Bill Murray’s Unreleased Sci-Fi Film Nothing Lasts Forever Leaks Online

Bill Murray had a pretty decent 1984. Ghostbusters, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, took over the summer and changed the trajectory of many young lives—who among us didn’t plan to become a real-life paranormal investigator after witnessing the battle with Gozer—but he was also involved in a lesser known movie that same summer. Murray appeared in the science fiction comedy Nothing Lasts Forever, and despite his star power, and that of other people involved in the film, the movie never saw the light of day. That’s changed, now, however, as the entire feature-length film has leaked onto the Internet for you to check out.

Nothing Lasts Forever was originally scheduled to hit theaters in September of 1984, but Metro Goldwyn-Meyer postponed the release. In the wake of this delay, the film has never had a proper unveiling, either theatrically or on the home video market. This all seems very strange considering the people involved with the movie.


Cosmos Wrangles Up The Biggest Global Audience In National Geographic History

CosmosIf you spend much time perusing the wares here at GFR, you probably already know, or at least guessed, that we were pretty big fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth McFarlane’s (yes, that Seth McFarlane) updated version of Carl Sagan’s classic science show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Surprising that we might be way into a program like this that explores the bigger questions of science and the universe, isn’t it? We also suspect that many of you out there in Internet land enjoyed Cosmos as well, but we aren’t the only ones, as the series drew the biggest worldwide audience the National Geographic Channel has ever wrangled.

Last spring, Fox debuted the revamped series in over 180 countries. In an unusual cross-platform release, Cosmos aired on 90 National Geographic channels, as well as more than 120-Fox-branded stations across the world. If that sounds like a lot, it is. We’re talking about the largest single global TV launch in history. Just in the U.S., on ten outlets, including Fox, National Geographic, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, and Fox Life.


Guided Bullets Change Direction In Mid-Flight

WantedGuided bullets have figured prominently in a great many sci-fi films over the years. There’s all sorts of bullet-bending in movies like Wanted, and KISS bass player, and long-tongue-haver, Gene Simmons even puts them to use when hunting down Tom Selleck in the Michael Crichton-directed Runaway in 1984. They are also one of the latest genre inventions to make the leap from science fiction to science fact, and are another tool to allow people with less than stellar aim to become competent snipers right alongside of their more eagle-eyed comrades.

DARPA—of course it’s DARPA—is working on hard at work on a project called EXACTO, which, though it is a rather adorable acronym, stands for Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance. The full name sounds way more scary and sinister, and way less cuddly. These new projectiles will allow shooters to course correct bullets in mid-flight to account for any changes that may occur in the relatively short time span that elapses between muzzle and target.


Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Trailer Delivers An Event Of Biblical Proportions

These days studios are way too liberal when throwing around anniversaries for their various films. Seriously, I have a 27th anniversary DVD in my collection. Still, there are a few we can get behind. So far celebrating the 35-year mark for Ridley Scott’s Alien has provided some fun. And another that we’re totally on board with is the 30th anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s beloved Ghostbusters. There are all kinds of festivities planned for later this year, and Sony Pictures Entertainment has released a new trailer to mark the occasion.

Seeing Ghostbusters in the theater at seven years old was a formative experience in my young life. Not only did it totally cement my sense of humor, but it colored everything that would come after. This is some of the funniest men ever to live working at the height of their considerable powers, and no matter what any of them might have done after this (Dan Aykroyd in Crossroads), their legacy was totally secure.


Thomas Jane Signs On For Syfy’s The Expanse

JaneIf Syfy keeps making good decisions like this, I might have to stop making fun of their name, and man, is that gonna sting. First they had to go and start greenlighting all sorts of genuinely exciting stuff, such as Ascension and DMZ and Letter 44. Then they had to go and announce a series adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse, easily my favorite new science fiction series in decades. The thought of it done well is hugely exciting…but what if they screw it up? Today, at least, I’m leaning toward optimism, because they’ve just added actor Thomas Jane to the cast, in a role he should be damn near perfect for.

The Hollywood Reporter today broke the news that Jane has landed the role of Detective Miller in The Expanse. If you’re not familiar with the books, Miller was one of the two primary protagonists in 2011’s Leviathan Wakes, the first of Corey’s Expanse novels (“James S.A. Corey” is actually a pen name for two writers, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.) Miller is a gruff, blue-collar cop working the beat for a corporate security force that controls much of the belt. What seems to be a simple case of a missing heiress soon leads Miller into a web of dead bodies, cover-ups, and a secret that could determine the future of mankind.


Oliver Stone And Arnold Schwarzenegger Almost Rebooted Planet Of The Apes

Planet of the ApesDawn of the Planet of the Apes opens this weekend and is easily one of my favorite movies of the summer. I could go on and on about it forever, but that’s off topic, and if you’re interested in my thoughts on the matter, you can read my review. In 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes rebooted the franchise and was better than most of us expected, but that wasn’t the first attempt to revisit the ape-dominated Earth. Most of you remember what happened when Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg tried in 2001, leaving a foul taste in our mouth that still lingers (Dawn should go a long way towards healing those old wounds), but there was one other attempt that most people don’t know about. In the 1990s Oliver Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to get a reboot off the ground. It didn’t go anywhere, but it would have been completely insane.

After Natural Born Killers dropped in 1994, producers Don Murphy and Jane Hamsher needed something new to work on, and attempted to enlist Stone in a Planet of the Apes reboot called Return of the Apes. Stone wasn’t particularly interested, and a meeting with studio execs wasn’t going well. That is, until Stone threw out this pitch: “What if time were not linear, but circular, and there was no difference between the past and the future?…And what if there were discovered cryogenically frozen Vedic Apes who held the secret numeric codes to the Bible that foretold the end of civilization?”