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Celebrate Ghostbusters Day with Build-A-Bear

Build-A-Bear is taking Ghostbusters day to a whole new level with the release of limited edition “bears” based on the original franchise!

The collection consists of a Ghostbusters themed bear ($25), the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ($29), and a miniature version of everyone’s favorite ghoul, Slimer ($12.50).

Ghostbusters fans also have the option of purchasing the Supernatural Bear Set ($56.50), which includes the Ghostbusters themed bear, a proton pack, black boots, and the classic tan jumpsuit.

And no, the bears are not stuffed with ectoplasm. Bummer, we know.

 

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The collection also includes several accessories, including the Ghostbusters jumpsuit, the proton pack, a t-shirt, the Ghostbusters theme song (which is inserted into the bear’s paw), and a marshmallow scented bear disk, all of which are compatible with normal-sized bears.

The Build-A-Bear Ghostbusters collection is available for pre-order now through Sunday June 12.

Which “bear” is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

 

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The ‘Ghostbusters’ Trailer is a Disaster

Ghostbusters fans were just beginning to warm up to the idea of an all-female reboot, when suddenly, this happened:

I’m not going to mince words here… this trailer is an utter disaster and is an insult to Ghostbusters fans.

Now I know that the trailer may just be cut poorly, but there are some definite issues here that need to be addressed:

It relies heavily on archetypes and stereotypes

Gender bending Ghostbusters (1984) was a bold creative move, but as of right now it seems like it was the only creative move.

Like its predecessor, Ghostbusters (2016) follows the paranormal adventures of three white scientists and their black non-scientist friend. Couple that with some nostalgic costumes, Ecto 1, proton packs, and the green ghoul Slimer, and we’ve got ourselves a movie that is insufferably similar to the original in most regards.

As of right now, it seems that only one actor has a role that is wildly different than her 1984 counterpart: Leslie Jones.

Jones plays Patty Tolan, a public transit worker turned paranormal investigator who is loud, angry, and outspoken. These traits make her the polar opposite of her Ghostbusters (1984) doppelgänger, Winton (Ernie Hudson), who by contrast was always calm, cool and collected.

This reversal would be refreshing if not for the fact that Jones’ character is horrifyingly stereotypical.

Hollywood all too often depicts black women as loud and angry, and many are upset that a female-centric film such as Ghostbusters (2016) would make a “creative” decision to reinforce these unfair stereotypes. Social media responded strongly to the trailer’s typecasting with heated and voluminous criticism, and it hasn’t fallen on deaf ears. Jones herself responded to her critics the same way every celebrity seems to: by tweeting about it.

Either Jones doesn’t understand how detrimental her character is not only to black actors, but to the black community as a whole, or, Jones does understand but is keeping mum about it. After all, her entire comedic career is based on her ability to play an angry black woman, and as brilliant as she is, the fact remains that stereotypes are currently paying her bills.

It ostracizes the Ghostbusters fan base

In order for a reboot of a classic franchise to be successful, writers and directors need to have a deep understanding of what made their source material so successful and captivating to fans in the first place. Many of those fans will provide the studio heading the operation guaranteed ticket sales, so it’s of the utmost importance that the reboot be first and foremost an homage to those original fans. But as any studio executive will most likely tell you, it’s not enough to cater to existing fans, the reboot also needs to have the power to draw in and excite new audiences. Rebooting is a dangerous endeavor, but when done correctly, audiences both old and new are treated to gems like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.

So as far as this trailer is concerned, I don’t know who exactly Paul Feig thinks he’s catering to, but it doesn’t seem to be the Ghostbusters fan base or a general audience.

The witty humor and frights that made the original Ghostbusters so fun and unique are noticeably absent in this trailer, and the humor that was displayed was weak, juvenile, and akin to a terrible Scary Movie sequel. Compare the trailer for Ghostbusters (1984) to the hot mess that is the trailer for Ghostbusters (2016) and you’ll see that the comedic disparities are very clear:

The reason for this disparity boils down to decisions made in the writer’s room.

Dan Ackroyd (who starred in the original Ghostbusters) is responsible for writing Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II and Ghostbusters (2016). One would assume then that the comedic tone of the reboot would at least be somewhat similar to the original film due to Ackroyd’s input. But Ackroyd didn’t write either film alone. He wrote the 1984 script with co-star Harold Ramis, but he wrote the reboot with Kate Dippold (whose other works include The Heat and MADtv),

Harold Ramis was the visionary behind Animal House, Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day, and not to discredit Ackroyd, but Ramis was truly the brainchild responsible Ghostbusters (1984).

Unfortunately Ramis passed away in 2014 from complications related to an illness. President Obama himself released a statement upon the news of his death, saying “when we watched his movies – from Animal House and Caddyshack to Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day – we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings.”

Without the genius comedic mind of Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters 2016 was truly doomed from the start.

The CGI is terrible

Visually, the Ghostbusters trailer is a neon hot mess.

It’s chocked full of bright, cartoony ghosts that look like a deceased Coachella crowd. These specters seem to belong more in the world of Danny Phantom than Ghostbusters (oh how I miss that show), and the scare factor is extremely lacking.

We can only hope that Ghostbusters (2016) redeems itself with a fantastic subsequent trailer, but until then, no thank you.

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Bill Murray Returning to ‘Ghostbusters’

Those of you with serious doubts about the Ghostbusters reboot can breathe just a little easier now:

Bill Murray has officially joined the cast!

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today that the actor has officially signed on for the reboot of his classic 80s film.

Murray famously played Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), but there is no word yet on whether or not he will reprising his role or playing a new character all together.

His casting actually comes as quite a pleasant, but shocking, surprise. Murray has historically always been against the idea of a third Ghostbusters film, and in the past has even thwarted plans for a third film by being the sole holdout of the original cast (which comprised of Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (RIP), and Ernie Hudson).

Ghostbusters (2016) stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

Paul Feig directs, with Murray’s fellow Ghostbusters alum Dan Aykroyd writing the script.

The film is currently scheduled for a July 2016 release.

Will the return of Bill Murray be enough to win back reluctant Ghostbusters fans? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Just Added a Villain to the Roster

Just a week after director Paul Feig gave us a peek at Ghostbusters Jumpsuit and Proton Pack 2.0, Deadline reports that the Ghostbusters reboot has just cast its main baddie!

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Writer and actor Neil Casey joins the cast as a villainous character named Rowan. His writing credits include Saturday Night Live (he’ll be in good company with fellow SNL players Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon), Inside Amy Schumer, and Kroll Show, and I adore all of those things. He has appeared as an actor in episodes of Broad City and The League (I ADORE!) and currently stars in another Feig project, the Yahoo! original series Other Space. These folks keep it all in the family!

No news about Casey’s character is available just yet, but – and I’m speculating here – if they keep to a total gender swapping of characters from the original Ghostbusters film (as they have with the main cast and the recent addition of our favorite hunk of blond Asgardian Chris Hemsworth in the original Annie Potts role of Janine Melnitz) wouldn’t Casey be set up to be a counterpart to Sigourney Weaver’s Dana Barrett? To be fair, Dana was never a true villain because she was possessed, but then the first film didn’t have a Big Bad at all, did it?

Now that we’ve got a villain, let’s hope Columbia Pictures slips us some plot details next! I need to know if I can expect a Stay Puft Woman in 2016. The new Ghostbusters is scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release.

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All Female Ghostbusters Reboot Has A Cast

Well, sort of. Melissa McCarthy (The Heat), who has been in talks for a lead role in the Paul Feig reboot, has reportedly signed on the dotted line. Now we are just waiting for word that the other members of the supernatural poltergiest hunting dream team, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, have inked their deals. Wiig, McCarthy, and director Feig have teamed up before with the hit Bridesmaids, while Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are breakout featured players on Saturday Night Live.

Feig has been active in promoting his involvement in the film, letting his Twitter followers know that Sony is set to release the film on July 26, 2016, and that he’s pulling out all the stops to make this a girl-power driven movie.

Katie Dippold penned Feig’s female buddy cop comedy The Heat, and just finished working on it’s sequel. Lets hope this reboot can live up to the 1984 film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. We wont mention Ghostbusters II so as not to jynx it!

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