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Movie Morsels: Ellen DeGeneres Wants to Join GHOSTBUSTERS, Another RINGS Actor in THE HOBBIT, and More!

What could be more fitting for October than an all-horror installment of Movie Morsels? Well, okay, would you settle for an almost all-horror installment? Because we’ve got Ghostbusters and Cabin Fever reboot news, as well as the latest on the next installments of the Conjuring, Sharknado, and Halloween film series. But, hey, if the thought of Pippin Took (a/k/a actor Billy Boyd) singing on screen again in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies terrifies you, than we indeed have nothing but terror for you today. Read on and tremble, dear readers!


Since news broke that director Paul Feig has been given the helm of the most eagerly awaited reboot of our time — and announced it will feature a female-centric cast — Ghostbusters fans have been championing their favorite funny ladies, including Feig’s frequent star Melissa McCarthy. But joining McCarthy on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week were two other actresses who expressed interest in the project: DeGeneres herself and Girls creator Lena Dunham, who remarked, “I think every lady in town who fancies herself a jokester wants in.” Here’s a video of all three ladies discussing the film (starting at the 1:56 mark)…

[Slash Film]

Cabin Fever

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The sequel to Eli Roth’s horror thriller Cabin Fever was taken away from its director Ti West and the prequel film Patient Zero floundered, so the next Cabin Fever will go back to the source — literally! For his upcoming franchise reboot, director Travis Zariwny will use Eli Roth’s original script for the first Cabin Fever. Shooting now in Portland, the film will star Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (TV’s From Dusk Till Dawn), Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man), and Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl). Roth, who’s on board as an executive producer, has issued the following statement:

“Travis had an amazing vision for my original script, and as a scary movie fan I really wanted to see it. I almost see this like re-staging a play, and I’m excited to see what ideas Travis and the cast bring to it. They’re all fans of the original and want to make a film that’s a new classic and I believe they will.”

[The Wrap]

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

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If you’ve been longing for more of the cast of The Lord of the Rings films to appear in Peter Jackson’s ongoing Hobbit trilogy, you may be pleased to hear that Billy Boyd, who played Pippin in the Oscar-winning saga, will appear in the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, if only in the end credits. Boyd has co-written — with screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh — “The Last Goodbye”, the song that will play at the end of Jackson’s final Middle-earth movie. Boyd performed “Edge of Night” on camera in Return of the King.


Sharknado 3

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This summer’s Sharknado 2 repeated the success of director Anthony Ferrante’s first Sharknado when it bowed on Syfy, and moved the series’ action from Los Angeles to New York. So how will a third film give us something bigger than the Big Apple? By laying waste to the entire East Coast. That’s right, folks, Sharknado 3 will begin with an attack on our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., and wind up in Orlando, Florida, home to many a family vacation. Expect the chaos to be epic.


The Conjuring 2

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With its hit spinoff film Annabelle (pictured above) expanding its release to Mexico this week, the sequel to last year’s James Wan-directed horror smash The Conjuring has had its release date changed from October 23rd of next year to 2016. Warner Brothers/New Line will debut another horror on Conjuring 2‘s original date, possibly Phil Claydon’s Crawlspace, “which stars Bates Motel‘s Michael Vartan as a widower who moves into a seemingly perfect new home with his daughter and new wife,” or Superstition, a Blumhouse film directed by Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, which “revolves around a family that moves into a house that was once the site of a witch’s execution.”




Finally, today’s Halloween news is, well, Halloween news. Franchise producer Malek Akkad recently held a press conference in which he revealed that a script for the series’ next installment is in development and that plans are proceeding for Michael Myers return to the big screen. Akkad explained, “It’s been a joy to work with so many creative people – ten films. We’re working on eleven as we speak. We’re working on a script right now. A new draft – perfect timing – is supposed to hit the day before Halloween. Hopefully my Halloween night reading will be a good read.”

No word yet on whether the film will follow the continuity of Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween reboot, which yielded the most recent Halloween movie, 2009’s underperforming Halloween II.

[Cinema Blend]

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