Shortly after it was reported that last Sunday's fire on the Universal back lot destroyed the studio's video vault, some sets and that archaic King Kong ride, studio brass came out assuring film buffs everywhere that nothing they lost was irreplaceable. Now there is some indication that that may not be entirely true.
Are you plagued by specters, spooks or phantoms? Do you have a strange and penetrating belief in the paranormal? Do you own an old firehouse with a perfectly good garage, and nothing to put in it? Well, whip out a check or money order and remove the spending limits on your Paypal account, because one of the three original Ecto-1 Ghostbusters cars is up for auction on eBay Motors. Of course, this one never appeared on the big screen, and was instead made specifically for people to take their picture with at the Universal Studios theme park, but from a distance, who can tell? The bidding is already over $45,000 with three days left, and you'll have to pick it up yourself in Tennessee or pay somebody to deliver it, but isn't 60-70 grand a small price to pay for a piece of history? ...Well, you know, film history? ...Okay, theme park history?
The fire at Universal Studios that broke out at 4:30 a.m. Sunday destroyed part of a set from Back to the Future; the King Kong exhibit; some New York City and New England streetscapes; and, reportedly, a chunk of music history. [Don't worry -- the old clock tower from BTTF is fine. - Z]
Transformers fans, rejoice! After 25 years of loving the toys and cartoon, and a year and a half of either praising or cursing Michael Bay's name for his handling of the live-action film, you will finally be able to ride along with the Transformers. ...Not actually inside the Transformers -- that could end badly. Being inside a transforming car is never a good thing, no matter what the new Knight Rider tells us. No, instead, you'll be able to ride a roller-coaster-type thing past the giant robots fighting with each other, in a new ride planned for Universal Studios Hollywood. Yes, the robots will look like they do in the movie. No, they will not be wearing nametags.