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Welcome to our all new version of The Pit, where we are hoping to share news on a more daily basis. We’ll mix it up day by day and shed the spotlight on different areas of Entertainment, including movies, television, comics, books, music, etc. Today we’ll take a look at some recent Movie News.

Who ya gonna call? Apparently not Bill Murray. The beloved comic actor has turned down the deal to reprise the role of Peter Venkman in the second sequel to the Ghostbusters. Esquire was kind enough to get us an update on the project from Dan Aykroyd, who is still working hard to get the project off the ground regardless that it has been 20 years since they fought Vigo with the assistance of the Statue of Liberty.

Aykroyd told the publication; “…we have a story and a draft that everybody seems to agree would make the third movie. At this point, I think we’re closer than we ever have been.” One of the reasons they are closer to production is that Murray has “abrogated his rights” by turned down the project three times. He doesn’t have veto power over the movie anymore. As much as I’d love to see Murray join Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson in the jumpsuits hunting down ghosts I’d love it just as much for them to finally move on without him. Make Ghostbusters 3, pass the torch to the next generation of Ghostbusters and keep this series alive far into the future. There is so much wasted potential here.

Modern Family funny man Ty Burrell has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel to last years disappointing musical comedy The Muppets. James Bobin is returning to direct the movie and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who co-penned the original and has written movies such as Fun with Dick and Jane, Yes Man, Get Him to the Greek, and The Five-Year Engagement.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Burrell will be portraying an Interpol inspector as the Muppets leave Hollywood for Europe (and I’m assuming hijinks ensues). There is no word on who will be co-starring in the other not puppet roles, but Jason Segel, the star of the last flick, will not be returning. There is no word if Walter, the newest Muppet who has uncanny whistling abilities, will be back or if he packed his bags along with Segel. No matter what, I think this follow up with be more enjoyable than 2011 film. Casting Burrell is a big step in the right direction.

It wasn’t bad enough that fox got to screw up the Fantastic Four movie franchise over two sub-par films by Tim Story, but they are getting their chance to do it again. The studio has announced a March 6, 2015 release date for a reboot of the Marvel Comic series.

Handling the directing duties is Josh Trank, the man behind the found footage superhero movie Chronicle. the movie was a great effort, but for me it doesn’t show that he is ready for a property like Fantastic Four. The 27 years old director has just one feature under his belt along with a couple episodes of The Kill Point, a short lived action drama that starred Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo. They will need to knock the casting out of the park to get my attention, otherwise I’m counting the years until the property rights revert back to Marvel Studios.

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Release Date: November 23, 2011
Studio: Disney
Director: James Bobin (The Flight of the Conchords, Da Ali G Show)
Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, the voices of Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, and David Rudman (along with a bunch of cameos!)
Plot: On Vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brothers Gary (Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds.

To stage The Greatest Muppett Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million dollars needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary, and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their seperate ways.

Thoughts: I saw The Muppets earlier today and I’ll start off by saying that I was disappointed in it. I’m not a diehard Muppet fan, but I am a fan. This movie was such a love song to the past that I actually felt alienated because I wasn’t a diehard fan. It was like one long inside joke that I wasn’t a part of. And unlike Pixar’s movies or flicks like Shrek that are made for kids but can be enjoyed by adults, The Muppets is aimed directly at kids and was almost work to sit through. Don’t get me wrong, I did not hate The Muppets. The parts of the movie that actually focused on them was enjoyable and there were a lot of laughs and smiles to be had. The big problem was that the film took too long to get us to the actual Muppets that we came to see, and even still there was too much focus on the human characters and the newest muppet Walter. I usually love both Jason Segel and Amy Adams, but their characters and story just did not work here. They were more distracting than anything else.

If you have kids, I recommend you taking them to see this. The same goes for if you are a huge fan of The Muppet Show. If you are a passing fan like me, wait and watch this on Blu-Ray or Cable.