Illinois! Dan Aykroyd signing in Bolingbrook on Friday!

If you live in or near Bolingbrook, Illinois, grab your pack and get ready to call in sick this Friday, December 17th – between 1 and 3PM, Dan Aykroyd will be signing at Binny’s Beverage Depot (639 E. Boughton Road.) Dan has never rushed a crowd, so it’s not unlikely it could go longer, but you don’t want to be the person that finds out the hard way and shows up late, right?

Of note are the new Crystal Head skull tumblers that were recently released. Be some of the first to get your hands on these extremely cool glasses.

GB3 "a role of a lifetime" for Bill Murray, says Aykroyd

Prior to a recent Crystal Head vodka signing in San Antonio (interesting aside – they’re about to produce their 1 millionth bottle. They originally only estimated a demand for 3-4 thousand), Dan Aykroyd took a moment to talk to for a bit about all the recent Ghostbusters 3 talk, which continues to strengthen Harold Ramis’ recent comments on the film aiming for a Christmas 2012 release;

“The role of a lifetime has been written for Bill Murray. Contrary to what was in a lot of the press, I did not call him and tell him the ultimatum… ‘don’t be a jerk’. I was quoted as saying, ‘You better get on board.’ I would never ever talk to Billy like that,” he says.

A draft for the new script has been turned in by the young writers assigned by the studio.

“So, if we can pull it off, we’re going to start to work pretty soon,” he says.

He then talked a bit about the level of GB fandom he sees and how he sees it as an indication that a third film is a no-brainer;

“We were reasonably expectant that it would work then. As to its endurance today, I am quite surprised honestly, because I go to signings like I’m doing in S.A. and there’s Ghostbusters at every one of them. Some of them have cars and trucks that they’ve absolutely outfitted with the phone number and lights on them and everything — total packs, jump suits exactly down to the rubber gloves. It’s just really, really a gratifying thing to see and hilarious as well.

“The funniest part is the girlfriends and wives of the Ghostbusters. … I always give them a special kind of, you know, sympathetic hug.”

So, a carrot has apparently been written into the plot of a third film, in order to attract the reticent Murray – whether that carrot is the fabled Ghost Venkman idea or something new (like, say, a father/son/mentor/trainee relationship between Venkman and Oscar) remains to be seen, but one thing is clear; the final days of hammering this out are on now. If they don’t come to some sort of deal that suits all parties in the coming months, it will likely fall apart.

Thanks to Steven Hough for the heads up – someone start a stopwatch and how long it takes for MTV to report this news, with link to SlashFilm, and any reference to PC or removed (narf). Bonus points if Perez Hilton reports it. Man, we could make a game out of this.

Dan Aykroyd appearances April-May

Here are the dates for Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head / Aykroyd Wines / Ghostbusters / whatever signings until the end of May. These are subject to change, but we’ll try and keep an eye on them. As always, if you know of an appearance, put it in the comments!

April 22, 2010
San Francisco, CA
450 – 10th Street

April 30th, 2010
Pasadena, CA
Mission Liquor
1785 East Washington Blvd.

May 6th, 2010
San Antonio, TX
1309 N Loop 1604 West

May 7th, 2010
Houston, TX
2410 Smith Street

May 10th, 2010
Austin, TX
1000 East 41st Street

May 13th, 2010
Huntsville, Alabama
Army & Air Force Military Base

May 27th, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
Wine House
2311 Cotner Avenue

More Aykroyd signings for March

Check your calendar – Dan continues his signings across the country. The Crystal Head Vodka site lists some signing for March, but not all, it looks like. I’m not sure if that’s because some of his signings are for his wine, but not, technically, for the vodka. But whatever – if you see a signing, send it in!

Tuesday, March 9 from 4pm to 6pm.
Albertsons Store
10250 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada

Thursday, March 11 from 4pm to 6pm.
3400 Coors Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Friday, March 19 from 2pm to 4pm. (tentative – see below)
Viscount Wine & Liqour Store
21173 Route 9
Wappingers Fall, New York

Friday, March 19 from 1pm to 3pm. (tentative – see above)
Canal’s Liquor Store
3375 Route 1
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-2414