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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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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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Will ‘Ghostbusters’ Get to Open in China?

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Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters finally arrives in U.S. theaters this weekend, and will spend the next few weeks rolling out across the world. But one country may not get the chance to answer the call. As of now it’s unclear whether Ghostbusters will open in China, thanks to a somewhat obscure censorship guideline prohibiting certain supernatural elements. A rejection could have a major impact on the film’s box office take as China is the second-biggest movie market in the world.  Read More »

Slimer Origin

Over the weekend, the reviews for Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters hit the web, and it turns out the movie is solid. It’s not perfect, not as good as the original, and suffers from adhering to the usual blockbuster formula, but it’s apparently thoroughly entertaining and very funny.

Of course, as any conspiracy theorist out there will tell you, the 75% that the film has on Rotten Tomatoes just shows that Sony Pictures spent a lot of money to get 77 positive reviews (of those recognized by the aggregation website) at the time of this writing. Throwing a wrench in that theory though is the fact that our own Peter Sciretta really didn’t like it, so just let that soak in a bit.

But despite the surprisingly good reviews for Ghostbusters, there is one other criticism that has been fairly consistent across the board. It seems there are too many fan service references and cameos in the movie. But thankfully, one particular element of the reboot was left out of the final draft, and it concerns the origin of the ugly little spud known as Slimer. Get the details on the cut sequence after the jump. Read More »

Paul Feig's Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters is a moderately entertaining comedy with all of the usual blockbuster trappings, but as a Ghostbusters movie I found it to be disappointing. What follows is my mostly spoiler-free explanation of why I was disappointed with Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

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