Ray Parker Jr. for 118118

UK directory assistance company, 118118, has a new ad campaign that uses the Ghostbusters theme and its creator to help people find the services they are seeking. The jingle-nee-theme features modified lyrics, spoofing the various things you can do with the service, as well as featuring the number of the service (“Who ya gonna call? One! One! Eight!”)

Honestly, it was only a matter of time. No video is online yet, but the site does sport a cartoon, featuring Ray Parker Jr. himself. Thanks to Matthew and Dominic for the spot.

[UPDATE] It didn’t take long for it to appear on YouTube (wasn’t there this morning!) And there he is, Ray Parker Jr., looking ready to rock. Enjoy.

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Mattel announces anniversary GB figures!

The headline says it all – Mattel announced today that they would be producing a set of movie figures for Ghostbusters, as well as figures from the cartoon.

The figures, slated for a June release, will include exclusive 12″ figures of the four Ghostbusters – Select figures will be on display at the New York Comic Con and New York International Toy Fair. 6″ figures of characters and ghosts from the film as well as The Real Ghostbusters, will debut at the San Diego Comic Con this July – no release date for them has been announced.

Culver City, Calif. – February 4, 2009 – Sony Pictures Consumer Products and Mattel, Inc. announced today the development of a new collectible line of toys based on the world’s favorite poltergeist fighting team, the Ghostbusters, including an extensive cast of ghosts and ghostbusters – celebrating the 25th anniversary of the frightfully funny classic film “Ghostbusters.”
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NYCC March to the Firehall – AZ GBs at Phoenix Con

Are you in New York? Going to the Comic Con? Want to meet up with other fans and trek on over to Hook and Ladder 8? Then go here! (and if you go, bring a camera.)

On a similar note, the Arizona Ghostbusters were out in full force at the Phoenix Comic Convention this past weekend – check out what they were up to (including rocking out on Rock Band with Wil Wheaton) here. Nice work guys!

“Dropping off or picking up?”

Meet Joe Schmieg.

Theresa sent in this link to the Star-Gazette, based in Elmira, NY, which features Mr. Schmieg, whom you’ve seen before. Joe is the cop that hands off Louis to Egon and Janine at the Firehall. How awesome is that!

Originally auditioning for the part of a bum (which later went to Bill Murray, and then, later, was wisely dropped all together), Joe was brought in to play a cop. His part, with a nice amount of lines, only took a few takes, but gave Rick Moranis a bump, after Schmieg and another actor accidentally dropped Moranis lifting him out of a paddy wagon. Moranis, as Joe revealed, wasn’t hurt or even mad.

Hats off to Joe Schmieg, one of the best parts of the movie. Read the whole article here.