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Would all-girls 'Ghostbusters' be a stealth 'Bridesmaids' sequel?

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 VarietyBridesmaids 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

Play with Lindsay's fate in 'Freaks and Geeks' 8-bit 'video' game

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Still don’t a give a damn ’bout your bad reputation?

Sigh! Neither do we. Though Freaks and Geeks was cancelled after 12 episodes, we’re still not over NBC’s cult hit about Michigan teens in 1980.

Thankfully, neither are The Fine Brothers — who have created an interactive YouTube game in the style of 8-bit video games and Choose You Own Adventure books. In other words: It is freaking awesome. The game takes place at William McKinley High School, where Lindsay Weir, in signature Army jacket, must choose between team Millie and the Mathletes or  team Daniel and his crew on the patio. Choose wisely, lest you risk social suicide.

Their game even caught the attention of Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig:

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12 things we learned from the new 'Freaks and Geeks' oral history

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Mark Seliger exclusively for Vanity Fair

Though it lasted only a single season on NBC, Freaks and Geeks is justifiably beloved — for presenting an unvarnished take on adolescence in the Dawson’s Creek era, for perfectly mixing comedy and drama, and for launching the careers of big names like Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel. And it’s not only fans who have a special place in their hearts for Freaks — since its cancellation, nearly every member of its cast and crew has said that working on the series was the high point of their career.

That’s a sentiment that’s echoed over and over again in Vanity Fair‘s new oral history of the show, which appears in the magazine’s just-released Comedy Issue (guest edited by Apatow himself). The article also includes plenty of fun facts for those who still love Freaks, such as:

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What's so funny about 40? 'Bridesmaids' director Paul Feig's tips for turning 40

Everywhere my pop-culture lenses look, Hollywood is feeling 40. From Megan’s surprise party for Don on Mad Men a few weeks back (zou bisou bisou!) to the recently released trailer for Judd Apatow’s second fortysomething comedy This Is 40. (One can only assume Apatow is working towards a complete trilogy). Tina Fey’s Bossypants, the crescendo of which has the 30 Rock creator and star grappling with what turning 40 means in terms of motherhood and career — and whether or not she needs to immediately take her pants off when she gets home now — is still hovering near the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

Then again, having just turned the big four-oh myself, maybe it’s just me?

“It’s sort of like when you buy a new car and then you suddenly start to notice all the cars are similar to yours,” says Bridesmaids director Paul Feig of turning 40. “And you go, ‘Wow, we all bought the same car!'”

When Paul Feig was staring down 40, Freaks and Geeks — the cult-favorite TV show he created and was executive produced by Apatow — had already been cancelled (prematurely, it should be noted), and he made a conscious decision to do away with childish things and begin viewing life through the eyes of a full-fledged adult. (Granted, an adult who would years later win the hearts of America with a movie in which a woman poops in a sink.) READ FULL STORY

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