Max Landis Ghostbusters 3

Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters reboot and to tell the story of how he once pitched a Ghostbusters movie to Sony. Hit the jump to read the story and find out how you can see the pitch for yourself.

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Ghostbusters franchise

After much fuss, Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters finally had its world premiere in Hollywood this past weekend and rolls out to U.S. theaters this coming weekend. Early reviews have been mixed to positive (you can read ours here), and if all goes well, we could be seeing a lot more of the rebooted Ghostbusters in the future. Producer Amy Pascal says the newly revived franchise will be “endless,” which of course is the goal of pretty much every mainstream blockbuster franchise these days.

But before we even get there, we’ll have a longer version of Feig’s Ghostbusters coming our way. The director says Ghostbusters will get an extended home video cut that’ll run 15-17 minutes longer than the theatrical version.

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Ghostbusters Reviews

The first Ghostbusters reviews have hit the web today after the film held its world premiere in Los Angeles last night. After months of passionate debating from fans who were enraged that this reboot was even happening to those who have been hoping that it would just be good, we can finally talk about the movie as a whole.

So is Ghostbusters the Antichrist in the form of cinema or the second coming of Jesus? It turns out, Paul Feig‘s reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones is just a movie that some critics liked and others really didn’t. You know, just like every other movie. More specifically, it sounds like the movie is much funnier than the trailers indicated, and while it really works when Paul Feig does his thing, it falters when it has to adhere to the tropes of the modern blockbuster reboot.

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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters was always going to have a tough hill to climb. Even before Paul Feig signed on, fans were skeptical about the very notion of another Ghostbusters movie. After he did, there were fans upset at the idea of female Ghostbusters and fans unhappy about getting a reboot instead of a sequel and fans still annoyed that a new Ghostbusters movie was happening at all. This project has been under intense scrutiny since before a single frame was shot, and the fuss and furor over it has only intensified as the release date approaches.

But the movie itself isn’t terribly concerned with all that. Feig’s Ghostbusters is more interested in carving out a new space than it is in retracing the steps of the original. While it may not reach “instant classic” status, it’s still an entertaining addition to the franchise, bursting with humor and personality that’s all its own.  Read More »

Ghostbusters Clips

This weekend, the embargo will lift on reviews of Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters. Starting Sunday at 1pm ET/10am PT, the first reactions to the film will be unleashed online and we’ll see if this movie has really been worth all the fuss it has garnered on the web.

As you wait for our own reaction to the film when the embargo breaks, you can check out some new Ghostbusters clips that have surfaced online, and these paint a much better picture of the less slapstick oriented comedy. They won’t completely change anyone’s mind, but they at least offer hope that there’s not as much silliness as the trailers have indicated.

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ghostbusters haters

Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters remake was under fire the moment it was announced, with a certain segment of the original film’s fans going above and beyond the call of duty to prove that they could blindly and loudly hate with the best/worst of ’em. Gallons of digital ink have been spilled about this subject over the past year or so, but I think most of us can agree that the toxic response to the trailer has been wildly disproportionate with other major summer releases whose previews are equally unimpressive. Gee, I wonder what makes this movie different from so many others?

Anyway, early buzz suggests that Ghostbusters is a good movie and the first wave of reviews should be arriving on Sunday. In the meantime, let’s just enjoy the news that the film apparently has a scene where the leading ladies reference all of that ridculous online hate.

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Ghostbusters TV Spots

We’re a little over a week away from the release of Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters, and that mean the onslaught of TV advertisements is in full force. Since I record my TV shows, I don’t usually watch commercials, but in the process of fast-forwarding, I see a Ghostbusters TV spot at least once during every single show that I watch. But some new Ghostbusters TV spots just arrived that I hadn’t seen yet, and one of them reveals a twist on a familiar character unveiled for the first time. Read More »

Ghostbusters clip

All the paranormal know-how in the world won’t get you very far in a fight against a ghost unless you’ve got the right gear. So in the first Ghostbusters clip, the gang tests out some new equipment designed by one of their own, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), including a ghost chipper and a proton glove. Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) is probably right to be scared of Jillian, even if it all kind of works out okay in the end. Watch the Ghostbusters clip below.

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Ghostbusters - group

The new Ghostbusters has already attracted more than its share of skeptics and outright haters, despite the fact that it won’t actually hit theaters for another several weeks. But it looks like there are plenty of others who are excited for Paul Feig‘s reboot of the horror-comedy classic. Early tracking numbers indicate Ghostbusters could open to as much as $50 million in North America. It’s not a spectacular number, but it’s not a disastrous one either.  Read More »