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Should Sony risk a Ghostbusters sequel?

Luke Owen looks at the franchise potential of Ghostbusters

The second week numbers are in, and it’s what most people expected (at least it’s what I predicted on last week’s podcast). After a fairly decent (but not all that great) $46 million opening weekend, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot dropped 54% to earn $21 million in its second week. Which, in fairness to it, held up pretty well against great openings for Star Trek Beyond and Lights Out, and the animated behemoth The Secret Life of Pets (which continues to make baffling big money).

Who is to blame for the mediocre performance? Was it all the pre-release negativity from misogynistic Twitter and Reddit users? Did the over-bearing Ghostbusters defenders put off potential other movie goers? Is America not ready for an all-female horror comedy? Or are we just sick of cash-grab reboots in general?

All are valid questions, but only
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Horror Highlights: Intruder, Double Take’s Notld: Revival, Remembering Ghostbusters, American Murder Song, Ghosthunters, XLrator Media

With distribution by IFC Midnight, Travis Zariwny’s Intruder will have a theatrical rollout in New York and a nationwide release on VOD on June 24th. Also: Double Take’s free access to one of their #3 issues for 24 hours only, details on the upcoming appearance of the Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters documentarians at Wizard World Philadelphia, the new video for American Murder Song, the trailer and release information for Ghosthunters, starring Stephen Manley, and details on the new action-thriller slate from XLrator Media and IndustryWorks Studios.

Intruder Release Details: “A young woman’s quiet night in becomes a free-fall into fear in this disturbing home invasion thriller. After she lands her dream job, a young cellist (Louise Linton) settles in for a relaxing few days holed up in her apartment but as a violent storm rages outside, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her every move.
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Back This! – Cleanin’ Up the Town / Never-ending Dream

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting two new film projects: Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, billed as the definitive documentary of the Ghostbusters phenomenon; and Never-ending Dream, a feature documentary about 90’s [Euro]dance music.

Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters

Directed by Anthony Bueno and produced by Claire Bueno for Bueno Productions, Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is intended to be the most complete account of the Ghostbusters franchise, chronicling the enduring popularity of two of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, revealing how they came to fruition from inception through to the production.

The Buenos have interviewed over 70 members of the cast and crew responsible for bringing these
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The "Ghostbusters" Villain Has Been Revealed

When is a logo not a logo? When it's a bad guy.

Ahead of its March 3rd trailer premiere, Sony Pictures has been talking up its "Ghostbusters" reboot at the Toy Fair event in New York this week and in the process has revealed the identity of the villain in the Paul Feig-directed, female-centric reboot of the franchise according to PixelDan.

It's not Gozer or Viggo, this time it seems the big bad will be Rowan - a ghost based on the design of the ghost seen in the franchise's iconic logo art which was designed by producer Michael C. Gross.

Other ghosts popping up in the film include fan favorite Slimer and a winged demon of some sort. Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones take on the four lead roles in the film which opens July 15th.
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Watch the trailer for documentary Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters

A trailer has arrived online for Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, an upcoming documentary from UK brother and sister team Anthony Bueno and Claire Bueno, who have spent eight years putting together the definitive story behind Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.

The documentary features interviews with over 70 members of the cast and crew, including Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver; director Ivan Reitman, producers Joe Medjuck and Michael C. Gross and editor Sheldon Kahn.

Take a look at the trailer here…

“Since I first saw Ghostbusters in the cinemas back in 84’ I was captivated, although I didn’t think 24 years later I would begin a documentary about it with my sister Claire,” states Anthony. “Becoming more enamoured with filmmaking as I’ve got older and learning how Ghostbusters 1 and 2 were made over the last 8 years, I truly hope we will deliver an in depth documentary of quality
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New 'Ghostbusters' Photo Has the Ladies Ready for Battle

New 'Ghostbusters' Photo Has the Ladies Ready for Battle
Today, we get our second official look at the Ghostbusters 2016 reboot, with the four main leads Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon armed with their proton packs and ready for battle. The image was released to the true Ghostbusters fans first, arriving on ProtonCharging's official Fan Facebook Page. The girls stand in the lobby of a hotel, surrounded by a familiar green light.

The supporting cast includes Chris Hemsworth as the Ghostbusters' secretary and Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York City, alongside Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Pat Kiernan and Neil Casey. Previously announced stars from the 1984 classic include Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Ernie Hudson. Though, this group of originals will not be reprising their iconic roles. This new Ghostbusters takes place in an alternate universe where the first team of ghost chasers simply didn't exist.

Bill Murray is believed to
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Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day Two- More Black Friday Deals & Gift Ideas for Everyone!

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Welcome back to the second day of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide- hope everyone survived Turkey Day and is ready to save some cash on more Black Friday deals and many other gift ideas I have rounded up for you all today.

We’re starting off today with more Black Friday sales that might be of interest to you and a bunch more gift ideas perfect for genre fans of all ages, including two recent visual histories of iconic films from the 1980’s, one of Scream Factory’s awesome recent releases, apparel from Dark Bunny, horror-themed cross stitch and more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release, A Christmas Horror Story, and to help you guys get into the spirit of the season, we’ve put together 10 amazing prize packs filled with goodies, a t-shirt and your very
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Ghostbusters Logo Creator Michael C. Gross Dies at 70

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Veteran graphic designer Michael C. Gross, best known for creating the instantly iconic Ghostbusters logo, has died of cancer at the age of 70, the New York Times reports. Gross started his career as a teenager, contributing drawings to Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. After marrying his high-school sweetheart at 17 — they met when he was a freshman and she was a senior who liked one of his drawings — he moved to New York to attend Pratt, but dropped out to take a job in the art department at Cosmopolitan. After a brief stint in Mexico designing posters for the 1968 Olympics, Gross began working as an art director for National Lampoon magazine, creating, among others, the cover of the magazine's infamous "Death" issue. He left the magazine in 1974 to start his own design firm; around this time, he also collaborated with John Lennon and Yoko Ono on
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'Ghostbusters' logo creator Michael C. Gross dies at 70

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'Ghostbusters' logo creator Michael C. Gross dies at 70
Michael C. Gross, who created the iconic "Ghostbusters" logo, died last Monday, November 16. He was 70 years old. According to the New York Times' obituary, the logo became one of the most famous aspects of the franchise after its prominent use in promotional materials. But that stroke of marketing genius wasn't exactly intentional. At the time, the studio hadn't yet secured the rights to the "Ghostbusters" name. So they went with a visual representation to get the point across: the ghost stuck behind the universal symbol for "no" that appeared on the characters' uniforms and the Ectomobile. "It was never meant to be the logo for the film or anything beyond simply being put on the side of the car as a prop, or on the uniforms or to hang a sign outside the fire station," Gross told the Telegraph last July. The logo has become one of the most recognizable ever,
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Michael Gross, 'Ghostbusters' Logo Designer, Dies at 70

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Michael Gross, the man responsible for the famous "Ghostbusters" logo from the comedy classics, has died. He was 70.

Gross was a designer and producer whose eclectic career spanned decades and different mediums. In the early 1970s, he worked as an art director designing covers for National Lampoon magazine, and was responsible for one of the publication's most famous images, featuring a dog with a gun pointed at its head and the slogan, "If you don't buy this magazine we'll kill this dog." He also did some freelance design work for John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

While working for National Lampoon, Gross made many famous friends, and followed his pals Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd to Los Angeles in 1979, where they eventually collaborated on 1984's "Ghostbusters," Gross's second film. It was for that flick that Gross designed the logo, called No Ghosts, which became synonymous with the series and an iconic image known throughout the world.
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Michael Gross, 'Ghostbusters' Logo Designer, Dies at 70

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Michael Gross, the man responsible for the famous "Ghostbusters" logo from the comedy classics, has died. He was 70.

Gross was a designer and producer whose eclectic career spanned decades and different mediums. In the early 1970s, he worked as an art director designing covers for National Lampoon magazine, and was responsible for one of the publication's most famous images, featuring a dog with a gun pointed at its head and the slogan, "If you don't buy this magazine we'll kill this dog." He also did some freelance design work for John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

While working for National Lampoon, Gross made many famous friends, and followed his pals Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd to Los Angeles in 1979, where they eventually collaborated on 1984's "Ghostbusters," Gross's second film. It was for that flick that Gross designed the logo, called No Ghosts, which became synonymous with the series and an iconic image known throughout the world.
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Interview: Director Douglas Tirola on ‘Drunk Brilliant Stoned Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’

Chicago – Before the days of 24/7 internet access to every form of entertainment that exists, there were eras of radical performance expression that changed the landscape of attitudes toward everything – think of The Beatles evolving music and also changing social culture. The roots of another evolution, especially in comedy, began with a modest humor magazine that brought together the right mix of anarchists and misfits. What they did would influence comedy for years afterward, and their story is told in “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon,” directed by Douglas Tirola.

“National Lampoon” Magazine was a national publication founded in 1970, that was spawned from the Harvard Lampoon, and brought together a team of 1960s-influenced comic radicals that changed the way humor was conveyed. No sacred cows existed on their pages, and the magazine also broke out into signature comedy records, stage performances and radio shows. This cottage industry featured
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You don't want to see 'Ghostbusters 3,' even if you think you do

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You don't want to see 'Ghostbusters 3,' even if you think you do
I want to ask you a question. Do you really want to see "Ghostbusters 3"? Before you answer, I want you to consider every angle. I don't want the knee-jerk response, because I know what the knee-jerk response is, and so does Columbia, and so do Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman. The knee-jerk response is easy. After all, I love the original 1984 film "Ghostbusters," and I'm more than willing to cop to a fondness for the admittedly-lesser sequel. On the surface, the thought of more "Ghostbusters" is appealing. Undeniably so. I won't lie. When I was 21 or 22 years old, my writing partner Scott Swan and I had an elaborate written treatment for "Ghostbusters 3" that I was convinced I was somehow going to get in front of the right people. After all, when I was 21 and 22 years old, I had almost constant access to Joe Medjuck, Michael Gross, and Ivan Reitman
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SAG: Over 130 Stars Against Strike

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Over 130 stars have weighed in on the SAG strike authorization, coming out firmly against. Citing the economy, the A-listers “strongly” urged SAG members not to authorize a strike, and instead “take the high road … unite with our brothers and sisters in the entertainment community and … three years down the line … make a great deal” when all the union contracts expire roughly simultaneously.

Finally, we’re hearing from the A-listers, and it may be enough to pull SAG back from the brink. Meanwhile SAG Board members in NY and Chicago came out against the authorization over the weekend.

In addition, SAG President Alan Rosenberg was forced to cancel the emergency in-person National Board meeting he had scheduled for this Friday, after SAG activists pointed out in the strongest terms that Rosenberg had no right under the SAG constitution or state law to require that the meeting be in person, rather than by videoconference.
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The Real Ghostbusters epic DVDetails

The Animated Series That’s Bigger Than The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Finally Comes To DVD, With All 147 Episodes of The Real Ghostbusters And Slimer! In Remastered Clarity, Packaged In A Collectible 25-dvd Set.

*Check Back Next Week For An Exclusive Hands-on Review, Right Here At Fangoria!

Charge up your Proton Packs and get the P.K.E. Meter running! One of the most popular animated series in television history to spin off from a major motion picture, The Real Ghostbusters, will soon be available for the first time on home video from Time Life. The 25-dvd set includes all 147 astonishing episodes of the seven-season series for over 55 hours of ghost-busting goodness — in their complete original form, but re-mastered for picture and audio perfection. Produced by some of the team members behind the legendary Ghostbusters motion pictures, The Real Ghostbusters features scripts by some of the top names in animation, science fiction,
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