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One of the more peculiar choices in last year’s disappointing Ghostbusters reboot/remake was seeing the familiar actors from the original movies in cameo roles as different characters. Were fans really hankering to see Bill Murray return to the franchise as Martin Heiss, or Dan Ackroyd popping up as a random taxi driver? No. We want Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore. We’d love Egon Spengler too, but.. well, Harold Ramis is dead. So that’s out, right?
Apparently not. We live in an age of wonders where CGI technology can recreate actors and drag Ramis from the grave for one last ghostbustin’ runaround. It sounds a bit tasteless, yet it’s precisely this that was teased by Ivan Reitman during the franchise’s Comic-Con panel.
In response to a question from an audience member asking whether the next film could use CG to recreate the original cast, »
- David James
Idw has announced that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters are set to reunite for an inter-dimensional comic book adventure in the new weekly crossover event series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2!
The story begins when an old adversary traps the Turtles in a ghost dimension, as old adversaries are wont to do. However, all hope is not lost for our Heroes in Half-Shell, as New York City’s resident experts on all things spooky quickly answer the call.
The dream writing team of Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe) and Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, editor for Ghostbusters) are back to tackle scripting duties and will be joined by lead Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening, whose animated art style has come to define the look of the Ghostbusters comics. An array of multi-talented artists with Turtles credentials are also getting in on the mass »
- Gary Collinson
Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf, who portrayed baby Oscar in Ghostbusters 2 has apparently committed suicide, he was 29 years old. Henry and his twin brother William portrayed baby Oscar, Dana Barrett's (Sigourney Weaver) baby. The two were recently in a documentary about Ghostbusters II, entitled "Cleanin' Up the Town," but neither of the twins acted again after that role. Afterwards, Henry and William became martial arts teachers and trainers at their own center in California. Henry was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in August of 2008 and hung on for as long as he could before taking his own life last week.
William found his twin brother in his apartment in Escondido, California after Henry had hung himself according to law enforcement sources. William and his family have set up a DonorDrive to raise awareness for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation as well as share memories of their brother and son. Read what William had to say about Henry below.
" Hank was diagnosed in August of 2008. If you knew Hank before his diagnosis, you knew a young man who was upbeat, healthy, witty, kind, outgoing, and was always ready to stand up for people. Medication curbed the delusions but it did not stop the voices."
William continues and explains that the medication soon took its toll on Henry.
"The side effects of the medication took a toll on Hank. He felt like a zombie, lost his personality, gained weight quickly, slept for twelve hours a day, and had to use all of his willpower just to lift his hand to drink a cup of water. My brother was left with a band aid for a gunshot wound."
Schizoaffective disorder is a condition that includes both aspects of schizophrenia and a mood disorder that can either be bipolar disorder or a major depressive disorder. Scientists and professionals are uncertain to whether the disorder is more of a mood or schizophrenic disorder so it's often treated as a hybrid disorder. Schizophrenia on its own can distort the way that an individual thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others. Mixing that with a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder adds to the mix, throwing feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, severe mood changes, and many more symptoms.
As William stated above, medication is often like "putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound," but Henry soldiered on as their martial arts studio began to thrive. He still kept his training going through multiple types of martial arts, but towards the end of his life he was not able to leave the house due to crippling depression and the voices in his head. William says that Henry "fought every day of his life."
Henry and William are also the nephews of the late country singer John Denver. In addition to remembering his brother, William also took time to advocate for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. "It is also very important to me to immediately spread awareness about schizophrenia, bipolar, and suicide prevention." His family, nieces and nephews, close friends, students, and his girlfriend will remember hank. You can read William's entire tribute to Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf and donate to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation at the link: BBRFoundation. »
Henry Deutschendorf, the onetime actor who played baby Oscar in Ghostbusters 2 along with his twin brother William, has died at the age of 29. His death was reported by his brother.
Although they both appeared in the high-profile sequel (and a documentary about it filmed earlier this year), neither of the Deutschendorf twins ever acted again. Instead, they became martial arts teachers and trainers, operating a martial arts center in California. William wrote a remembrance for his brother today, revealing that he’d suffered for several years with schizoaffective disorder—a mental disorder that combines the symptoms of mood disorders with those of schizophrenia—and that he’d ultimately lost his battle with the disease.
Hank was diagnosed in August of 2008. If you knew Hank before his diagnosis, you knew a young man who was upbeat, healthy, witty, kind, outgoing, and was always ready to stand up for »
- William Hughes
Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf, the child actor who played baby Oscar in Ghostbusters II, died on June 14 of an apparent suicide at the age of 29. According to the San Diego Coroner's report, it was a suicide by hanging. The former actor was discovered by his twin brother, William, who also starred as baby Oscar in the Ghostbusters sequel, in the apartment he shared with his girlfriend. The coroner's report says, "The decedent was a single, 29-year-old Caucasian male who resided with his girlfriend in an apartment in the city of Escondido. On the evening of 06/14/17, he was found suspended by a ligature around his neck in his closet by his brother." The report continues, "After »
The passing of someone is always a sad occasion but when it happens to someone so very young it’s downright tragic. We here at Dread Central are sad to report on the passing of Henry “Hank” Deutschendorf, or as he… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
Henry J. Deutschendorf II, one of two twin boys who played Baby Oscar in the 1989 film “Ghostbusters II,” took his own life at his Escondido, Calif., home last week, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office told TheWrap on Wednesday. He was 29.
According to the medical examiner’s office, Deutschendorf died from suicide by hanging.
Deutschendorf shared the role of Baby Oscar with his twin brother William. According to Yahoo, the siblings went on to run a martial arts school in San Diego. »
- Tim Kenneally
Tragic day for Henry John Deutschendorf II. The 29-year-old, who notably was one of the twin baby actors featured in the 1989 film Ghostbusters II, died on June 14, his brother, Will Deutschendorf, confirmed on Facebook Tuesday. Henry was discovered by his brother in his Escondido, California, apartment, according to TMZ. The outlet also reports that the […] »
- Aynslee Darmon
Henry ‘Hank’ Deutschendorf, who played baby Oscar in Ghostbusters II, has reportedly committed suicided at the age of 28.
His twin brother William, who also played Sigourney Weaver’s character’s baby Oscar in the 1989 film, confirmed the news online. “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my twin brother, Hank,” he wrote. “On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Henry John Deutschendorf II lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder.”
Deutschendorf, also the nephew of country singer John Denver, committed suicide at his home in Escondido, California last week, according to TMZ. His brother did not elaborate on a cause of death. »
- Mike Miller
Along with his twin brother Will Deutschendorf, Henry “Hank” Deutschendorf portrayed Oscar, the infant son of Dana Barrett, in the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II. We’re sad to report that at just 28 years old, Hank recently lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder. Hank Deutschendorf, the nephew of late musician John Denver, never returned to acting after Ghostbusters II, though he […] »
- John Squires
Tragic day for Henry John Deutschendorf II.
Henry was discovered by his brother in his Escondido, California, apartment, according to TMZ.
The outlet also reports that the medical examiner has ruled the former actor's death as a suicide by hanging.
In a lengthy, heartbreaking Facebook post, John »
Henry Deutschendorf has died at age 28. The actor is best known for playing baby Oscar alongside his twin, William, in the 1989 comedy blockbuster “Ghostbusters II.” Oscar was the son of Sigourney Weaver’s Dana Barrett and was the target of the paranormal in the Ivan Reitman-directed sequel.
According to law enforcement sources, Deutschendorf committed suicide at his home in Escondido, CA. He suffered from schizoaffective disorder, a combination between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
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Henry appeared with his brother in the 2017 documentary “Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters,” but he never returned to acting outside of his famous role in “Ghostbusters II.” He ran a martial arts school with his brother. Henry’s uncle was the musician John Denvers.
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11:40 Am Pt -- According to the medical examiner ... Henry committed suicide by hanging himself. He was discovered by his brother in his apartment, who cut him down and called 911, but it was too late.One of the twins who played Baby Oscar in "Ghostbusters II" has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned. Henry 'Hank' Deutschendorf -- who played the role of the baby along with his twin brother, William -- killed himself at his home in Escondido, »
- TMZ Staff
Updated: After coming under fire, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revised its “clean version” initiative that allowed viewers to screen edited versions of two dozen of the studio’s films. Sony now says it won’t sell such movies if directors object.
“Our directors are of paramount importance to us and we want to respect those relationships to the utmost,” said Sphe president Man Jit Singh in a statement on Wednesday. “We believed we had obtained approvals from the filmmakers involved for use of their previously supervised television versions as a value added extra on sales of the full version. But if any of them are unhappy or have reconsidered, we will discontinue it for their films.” Related
Judd Apatow to Sony: ‘Shove the Clean Versions of Movies Up Your A–!’
Four hours after Sony’s announcement, the Directors Guild of America told Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that it’s »
- Dave McNary
Add Judd Apatow to the list of filmmakers and creators not too pumped about Sony Pictures’ newly announced “Clean Version” initiative. The filmmaker has issued a very colorful statement regarding the studio’s plan to offer edited — read: “clean” — versions of some of its titles on various streaming platforms. As Variety notes, these “Clean Versions” are the exact same ones used for broadcast TV or airline viewing, adding another weird wrinkle into the story.
Still, Apatow isn’t buying it, and he’s not alone.
The filmmaker took to Twitter yesterday to sound off on his thoughts on the plan, and they are, amusingly enough, the kind of thoughts that would definitely be edited out of a Clean Version of the Sony movie about this tweet.
This is absolute »
- Kate Erbland
The studio announced on June 7 that it was making the broadcast TV or airline version of these 24 titles available when a consumer purchases a film in its original form on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW. The DGA said in a statement Tuesday that Sony is violating the guild’s master contract with the major studios.
“Directors have the right to edit their feature films for every non-theatrical platform, plain and simple,” the DGA said. “Taking a director’s edit for one platform, and then releasing it on another — without giving the director the opportunity to edit — violates our Agreement. Throughout the years, the DGA has achieved hard-fought creative rights gains protecting our members from such practices. As creators of their films, directors »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has launched a “clean version” initiative allowing viewers to screen edited versions of two dozen Sony films.
The studio is making the broadcast TV or airline version of these 24 titles available when a consumer purchases a film in its original form on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW.
Holy shit please don't do this to our movies. Thanks. https://t.co/0lpoESaIQd
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 6, 2017
“Holy sh– please don’t do this to our movies. Thanks,” Rogen wrote.
“The Clean Version allows viewing for a wider audience, giving people the chance to watch their favorite films together,” Sony said. “Clean Version movies can be accessed with purchase of the theatrical versions.”
The films include all five versions of “Spider-Man” along with “50 First Dates, »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures is making headlines for the introduction of their new “Clean Version” initiative. The effort is an attempt to bring the edited versions of movies that air on broadcast television and airplanes without mature content in them to home viewers through streaming platforms like iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW. So if you ever wanted to stream “Step Brothers” without any curse words or explicit material, then you’re in luck. We’re not sure why you would, though.
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Seth Rogen is equally baffled by the new initiative, the first round of which being released includes 24 films. Most of the titles are PG-13 and therefore won’t see too much of a dramatic edit, but that can’t be said for “Step Brothers,” which has to be the most head-scratching title included in the “Clean Version” project. »
- Zack Sharf
Sony Pictures have announced that they are looking to make slightly cleaner versions of their more adult movies. The ‘Clean Version’ initiative will take a series of titles and make them more appropriate for younger viewers, and will be available on the VOD platforms including iTunes.
Launch titles include: 50 First Dates, Battle Of The Year, Big Daddy, Captain Phillips, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Easy A, Elysium, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Goosebumps, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Hancock, Inferno, Moneyball, Pixels, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and White House Down.
Sony have already launched CleanVersionMovies.com where more info can be found. The controversial move hopes to combat piracy – some third-parties have been known to re-edit movies taking all of the more adult content out of movies – with Sony being the first major studio to make the move. »
- Paul Heath
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