Are the Ghostbusters still taking calls 30 years later? Are the Baker Boys still fabulous? And are Dan Rydell and Casey McCall still behind the desk at Sports Night? They were for Entertainment Weekly‘s Reunions Issue.
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If there’s still something strange in your neighborhood, 30 years later, it looks like you can still call on the Ghostbusters.
Ghostbusters celebrated its 30th anniversary this June, and to celebrate, star Ernie Hudson stopped by EW Radio to talk about his favorite memories on set, and what it was like working with Bill Murray.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell us, if you had to pick out one memory or moment on set that really strikes you about your time working with those guys, what would it be?
ERNIE HUDSON: For me, it was being in New York, shooting in New York. And it’s hanging on the streets with Bill Murray the few times we got a chance to just hang out, and even shooting, [seeing] how much the fans love Bill Murray. They were [in love with him], and what amazed me in watching—’cause I’d observe—is how he would wade into the crowd, and he just gave this love back. A lot of actors, they hide, they don’t want all that attention, but Bill would just become one with them. And it was a beautiful thing to watch. I saw him recently, and he still has that thing of just including people in a very special way. That was, for me, the thing I take away from it the most. Just seeing him with the people and seeing how he dealt with his fanbase.
You have a secret phone number?
I have a [secret phone number]. He never answers anyway.
For a long time, many intelligent, funny people have been frustrated in their efforts to resurrect the Ghostbusters. Back in 2010, Ivan Reitman, who directed the franchise’s first two blockbusters, finally told outlets that he planned to film the long-awaited third movie that year. It obviously didn’t happen. The major stumbling block has always been Bill Murray, who’s expressed his stubborn resistance to the very notion of another sequel in numerous amusing public appearances and interviews.
The franchise was dealt another blow when Harold Ramis died in February. Even though the potential sequel would focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters, the original crew—with or without Peter Venkman—was always meant to appear in a third movie, if only to symbolically pass the torch. Ramis’ passing put a damper on that spirit, so much so that Reitman quickly announced that he no longer would direct the film.
A Ghostbusters sequel is still in the works, but all the flux has allowed Sony to take a step back and rethink the future possibilities. According to Variety, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has had conversations with the studio about directing a Ghostbusters reboot—not a sequel—that would likely feature an all-female cast. Given Feig’s history of collaborating with Melissa McCarthy, it seems inevitable that she’d have a leading role in such a film—which raises a new possibility altogether. READ FULL STORY
Every summer has a dominant blockbuster, but it’s not every year that the season’s biggest movie inspires a legitimate mania. Ghostbusters, which surrounded some of the funniest guys on the planet with expensive — though slightly cheesy — special effects, was a certifiable phenomenon. In 1984, your classmates, your teacher, your pen-pal in Nairobi, even your half-deaf grandmother knew the emphatic, enthusiastic chanted response to the winking question, “Who you gonna call?” Thirty years later, everyone still knows the answer. READ FULL STORY
When you need a fitting tribute to Harold Ramis, who you gonna call? Try the Hook & Ladder 8 Firehouse in New York City.
After word broke yesterday that Ramis had passed away at the age of 69, the firehouse — home base of the Ghostbusters themselves — hung up a replica of the film’s iconic sign. In addition to co-starring as Dr. Egon Spengler, Ramis also co-wrote the 1984 classic and its 1989 sequel.
But it wasn’t just the sign that paid tribute to Ramis’s work. Elsewhere, many on Twitter documented a growing memorial outside the building that contained flowers, candles, and — of course — packages of Twinkies.
Lightning strikes the clock tower in Back to the Future. Panoramic helicopter shots sweep over the hills of Middle-earth in Lord of the Rings. Jack and Rose hold each other on the bow of the Titanic. These are images that we may see over and over again on our living room TVs, but there’s nothing like seeing them on the big screen.
King of the world – or at least the box office – James Cameron has said that watching movies like Avatar on an iPhone “is dumb.” While I won’t totally discount the value of being able to consume entertainment on the go on a portable device, I do agree a massive screen and a quality sound system – not to mention viewing with an audience – is key to the full experience of epic blockbusters like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars.
So as Jurassic Park heads back to theaters for its 20th anniversary this weekend (with an added dimension), let’s take a moment to celebrate a few of the movies built for a big screen and a big audience, starting with the 1993 dinosaur epic now playing in 3-D.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! It’s a day of national Irish pride that also somehow gives people an excuse to vomit up their green beer by 10 a.m. If you’re looking to celebrate the Emerald Isle but don’t want to get stomach bile on your Adidas, here’s the alternative: Your four-leaf-clover wielding friends at EW have programmed a 24-hour movie marathon that will not only give you a full range of St. Paddy’s Day-related tie-ins, but also an excellent reason not to leave the house.
So stock up on snacks, grab some like-minded friends, and dive right in! The marathon begins at 10 p.m. on Saturday night and wraps up at 10 p.m. on Sunday night (just in time for a brand new episode of The Client List). Feel free to sneak in some e-mail checks and bathroom breaks in between titles, but no showering — though you’ll still smell better than the dude in the green Dr. Seuss hat double-fisting fifths of Jameson.
All of the films below are available via Netflix or iTunes, for your convenience. Away we go! READ FULL STORY
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