Ontario ghostheads – meet Dan Aykroyd October 13th!

After a couple of years of “Skull bottles promote death. Wanna buy some cigarettes?”, it appears the province of Ontario has finally given into peer pressure and is now allowing the sale of Crystal Head vodka. The fact that it has become a popular vodka brand worldwide and is the brainchild of one of their favorite sons had nothing to do with it. Much. Probably.

Anyhow, to celebrate, Dan and the Crystal Head team will be holding a signing in North York on Thursday, October 13th from 4-6PM. The signing will be at LCBO #1 – 2625D Weston Road, Toronto-North York.

For those who haven’t been before, you have to buy a bottle for Dan to sign – typically either the least expensive Aykroyd wines, the two sizes of Crystal Head, all the way up to the pricey Patron. Dan is generally good about signing other swag as well, just don’t be that guy with a half hour of stuff to sign.

Canadian Halloween screenings!

This is separate from the October re-release of Ghostbusters. Cineplex cinemas across Canada will be showing Ghostbusters at 7PM on Halloween night. Here are the theaters we know of;

British Columbia
Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
900 Burrard Street
BC, V6Z 3G5
(604) 630-1407

Colossus Langley Cinemas
#20090, 91A Avenue
BC, V1M 3Y9
(604) 513-8747

Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
#3030, 8882-170 Street
AB, T5T 4M2
(780) 444-2400

SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas
817 ST. James Street
MB, R3G 3L3
(204) 774-1001

Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
259 Richmond Street West
ON, M5V 3M6
(416) 368-5600

Colossus Vaughan Cinemas
3555 Highway 7 West
ON, L4L 6B1
(905) 851-1001

Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal
977 Ste-Catherine West
QC, H3B 4W3
(514) 842-0549

You can follow the link above and plug in your own hometown, but I plugged in every city I could think of and these are the hits I got. It looks like it’s limited to certain major markets (big diss on Calgary by Cineplex, oooooh.)

Ghostbusters re-release is weekly, starting October 13th! Sony makes it official!

Sony has released a press release today, covering the upcoming October re-release of Ghostbusters into theaters. This is the first official word that Sony is directly involved in the project, to be distributed by Park Circus.

Starting October 13th, and every Thursday afterwards in October (that’s three dates total, October 13th, 20th, and 27th) Ghostbusters will be screening in 500 cinemas across the US, select cities in Canada, and “certain international markets”, which basically means, “Major European Cities.” Exact cinemas aren’t online yet.

Big ups to Kevin James of GB United for the heads up.

CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Get ready for mass hysteria! This October, Sony Pictures Repertory celebrates the original movie Ghostbusters, its franchise, and its fans by bringing the quintessential modern classic back to theatres for a special limited engagement of one showtime one night a week. Starting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and continuing every following Thursday in October 2011, fans together will be able to see their favorite paranormal psychologists back on the big screen as they save the world from ghosts, ghouls, and Mr. Stay Puft.

Ghostbusters will show in approximately 500 theatres across the US on October 13th, 20th, and 27th, one showtime each day, in 2K digital with 5.1 surround sound. Please check local listings for showtimes. Ghostbusters will also be showing in select theatres in Canada and in various international markets; for more information on international locations and dates, please visit www.parkcircus.com.

Fans who follow Ghostbusters on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ghostbusters) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/StayPuft4Eva) or visit www.ghostbusters.com will be the first to know information about the release and will be able to participate in the fan conversation leading up to this unique theatrical experience.

Commenting on the announcement, Rory Bruer, president, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “We’re delighted to be bringing Ghostbusters back to the big screen – this is a special celebration of the movie, giving the fans a chance to see it on the big screen in perfect digital presentation. As we head towards Halloween, we ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but just the same, we’re glad that everyone’s favorite paranormal eliminators are on the case.

“The film was directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, with the screenplay written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis. The executive producer was Bernie Brillstein.

In Ghostbusters, University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves and open ‘Ghostbusters,’ a ghost removal service. After struggling to get on their feet, they are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in Dana Barrett’s (Weaver) Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by ghosts and other worldly demons through a portal in her building.

Ghostbusters is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; worldwide television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at www.sonypictures.com.

About Sony Pictures Imageworks Interactive
Imageworks Interactive is an award-winning, full-service digital marketing agency within Sony Pictures Digital Productions. The agency is dedicated to creating entertaining and impactful brand experiences and is a leader in developing unique solutions to engaging social networking communities. Imageworks Interactive designs creative campaigns for a diverse roster of clients, including brands across Sony Pictures Entertainment. To see examples of the agency’s recent work, please visit www.ImageworksInteractive.com.

About Sony Pictures Repertory:
The Sony Pictures Releasing’s repertory division distributes worldwide a library that features more than 3,500 films from Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, TriStar Pictures as well as various other acquired titles. It’s award winning catalogue encompasses 12 Best Picture Academy Award® Winners such as It Happened One Night(1934) , Lawrence of Arabia (1962), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Oliver! (1968), Gandhi(1982), and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). SPR’s diverse library includes shorts from The Three Stooges and modern classics like Ghostbusters, The Big Chill, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Legends of the Falland Taxi Driver. Animated classics are also available including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Surf’s Upand The Smurfs. Many titles from our library are undergoing restorations using the newest digital technologies and in turn enhancing and creating the ultimate screening experience of film favorites from the past. In addition, Sony Pictures Repertory continues to make new 35mm prints of its catalogue. For booking a Sony title domestically or internationally, or for more information on our catalogue please go to www.sonypicturesrepertory.comSOURCE Sony Pictures EntertainmentRELATED LINKShttp://www.sonypicturesrepertory.com

MGM resorts get 30 exclusive on IGT GB slot machines – contest coming!

Now will you people stop giving me dumb looks when I talk about Venkman’s pig…?

I got this press release from IGT today – MGM Resorts have a 30 exclusive period on the Ghostbusters slot machines from IGT, starting on September 18th (meaning casinos everywhere will be able to roll them out just in time for Halloween) – and very soon, MGM Resorts and IGT will be holding a contest to send a lucky winner and friends to Las Vegas to try the game out first-hand! Stay Tuned!

Who You Gonna Call For IGT’s Ghostbusters™ Slots?

MGM Resorts International™ Properties

Partnership Gives MGM Resorts a 30-Day First-to-Market Exclusive

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 21, 2011 – Ghost-tracking Psycho Kinetic Energy meters will be going crazy at MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) properties when the frighteningly fun Ghostbusters™ Slots come to The Strip as part of a 30-day, exclusive first-to-market partnership with International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT). The Ghostbusters™ Slots featuring Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the hilarious Ghostbusters team was launched throughout the MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas properties Monday, Sept. 19.

Debuting on IGT’s new Center Stage Duo™ model, the game features the mischievous and lovable character Slimer teasing, mocking and awarding players with antics, multipliers and credits as he leads them through the game. A vivid 55-inch overhead LCD screen and chest-pumping MEGAfx Surround Chairs will send players’ adrenaline racing during spectacular bonus rounds including:

  • Ballroom Busters Pick Bonus: Holdin! Smokin! Ready! Players are awarded five proton shots to blow up the ballroom to find ghosts.
  • Stay Puft Free Games Feature: Marshmallows fall from the sky, stick to symbols and turn them wild during this sweet feature.
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“Based on the blockbuster film franchise from Sony Pictures, the memorable characters, a catchy song and many unforgettable scenes have made Ghostbusters a pop culture mainstay, and I think we’ve captured the fun of the brand in the Ghostbusters Slots,” said Eric Tom, executive vice president, North America Sales and Global Operations. “Players will be thrilled by the constant action and our graphic and sound technology will make for a ghoulishly good time.”

Sherri Gilligan, senior vice president of marketing for MGM Resorts International, said, “Our guests deserve to have an amazing experience each time they arrive at one of our properties and the Ghostbusters Slots will add to that overall experience. The partnership with IGT allows us to create new opportunities for our guests and this is another example of an exclusive game we will feature on the casino floors throughout our company during the festive Halloween season.”

To help kick off the Ghostbusters™ Slots fun, MGM Resorts and IGT will launch a sweepstakes featuring a grand prize VIP trip to Las Vegas.

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. In addition to its 51% interest in MGM China Holdings and the MGM Macau, the Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in three other properties in Nevada and Illinois. One of those investments is CityCenter, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Leveraging MGM Resorts’ unmatched amenities, the M life loyalty program delivers one-of-a-kind experiences, insider privileges and personalized rewards for guests at the Company’s renowned properties nationwide. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world. MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company’s commitment to sustainable development and operations. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s Web site at www.mgmresorts.com.

About IGT

International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets. More information about IGT is available at www.IGT.com or follow IGT on Twitter at @IGTNews or Facebook at www.facebook.com/IGT.