's My 'Star Wars'"

"This one is really exciting for me. I like to say it’s my Star Wars. To get the opportunity to help guide that along is really a thrill … Charles Schulz’s son and grandson and writing partner are writing the script so we’re being very slavish to the original material. I’m of the mind that we don’t need to modernize these characters. I liked what these characters represented and the tone of what they had … We are finding ways to bring in modern technology too, but in a way that doesn’t break the purity of it."

- Paul Feig on producing the upcoming animated Peanuts movie in an [...]

Paul Feig Producing and Possibly Directing a Comedy Starring a Cast of Ethnically Diverse Actresses

Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, is keeping busy with a ton of movie projects. His latest is an untitled comedy written by Melissa Stack, who wrote the upcoming Cameron Diaz/Leslie Mann movie The Other Woman, Deadline reports. Stack based the script off an original idea from Feig. He will produce the film and is considering it as a potential directing project.. The plot of the potential film is currently being kept under wraps, but it is said to be "a vehicle for a group of ethnically diverse comic actresses." Feig said, "I’m always looking for an excuse to gather a bunch of funny women together, [...]