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Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson headline Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters” live read

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Considering the great casts Jason Reitman is able to assemble for his movies, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that he’s able to gather a great group of people for his Film Independent live reads that are held at LACMA. The next one he’s doing is “Ghostbusters,” and before you get too excited about it, we should let you know it’s sold out. The reading is going to take place on December 12, and the recently revealed cast is downright awesome.

Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Seth Rogen is going to read the part of Peter Venkman, Jack Black will play Ray Stantz and Rainn Wilson will portray Egon Spengler. In addition, Kristen Bell will be Dana Barrett, Phil LaMarr will read for Winston Zeddmore, Kevin Pollak will portray Walter Peck, Mae Whitman is going to be Janine Melnitz, Paul Rust will read as Louis Tully and Paul Scheer is going to play everyone else. See, we said you’d be jealous.

Though this is an extremely exciting line-up, it also is a bit bittersweet. Dan Aykroyd recently gave Sony an ultimatum about the fate of “Ghostbusters 3″ and it seems less likely than ever that the movie is going to happen.

“Now’s the time to tell the picture company, and I’d say this quite publically, it’s time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals, and you won’t be able to make it without us, because we have rights, and now is time to make the movie,” he said at the time. “You don’t take advantage of that in the next three or four months, I’ll see you in Australia, where we’ll be selling Crystal Head [Vodka].”

Maybe this will be enough to give Sony the kick in the butt that the studio needs.

Are you going to be attending this LACMA live read? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Dan Aykroyd gives Sony an ultimatum on “Ghostbusters 3″

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Dan Aykroyd is sick of talking about “Ghostbusters 3″ if it’s not going to happen. After the movie was delayed once again, the actor has thrown in the towel and said publicly that he’s going to finally move on from the project if Sony doesn’t do something with it.

“[‘Ghostbusters 3′] would add quite a bump to Sony’s bottom line, quite a bump. If they make this movie, in its current shape, they would be looking at a pretty hefty, nine-figure return. And so I’m hoping they get on to move it, but if they don’t, I have multiple trains,” he told Esquire. “I’ve got tracks six, seven, and nine, and that’s four. I’ll be moving on to other things, as will Ivan, by the way. We can’t wait forever.”

He continued, “Now’s the time to tell the picture company, and I’d say this quite publically, it’s time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals, and you won’t be able to make it without us, because we have rights, and now is time to make the movie … You don’t take advantage of that in the next three or four months, I’ll see you in Australia, where we’ll be selling Crystal Head [Vodka].”

This new project is going to stay true to the spirit of the first two “Ghostbusters” movies — if it is ever made. Aykroyd said that he plans to bring the funny this time around.

“We’ll put the humor into this next one. It’s gotta be funny, or it’s not worth doing. It can be scary, it can be ‘Ghostbusters, ‘it can be the new franchise, the new people, but if it’s not funny…” Aykroyd said. “It started as a comedy. Let’s make sure there’s laughs and no laugh unturned and that we really make that our priority, to make it funny and exciting, but mainly funny.”

The full Esquire interview is definitely worth a read, as Aykroyd also talks about how he’s been working on this movie pro-bono thus far and how Bill Murray doesn’t want to be involved.

Do you want to see “Ghostbusters 3″ be made, or do you think that ship has sailed? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Five favorite Bill Murray comedy roles

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“It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter!” may be our favorite refrain when our hide and seek team loses a match, but you know what does matter? That we’re showing “Meatballs” today at 4:15 p.m. ET. Yep, as winter starts to set in, we’re going to be watching the summer camp classic. After all, we’re talking about Bill Murray at his screwball best as the head counselor at Camp Northstar. Comedy, romance, and, of course, wacky hijinks ensue as the frazzled counselors and their hyperactive campers (where was the Ritalin in 1979, man?) prepare for their annual competition against the super athletes enrolled at Camp Mohawk. “Meatballs” was the first major directorial effort by multi-talented filmmaker Ivan Reitman, whose name has since become synonymous with the comedy genre. So roast some marshmallows over the stove, make a lanyard, and host a hot dog eating contest for one, we won’t judge! Well, not much anyway.

Here are five of our favorite Bill Murray comedy roles to get you in the mood for this afternoon’s movie:

5. Dr. Peter Venkman in “Ghostbusters”

4. Tripper in “Meatballs”

3. Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack”

2. John in “Stripes

1. Ernie McCracken in “Kingpin”

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“Meatballs” airs today at 4:15 p.m. ET

‘Ghostbusters 3′ is delayed once again

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It’s come to the point where we’d almost be fine if “Ghostbusters 3″ never got made. The back-and-forth nature of the project has driven us a bit crazy for the past few years, though it finally seemed like that had come to an end when Dan Aykroyd announced that filming was set to start next summer.

Well, that’s no longer the case. The Hollywood Reporter has a new status update for the film that should be pretty disheartening for longtime fans like us.

“Any decision on ‘Ghostbusters III,’ the long, long gestating sequel, has been postponed until the end of March — this after Men in Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was paid a huge sum for a script,” THR reports. “Shooting was to begin next summer but now couldn’t start before fall at best.”

This comes as a result of internal problems at Sony Pictures Entertainment. At least it’s not the fault of a member of the film for now, but this could easily stop any momentum “Ghostbusters 3″ had finally had. Though it was moving on without Bill Murray, Ivan Reitman was going to return as director and a script was finally in place. We’ll have to wait until next year to find out yet again whether this flick is getting made or not.

At least we have a general idea of what the movie will be about. Aykroyd has been a big supporter of this film, and has released plenty of information about the film.

“My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the cadillac,” he’s said. “He’s got a bad knee and can’t carry the packs… Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation.”

Well, we’re waiting.

Are you as disheartened as we are that “Ghostbusters 3″ is delayed once again? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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