Paul Feig's Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

DavidDevindra, and Jeff are joined by Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair to discuss the new Ghostbusters. Also: David sees Fellowship of the Ring with a live orchestra, and Jeff and Devindra chat up Stranger Things. Be sure to read up on Peter’s disappointment with Ghostbusters, Matt Zoller Seitz’s review of Ghostbusters’ themes, and watch the Amy Schumer sketch featuring Neil Casey.

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Ghostbusters

Director Paul Feig likes to shoot a lot of alternate jokes and takes. Because of that, the first cuts for his movies tend to be quite long. In the case of Ghostbusters, for example, the first cut his editor put together was over four hours long (which isn’t actually too outrageous of a runtime if Feig is talking about the assembly cut). Some of those deleted scenes will be restored back into the film, as Sony plans on releasing an extended cut of Ghostbusters later this year.

Below, find out more about the Ghostbusters deleted scenes.

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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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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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‘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 »

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 »

Ghostbusters Holtzmann gay

This summer has served up all sorts of expensive, extravagant spectacles. We’ve traveled to far-flung fantasy realms, battled ghouls and ghosts of every stripe, witnessed multiple animals endangering human lives by driving trucks, and cheered on more superhero-on-superhero pileups than you can shake a supernaturally powered scepter at. One thing we haven’t gotten a lot of, though? LGBTQ characters. Instead, what we have seen are a number of characters like Ghostbusters‘ Jillian Holtzmann, who slink right up to the edge, but then stop just short of coming out.

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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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