August 31, 2016

“Ghostbusters” Blu-Ray & DVD Announcement

Sony Pictures’ critically acclaimed Ghostbusters was arguably one of the best comedies of the summer and this fall, you’ll be able to bring it home on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and Digital HD.

Back in July, we caught word that director Paul Feig had completed work on an Extended Version of the film for the home video release and now, thanks to the Blu-ray cover art, we have confirmation on said cut. This Extended Version will add approximately 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage to the film, which should certainly up the ante for our heroines, played by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, & Kate McKinnon. Additionally, the cover art has revealed a nearly complete list of bonus content, which includes a ton of alternate & deleted scenes along with a gag reel and a handful of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Check out the list below:

    • Extended Edition (133 minutes) & Theatrical Version (116 minutes)
    • 2 Hysterically Haunting Gag Reels
    • 4 Unearthed Deleted Scenes
    • 11 Totally Possessed Alternate Scenes and more than 60 minutes of additional extended and alternate scenes with Ultraviolet download
    • 6 Jokes-A-Plenty Alternate Take Reels
    • 5 Supernatural Featurettes:
        – Chris Hemsworth is ‘Kevin’
        – The Ghosts of Ghostbusters
        – Meet the Team
        – Visual Effects: 30 Years Later
        – Slime Time
    • Filmmaker Commentaries
    • Photo Gallery

Ghostbusters will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, & Blu-ray on October 11.

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August 24, 2016

Deadline Interview

If Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have carved out serious mainstream space for the modern female comic, then Kate McKinnon is making the most of that relatively-new arena. Her hilarious Saturday Night Live pastiche on Justin Bieber in his Calvins comes second only to a pitch-perfect turn as Hillary Clinton–the latter so loved that Clinton should thank McKinnon for bolstering her campaign. Add to that a long list of laugh-out-loud characters like Ellen Degeneres, Jane Lynch and a dance-happy Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and McKinnon is surely The Next Big Comedy Thing.

It’s been a fast ride. Just four years ago, she was working on Logo’s The Big Gay Sketch Show and in the trenches of the UCB Theater. But this year she snagged her fourth Emmy nom for SNL, co-hosted the Spirit Awards with Kumail Nanjiani and starred in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot alongside Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig–a move that set her household-name status in stone.

“I don’t really know what to make of it,” McKinnon says of her suddenly-grown starpower. “It’s very strange.” She pauses. “It’s been a wonderful summer,” she says quietly, as though shocked herself.

Growing up in small-town upstate New York, McKinnon and her sister Emily Lynne–now a stand-up comic–made many video sketches for their family and friends, inventing elaborate characters in a foreshadowing of what was to come for them both. “I had a number of dreams,” McKinnon says of that time. “It always seemed so out of reach that I didn’t really dare dream it, but I did love doing wacky characters and I did think that was my best skill. I thought if I could find a way to do this and make any money then that would be ideal.”

McKinnon and Lynne’s co-working scenario later extended to the web series Notary Publix in 2015. The sisters’ comedy career choices are less surprising when McKinnon explains, “There was just a lot of comedy on the TV in the house, and my parents are both very funny. I was just never discouraged from doing something wacky like trying to be a comedian.” Of her fallback dream as a child, McKinnon says, seriously, “I was going to be a still-life oil painter and probably will return to that when they won’t have me anymore.”

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August 6, 2016

The New York Times Interview

You made such specific choices in your portrayal of Holtzmann. How did you approach the role?
I just wanted to make a character who was very alien but so joyful and earnest and fascinated by the world that you would relate to her anyway. In the script, there were these moments where she would be talking so lackadaisically about an extraordinarily lethal piece of equipment. I thought, what sort of a person could let that terror slide off her shoulders? But I noticed that I underreact in a similar way, in a lot of situations.

How so?
In most combat scenarios, I find that I’m pretty steady. [laughs] No, seriously. “S.N.L.” can be a stressful environment, and I am panicking constantly, but I guess I keep it pretty internal. Because I’ve been told that I seem calm-ish.

Did you consult with any real-life scientists?
I’ve been a big astrophysics nut since I was 12. I have always had a real soft spot for the bizarreness of quantum mechanics. But I gave up on being a scientist in high school — I’m just not that good at math. So that ticks me off, that I’ve limited myself and my life choices in that way. I will never be a theoretical physicist.

Who devised her wardrobe and hairstyle?
The costume designer, Jeffrey Kurland, had gotten all these wacky things, and when I saw them initially, I thought, this is way too cool. I wanted to be the plainest of the plain. But then I rationalized it by saying that, to her, it’s not even cool. She just has these objects and throws them on. The hair was a collaboration between me and Brenda McNally, my hairstylist. I was like, what hair would a person who doesn’t care about an exploding nuclear reactor have? Probably Tilda Swinton’s hair.

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