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Dan Aykroyd Lays Down "Ghostbusters 3" Ultimatum

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's now or never. Dan Aykroyd, the self-proclaimed “cheerleader” behind a long-brewing attempt to get the Ghostbusters franchise back into theaters, sat down with Esquire for a lengthy and candid interview this week regarding the status of Ghostbusters 3.

The bottom line? Time is running out.

Addressing the studio heads at Sony, Aykroyd said that it’s “time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals, and you won’t be able to make it without us, because we have rights, and now is time to make the movie.”

He suggested that if the film were not green-lit within “three or four months,”  the deal would be off the table.

The rights to the Ghostbusters franchise are part-owned by Sony, Aykroyd, director Ivan Reitman, co-writer Harold Ramis and Bill Murray.

Murray has held out from signing on to the third film for the past few years. Aykroyd hinted in the interview that Murray may have “abrogated his rights” when he declined to star in Ghostbusters 3,  forfeiting his need to sign-off on the film’s green-light.

In the interview, Aykroyd revealed details of a previous, scrapped draft of the third film, which would have seen Murray as a ghost. Murray was being written out of the later drafts, but Aykroyd said they’ll “always leave a hole for him. He’s always there. He can always come back at any time and be rebuilt into it, as far as I’m concerned.”

For all setbacks incurred, Aykroyd remains hopeful.

“At this point, I think we’re closer than we ever have been” he told Esquire.

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‘Steel Magnolias’ to Get a Remake

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- If three makes a trend, then it seems we’ve got one. Following in the footsteps of '80s movie classics, Footloose and Dirty Dancing, the 1989 film Steel Magnolias will now be getting a remake.

But this one is a remake with a twist.

According to a Sony studio representative, Lifetime is developing the contemporary version of the film that will feature an all-black cast.

This artistic decision has fans already speculating about casting.

Online, people are their throwing out the big names like Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson. But studio representatives say no casting decisions have been made.

The original featured the power team of Dolly Parton, Sally Fields, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah and a pre-Pretty Woman Julia Roberts.

This new Steel Magnolias, like the original and the 1987 Robert Harling play, will be set in small-town Louisiana and will explore similar themes of friendship, heartbreak and personal struggle.

Studio representatives say they’re in the early stages of the film and no dates have been set.

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'Breaking Bad' Renewed for Final Season

Bryan Cranston (Jeff Vespa/WireImage)(LOS ANGELES) -- There's breaking good news for fans of Breaking Bad: AMC has reached an agreement with producer Sony Pictures Television to renew the drama which stars Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. According to Variety, the deal calls for a 16-episode fifth season, which will wrap up the acclaimed series.

Sony reportedly had been shopping Breaking Bad to other networks following tense negotiations during which AMC had expressed concern over the cost of producing the show, in which Cranston plays a terminally ill science teacher who uses his chemistry skills to cook up a business making meth.

It's unclear when the fifth and final season will air.

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Michael Jackson's 'Opis None' Released

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(LOS ANGELES) -- More than a year after his death, Michael Jackson is at the center of a musical controversy. Jackson’s mother, Katherine, has released a new song by her son called Opis None, that she says is authentic and was pulled from the archives of a company called

Sony is also set to release a new Michael Jackson song on Monday. Earlier this week it released a teaser clip for it online and some fans questioned whether the vocals were really those of the late 'King of Pop.'

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