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Column: The Private Sector - Somebody Turn on the Lights!

Sorry guys, I was out on a smoke break (and I don’t even smoke, isn’t that weird). What’d I miss?

(Pauses as he hears about Chris putting the site into cryofreeze)…

Oh? Is that all? Okay.

No, do not adjust your sets, you’re not in some crazy time vortex where the site has auto-updated and posted an old article. Chris has given me the okay to post from time to time here on PC to keep some new content running in addition to the Broadsheets (how cool are those) and I thought, why not jump back in with another Private Sector.

Proton Charging was and always will continue to be a daily read for me. It’s in my DNA now much as I’m sure some people find themselves hitting the address bar in Firefox and absentmindedly typing in Facebook because they need their fix. There was a daily ritual in the morning of hitting the trades and hitting all the fansites including Proton Charging that I won’t be able to shake and it’s a testament to what Chris built here. Much as Ghostbusters HQ was the go-to for people to hear me run rampant (that’s all it was really good for, right?) - Chris had built the go-to for the no-nonsense news and features. You could always cut through the noise with a quick view of Proton Charging, and get a pretty good gauge on the response based on the articulate and pointed comments.

So let’s stick to what Proton Charging was really known for… the news. Anybody heard any news lately? Something about some guy named Murray and a third movie? I may have seen it in a place or two. Looking to the left in the GBFans aggregate RSS feed, I don’t see anything remotely close to mentioning it but…

…all kidding aside though, it seems like there are peaks and valleys, ups and downs to the on-going saga of Ghostbusters III on a daily basis. And for us fans, that’s not exactly news.

After all, we’ve been enduring this since the first days that I remember jumping into the online fandom in the mid-90s. Will they? Won’t they? Bill Murray is in! Bill Murray would rather not. Bill Murray is willing to try again! Bill Murray shredded the script… it seemingly is endless and I’m not sure if I’m in the minority, but when friends ask me about my thoughts I just kind of shrug. Hard to get worked up over it because it’ll probably change with the weather tomorrow.

That said, you can’t help but get the feeling that we’re closer now than we’ve ever been to a third incarnation of the franchise hitting the big screen. As Tom Lennon and Ben Garant will tell you, a writer being fired from a movie and replaced by another writer is a good thing - it means the studio is actually spending money on it and wanting to see it through.

So what does a Ghostbusters film without Peter Venkman mean?

Stating the obvious, it means that there will be a void that one of the “new generation” cast members will need to fill. That much is abundantly clear. But I’d argue on the side of this being the best possible scenario for another film being an original work rather than a rehash of what we’ve seen. This way the old guard is giving way to the new guard without possibility of being upstaged or missed because they were hardly used.

Let me hit you with a hypothetical situation…

June 2013. You’re sitting in your movie theater seat with your large Dr. Pepper and popcorn and the house lights come down as Ghostbusters 3, begins. As you’re watching the film, it becomes clear that Bill Murray might be phoning it in. His heart just isn’t in it. There’s glimpses and shades of familiar things that get you excited, but ultimately the experience just isn’t fulfilling because you’re expecting certain things that you just aren’t getting. Much like a certain war in the stars or an archeologist donning the fedora again, you’ve pictured the next episode intricately in your head. Some people have written their own version, produced their own fanfilmed incarnation, or at least argued what the “only possible perfect sequel could contain.” (Pause to look directly at myself).

But in this hypothetical situation, where you’re sitting watching something just not up to par, you begin to realize that all the warning signs were there. It’s not like Murray didn’t warn you. For years, he’s been on the fence and not exactly championing a third film. You can’t possibly be upset with him for finally giving in and not jumping into the role fully.

Now let’s change that hypothetical situation up a bit… as you watch the events on-screen unfold, you realize that the new film is being respectful, reverent, and giving nods to what came previous in ways that cater directly to you. Bill Murray isn’t in the movie (or he shows up for a quick impactful cameo ala Zombieland), but it’s something fresh and something new. But at the same time, you’re getting a new story, with new characters, new worlds to explore. Nobody is trying to replicate Bill Murray, nobody is trying to capture that lightning in a bottle again. They’re trying to create NEW lightning. In other words, the film isn’t trying to BE Ghostbusters, it’s trying to BE a different Ghostbusters.

"A different Ghostbusters!?!?" I just heard you shout in revulsion, understandably. I know, change can be a little distressing. After all, if the N-filter isn’t the exact diameter to some peoples’ specifications, it causes a (tiny) uproar. But if this new film is being positioned to be a relaunch, a stepping-off point, then it has to be something different. It has to bring something new to the table rather than rehash everything that you’ve seen before.

And to me, if this crazy voyage called Ghostbusters III is going to happen - that’s what I’d like to see. Rather than the continuing story, I’d rather see the first part of a new story.

And if Bill Murray wants to be there to break the bottle on the newly Christened ship, all the better… But it can still be done in his honor.

2012 Summer Screenings

Suddenly…screenings everywhere!

Now until July 3rd@Giant Screen Cinema in Birmingham UK

Monday, July 2nd Free outdoor screening @8:30pm (pre-show starts at 7:00pm) Coney Island, Brooklyn NY

Friday, July 6thFree outdoor screening (and free popcorn!) @8:00pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown Washington DC

Sunday, July 8th Free outdoor screening @9:00pm, Riverdale Park East, Toronto Ontario

Saturday, July 14th Outdoor screening (doors open @7:00pm), Fremont Outdoor Cinema, Seattle WA

Thursday, July 26thFree outdoor screening, Liberty Lands, Philidelphia PA

Friday, August 3rd Paramount Theatre @8:00pm, Oakland CA

Saturday, August 11thNorth Carolina Museum of Art @9:00pm, Raleigh NC WITH a Dinner and Movie option starting at 7:00pm.

Saturday, August 18th Free outdoor screening @9:30pm, College Football Hall of Fame, South Bend IN

Notice any missing? Leave a comment or contact us on our FB page!

Ghostbusters Ongoing Preview issue #10

IDW’s Ghostbusters issue #10 doesn’t hit the shelves until Wednesday, June 20th; but at least there’s an early preview now available at Newsarama!

Ghostbusters soundtrack used by military in psyche warfare?

Presented with the unusual situation of wanting to arrest Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega, but not being able to actually attack the consulate he was seeking refuge in (a Vatican consulate, no less), the US military turned to psychological warfare - in this case, blasting music at the compound so he could not sleep. It worked - he did give up.

Then, while listening to this week’s episode of The Caustic Soda Podcast - all about bizarre music stories - I found out that Cleaning Up The Town by The Bus Boys (from the Ghostbusters soundtrack), was on the approved playlist the military used.

As crazy and dark as this is, you have to admit - it’s not a song designed to let you sleep.

Gitmo’s Boombox: Does an official “Music Torture” song list actually exist? | Darren Garnick’s Culture Schlock.

Ernie Hudson talks Oz and losing out on the Ghostbusters cartoon

"Probably the most frustrating job, yet the most rewarding job. Just getting the job was frustrating. But I loved the actors—Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis—and I still consider them very good friends. I’m so thankful that I got a chance to do it. After all these years, almost 30 years later, whenever I’m on the street, someone will call out, “Who you gonna call?”"

Ernie Hudson talks Oz and losing out on the Ghostbusters cartoon | TV | Random Roles | The A.V. Club.

Entertainment Tonight shares their Ghostbusters premiere footage!

Entertainment Tonight, which was really, like, barely started in 1984, was on the red carpet for the LA premiere of Ghostbusters, and given that we just passed the 28th anniversary of that event, it was nice of them to share!

If you want to download a copy for yourself (you know, for your iPhone or something), right-click and save this link.

Chicago, St. Louis & Ontario; CHV signings coming your way!

Crystal Head has just recently announced some upcoming dates for the summer & early fall; so if they’re in your area, why not go meet Dan Aykroyd and get your bottle of Crystal Head Vodka signed?

Thursday July 12
From 4:00 PM  to  6:00 PM
151 N State Street, Chicago IL 60601 

Sam’s Club
Saturday July 14
From 1:00 PM  to  3:00 PM
4512 Lemay Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129

Saturday September 22
From 1:00 PM  to  3:00 PM
275 Rideau Street, Ottawa ON, K1N 5Y3

Friday September 28
From 5:00 PM  to  7:00 PM
3050 Wonderland Road South, London, ON N6L 1A6

Saturday September 29
From 1:00 PM  to  3:00 PM
6975 Meadowvale Town Centre, Mississauga, ON L5N 2W7

Seth MacFarlane studied Ghostbusters while making guy-teddy bear buddy flick, Ted.

Seth “Family Guy” MacFarlane is making the move to the silver screen, but not with one of this hit TV shows, but an actual buddy flick, Ted. Now, it’s true, Ted is about a guy and his not-so-imaginary friend, a talking teddy-bear, but it’s still a big step away from the anything-goes cartoons he’s used to. How did he plot the line between real and absurd? He watched Ghostbusters;

What made you want a CGI talking teddy bear in your first film?
All of my experience has been in animation, so I felt it would be good to include an animated element. But making Ted was also about finding a balance between that sort of sledgehammer-realism of modern comedy, at least in that Judd Apatow style, and capturing the style of comedy that I loved in the ’80s, movies like Back to the Future and Ghostbusters. Those movies were funny for adults, but they also had an element of showmanship to them; there was an element of un-realism. It was always very well-balanced.

Ghostbusters is a movie that we looked to often during Ted’s production process, because it’s a movie that essentially takes place in the real world; New York City is presented as New York City and the characters are all very realistic, but there’s this one element that’s completely unrealistic. By keeping everything else very grounded, they earned that. You don’t have wacky characters in a wacky situation—you have grounded and real characters and one wacky situation for them to deal with.

I hope Ted establishes the modern version of what those ’80s movies accomplished: combining real characters with a fun, outrageous, summer comedy premise.

Ghostbusters 2 makes top-matte list… but not Ghostbusters?

Without a doubt, Mark Sullivan’s matte painting of Peter’s apartment in Ghostbusters 2 is exceptional, and as outlined in this top 50 list (it made #47) it is tragic that the painting was accidentally destroyed (painted on glass, matte paintings were prone to shattering.), but it seems very odd that Matthew Yuricich and his matte of the rooftop temple in Ghostbusters didn’t make the cut. The only thing I can assume is that he was omitted because he was already on the list for TWO other classic paintings, including Ben Hur.

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