News Briefs: 'Ghostbusters' Sequel in Doubt, May Cast...Female Leads?


Ghostbusters: Sony Pictures has had "second thoughts" about moving forward with its planned sequel Ghostbusters 3 and is now "entertaining" the prospect of a rebooted Ghostbusters led by women. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) has had discussions with the studio about writing, producing and directing a new version "from scratch." Melissa McCarthy and Emma Stone have been floated as possible stars. [The Wrap]


Fantastic Four - photo by Kate Mara

Fantastic Four: Actress Kate Mara shared a photo from her last day of shooting on the new version of Fantastic Four, thanking costars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell "for the fun times." The movie, directed by Josh Trank, is due in theaters on June 19, 2015. [Twitter]


When Marnie Was There

Studio Ghibli: Japan's Studio Ghibli, world famous for animated productions such as Spirited Away and The Wind Rises, may be taking a break. Cofounder Hayao Miyazaki retired from filmmaking last year and the company's latest feature, When Marnie Was There, released in Japan last month, is considered only a modest hit. The company is contemplating a "short hiatus" to assess its future prospects. [Variety]


Jeff Bridges - photo by Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giver: As part of his promotional duties for The Giver, Jeff Bridges stopped by Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. As is his wont, Bridges changed things up by throwing in the style of "The Dude," his starring role in the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski. The Giver opens in theaters on August 15. [Los Angeles Dodgers/]

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