High times for the Philly GBs

It’s been a banner week for the Philadelphia Ghostbusters, particularly member Ed Hartman. For starters, the team took part in two different walking events, the Laureldale Halloween Parade, as well as raising nearly $3000 for the Autism Speaks charity during their fund raising walk.

Then, if that wasn’t enough of a big deal, Ed turned 32 and his family pitched in to get a full-on, lights and everything Proton Pack. The day before the parade, in fact, so I can only hope/assume he wore it proudly the next day.

After eating (too much) pizza, I promptly blew out the candles and my wife handed me a huge card. Inside everyone had signed it with a little message, which was very touching. But as I thought that was it, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Coming down the basement steps was my sister, with my gift on her back. It was a replica Ghostbusters Proton Pack, with lights and everything. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My wildest dream had come true. As it turned out, my wife had gotten a hold of one of my friends in the Ghostbusters group through Facebook, and “commissioned” him to build me a pack. My whole family donated toward it. I was speechless and was quickly overwhelmed to the point of tears. It was an amazing feeling to be given something so perfect from such a supporting family.

Happy Birthday, Ed! (and everyone else out there, whenever your birthday is. You should see all the great cakes people post on the PC Facebook page.)

Aykroyd manages expectations in Vanity Fair interview.

Following in the same vein as his recent Breakfast TV appearance, Dan Aykroyd spoke to Vanity Fair a bit about Bill Murray’s negative reaction to the film, Year One, and the realistic aging of the third team. Big nods to Hayden for spotting the piece.

Speaking of your film career, last month in GQ Bill Murray said something that wasn’t so nice about Ghostbusters 3.

He was talking about the writers from Year One, and I think he was reacting to the box-office success and the general public view of the film, which in my view was a very serviceable comedy, and in the end I think they’ll make their money back. I think he was concerned that the writing on Ghostbusters 3 by these guys would not be up to standard, but I can tell you firsthand, I’m working on the script now and those two—Stupnitsky and Eisenberg, [writer-producers of The Office]—wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime, and the new Ghostbusters and the old are all well represented in it…we have a strong first draft that Harold [Ramis] and I will take back, and I’m very excited about working on it.

Bill and Ted 3. Heathers 2. True Lies 2. Really?

Look, Hollywood is in love with any kind of nostalgia that can prove itself to be commercial. But it has to evolve. Now [in Ghostbusters 3] my character’s eyesight is shot, I got a bad knee, a bad hip—I can’t drive that caddy anymore or lift that Psychotron Accelerator anymore, it’s too heavy. We need young legs, new minds—new Ghostbusters; so I’m in essence passing the torch to the new regime, and you know what? That’s totally okay with me.

The door isn’t entirely closed, and if Dan and Harold are in fact working on the re-write, it’s quite possible that from Sony’s side, things are still tentatively moving forward for filming in the Spring. However, as with most comments from Dan, it is reassurance that things haven’t entirely shut-down, more than a clear indication that things are finalized and moving ahead full-steam.

Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters trailer online!

After two years and over 60 interviews, the documentary we’ve all been waiting for is nearly complete. And to show just how much goodness there is in the final film, a full trailer is now online for Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters. The whole thing will blow your mind, but in particular pay attention to the live performance from the Busboys that accompanies the trailer. And keep an eye on the transitional magazines for funny little details.

Those of you attending the Horror Hound Weekend in November (in Cincinnati), you will have an opportunity to see a rough ten minutes of the film, as I understand it, as the director, Anthony Bueno is nearing completion on the film (only a couple more interviews left to do!)

Be sure to show your support for the film by following it on Facebook (if you’re not already.)

Over two years in the making, this is the definitive documentary on the Ghostbusters films. ‘Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters’ delves deep into all the creative processes that brought these films to life. With interviews of cast and crew, some of which have never been put on tape before, it promises to satisfy both fan and filmmaker alike.