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03.09.2016

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Shortly after the first GHOSTBUSTERS trailer dropped, many were quick to point out that Leslie Jones, an African-American actress, is the only female lead who isn't playing a scientist/researcher, which seems to be bothering some, even though that's kind of how it was in the original movies. Apparently some have been attacking Jones via social media, and yesterday director Paul Feig defended the actress after she tweeted that she's considering quitting Twitter in response to the online criticism she has received about her character.

I really, really despise the term "haters". Although haters are going to hate, too often the word is used to describe a person who simply doesn't like something, or has a different opinion than yours. I want GHOSTBUSTERS to be great, but I just don't care for what I've seen so far. Does that make me a hater? And while I don't have a problem with Jones playing a character that doesn't have a background in science, why does she have to be a stereotypical sassy black woman? Is that still funny? I feel like the comedy will have its moments though, and despite my mixed feelings about the movie in general, I'll be going into it with an open mind.

While we're on the subject of GHOSTBUSTERS, an international trailer has been released for the reboot featuring some previously unseen footage, including more of Chris Hemsworth's character.

GHOSTBUSTERS is due out on July 15, 2016.

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10:41AM on 03/11/2016

The hilarity continues...

"But see, Leslie's role can't be racist because I originally wrote it for a white girl." ~Paul Feig

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Yeah, right.
"But see, Leslie's role can't be racist because I originally wrote it for a white girl." ~Paul Feig

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Yeah, right.
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5:19PM on 03/10/2016

Heh...

Chief of Sony Marketing exits stage left. [link]
Chief of Sony Marketing exits stage left. [link]
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8:12AM on 03/10/2016
The movie will be a modest hit like Spy. The studio was right to cut the budget. I won't be a major hit and it will only barely make back it's combined production and advertising budget. At this point, Paul Feig swearing at people on Twitter is not helping.
The movie will be a modest hit like Spy. The studio was right to cut the budget. I won't be a major hit and it will only barely make back it's combined production and advertising budget. At this point, Paul Feig swearing at people on Twitter is not helping.
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1:51AM on 03/10/2016

Paul Feig doesnt care

Paul Feig decided to annoy all the loyal fans of the classic Ghostbusters and didn't bother to listen to any criticism and do exactly what he wanted to do...make a typical slapstick movie and will walk all over the typical Ghostbusters plot pattern and make a shitty movie in his on way.
Leslie Jones is playing herself the same way she does in every SNL skit she does....and that's unfortunate because I'd like to see if she had some range.....this whole movie is going to disappoint the loyal
Paul Feig decided to annoy all the loyal fans of the classic Ghostbusters and didn't bother to listen to any criticism and do exactly what he wanted to do...make a typical slapstick movie and will walk all over the typical Ghostbusters plot pattern and make a shitty movie in his on way.
Leslie Jones is playing herself the same way she does in every SNL skit she does....and that's unfortunate because I'd like to see if she had some range.....this whole movie is going to disappoint the loyal classic Ghostbusters fan.
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12:15AM on 03/10/2016

This is going to suck

It looks to me like Bridemaids 2, but with ghost in it. This movie will bomb big time at the box office.
It looks to me like Bridemaids 2, but with ghost in it. This movie will bomb big time at the box office.
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10:16PM on 03/09/2016
Leslie Jones has been the single worst SNL cast member ever. She has 1 character, loud mouth, so when it was announced she was in this, I lost all interest.. Then the trailer hit, and it was exactly as expected. I don't blame Jones for having limited talent, I blame the unoriginal writers (Feig and Dippold) for writing an extremely one note character.

Ernie Hudson wasn't one note, he wasn't a stereotype, he was never "the black ghostbuster"... He was one of the team... Jones, in the trailer,
Leslie Jones has been the single worst SNL cast member ever. She has 1 character, loud mouth, so when it was announced she was in this, I lost all interest.. Then the trailer hit, and it was exactly as expected. I don't blame Jones for having limited talent, I blame the unoriginal writers (Feig and Dippold) for writing an extremely one note character.

Ernie Hudson wasn't one note, he wasn't a stereotype, he was never "the black ghostbuster"... He was one of the team... Jones, in the trailer, and knowing her schtick from SNL, will be "the black ghostbuster"

Feig gets upset at ppl talking about stereotypes, yet his script appears to be full of them.

He can make good movies, Spy was quite funny... But this movie has to fail
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7:30PM on 03/09/2016
Chances are Jone's performance comes off as a 'stereotype' because the character is underwritten and not fleshed out like Ernies.
Chances are Jone's performance comes off as a 'stereotype' because the character is underwritten and not fleshed out like Ernies.
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7:19PM on 03/09/2016
Oh Feig, somewhere there is somebody thinking of you, and the tremendous impact you made on their life with your films. It's not me...I think you're an idiot.
Oh Feig, somewhere there is somebody thinking of you, and the tremendous impact you made on their life with your films. It's not me...I think you're an idiot.
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5:29PM on 03/09/2016
1. This issue I see people complain about is her playing the stereotypical sassy black woman. The point of her not being a scientist is something I see brought up from the other side saying "oh you have a problem with her not being a scientist?"
2. Her and McCarthy are about as funny as a funeral to me
1. This issue I see people complain about is her playing the stereotypical sassy black woman. The point of her not being a scientist is something I see brought up from the other side saying "oh you have a problem with her not being a scientist?"
2. Her and McCarthy are about as funny as a funeral to me
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5:06PM on 03/09/2016
Are Feig and Sony using false accusations of misogyny and sexism to market this film?

An interesting take: [link]

Are Feig and Sony using false accusations of misogyny and sexism to market this film?

An interesting take: [link]

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10:22PM on 03/09/2016
Given how they are seemingly fishing for hate, it's kind of Ted Cruz booger obvious.
Given how they are seemingly fishing for hate, it's kind of Ted Cruz booger obvious.
4:36PM on 03/09/2016

So ridiculous

Honestly, I agree with Feig. I can barely stand to read comments sections, because people get so fricken ridiculous, and the hate it through the roof. There's nothing wrong with discussing things you don't like, but people get so dang personal for no fricken reason. Well, mostly because they're behind a keyboard. In regards to Leslie's character, who cares if she's a sassy black woman? Who says just because she's sassy that she isn't smart? In the original films, that character was
Honestly, I agree with Feig. I can barely stand to read comments sections, because people get so fricken ridiculous, and the hate it through the roof. There's nothing wrong with discussing things you don't like, but people get so dang personal for no fricken reason. Well, mostly because they're behind a keyboard. In regards to Leslie's character, who cares if she's a sassy black woman? Who says just because she's sassy that she isn't smart? In the original films, that character was portrayed as an "everyman" and a voice of reason to the team. Based on this 2 minute trailer, you cant deduce that that wont be the same here. So get over it!
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5:10PM on 03/09/2016
I hate the word sassy.
I hate the word sassy.
4:36PM on 03/09/2016

I just figured it out

I realized why I'm not convinced about this movie. Paul Feig directed Spy, loved it, The Heat, wife loved it and Bridesmaids, pretty funny BUT this obviously ain't the edgy, swear filled, sex joke, riffing comedy that the others were. A PG humor with this director and cast members may not work out for the best. I hope it does cause I'll go see it anyways, it's Ghostbusters.
I realized why I'm not convinced about this movie. Paul Feig directed Spy, loved it, The Heat, wife loved it and Bridesmaids, pretty funny BUT this obviously ain't the edgy, swear filled, sex joke, riffing comedy that the others were. A PG humor with this director and cast members may not work out for the best. I hope it does cause I'll go see it anyways, it's Ghostbusters.
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4:20PM on 03/09/2016

battle he's not going to win

I think it's admirable that he's sticking up for his cast, but of course he is right? He helped pick the cast, and the movie hasn't come out yet. In terms of the issue of stereotyping his actresses, specifically Leslie Jones, I don't know if there would ever be a background for the character that would satisfy everyone. Now people are complaining because she's seen as uneducated compared to the other characters--which I don't disagree with, but if they wrote her lines differently and gave her a
I think it's admirable that he's sticking up for his cast, but of course he is right? He helped pick the cast, and the movie hasn't come out yet. In terms of the issue of stereotyping his actresses, specifically Leslie Jones, I don't know if there would ever be a background for the character that would satisfy everyone. Now people are complaining because she's seen as uneducated compared to the other characters--which I don't disagree with, but if they wrote her lines differently and gave her a different background, then another group of people would accuse the film of making her character too white, and that they're just using her to say there's an African American in the movie for diversity's sake. He knows that this is what he signed up for, which is why he's sticking to his guns on everything. And I'm still holding out hope that the movie will be better than the trailer--how many times have filmmakers and marketing depts not had the same vision?
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4:19PM on 03/09/2016

Here's why I'm a so-called hater.

Not only have fans been waiting so long for another installment, but we've been supporting the property through toys, costumes, video games, re-releases, TV shows, etc. I've grown up with Ghostbusters. So, when a new movie finally comes along, this is what we get? A story that happily ignores absolutely everything I've loved about the series, characters, humor and all? FUCK THAT. Fans deserve more than what we're being given.
Not only have fans been waiting so long for another installment, but we've been supporting the property through toys, costumes, video games, re-releases, TV shows, etc. I've grown up with Ghostbusters. So, when a new movie finally comes along, this is what we get? A story that happily ignores absolutely everything I've loved about the series, characters, humor and all? FUCK THAT. Fans deserve more than what we're being given.
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9:45PM on 03/09/2016
That's the argument a lot of people have when classics get remade, and justly so. We deserve to be skeptical. The ONLY reason San Diego Comic Con happens is because fans made it happen. I loved the game and I just bought the new Mezco GB a couple weeks ago (Ray. Winston and Louis) and I have most of the Mattycollector figures and all the props (please make proton pack). I've supported GB for a long time and we the fans are the ones that keep these franchises alive. So yeah, I am not feeling
That's the argument a lot of people have when classics get remade, and justly so. We deserve to be skeptical. The ONLY reason San Diego Comic Con happens is because fans made it happen. I loved the game and I just bought the new Mezco GB a couple weeks ago (Ray. Winston and Louis) and I have most of the Mattycollector figures and all the props (please make proton pack). I've supported GB for a long time and we the fans are the ones that keep these franchises alive. So yeah, I am not feeling this new movie. I'll give it a fair chance, but as a fan why shouldn't we be allowed to express our concerns (see Fantastic Four) Telling us, whom have kept this franchise alive through video games, Comic Cons, Toys, etc, telling us to "fuck off" is no different than our voicing of concerns. The only reason Feig gets to make this movie is because Fans have fanned the flames to keep it alive for 30yrs.
Why does Rocky Horror have their yearly event movie thing (audience participation)? Because fans keep it alive...oh and it is being remade with a transgender instead of having a male transvestite. So...yeah. It really doesn't need to be remade in the first place but you are also screwing up a main song.
I have no issue insulting Feig for his "fuck you" comments but the actors I won't. Afterall, Feig probably told them to believe in him and If it's got a steady paycheck, they'll believe anything Feig wants.

10:13PM on 03/09/2016
Yeah, being an actor myself, I definitely don't blame them. Those "fans" who do bring up racial, gender or weight slurs against the cast really can fuck off. Having said that, there are still respectful fans. We're just not as vocal.

Side note, most recent merchandise I've bought was a Venkman flight suit T-shirt, the boxed Blu-Ray of both movies, plus a cosplay flight suit with proton pack. Not to mention the NY Ghostbusters tour I went on last year.
Yeah, being an actor myself, I definitely don't blame them. Those "fans" who do bring up racial, gender or weight slurs against the cast really can fuck off. Having said that, there are still respectful fans. We're just not as vocal.

Side note, most recent merchandise I've bought was a Venkman flight suit T-shirt, the boxed Blu-Ray of both movies, plus a cosplay flight suit with proton pack. Not to mention the NY Ghostbusters tour I went on last year.
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4:08PM on 03/09/2016
Paul Feig is a dickhead, movie looks fucking terrible. Loud mouth Jones isn't funny in the slightest. Everything regarding this movie from time it was announced has been a trainwreck!
Paul Feig is a dickhead, movie looks fucking terrible. Loud mouth Jones isn't funny in the slightest. Everything regarding this movie from time it was announced has been a trainwreck!
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4:00PM on 03/09/2016
For those that are interested, here's the Tweets that set this latest battle in the War on Fans off:

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Maybe some fan posted something really egregious to set Leslie off, but I'm not seeing it. I'm willing to consider I'm wrong though, if anyone can show me what it was that might have set her off, if it wasn't this.

But in addition to this, there's rumors of massive problems on set:

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And more unsubstantiated gossip for those who like that sort of thing:

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For those that are interested, here's the Tweets that set this latest battle in the War on Fans off:

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Maybe some fan posted something really egregious to set Leslie off, but I'm not seeing it. I'm willing to consider I'm wrong though, if anyone can show me what it was that might have set her off, if it wasn't this.

But in addition to this, there's rumors of massive problems on set:

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And more unsubstantiated gossip for those who like that sort of thing:

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5:29PM on 03/09/2016
Wow.
Wow.
10:00PM on 03/09/2016
Ya know, Deadpool has had a MASSIVE and IMPRESSIVE marketing campaign worthy of awards and look how well that went for them. F4 had almost nothing till release, similar to here, so yeah, ya gotta wonder if they are trying to gain peoples trust by lying about it.
Ya know, Deadpool has had a MASSIVE and IMPRESSIVE marketing campaign worthy of awards and look how well that went for them. F4 had almost nothing till release, similar to here, so yeah, ya gotta wonder if they are trying to gain peoples trust by lying about it.
3:51PM on 03/09/2016

Paul Feig seems like a cock

There's nothing wrong with people showing a little hate for this. If you're just showing hate because of the lady ghostbusters, that's dumb. If you're showing hate because the trailer makes this film look dumb and seems to stereotype people, then hate away.
There's nothing wrong with people showing a little hate for this. If you're just showing hate because of the lady ghostbusters, that's dumb. If you're showing hate because the trailer makes this film look dumb and seems to stereotype people, then hate away.
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3:28PM on 03/09/2016

What's wrong with hate?

I hate the concept of this film, that it's rebooting the original GB universe, rather than existing within it as a new GB franchise in a different city.

I hate the fact that going through with a retread leaves us with vaginal doppelgangers of the original characters, rather than new original female characters we've never seen before.

I hate the fact that the current trend of female characters only being able to follow in the footsteps of famous male characters seems to becoming more
I hate the concept of this film, that it's rebooting the original GB universe, rather than existing within it as a new GB franchise in a different city.

I hate the fact that going through with a retread leaves us with vaginal doppelgangers of the original characters, rather than new original female characters we've never seen before.

I hate the fact that the current trend of female characters only being able to follow in the footsteps of famous male characters seems to becoming more popular, depriving female actresses of original material.

I hate the fact that Feig started this War on Fans by stupidly calling anyone who made any of the above criticisms a misogynist.

I hate the fact SJW morons who read any of the above criticisms can only chirp misogynist and/or sexist in response, because they don't have enough brain power to get off their trained script, and think that their well-rehearsed and inapplicable lecture about having problems with an all female cast makes them the next Rosa Parks.

I hate the fact that the same SJW morons act like strong female leads in sci-fi films is something new, when in fact they've been around for 40 years or more.

I hate the fact that people still whine about "hating a movie you haven't seen yet" even though people have been well practiced in viewing pre-production material and reading concepts for films, and comparing them with the finished product for at least 20 years with access to sites like this on the Internet.

I hate the fact that idiots who endlessly recite the "hate a movie you haven't seen yet" argument haven't learned their lesson from the most recent Fantastic 4 film.

I hate the fact that certain members of this cast can't tolerate criticism apparently.

And although I hate the fact that this film will likely kill the franchise for another 30 years or so, I would like to see a "making of" documentary detailing this horrible trainwreck.

I hate. So what?
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3:39PM on 03/09/2016
I endorse all this h8, m8.
I endorse all this h8, m8.
4:56PM on 03/09/2016
Bravo!
Bravo!
9:31PM on 03/09/2016
Hate leads to the Darkside....We have cookies!
Hate leads to the Darkside....We have cookies!
3:09PM on 03/09/2016

Whatever

Feig is like one of those douchebag dudes that pretend to really 'know women' and go to yoga classes just to get laid.
Feig is like one of those douchebag dudes that pretend to really 'know women' and go to yoga classes just to get laid.
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2:55PM on 03/09/2016
I can't tell if I find all the outrage, hate, and whining over stupid bullshit in our society funny or scary.
I can't tell if I find all the outrage, hate, and whining over stupid bullshit in our society funny or scary.
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3:03PM on 03/09/2016
Probably because the word "hate" is grossly overused and misapplied these days.
Probably because the word "hate" is grossly overused and misapplied these days.
2:47PM on 03/09/2016
So let me get this straight: people are upset that Paul Feig cast a sassy black woman as a sassy black woman?
So let me get this straight: people are upset that Paul Feig cast a sassy black woman as a sassy black woman?
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2:57PM on 03/09/2016
Read the first paragraph in the article maybe?
Read the first paragraph in the article maybe?
3:04PM on 03/09/2016
Being upset and offended is a requirement for the average SJW.
Being upset and offended is a requirement for the average SJW.
2:36PM on 03/09/2016
We've just had a Star Wars film with a female lead break all sorts of records, where even the people who had problems with it agreed that said female was one of the strongest aspects of the film. You just know that when the negative reviews for this thing start coming in the moaning from Feig and company about "gender hatred" is going to just get louder. The reason people are upset over this female Ghostbusters film is not because it contains female Ghostbusters, but because they've turned it
We've just had a Star Wars film with a female lead break all sorts of records, where even the people who had problems with it agreed that said female was one of the strongest aspects of the film. You just know that when the negative reviews for this thing start coming in the moaning from Feig and company about "gender hatred" is going to just get louder. The reason people are upset over this female Ghostbusters film is not because it contains female Ghostbusters, but because they've turned it into yet another vehicle for the actresses involved to do more of the same shtick they always do. It's obvious, lazy and not worthy of the title. End of story.
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2:57PM on 03/09/2016
I'd have to disagree, in the the female lead in Star Wars TFA was one of the weakest aspects of the film, primarily because they treated the character as though a strong female lead in a sci-fi blockbuster was something new or novel, rather than something that was already 40 years old or more. It was certainly possible to write a good strong female lead character, it's been done many times before, but TFA just missed the boat.
I'd have to disagree, in the the female lead in Star Wars TFA was one of the weakest aspects of the film, primarily because they treated the character as though a strong female lead in a sci-fi blockbuster was something new or novel, rather than something that was already 40 years old or more. It was certainly possible to write a good strong female lead character, it's been done many times before, but TFA just missed the boat.
12:46AM on 03/10/2016
Out of curiosity, was that why you disliked the film or were there other problems in addition.
Out of curiosity, was that why you disliked the film or were there other problems in addition.
2:34PM on 03/09/2016
I don't like what I've seen of the film so far and I don't find the duo Feig/McCarthy particularly funny. As a result, I've complained many times, on this site and others, about what I didn't like.

What I never did and will never do is attack the makers of the film directly on Twitter. It's rude. It's impolite. It's just plain dickish. Hollywood doesn't have to limit itself to movies you like. Go on Joblo and vent all you want, that's what it's there for. The people who made the film may not
I don't like what I've seen of the film so far and I don't find the duo Feig/McCarthy particularly funny. As a result, I've complained many times, on this site and others, about what I didn't like.

What I never did and will never do is attack the makers of the film directly on Twitter. It's rude. It's impolite. It's just plain dickish. Hollywood doesn't have to limit itself to movies you like. Go on Joblo and vent all you want, that's what it's there for. The people who made the film may not deserve your money but they don't deserve your insults either.
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3:04PM on 03/09/2016
I agree 100% with Jimmy on this. Everyone has the right to express their opinions, but no one is entitled to libel, insult or defame. By all means you are free to do so but don't get your panties in a bunch when you're called on it. I find it pretty stupid when people are wishing people don't get to work ever again in response of a movie they haven't seen yet. If that's not hate, then I don't know what is...
I agree 100% with Jimmy on this. Everyone has the right to express their opinions, but no one is entitled to libel, insult or defame. By all means you are free to do so but don't get your panties in a bunch when you're called on it. I find it pretty stupid when people are wishing people don't get to work ever again in response of a movie they haven't seen yet. If that's not hate, then I don't know what is...
3:07PM on 03/09/2016
If celebrities take to a public forum like Twitter, then they get what they give.
If celebrities take to a public forum like Twitter, then they get what they give.
3:27PM on 03/09/2016
I respect your opinion but have you seen the way Feig has spoken about fans of the series? He deserves every bit of hate possible.

Also, if I were getting paid millions to appear in movies like this, I would just wipe away my tears and snot with hundred dollar bills. If they truly cared about what fans think, they wouldn't have gotten involved with this project in the first place. They knew exactly what they were getting in to.

I respect your opinion but have you seen the way Feig has spoken about fans of the series? He deserves every bit of hate possible.

Also, if I were getting paid millions to appear in movies like this, I would just wipe away my tears and snot with hundred dollar bills. If they truly cared about what fans think, they wouldn't have gotten involved with this project in the first place. They knew exactly what they were getting in to.

4:04PM on 03/09/2016
@mistah blistah

The topic is the "fans" treatment of Leslie Jones, not Feig himself. The cast got insulted online after they visited a hospital for sick children so I really don't think the problem is with them. And the argument that they wouldn't have done the film if they cared about the fans? Please. It's really hard to know how a project will turn out before you do it and most of Feig's movies have been well reviewed and successful at the BO. How could Jones turn that down?
@mistah blistah

The topic is the "fans" treatment of Leslie Jones, not Feig himself. The cast got insulted online after they visited a hospital for sick children so I really don't think the problem is with them. And the argument that they wouldn't have done the film if they cared about the fans? Please. It's really hard to know how a project will turn out before you do it and most of Feig's movies have been well reviewed and successful at the BO. How could Jones turn that down?
2:03PM on 03/09/2016
This is a perfect demonstration why we can't have nice things.
This is a perfect demonstration why we can't have nice things.
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1:38PM on 03/09/2016

Oh good lord

Paul Feig may wanna tone it down a notch. Or ten. Honestly, what's he trying to gain by doing this? All he's doing is fanning the flames of "hate" for a movie that many were (at least I thought so initially) prematurely ready to write off as a total shit show.

I loved Bridesmaids, though it was hysterical, smart and touching. The more of this guy's work I see however, I'm starting to wonder how much of that was Kristen Wig keeping his over-the-top sensibilities in check. I know she's in
Paul Feig may wanna tone it down a notch. Or ten. Honestly, what's he trying to gain by doing this? All he's doing is fanning the flames of "hate" for a movie that many were (at least I thought so initially) prematurely ready to write off as a total shit show.

I loved Bridesmaids, though it was hysterical, smart and touching. The more of this guy's work I see however, I'm starting to wonder how much of that was Kristen Wig keeping his over-the-top sensibilities in check. I know she's in this also, but it's a studio tent pole and he's got a couple of hits to his credit now. Spy wasn't bad, but it got to be WAY too much throughout, letting Melissa McCarthy literally just diarrhea of the mouth all over every scene. Dude has no restraint, it shows in his cinematic choices and now far too often is showing up on social media. I wanted this to be good, I really did. Unfortunately it's starting to look like "the haters" might have been right all along. Given the amount of talented people on this project and the 30 plus years of source material and expectations, that's nothing less than a goddamn shame.
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1:05PM on 03/09/2016
It's not a gender thing. Proof: the Alien franchise, Hunger Games, Kill Bill, and Resident Evil just to name a few. It's not a race thing. Proof: MIB, Blade, Django Unchained. It's not a race / gender thing. Proof: Star Wars VII, The Walking Dead, Pulp Fiction. This new Ghostbusters sucks because it fucking sucks. It hasn't produced anything funny and literally just mocks the source material.
It's not a gender thing. Proof: the Alien franchise, Hunger Games, Kill Bill, and Resident Evil just to name a few. It's not a race thing. Proof: MIB, Blade, Django Unchained. It's not a race / gender thing. Proof: Star Wars VII, The Walking Dead, Pulp Fiction. This new Ghostbusters sucks because it fucking sucks. It hasn't produced anything funny and literally just mocks the source material.
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12:45PM on 03/09/2016

The Hatred is so stupid.

People are just bitter because this Ghostbusters film isn't with the original cast, but think about it, those guys are waaaaay too old, I mean, look at whats happened with Arnold and The Terminator, its kind of ridiculous. I prefer them in cameos, and stepping down, letting others take reins over the franchise instead of looking like old geezers trying to relieve the past. I have no problems with the Ghostbusters being women, and as for this black stereotype thing...it's stupid as well. Whats
People are just bitter because this Ghostbusters film isn't with the original cast, but think about it, those guys are waaaaay too old, I mean, look at whats happened with Arnold and The Terminator, its kind of ridiculous. I prefer them in cameos, and stepping down, letting others take reins over the franchise instead of looking like old geezers trying to relieve the past. I have no problems with the Ghostbusters being women, and as for this black stereotype thing...it's stupid as well. Whats the problem with her working in a train station and being a ghostbuster? What's so insulting about that? Anyhows, I'm hoping this one rocks and is a good film, I'm just gonna wait to see it before passing judgement, without having any basis for it.
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1:26PM on 03/09/2016
Fuck off, you have no idea why people are disliking this movie. You just think it is about these silly ideas like it's a different cast. The problem is it ISN'T Ghostbusters. It looks like a rejected Scooby Doo movie. A Cartoon. It looks horrible. The shitty cast is only slightly a problem because there are so many funnier females they should have gone with, not this cast of rejects. There is just no sign of originality in the trailer, there was no signs of a joke or anything funny thought it
Fuck off, you have no idea why people are disliking this movie. You just think it is about these silly ideas like it's a different cast. The problem is it ISN'T Ghostbusters. It looks like a rejected Scooby Doo movie. A Cartoon. It looks horrible. The shitty cast is only slightly a problem because there are so many funnier females they should have gone with, not this cast of rejects. There is just no sign of originality in the trailer, there was no signs of a joke or anything funny thought it tried so hard to be annoying as fuck. This movie looks like shit, stop trying to pull some racist card or sexist card. On it's own, without the GB logo, this still doesn't look like a good film.
4:21PM on 03/09/2016
You're a fucking idiot!
You're a fucking idiot!
12:30PM on 03/09/2016

Ugh this just keeps getting worse

The director is an asshat, the producers are horrible people with no pulse on the world and this movie deserves to bomb harder than Jeb Bush in a fairly democratic state. "Please Clap" - Paul Feig
The director is an asshat, the producers are horrible people with no pulse on the world and this movie deserves to bomb harder than Jeb Bush in a fairly democratic state. "Please Clap" - Paul Feig
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12:23PM on 03/09/2016
you know what, fuck this guy. I've never seen another director do this over a movie. You are in the spotlight. You are "remaking" one of the greatest movies of our generation and you're going to have people who don't like you, your cast or your movie. Stop being a social media whore and deal with it. Oh, and if you use the word "haters", I can't take you seriously
you know what, fuck this guy. I've never seen another director do this over a movie. You are in the spotlight. You are "remaking" one of the greatest movies of our generation and you're going to have people who don't like you, your cast or your movie. Stop being a social media whore and deal with it. Oh, and if you use the word "haters", I can't take you seriously
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12:20PM on 03/09/2016

I've got mixed feelings about this whole situation, but...

I've got to take his side on this thing. The shit people say on social media is crazy. I mean, you're gonna have to learn to take it from some people, especially if you're crapping on a classic, but some people just go too far with it.
I've got to take his side on this thing. The shit people say on social media is crazy. I mean, you're gonna have to learn to take it from some people, especially if you're crapping on a classic, but some people just go too far with it.
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11:56AM on 03/09/2016

Ah tweeting at someone to grow up. What Irony.

This movie is deserving of every once of hate it is getting and the criticism aimed at Jones is particularly justified. I'm usually the first one to condemn anyone trying to make something racial when it is not but the fact that this films sole black lead is not only not a scientist but traffics in every black stereotype out there, is not merely offensive it's lazy and imbecilic as well.
This movie is deserving of every once of hate it is getting and the criticism aimed at Jones is particularly justified. I'm usually the first one to condemn anyone trying to make something racial when it is not but the fact that this films sole black lead is not only not a scientist but traffics in every black stereotype out there, is not merely offensive it's lazy and imbecilic as well.
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7:27PM on 03/09/2016
If it's lazy and imbecile you can only blame Leslie Jones. She clearly didn't have an issue with the stereotype or her performance as a black woman. At any point she could have raised concerns but clearly didn't. The 'stereotypes' obviously have some home truths to which she is comfortable as I don't believe just a paycheck would force her into demeaning other black folk.
If it's lazy and imbecile you can only blame Leslie Jones. She clearly didn't have an issue with the stereotype or her performance as a black woman. At any point she could have raised concerns but clearly didn't. The 'stereotypes' obviously have some home truths to which she is comfortable as I don't believe just a paycheck would force her into demeaning other black folk.
12:50AM on 03/10/2016
Whatever the reason for her doing so Jones participation does not justify it, just as something like Get Hard trafficking in stereotypes is not justified by the presence of Kevin Heart.
Whatever the reason for her doing so Jones participation does not justify it, just as something like Get Hard trafficking in stereotypes is not justified by the presence of Kevin Heart.
11:50AM on 03/09/2016

Feig should invest in goalie equipment

because he'll have a good deal more to defend come July, nevermind the next four months.
because he'll have a good deal more to defend come July, nevermind the next four months.
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11:30AM on 03/09/2016
That was awful and it seems that Leslie Jones only has one tone in this film (in fact her whole act) loud and obnoxious; her delivery is just flat out terrible.

This is going to be the Amazing Spider Man films and Fantastic Four reboot all over again. This would have been better off being a side sequel still along the the lines of being in the established Ghostbusters world established by the original first two films.
That was awful and it seems that Leslie Jones only has one tone in this film (in fact her whole act) loud and obnoxious; her delivery is just flat out terrible.

This is going to be the Amazing Spider Man films and Fantastic Four reboot all over again. This would have been better off being a side sequel still along the the lines of being in the established Ghostbusters world established by the original first two films.
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11:20AM on 03/09/2016
Oh I am sure the SJW's and Feminists are attacking in droves. Because as we all know they will turn on their own kind in a heart beat if the person is not following in the accepted lock step dogma of the moment. And that changes every second. But Feig made a HUGE mistake claiming this was a feminist film and going ahead and using stereotypes that all the SJW's and Fems hate. Ah it's so sweet just to sit back and watch it all implode. The sad thing is while all these people are bitching about
Oh I am sure the SJW's and Feminists are attacking in droves. Because as we all know they will turn on their own kind in a heart beat if the person is not following in the accepted lock step dogma of the moment. And that changes every second. But Feig made a HUGE mistake claiming this was a feminist film and going ahead and using stereotypes that all the SJW's and Fems hate. Ah it's so sweet just to sit back and watch it all implode. The sad thing is while all these people are bitching about their hurt feelings, there are still real issues out there especially in other countries, but don't bring up reality that has no business in these movements.

OMG they edited the title card from scientist to friends ROFL
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11:40AM on 03/09/2016
Yeah, I posted about the switch of Scientists to friends on IGN, haha. Such a trainwreck.
Yeah, I posted about the switch of Scientists to friends on IGN, haha. Such a trainwreck.
11:59AM on 03/09/2016
The good news is this has the potential to bomb so bad it ruins Feig's career ala Josh Trank.
The good news is this has the potential to bomb so bad it ruins Feig's career ala Josh Trank.
11:16AM on 03/09/2016
I actually like Leslie Jones, i think she can be very funny. I love her bit on SNL about wooing Leonardo Dicaprio. That being said, her character in this movie is not funny. I think the entire cast has the capability to be funny, and i love that Kate McKinnon is finally getting a staring role. But this movie is pandering to the lowest base audience. It cares nothing for fans of the original movie and so far has not shown us that this is in fact "female ghostbusters". The difference between
I actually like Leslie Jones, i think she can be very funny. I love her bit on SNL about wooing Leonardo Dicaprio. That being said, her character in this movie is not funny. I think the entire cast has the capability to be funny, and i love that Kate McKinnon is finally getting a staring role. But this movie is pandering to the lowest base audience. It cares nothing for fans of the original movie and so far has not shown us that this is in fact "female ghostbusters". The difference between this movie and the original is that while the original had 4 men, the script was written in a way that any of those parts (with exception to Mr Murray) couldve been played by an actress. The script wouldnt have changed. Judging by the trailer, it seems that every joke is a reference to them being women. It's like having an all black cast and calling anyone who calls this movie a "black film" is racist
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11:30AM on 03/09/2016
Now I'm not sold on this movie yet. But what jokes specifically reference them being women, or present the story in the sense that the characters NEED to be women? The only part I can tell is when they interview Chris Hemsworth's character. Aside from that, there's not much there that references them specifically being women. Now this isn't a defense that the movie is actually funny, it's not funny for the reason that all the jokes are cliche and have been done before too many times.
Now I'm not sold on this movie yet. But what jokes specifically reference them being women, or present the story in the sense that the characters NEED to be women? The only part I can tell is when they interview Chris Hemsworth's character. Aside from that, there's not much there that references them specifically being women. Now this isn't a defense that the movie is actually funny, it's not funny for the reason that all the jokes are cliche and have been done before too many times.
3:13PM on 03/09/2016
@MickLoud That's just it. If their gender is not important, then why do they need to be women? They want it both ways. They want people to swoon over an all female cast, while simultaneously ignoring the fact that they're all women. I really wish SJW loons would make up their minds.
@MickLoud That's just it. If their gender is not important, then why do they need to be women? They want it both ways. They want people to swoon over an all female cast, while simultaneously ignoring the fact that they're all women. I really wish SJW loons would make up their minds.
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11:16AM on 03/09/2016
What annoys me is the people that say "well that's what the original was like". Whilst I agree the original did have a character who did appear to be a bit 'token', Ernie's portrayal and the character of Zeddemore were far from being a stereotype. Zeddemore wasn't a scientist, but he was the most level-headed character on a team of crackpots. There were no "aw hell naws" from the great Ernie Hudson.
What annoys me is the people that say "well that's what the original was like". Whilst I agree the original did have a character who did appear to be a bit 'token', Ernie's portrayal and the character of Zeddemore were far from being a stereotype. Zeddemore wasn't a scientist, but he was the most level-headed character on a team of crackpots. There were no "aw hell naws" from the great Ernie Hudson.
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11:23AM on 03/09/2016
Winston's skin color had nothing to do with his character. He was just the every man, the level head, the normal guy. And I guess in the cartoons he had multiple degrees and a PHD. But that aside he played a great character just like the others. This new abomination is Stereotypes trying to be characters.
Winston's skin color had nothing to do with his character. He was just the every man, the level head, the normal guy. And I guess in the cartoons he had multiple degrees and a PHD. But that aside he played a great character just like the others. This new abomination is Stereotypes trying to be characters.
10:51AM on 03/09/2016
wow that trailer is worse than the domestic trailer. LOL at Paul Feig, btw i don't blame the cast... just you.
wow that trailer is worse than the domestic trailer. LOL at Paul Feig, btw i don't blame the cast... just you.
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11:24AM on 03/09/2016
Exactly, Feig and the writers. The actors have to deal with what they are given, and this looks like the basic low brow comedy we have come to expect these days. Make it as dumb as possible because it will reach as many people as possible, because sad to say most of us are idiots.
Exactly, Feig and the writers. The actors have to deal with what they are given, and this looks like the basic low brow comedy we have come to expect these days. Make it as dumb as possible because it will reach as many people as possible, because sad to say most of us are idiots.
10:43AM on 03/09/2016
Are people actually attacking Leslie Jones or what her character is portraying? There's a big difference between rolling your eyes are someones portrayal vs rolling your eyes at an actual actor. For example, I roll my eyes at Feig because I think he's a whiny bastard who instead of accepting fans have their opinions, he's just lumped us in to a bs term "Hater" and insults us. So, him, yeah, I roll my eyes. The rest of the cast, I don't know Mckinnon nor Jones so I can't comment but the
Are people actually attacking Leslie Jones or what her character is portraying? There's a big difference between rolling your eyes are someones portrayal vs rolling your eyes at an actual actor. For example, I roll my eyes at Feig because I think he's a whiny bastard who instead of accepting fans have their opinions, he's just lumped us in to a bs term "Hater" and insults us. So, him, yeah, I roll my eyes. The rest of the cast, I don't know Mckinnon nor Jones so I can't comment but the portrayal of sassy black woman would be better suited as everyday black woman or the everyman Hudson was in the original. I think that's the main issue. We see Jones as possibly loud and abnoxious (from what I hear not a stretch for her on SNL) but she'd be better as the everywoman instead. People got mad at Mudflap and Skids in Transformers 2 for being bad stereotypes, why can't we be mad here? By that I mean her character portrayal and not her as a person.
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10:17AM on 03/09/2016
Feig's twitter account has been far more entertaining with his meltdowns and "waaaaa haters" garbage than his Ghostbusters film will likely be.
Feig's twitter account has been far more entertaining with his meltdowns and "waaaaa haters" garbage than his Ghostbusters film will likely be.
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10:10AM on 03/09/2016
The trailer didn't convince me either and it is a beloved franchise, so I understand that theres a lot disappointment by fans and all, but attacking the stars on social media and posting shit about them is kinda harsh...is that really worth it? I wouldn't bother to waste my time talking about something I don't like all the time, I just ignore it and move on. And for the people who are convinced it's going to flop, why bother anymore? Just lay back and watch it crash...
The trailer didn't convince me either and it is a beloved franchise, so I understand that theres a lot disappointment by fans and all, but attacking the stars on social media and posting shit about them is kinda harsh...is that really worth it? I wouldn't bother to waste my time talking about something I don't like all the time, I just ignore it and move on. And for the people who are convinced it's going to flop, why bother anymore? Just lay back and watch it crash...
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10:08AM on 03/09/2016

Feig can blame the role on precedent, but the character might as well be named Token

I guess Paul Feig is only progressive as far as he uses women in roles written for men.
I guess Paul Feig is only progressive as far as he uses women in roles written for men.
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10:35AM on 03/09/2016
I'm sure Lesley Jones will appreciate you being offended for her.
I'm sure Lesley Jones will appreciate you being offended for her.
11:30AM on 03/09/2016
Im far from offended. Just pointing out the obvious and I really dont like Paul Feig so I will agree with anything that makes him take backlash and look bad.
Im far from offended. Just pointing out the obvious and I really dont like Paul Feig so I will agree with anything that makes him take backlash and look bad.
2:45PM on 03/09/2016
How mature and intelligent of you. You must be at least twelve.
How mature and intelligent of you. You must be at least twelve.
9:32AM on 03/09/2016

I just replied on Twitter with:

Bye Felicia!
Bye Felicia!
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9:16AM on 03/09/2016
I think those who attacked Leslie Jones on Twitter are overreacting a bit. Everything I see about the new Ghostbusters so far hasn't convinced me that it's going to be a great movie but I don't go around attacking the cast on Twitter. Regarding her character, it's hard to say. Personally I feel like Jones is playing her character on SNL. Is it good or bad? I don't know because I haven't watched the actual movie yet but her character on SNL is sometimes funny but sometimes doesn't.
I think those who attacked Leslie Jones on Twitter are overreacting a bit. Everything I see about the new Ghostbusters so far hasn't convinced me that it's going to be a great movie but I don't go around attacking the cast on Twitter. Regarding her character, it's hard to say. Personally I feel like Jones is playing her character on SNL. Is it good or bad? I don't know because I haven't watched the actual movie yet but her character on SNL is sometimes funny but sometimes doesn't.
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10:37AM on 03/09/2016
I think it's kind of weird to attack Paul Feig for casting a sassy black woman as a sassy black woman, and to attack Leslie Jones on Twitter for basically playing to her strengths.
I think it's kind of weird to attack Paul Feig for casting a sassy black woman as a sassy black woman, and to attack Leslie Jones on Twitter for basically playing to her strengths.
10:46AM on 03/09/2016
Yeah, that is weird because I'm pretty sure Feig knew what he was getting into when casting Leslie Jones
Yeah, that is weird because I'm pretty sure Feig knew what he was getting into when casting Leslie Jones
11:27AM on 03/09/2016
LOL Otterhead, that is what the Interwebs is for, attacking and spitting vitriol. Activism is now basically tumblr and twitter trolling. Ah welcome to the future.
LOL Otterhead, that is what the Interwebs is for, attacking and spitting vitriol. Activism is now basically tumblr and twitter trolling. Ah welcome to the future.
9:07AM on 03/09/2016
It's how it was in the original... but at the same time, I can see why people are upset she seems to be playing the sassy black woman. I dunno... I'm not going to take sides until I see the full movie. I know the international trailer looks pretty good and I'm really digging what they did with the ghostbusters theme. The movie doesn't look bad to me.
It's how it was in the original... but at the same time, I can see why people are upset she seems to be playing the sassy black woman. I dunno... I'm not going to take sides until I see the full movie. I know the international trailer looks pretty good and I'm really digging what they did with the ghostbusters theme. The movie doesn't look bad to me.
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9:04AM on 03/09/2016
"a stereotypical sassy black woman? Is that still funny?"
Based on the crowds who show up for Madea movies, most definitely.
"a stereotypical sassy black woman? Is that still funny?"
Based on the crowds who show up for Madea movies, most definitely.
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10:06AM on 03/09/2016
Maybe they should have cast Tyler Perry in this role.
Maybe they should have cast Tyler Perry in this role.
11:29AM on 03/09/2016
ROFL Jack!

That is brilliant! Cast a man in a women's role, thus Patriarchy! but hey hold on Perry is Transgender and Black so this role should have went to him all along so shut up women!
ROFL Jack!

That is brilliant! Cast a man in a women's role, thus Patriarchy! but hey hold on Perry is Transgender and Black so this role should have went to him all along so shut up women!
2:22PM on 03/09/2016
@Jack- Haha, thank you, man. That got a legitimate chuckle out of me.
@Jack- Haha, thank you, man. That got a legitimate chuckle out of me.
8:58AM on 03/09/2016

I defended this since the start

But Jones' character comes off as a racial stereotype in the trailer which comes off as a lazy. Literally every other character in the group is a scientist and here comes a MTA employee who joins the team. Hudson's character was at least an intelligent man with a Ph.D and military background.
But Jones' character comes off as a racial stereotype in the trailer which comes off as a lazy. Literally every other character in the group is a scientist and here comes a MTA employee who joins the team. Hudson's character was at least an intelligent man with a Ph.D and military background.
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9:50AM on 03/09/2016
I swear I read somewhere way back that originally McCarthy was going to be the MTA employee and Jones was going to be the scientist. Too bad they didn't stick with that (although seeing McCarty play nerdy feels more different).
I swear I read somewhere way back that originally McCarthy was going to be the MTA employee and Jones was going to be the scientist. Too bad they didn't stick with that (although seeing McCarty play nerdy feels more different).
1:55PM on 03/09/2016
HoyleHaw you're right. I had completely forgot all about that. Jones was supposed to play the co-author of the book her character and Wiig wrote together and she investigates ghost cases as well. Melissa was the subway worker.
HoyleHaw you're right. I had completely forgot all about that. Jones was supposed to play the co-author of the book her character and Wiig wrote together and she investigates ghost cases as well. Melissa was the subway worker.
8:36AM on 03/09/2016
You write, "I really, really despise the term "haters". Although haters are going to hate, too often the word is used to describe a person who simply doesn't like something, or has a different opinion than yours." Thank you, and amen. I believe too that "hater" is often used to dismiss discussion and opinion. It functions the same as shrugging and saying "whatever". A person has not addressed another person's concerns.

I gave this article a "neutral for now" because I am essentially neutral
You write, "I really, really despise the term "haters". Although haters are going to hate, too often the word is used to describe a person who simply doesn't like something, or has a different opinion than yours." Thank you, and amen. I believe too that "hater" is often used to dismiss discussion and opinion. It functions the same as shrugging and saying "whatever". A person has not addressed another person's concerns.

I gave this article a "neutral for now" because I am essentially neutral on the Jones controversy. A variety of people have made a variety of valid points about the trailer and Patty's characterization.
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