Photos surface of cut GB2 ending!

Red Bubble user, DilettantO, lucked out (from what I can tell) – the same day in 1988 he was visiting Liberty Island, Ghostbusters 2 production was shooting the final scene of the film, in which the team is honored by the city, finally. The scene was quite elaborate initially, only to be cut down to a quick glimpse at the end of the film as it fades to black and the main credits roll. Given how little we’re able to see in the final film, getting to see these amazing, crisp, 35mm slides is a revelation!

In Dec ‘88 I got to go to NYC for the first time, courtesy of Random House, as I was doing the Thomas The Tank Engine book illustrations for them at the time. On this trip, not only was Gorbachev in town meeting with Ronnie Raygun (sic) but Ghostbusters II was being filmed in the city. I took myself out to Liberty Island and was lucky enough to go up inside the statue (which isn’t allowed anymore). I have some great shots of that which I will post sometime. Coincidentally, they were shooting the final scenes of the movie on Liberty Island when I was out there, so while all this was happening, I got myself into a good position on the ‘plinth’ overlooking the set and slapped on my long lens. I got a few great shots like this one showing Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis. I especially like this one as Ackroyd seems to be looking straight at me. After the shoot, I collared both Murray and Ackroyd for autographs ( not sure where Weaver and Ramis were) . Ackroyd obliged, but Murray demurred, say he was ‘hungry’. Sadly I lost the Ackroyd autograph, but at least I still have the memories and a few pix, plus I know I’m in the aerial shot behind the closing credits in Ghostbusters II, even though only I know I’m there.

The scene had at least one piece of physical comedy, as Louis and Janine make-out on stage… I’m actually kind of glad they cut that bit. Kind of an anti-climax to the film.

Thanks to Glen Yard for spotting the pics!

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Ectoplasmic Residue artist selling prints online

Can’t make it to the Ghostbusters-themed art show, Ectoplasmic Residue? Bummed out about that? Well, don’t worry, art from the show has slowly started to show up online.

One artist in particular, Keith P. Rein, has posted his three pieces from the show on his blog. Keith has a particularly love of including pop culture, portraits and naked ladies in his work – two of them he combined in two of his pieces, and he managed all three in the third. They are amazing… one one is Not Safe For Work. Annie Potts fetishists, you have been warned…

But wait, there’s more! Keith is selling prints of the pieces at Esty.com. So, no matter which you prefer, you can take one home for yourself, today! He also does very nice graphic design, if you need one for your wedding, etc. in the Athens, GA area.

No, I don’t know why Peter is smoking in the elevator either.

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[VIA GhostbustersNews.com for the original Esty link]

NY Daily News does a Ghostbusters where-are-they-now feature [UPDATE]

The NY Daily News has posted a full run-down of the major players in Ghostbusters, and where they are now. It’s not deep, but it’s informative. And a nice confirmation that they’re all still around.

Minus 5 points for not thinking to mention that they’re all doing voices in the video game (well, most of them.) Another minus 5 points for not including Rick Moranis. Thanks for helping perpetuate the myth that Rick sits at home, thumbing his nose at the world all day, dressed in a suit made of money.

[UPDATE] The Daily News has just posted a second where-are-they-now article, this time including Rick Moranis as well as Hook and Ladder 8. Thanks to whoiseyevan for the link.