Weekly Recap: Ghostbusters Are Now Female And Nic Cage Gets ‘Left Behind’

Welcome To The Very First Sci-Fi Movie Night Weekly Recap!

Okay, first things first: allow me to explain why this article exists.

As many of you know, I’m running this entire blog pretty much on my own at the moment. As much as I would love to be able to post sci-fi movie news as it’s breaking, such goals are not particularly realistic. And at the rate things are going, Sci-Fi Movie Night has been feeling rather empty.

I still want to keep this blog alive, and the only way I can do that is by adding content. After assessing the situation and brainstorming a few ideas, I have decided that a weekly recap of the latest sci-fi movie news is the way to go.

BUT! This doesn’t mean that I still won’t be adding individual news stories every now and then. This is just a way for me to cover as much ground as possible every single week. We’re getting more and more visitors here every day, and I want to be able to provide something for you guys on a consistent basis.

ALSO: reviews and feature stories will remain the same. This recap is for news, and news only.

With that, I have some more exciting news on the horizon: we have successfully recorded the very first episode of the Sci-Fi Movie Night Podcast, and it’s currently in the post-production phase. I’ll have it up and running here in just a few short weeks.

Alright, enough of this. On with the recap!

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Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters Will Be An All-Female Reboot

Looks like the rumors were true: Paul Feig is now officially the director of the next Ghostbusters flick, and it’s going to feature an all-female leading cast.

Feig spilled the beans on his Twitter account, stating that he’s writing the movie with Katie Dippold and that “it will star hilarious women.”

Though no casting has been announced yet, there’s a pretty good chance Melissa McCarthy will be involved–she had major roles in two of Feig’s most recent films, Bridesmaids and The Heat.

Still, there’s no shortage of “hilarious women” in Hollywood, and any casting news up until this point is pure speculation.

Either way, don’t expect any of the original Ghostbusters to make an appearance. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Feig declared that it’s going to be a hard reboot–“a really strong origin story” akin to recent comic-book movie entries.

Reboots are usually downplayed as unnecessary by hardcore movie buffs, but in this case, it’s probably the right way to go. The franchise hit 25 this year, and there hasn’t been a proper Ghostbusters movie since 1989.  And unlike, say, Indiana Jones or Star Wars, the nostalgia factor is based on a single film–though the first movie is still considered a comedy classic, the less we say about Ghostbusters II the better.

But hey, even if you loved the sequel, it’s still a long time between entries, and original helmer Ivan Reitman made it official earlier this year that he won’t be coming back.

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Left Behind Is Officially The Worst Reviewed Nicolas Cage Movie Of All Time

Poor Nicolas Cage. He can never seem to catch a break. Once an academy award winning stalwart, Cage has become somewhat of a laughing stock, frequently mocked on internet message boards and ignored by ticket-buyers everywhere.

And it looks like things won’t be turning around for him anytime soon. His latest tentpole, the Christian Rapture inspired Left Behind, tanked at the box office, debuting in sixth place and raking in a lowly $6.3 million.

To make matters worse, Left Behind was completely bashed by critics. It currently has a 2% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a score of only 12 on Metacritic. That must really sting.

No one was expecting Left Behind to be an all-out classic or anything–the source novels are reserved solely for the faithful and the made-for-TV Kirk Cameron debacle didn’t exactly fare much better–but…ah, well, I’ve got nothing. Yeah, this isn’t surprising.

Prior to Left Behind, Cage had roles in The Expendables 3, Rage, Joe, The Frozen Ground and Kick Ass 2. Only one of them was viewed favorably by most critics, and it’s probably the only one you haven’t heard about (I’ll give you a clue: it ain’t Kick Ass 2, Expendables 3, Rage or The Frozen Ground). 

Keep your chin up, Nic. You’ll always have Adaptation, Matchstick Men, and Leaving Las Vegas.

 

 

 

 

 

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