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If you had told me two years ago that the new Ghostbusters movie would be the source of so much bitter, angry contention, I would have called you a liar. But here we are. The movie has been out for a few days. You’ve had a chance to see it. I’ve had a chance to see it. We can finally talk about it like civilized adults.

And I think it’s a good movie, maybe even a very good movie. At the very least, it’s colorful and funny and spooky and populated by actors I like watching. It’s certainly no disaster, despite what any wrongheaded internet campaigns are trying to tell you. Director Paul Feig has made a movie that feels right at home in the Ghostbusters legacy…even though it tries too hard to pay tribute to that legacy.

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Ghostbusters Sequel

This past weekend brought the debut of Ghostbusters at the box office, and while it wasn’t big enough to take down Illumination Entertainment’s second weekend for their massive hit The Secret Life of Pets, it still pulled down a respectable $46 million. It’s not clear if that’s a bit of a disappointing number for the studio, but apparently it doesn’t matter, because they have “no doubt” that a Ghostbusters sequel will come together.

Find out what a key Sony Pictures executive said about the future of Ghostbusters after the jump. Read More »

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Paul Feig and Katie Dippold first met around seven years ago. Dippold was writing for Parks and Recreation at the time when Feig directed “Pawnee Zoo,” the episode in which Leslie Knope arranges a wedding between two male penguins. Years later, when Dippold was hoping Feig would direct a spec script she wrote, titled The Heat, the two met for lunch. That meeting helped lead them to where they are today.

Feig and Dippold have made their biggest film yet with Ghostbusters. The reboot stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the team that’ll have to save New York City from the paranormal. At the press day, Dippold was kind enough to discuss with us how she and Feig put this new team together, the film’s cameos, working with Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, and more.

Below, read our Katie Dippold interview.

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The Edge of Seventeen Trailer

Following her breakthrough performance in True Grit, the future looked promising for young actress Hailee Steinfeld. Since then, she’s taken on a variety of roles ranging from the likes of satisfactory films such as Begin Again and Ender’s Game to more disappointing projects such as Three Days to Kill and Barely Lethal. But she really got a chance to show a different side to herself in Pitch Perfect 2. Now it appears we’ll get to see Steinfeld blossom into a more mature actress.

In what could serve as the spark towards a career that resembles something like the career of Chloe Grace Moretz or Elle Fanning, we have The Edge of Seventeen trailer. The film is produced by James L. Brooks, the producer of films such as Jerry Maguire and the writer/director of Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment and As Good As It Gets, and it looks like an outstanding coming of age story.

Watch The Edge of Seventeen trailer after the jump, but beware it’s a red band trailer with some NSFW language, but no nudity. Read More »

Boo! A Madea Halloween Trailer

October is the prime month for horror movies, and this year we’ll be getting terror on a number of different levels thanks to Tyler Perry. The writer, director, producer and actor is getting back in drag for Boo! A Madea Halloween, a horror comedy that puts the sassy old woman in the middle of some horror movie shenanigans.

This time Madea is commissioned by a family friend (also played by Tyler Perry) to keep an eye on the house and his daughter while he goes out of town to make sure she doesn’t go to a huge Halloween party happening nearby. But in addition to keeping an eye on this young girl, Madea also has to contend with creepy clowns, zombies and apparently even Jigsaw from the Saw franchise. Get a taste of the shenanigans in the Boo! A Madea Halloween trailer below. Read More »

‘Ghostbusters’ – What Did You Think?

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We’ve been talking about the new Ghostbusters for so long, it’s almost hard to believe it’s actually here. The conversation around this movie has become deafening over the past few months, with haters and defenders alike arguing over a movie no one had actually seen. Now that it’s finally here, we can all judge it for ourselves. And at least here at /Film, reactions have already been mixed — I enjoyed it quite a bit, while Peter was more disappointed. So now it’s your turn to weigh in: what did you think?

Be warned that MAJOR SPOILERS are ahead and in the comments. And as a courtesy to your fellow /Film readers: we know the arguments surrounding Ghostbusters have gotten heated. Please be civil while discussing the movie here.  Read More »

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Ghostbusters Reboot Trailer

Movie science typically likes to play fast and loose with the facts. There’s nothing terribly wrong with that, and most movies get away with it, too. In the case of a film like Ghostbusters, how much can a filmmaker actually ground the science in reality? Few people will see this reboot to fact check, but director Paul Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold may surprise some of those sticklers concerned about the depiction of physicists.

Below, Dippold tells us about the research that went into Ghostbusters.

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Ghostbusters Screenplay Video Essay

This weekend brings Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters to theaters. Even though the reboot doesn’t really measure up to the high profile of the original, it does offer something exciting for a different demographic and a new batch of young people. While the movie is undoubtedly entertaining, it does have ample shortcomings, specifically in the story department, and that’s something that the original had perfected.

Like any good screenplay, the high quality of the final draft of the original Ghostbusters was a result of careful planning, rewriting and simply compelling storytelling. A new video essay takes a look at how the original concept for Ghostbusters changed from the idea Dan Aykroyd had in his head to the movie we ended up seeing in 1984 and have loved ever since. Check out the Ghostbusters screenplay video essay after the jump. Read More »

New Ghostbusters Theme

Director Paul Feig was disappointed that the cameos in Ghostbusters were spoiled. Photos taken by the paparazzi and leaks during the shoot told fans who to expect to see in the reboot, but there are possibly still a few surprises left. When we spoke to the film’s co-writer, Katie Dippold (The Heat), we asked her about one of those surprises and a certain cameo.

Below, read what she had to say about the Ghostbusters cameo and one lovely nod to the original film. Spoilers are ahead.

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