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01.28.2015

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That loud groan you heard yesterday was likely coming from a lot of people reading that Sony Pictures and Paul Feig had officially announced the cast for the new GHOSTBUSTERS movie. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are the new team of proton-pack wielding heroes. Looking at this news sensibly, one might decide to give the movie a chance or decide to forget about it and not purchase a movie ticket. Isn't freedom great?

One high-profile GHOSBUSTER who isn’t taking his ball and going home is Dan Aykroyd, the franchise leader in a sense who has been trying to get a sequel off the ground for more years than I can remember. The actor was contacted by The Hollywood Reporter for a reaction and he didn’t disappoint:

The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.

Aykroyd’s great grandfather Sam was actually involved with paranormal investigation which probably helped with Aykroy’d decent into that field. Seriously, he’s all about ghosts, mediums and UFO’s. So as much as fans of the classic GHOSBUSTERS movie (that's right, singular) love to cherish and give the finger to change, perhaps knowing that the man who has invested much of his life into seeing the franchise continue has given his blessing will deter some of the hate.

The GHOSTBUSTERS reboot hits theaters on July 22, 2016.

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1:37PM on 01/29/2015
This will make ghostbusters 2 look like ghostbusters
This will make ghostbusters 2 look like ghostbusters
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1:31PM on 01/29/2015
Macarthy will be a great slimer
Macarthy will be a great slimer
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11:42AM on 01/29/2015
Ok, I just looked at all the comments and no one said anything about the pictures at the bottom. 3 white women looking all nice and smiling and then the black lady looking crazy as hell. What's up with that? Ya'll couldn't choose a better picture of her? Really, that's bullshit...
Ok, I just looked at all the comments and no one said anything about the pictures at the bottom. 3 white women looking all nice and smiling and then the black lady looking crazy as hell. What's up with that? Ya'll couldn't choose a better picture of her? Really, that's bullshit...
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1:22PM on 01/29/2015
She just saw some shit that would turn you white.
She just saw some shit that would turn you white.
1:29PM on 01/29/2015
That was her reaction to the news of an all female ghostbusters
That was her reaction to the news of an all female ghostbusters
10:28AM on 01/29/2015

Who Cares???????

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, who gives a shit? The 2nd one was pretty bad, so obviously this will be horrible. What are they gonna do? travel back in time to feudal Japan and suddenly have a ton of extra freckles and color coordinated samurai suits?
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, who gives a shit? The 2nd one was pretty bad, so obviously this will be horrible. What are they gonna do? travel back in time to feudal Japan and suddenly have a ton of extra freckles and color coordinated samurai suits?
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9:19AM on 01/29/2015

They really hit rock bottom with Kate McKinnon. She is the worst.

Kate McKinnon has one voice, one impersonation of some European old lady and she uses it for everything. She is the worst female on SNL and one of the worst people to ever be on the show. She isn't funny and she also killed Mad TV back in the day. How she got hired is beyond me, but she will never be a Ghostbuster.

I do like Leslie Jones though, she sucks in SNL too but only on sketches, her Weekend Update stuff is always funny.

Wiig is the only one I care about here, she always makes
Kate McKinnon has one voice, one impersonation of some European old lady and she uses it for everything. She is the worst female on SNL and one of the worst people to ever be on the show. She isn't funny and she also killed Mad TV back in the day. How she got hired is beyond me, but she will never be a Ghostbuster.

I do like Leslie Jones though, she sucks in SNL too but only on sketches, her Weekend Update stuff is always funny.

Wiig is the only one I care about here, she always makes movies watchable.

I am not sure about MM either, she is just getting old. Her one trick comedy bit of saying dirty things is getting very old. I don't want her to tell slimer she is going to cut off his dick and stick it to his forhead. That is just not who the ghostbusters are. This whole "lets make an all female cast and make the ghostbusters raunchy" gimmick sounds horrible.
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9:49AM on 01/29/2015
You obviously don't watch SNL, McKinnon is one of the most consistent performers on SNL right now and she does tons of impressions and characters, none relating to the European character that you're talking about.
You obviously don't watch SNL, McKinnon is one of the most consistent performers on SNL right now and she does tons of impressions and characters, none relating to the European character that you're talking about.
8:57AM on 01/29/2015
I'm not going to say there's absolutely no potential for this to be a decent movie - not the classic film we love but at least a decent movie. There's always a chance, and with Feig's ass on the line with Sony's precious potential cash cow franchise I'm sure they'll all be doing their best to make it a good film.
I'm pretty sure any attempt to update the classic theme song will be bloody awful though.
I'm not going to say there's absolutely no potential for this to be a decent movie - not the classic film we love but at least a decent movie. There's always a chance, and with Feig's ass on the line with Sony's precious potential cash cow franchise I'm sure they'll all be doing their best to make it a good film.
I'm pretty sure any attempt to update the classic theme song will be bloody awful though.
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8:55AM on 01/29/2015

Wanna see it, bring it on!

Don't know what all the bitching and moaning is about, I for one am actually pumped with this new direction they are taking. Had they brought back the old guys (however much I love em) would have been something like Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones in the Crystal Skull....it's like let it die dude. I'm happy they are bringing in new blood and look forward to seeing these girls make me laugh. I'm sure the old guys will get cameos, and respect they deserve. Pass the torch is right!
Don't know what all the bitching and moaning is about, I for one am actually pumped with this new direction they are taking. Had they brought back the old guys (however much I love em) would have been something like Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones in the Crystal Skull....it's like let it die dude. I'm happy they are bringing in new blood and look forward to seeing these girls make me laugh. I'm sure the old guys will get cameos, and respect they deserve. Pass the torch is right!
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8:29AM on 01/29/2015
Obviously he's going to say that, he's been the only one 100% committed to this project.
Obviously he's going to say that, he's been the only one 100% committed to this project.
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7:44AM on 01/29/2015
DAN AYKROYD'S WALLET COMMENTS ON THE NEW GHOSTBUSTERS CAST

When are we getting the follow-up article where Dan Aykroyd's conscience comments on the new Ghostbusters cast?
DAN AYKROYD'S WALLET COMMENTS ON THE NEW GHOSTBUSTERS CAST

When are we getting the follow-up article where Dan Aykroyd's conscience comments on the new Ghostbusters cast?
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5:36AM on 01/29/2015
Of course he's going to say that.
Of course he's going to say that.
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4:51AM on 01/29/2015
This is going to turn into a "If you're against this Ghostbusters remake then you a misogynist" PR stunt isn't it? Smart on Sony's part to use political correctness to shove their movie down everyone's throat. Sorry, but remaking Ghostbusters is a slap in the face to fans and the artists who made it. It's saying "We are going to do better than the best by redoing their work". I don't care if the cast is male or female, I would say "FUCK YOU" to this remake no matter what.
This is going to turn into a "If you're against this Ghostbusters remake then you a misogynist" PR stunt isn't it? Smart on Sony's part to use political correctness to shove their movie down everyone's throat. Sorry, but remaking Ghostbusters is a slap in the face to fans and the artists who made it. It's saying "We are going to do better than the best by redoing their work". I don't care if the cast is male or female, I would say "FUCK YOU" to this remake no matter what.
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2:09AM on 01/29/2015
Quite enjoy that people are being marked as sexist for being against a re-make, when the very notion that the studios are promoting this as a "Ghostbusters with all female cast" isn't within itself sexist. Equality means being equal, being equal means not openly promoting that the cast is all female as if that's a gimmick. They wouldn't promote an "all male cast".

Either way the idea of a re-make of Ghostbsuters, directed by someone who is totally unfunny, staring one of the most annoying
Quite enjoy that people are being marked as sexist for being against a re-make, when the very notion that the studios are promoting this as a "Ghostbusters with all female cast" isn't within itself sexist. Equality means being equal, being equal means not openly promoting that the cast is all female as if that's a gimmick. They wouldn't promote an "all male cast".

Either way the idea of a re-make of Ghostbsuters, directed by someone who is totally unfunny, staring one of the most annoying comedy actors of the current generation, is a fucking stupid idea.
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12:54AM on 01/29/2015

Mr. Akroyd

The only difference between Dan Akroyd's opinion and the people who hate the idea of an all women ghostbusters is that Mr. Akroyd has actually made successful movies. From that perspective, I trust what he says.
The only difference between Dan Akroyd's opinion and the people who hate the idea of an all women ghostbusters is that Mr. Akroyd has actually made successful movies. From that perspective, I trust what he says.
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12:36AM on 01/29/2015
Dan is entitled to his opinion....but im really far more interested in what Bill Murray thinks.
Dan is entitled to his opinion....but im really far more interested in what Bill Murray thinks.
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1:00AM on 01/29/2015
Bill Murray already said this was a good idea. Granted, he probably said it because it meant everyone would finally stop bugging him about being in Ghostbusters 3.
Bill Murray already said this was a good idea. Granted, he probably said it because it meant everyone would finally stop bugging him about being in Ghostbusters 3.
12:04AM on 01/29/2015
I read some movie trivia recently that claimed that Dan Aykroyd wanted Ghostbusters II to feature an all new cast anyway: he didn't want to just redo the first movie; that was what the studio wanted because the first movie was a success. So, yeah, he's finally getting what he wanted in a way.
I read some movie trivia recently that claimed that Dan Aykroyd wanted Ghostbusters II to feature an all new cast anyway: he didn't want to just redo the first movie; that was what the studio wanted because the first movie was a success. So, yeah, he's finally getting what he wanted in a way.
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11:55PM on 01/28/2015

Mr. Aykroyd has spoken!

Interesting piece of trivia about Dan's great grandfather and now I know where some of the inspiration for the PSI Factor tv-series came from (which i thought was awesome btw)

Lets not lose faith here I'm sure Dan Aykroyd will be a (pun unavoidable) ghost-writer or Exec. producer in some capacity because he doesn't want to look like the bad guy to Bill Murray's face saying "Dude I respect you but I'm going ahead with or without you! So what's it going to be?!"
Interesting piece of trivia about Dan's great grandfather and now I know where some of the inspiration for the PSI Factor tv-series came from (which i thought was awesome btw)

Lets not lose faith here I'm sure Dan Aykroyd will be a (pun unavoidable) ghost-writer or Exec. producer in some capacity because he doesn't want to look like the bad guy to Bill Murray's face saying "Dude I respect you but I'm going ahead with or without you! So what's it going to be?!"
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11:50PM on 01/28/2015

Mr. Aykroyd has spoken!

Interesting piece of trivia about Dan's great grandfather and now I know where some of the inspiration for the PSI Factor tv-series came from (which i thought was awesome btw)

Lets not lose faith here I'm sure Dan Aykroyd will be a (pun unavoidable) ghost-writer or Exec. producer in some capacity because he doesn't want to look like the bad guy to Bill Murray's face saying "Dude I respect you but I'm going ahead with or without you! So what's it going to be?!"
Interesting piece of trivia about Dan's great grandfather and now I know where some of the inspiration for the PSI Factor tv-series came from (which i thought was awesome btw)

Lets not lose faith here I'm sure Dan Aykroyd will be a (pun unavoidable) ghost-writer or Exec. producer in some capacity because he doesn't want to look like the bad guy to Bill Murray's face saying "Dude I respect you but I'm going ahead with or without you! So what's it going to be?!"
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10:27PM on 01/28/2015
Fuck Dan Akroyd.
Fuck Dan Akroyd.
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11:59PM on 01/28/2015
No, fuck you. Dan Aykroyd (along with Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis) wrote the original Ghostbusters movie. He also wrote Ghostbusters II, The Blues Brothers, Spies Like Us, Dragnet (the 1987 movie) and Coneheads and he was the head writer at Saturday Night Live from 1976 to 1979. He also wrote Nothing But Trouble and Blues Brothers 2000 which is why he is considered a bit of a has-been nowadays but I have more respect for a has-been than a never-was who spends his whole day in his mom's
No, fuck you. Dan Aykroyd (along with Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis) wrote the original Ghostbusters movie. He also wrote Ghostbusters II, The Blues Brothers, Spies Like Us, Dragnet (the 1987 movie) and Coneheads and he was the head writer at Saturday Night Live from 1976 to 1979. He also wrote Nothing But Trouble and Blues Brothers 2000 which is why he is considered a bit of a has-been nowadays but I have more respect for a has-been than a never-was who spends his whole day in his mom's basement reading movie news online!
12:13AM on 01/29/2015
That all dandy, but what has he done recently that was good??

And no, I do not live in my mother's basement. Nice try though. I bet you felt all high and mighty when you wrote that last sentence.
That all dandy, but what has he done recently that was good??

And no, I do not live in my mother's basement. Nice try though. I bet you felt all high and mighty when you wrote that last sentence.
1:25AM on 01/29/2015
Careful on the insults Mr Phipps - your profile describes you liking porn and naked Asian girls? I think you need to grow up - given the look of your profile picture and you're interested it's probably you you in a basement wacking away over the online xxx browsing section, Soloist is entitled to his opinion just like everyone else no need to be so personal
Careful on the insults Mr Phipps - your profile describes you liking porn and naked Asian girls? I think you need to grow up - given the look of your profile picture and you're interested it's probably you you in a basement wacking away over the online xxx browsing section, Soloist is entitled to his opinion just like everyone else no need to be so personal
2:51AM on 01/29/2015
Really? You're going to go on my profile (which says nothing about me watching porn by the way) and respond to that rather than what I was saying? And then you are going to accuse me of being immature? People here are up voting a comment that simply says "Fuck Dan Akroyd [sic]". How mature is that? I bet Soloist felt all high and mighty when he insulted somebody who made successful movies for years. I think Dan Aykroyd just might know a bit more than him about making movies.
Really? You're going to go on my profile (which says nothing about me watching porn by the way) and respond to that rather than what I was saying? And then you are going to accuse me of being immature? People here are up voting a comment that simply says "Fuck Dan Akroyd [sic]". How mature is that? I bet Soloist felt all high and mighty when he insulted somebody who made successful movies for years. I think Dan Aykroyd just might know a bit more than him about making movies.
6:39AM on 01/29/2015
Insulting someone is awkward and stupid unless the same person insulted you.Saying fuck to Ackroyd because he says that this cast is great is stupid.I don't insult the_soloist who said fuck and didn't call him stupid.I said what he said was.On the other side,I can understand the rage when you love a movie and think a remake would piss on it.But do we have to insult for that?That's just movies guys.
Insulting someone is awkward and stupid unless the same person insulted you.Saying fuck to Ackroyd because he says that this cast is great is stupid.I don't insult the_soloist who said fuck and didn't call him stupid.I said what he said was.On the other side,I can understand the rage when you love a movie and think a remake would piss on it.But do we have to insult for that?That's just movies guys.
12:14PM on 01/29/2015
Mr Phipps under movies it States - aside from porn indicating you watch a lot of it - you know for a 'professor' you ain't very smart
Mr Phipps under movies it States - aside from porn indicating you watch a lot of it - you know for a 'professor' you ain't very smart
5:22AM on 01/30/2015
Actually, all I did was list "porn" and "naked Asian girls" under interests, amongst other things, and that was years ago. If you have a problem with that then you seriously need to grow up.
Actually, all I did was list "porn" and "naked Asian girls" under interests, amongst other things, and that was years ago. If you have a problem with that then you seriously need to grow up.
8:25AM on 01/30/2015
I think it's you who needs to grow up given the post you've just posted I think it sums my point up perfectly - you're a fucking middle aged bloke for gods sake - It might be years ago but it makes you look like a complete knob. You know there was a guy a few years ago who lived out in the Far East who's interests included young Asian girls - name of Gary glitter I believe
I think it's you who needs to grow up given the post you've just posted I think it sums my point up perfectly - you're a fucking middle aged bloke for gods sake - It might be years ago but it makes you look like a complete knob. You know there was a guy a few years ago who lived out in the Far East who's interests included young Asian girls - name of Gary glitter I believe
10:26PM on 01/28/2015

Explain...

How can u take a movie with these four women and make it scary. Granted Melissa Mccarthy is scary already but w/e this is just a terrible idea.
How can u take a movie with these four women and make it scary. Granted Melissa Mccarthy is scary already but w/e this is just a terrible idea.
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9:51AM on 01/29/2015
People could've said that same thing about the original Ghostbusters.
People could've said that same thing about the original Ghostbusters.
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10:11PM on 01/28/2015

A very political comment

If you read between the lines, I think he means, "I might need money to finance a film someday so I'm not going to say anything that supports or critiques this impending train wreck."
If you read between the lines, I think he means, "I might need money to finance a film someday so I'm not going to say anything that supports or critiques this impending train wreck."
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10:16PM on 01/28/2015
First, Dan Aykroyd hasn't shown the best judgment when taking on film roles of late. Second, he's the one who wanted a Ghostbusters movie more than anyone. Third, he's been dropping hints for years about possibly retiring, which I'd normally laugh off except he hasn't really done much except cameos lately.

Bottom line, I think Aykroyd, who let's not forget co-wrote the original, is legitimately happy this is coming to fruition. It may not have been the version he imagined when he first set
First, Dan Aykroyd hasn't shown the best judgment when taking on film roles of late. Second, he's the one who wanted a Ghostbusters movie more than anyone. Third, he's been dropping hints for years about possibly retiring, which I'd normally laugh off except he hasn't really done much except cameos lately.

Bottom line, I think Aykroyd, who let's not forget co-wrote the original, is legitimately happy this is coming to fruition. It may not have been the version he imagined when he first set out to make a third movie, but it'll do as far as he's most likely concerned.
11:55PM on 01/28/2015
@ HoyleHaw, I couldn't have said it any better.
@ HoyleHaw, I couldn't have said it any better.
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10:06PM on 01/28/2015
Inheriting the Ghostbusters torch? They're not inheriting it. They're pretending the torch didn't exist and will try to make another one. But the original torch was made out of comedy gold. This new one is made out of something flammable because I think this new film will go up in flames.
Inheriting the Ghostbusters torch? They're not inheriting it. They're pretending the torch didn't exist and will try to make another one. But the original torch was made out of comedy gold. This new one is made out of something flammable because I think this new film will go up in flames.
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9:33PM on 01/28/2015
Just here to register my red mark. There's nothing of interest to really discuss.
Just here to register my red mark. There's nothing of interest to really discuss.
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9:17PM on 01/28/2015
I don't know if he's actually Happy about the casting or just being polite about it. But I think he's sure glad to finally get Ghostbusters 3 off the ground.
I don't know if he's actually Happy about the casting or just being polite about it. But I think he's sure glad to finally get Ghostbusters 3 off the ground.
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8:51PM on 01/28/2015
Who the hell didn't see that coming? Who the hell as ever trashed an idea when someone asks for a comment?
Who the hell didn't see that coming? Who the hell as ever trashed an idea when someone asks for a comment?
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8:21PM on 01/28/2015
well I happen to think that MCcarthy and Wiig are two very funny ladies. I don't know anything about the other two ladies, but if the news that Bill Murray and Peter Dinklage are involved then I'm game.
well I happen to think that MCcarthy and Wiig are two very funny ladies. I don't know anything about the other two ladies, but if the news that Bill Murray and Peter Dinklage are involved then I'm game.
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10:43PM on 01/28/2015
HipHopLegend? You got bitch thoughts,betting that this plot, of bitch twats, won't lick cock, it's a big crock.
HipHopLegend? You got bitch thoughts,betting that this plot, of bitch twats, won't lick cock, it's a big crock.
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7:48PM on 01/28/2015
Just looking at that cast picture makes me shudder...
Just looking at that cast picture makes me shudder...
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7:35PM on 01/28/2015

Of course he's sucking this movie's dick.

It's been obvious from the start that he just wants to profit off this series. Anything he says will be to promote it; whether he believes in the movie or not. So, yeah... I ain't believin' but two things right now, 'Jack' and 'Shit'. And Jack left town. (Thanks, Ash)
It's been obvious from the start that he just wants to profit off this series. Anything he says will be to promote it; whether he believes in the movie or not. So, yeah... I ain't believin' but two things right now, 'Jack' and 'Shit'. And Jack left town. (Thanks, Ash)
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11:37AM on 01/29/2015
Beautifully quoted. Thanks for that smile :)
Beautifully quoted. Thanks for that smile :)
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