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Myers captures legendary Gordon ‘Ghostbusters’ gets theatrical re-release in honor of 30th ’versary

LOS ANGELES, June 6, (RTRS): Ever wonder what Alice Cooper’s best friend is like? According to Mike Myers’ new documentary — yes, that Mike Myers — he’s a former parole officer and folk-music aficionado (he never cared for Cooper’s music) who once got punched in the face by Janis Joplin, shared joint custody of a cat with Cary Grant, and made yak tea for the Dalai Lama (His Holiness refused to partake). Myers makes his directorial debut, and reveals that his fondness for the ‘70s goes beyond Austin Powers’ velvet suit and ruffled blouse, with “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” a thoroughly entertaining and fascinating look at the life and career of a publicity virtuoso.


Though visually unimpressive, Myers’ film is surprisingly rich and expansive in its ideas. The semi-retired Gordon frankly gabs about how to create stars and sell tickets, the unimportant disconnect between a performer’s edgy reputation and tame music, the too-intimate tie between fame and mortality, the perils of near-lifelong bachelorhood (and the joys of rock-star promiscuity), the nature of karma, and what it’s like to be constantly “living other people’s lives.”
Now resembling a retired professional golfer, Gordon spins several yarns in his therapeutic baritone, and it’s clear that he’s related many of them before, either to impress or to amuse. But he’s a great storyteller, and given how often the rich and powerful tend to party with one another, Gordon doesn’t skimp on the name-dropping.


The talent manager never got to “save the world” like his college self intended, but he did become very good at affording a few talented people the opportunity to buy their own doubloon-filled Scrooge McDuck vault.
By the time a 21-year-old Gordon met Vincent Furnier, the rocker was already going by Alice Cooper but had run out of shock tactics after taking on a girl’s name. Gordon, who had decided to become a talent manager just a few days earlier, made his first client an international star through a series of ingenious marketing stunts, including the infamous “chicken incident” at a Toronto concert. The press reported, to Gordon’s delight, that Cooper bit off a chicken’s head and drank its blood on stage. Gordon’s version of the event is somehow gorier, while also funnier.

Prodigy
Gordon’s “origin story” as a talent-managing prodigy certainly comprises the film’s most interesting segments. Less remarkable are the many famous talking heads who show up to pay their respects and to ensure that the narrative of “Supermensch” lives up to its title. The interviews with Michael Douglas, Willie Nelson, and especially Tom Arnold feel superfluous, though there’s a small joy in watching Sylvester Stallone casually throw around words like “gourmand” and “accoutrement.”
The narrative of “Supermensch” slows down and gets scattered when its subject’s life does. Following a mid-life crisis that finds him resettling in Maui, Gordon dabbles in fine dining, film production, Buddhism, and monogamy. The tension between Myers’ efforts to pay tribute to his friend and to give his documentary subject a universally relatable “one regret in life” further renders his portrayal inconsistent and his biases more glaring.


In the documentary’s most awkward moment, Gordon seems to attribute Teddy Pendergrass’ catastrophic car accident at the age of 31, which left the R&B crooner a paraplegic, to karma; the singer had refused to perform at a sold-out concert some months earlier. It also doesn’t help that Myers responds to Gordon’s long sexual history with a virtual high-five, lending the film a probably unintended bro-ish vibe that left me wanting a shower.
But I guess that was showbiz in the ‘70s. (And today). Gordon apparently never craved celebrity for himself, declaring, “There’s nothing about fame that I’ve ever seen that’s healthy. It’s something that’s very hard to survive and has no intrinsic value onto itself.” But “Supermensch” certainly gives due credit to a remarkable businessman and tastemaker who gave many people that notoriety they clearly wanted, whether it was good for them or not.


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LOS ANGELES:
Sony Pictures will re-release Ivan Reitman’s “Ghostbusters” over Labor Day weekend in honor of its 30th anniversary, the studio announced Thursday.
Sony will also celebrate the milestone anniversary of the blockbuster franchise with a series of special events and home entertainment releases.
The original 1984 film, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts, has been restored and remastered in 4K and will return to the big screen on Aug 29 for a limited engagement in over 700 locations in the US and Canada.
“‘Ghostbusters’ is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises — I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution.
Following the theatrical release of the film, Sony will release a “Ghostbusters” 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and the “Ghostbusters II” 25th Anniversary Edition” on Sept 16, with the sequel making its debut on Blu-ray. The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases of the films will also be available in a two-disc anniversary edition Blu-ray Digibook including both films, as well as a Limited Edition gift set that includes an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine and the two-disc Digibook. This special gift set will only be available for a very limited time. Both films have been fully restored and remastered in 4K and will be presented in high definition on Blu-ray from those 4K sources.


Both Blu-rays come loaded with exclusive bonus materials, including revealing conversations with Reitman and Aykroyd, as well as never-before-seen deleted scenes from “Ghostbusters II” and more.
“To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we wanted to create something new and collectible for fans. These new “Ghostbusters” Blu-rays will feature the highest quality presentation along with new content that reflects the rich history of this iconic franchise,” said Lexine Wong, senior executive VP of worldwide marketing for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Sony has also debuted a new Ghostbusters.com website where fans can access new franchise offerings, including unique video content and “Ghostbusters” news.
There will also be a slew of new merchandise from Sony Pictures Consumer Products to be released. Collaborations include Lego, Mattel, Funko, Mad Engine and other select items to help celebrate the occasion. In addition, SPCP partnered with Gallery 1988 to create a once-in a lifetime experience, displaying original paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures inspired by the film.
Finally, Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic “Ghostbusters” soundtrack with multiple collectible vinyl LP releases this year.
 

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