I have no interest in building a Squarespace website.

I just love Jeff Bridges.

You figure it out.

It's official. Well, almost. There's still some negotiatin' to do. At any rate, the Hollywood Reporter revealed yesterday that Melissa McCarthy has signed on to star in director Paul Feig's upcoming relaunch of the Ghostbusters franchise. The Reporter also said that Sony is in negotiations with Kristen Wiig as well as Saturday Night Live players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon to fill the other roles in the reboot, which is rumoured to start shooting in New York this summer.

McCarthy and Wiig previously appeared together in Feig's hit 2010 comedy Bridesmaids, which Wiig also cowrote and coproduced.

On Tuesday, Feig posted the following image to Twitter:

While you might think mostly about live performances at the PuSh Festival, there's also a free (yes, free!) film series, comprised of documentaries, that expands upon or accompanies festival content as well.

For instance, if you've seen the live magic show Bullet Catch (which continues until February 7) starring Scotland's Rob Drummond as magician William Wonder, then you may want to check out a screening that complements it.

Adding to his recent and well-publicized troubles, beleaguered filmmaker-actor Seth Rogen has now been permanently refused service at Tommy Brann's Steakhouse and American Restaurant in Wyoming, MI.

After reading Mr. Rogen’s opinion of the film American Sniper on Twitter last week, restaurant owner Tommy Brann took swift action, changing the roadside LED sign at his 4157 Division Avenue South location to read: “Michael Moore and Seth Rogen are NOT allowed in my place.”

“For 43 years I’ve been a restaurant owner because of the Chris Kyles of this world, and I have the right not to serve the Michael Moores and the Seth Rogens… [something, something]” Brann told the news team at Grand Rapids NBC affiliate WOOD TV. “That guy’s an American hero.” 

If you're trying to figure out which films to see at the Victoria Film Festival, which is fast approaching (February 6 to 15), something to keep in mind is that we've got some reviews of the ones that screened at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Some of the films that screened at VIFF 2014 are:

• John Zaritsky's Canadian documentary A Different Drummer

• Sturla Gunnarsson's documentary Monsoon, about Indian weather patterns (chosen for Canada's Top Ten)

I've long complained about the lack of worthy horror flicks being made in and around Vancouver, but in recent years Hollywood has upped its game considerably as far as the Great Fright North is concerned.

The film version of Stephen King's terrifying 1983 novel, Pet Sematary, sucked the biggie. I reviewed it way back in the spring of 1989, describing it as "a dead dog that deserves no last rites."

But apparently, according to abc7.com, some cat out in Florida named Bart just loved the plot about a graveyard where felines and humans alike can score a new lease on life. 

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay released a statement explaining what happened to the unfortunate critter after his owner discovered that he had been hit by a car:

Forget about Flashpoint, CSI, or NCIS.

There's a hot new cop drama out on TV. And it's Canadian.

Rick Mercer stars in the edgy, potentially controversial Upton & Downey, about a pair of Calgarian undercover toboggan cops who go to extreme measures to combat illegal tobogganing.

Calgary has a bylaw which restricts tobogganing to only 18 legal locations in the city. Sledding elsewhere can result in a $100 fine.

Approximately 1,100 Albertans were injured last year due to participating in the risky and morally suspect activity.

It's been a while since we posted something about the closure of a movie theatre. Metro Vancouver went through a wave of closures over the past few years, including Burnaby's Dolphin Theatre in May 2014.

But after 40 years, a movie theatre that was Abbotsford's first cinema is slated to fade to black permanently.

Landmark Cinemas 9 Towne Centre in Abbotsford will close on February 7.

Most of the Vancouver-shot movies I covered during my time as a freelancer for Fangoria magazine actually made it into theatres. One that didn't was The Resurrected, which was based on the H.P. Lovecraft novella, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

The movie--aka Shatterbrain--went directly to video, but that's okay with me. The main reason I wanted to cover it, apart from the Lovecraft angle, was that it was directed by Dan O'Bannon, who horror freaks may recall wrote the screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien.

In other words, the guy was hot shit.

Here's a heavily edited version of my set-visit piece which ran in the September 1991 Fangoria, a special Lovecraft issue.

 

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