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Oh Lord, Dan Aykroyd Wants to Create a Marvel-Style 'Ghostbusters' Universe

The most recent update on the long-rumored Ghostbusters sequel was the news of a possible all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig, but according to Dan Aykroyd, the future of Ghostbusters – or as he calls it, the Ghostbusters "brand" — is now much more than just a movie. According to THR, Aykroyd was asked at an event in London for an update on the movie and said he's shifted his focus from a sequel to a Marvel-style universe: "It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? [...]

'Ghostbusters' Is Getting a Theatrical Re-Release This Summer

Ghostbusters was released 30 years ago this weekend, and for the occasion, the movie is heading back to theaters. Entertainment Weekly reports that a restored and remastered version of the movie will hit 700 theaters nationwide on August 29th. There will also be a 30th/25th anniversary Blu-Ray release of both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on September 16th. There's also a new Ghostbusters official website made for the 30th anniversary that looks like it was made for the 20th anniversary. Ghostbusters was re-released theatrically super recently in 2011 in what appeared to have been an effort to bolster support for a third movie, which Dan Aykroyd is [...]

Dan Aykroyd Got One Hell of an Intro on 'Jimmy Fallon' Last Night

Dan Aykroyd made his inaugural appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. Fallon pulled out all the stops, delivering a Blues Brothers-inspired introduction for his SNL predecessor that'll make you wish he had original cast members from the show on every night of the week.

Check out Fallon's interview with Aykroyd below, which features a frightening story from Aykroyd about how he almost died in 30 Rock in the '70s because of a "door to nowhere":

Dan Aykroyd and Allison Janney to Join Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

Melissa McCarthy is lining up quite an impressive cast for Tammy, her first movie as director. Variety reports that Dan Aykroyd and Allison Janney are both in talks to join the cast, which also includes McCarthy, Mark Duplass, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates. Tammy will mark the first movie as screenwriters and directors for McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, who are serving as co-writers and co-directors on the project. The film follows a woman named Tammy (McCarthy) who hits the road with her profane, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon) after finding out her husband is cheating on her and quitting her fast food job. Aykroyd is in negotiations to [...]

Scary Halloween News: Studio Wants to Film Murray-less 'Ghostbusters' Reboot This Summer

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is planning for original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman to film the new Ghostbusters reboot this summer (which they specifically refer to as a "reboot" and not a "sequel"). Sure, this is just the latest in a seemingly-endless string of updates on a project that's been in the works for 15 years, but the fact that the movie now has a shooting schedule is something new, and the looming destruction of the popular franchise should scare fans of the original shitless just in time for Halloween. Presumably, Reitman will be working from a script by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder/Idiocracy/Men in Black 3), [...]

Watch Dan Aykroyd's Delightfully Bluesy 'Tonight Show' Entrance with Bobby Rush

From Friday night, here's SNL alum and blues pro Dan Aykroyd making a grand entrance for his Tonight Show interview, complete with his own rendition of James Brown's "I'll Go Crazy" with the accompaniment of The Roots and Chicago blues legend Bobby Rush. Click through for some clips from Aykroyd's interview with Fallon.

Watch Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis Film Alternate Takes for 'Ghostbusters'

Here's some cutting room floor footage from Ghostbusters, in which Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis are filming a bunch of commercials for the commercial-within-the-show. One of the takes involves them calling their business "Ghost Stoppers," which must be an alternate title for the movie that they luckily didn't go with.

'Trading Places' Was Originally Written for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor and 4 Other Facts About the Movie

Business Insider has a great oral history of Trading Places today, and it's filled with awesome tidbits about the classic film. Tidbits such as:

1. The movie was originally written for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor

LANDIS: The script was developed for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. And when I was sent the script, Richard Pryor, unfortunately, had his accident where he burnt himself rather badly, and they sent it to me and said, 'What do you think?

Saturday Night's Children: Dan Aykroyd (1975-1979)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

Easily the most introverted and peculiarity-driven cast member of SNL’s starting lineup, Dan Aykroyd brought America to the floor laughing with his dead-on impressions of dying TV personalities — the fast-talking, terse white spokesman, the greasy-haired CEO of a dangerous toy company, the snippy telepsychic fraud, not to mention one half of the "Wild and Crazy Guys" with Steve Martin, a role the now [...]

Is the New 'Ghostbusters' Movie a Remake, Not a Sequel?

Dan Aykroyd and Company have been working on a third Ghostbusters movie on and off for the past 15 years, but in an interview today with Collider, Ivan Reitman, director and producer of the original two movies and a producer on the third  one, referred to the new Ghosbusters specifically as a remake and not a sequel:

"I think Ghostbusters probably should be remade, if we can get it all right. We’re working on it, so we’ll see."

Maybe this is just Reitman misspeaking, as everything we’ve heard about the movie up until now indicates that it’ll be a sequel (albeit with the old Ghostbusters passing the torch to [...]

Here's the Trailer for the 'Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary Re-Release

Last month it was announced that Ghostbusters would be getting a theatrical re-release on August 29th to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, and Sony dropped the first trailer yesterday. The re-release will be followed by the Ghostbusters 30th anniversary edition and Ghostbusters II 25th anniversary edition Blu-ray set available on September 16th. Hopefully this re-release will recruit a whole new generation of Ghostbusters fans who can laugh at the film just as much as its very '80s special effects.

Sony Presses on with 'Ghostbusters III' Script After Harold Ramis's Death

The last time we checked in on the status of Ghostbusters III it was maybe happening, but THR reports that the project was in motion before the death of original Ghostbusters co-writer Harold Ramis and allegedly had planned cameos for Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and even Bill Murray (there's no mention of fellow Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson) "to set up a baton-passing to a trio of newcomers." With news of Ramis's passing earlier this week, Sony and director Ivan Reitman are reportedly in talks deciding how to move the project forward and rewrite the script penned by Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and reworked by Tropic Thunder's [...]

Dan Aykroyd Is Talking About 'Ghostbusters III' Again

Dan Aykroyd has been talking to the press about his dreams and hopes for Ghostbusters III for the past several years now, and he discussed the movie again in a new interview with ABC News. Aykroyd says he hopes to have filming take place in 2014, but that doesn't really mean anything really considering that the movie's been delayed so much. Filming was previously supposed to take place this summer but was delayed in October of last year. Here's Akyroyd today:

I feel re-encouraged, reinvigorated by the pages that I have seen. I know that we’re expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very [...]

Let's Face It, 'Ghostbusters III' Isn't Happening and It's Probably a Good Thing

Ghostbusters III, which has been in development since the late 90s, has been delayed again, according to The Hollywood Reporter. We reported two weeks ago that the movie was set to film this summer, but the latest news is that the Ghostbusters III won't be ready until "fall at the earliest." After nearly two decades of delays on this project and news that Bill Murray won't be involved, I think it's time to throw in the towel on rallying for a new Ghostbusters, everybody on the internet. When has picking up a franchise years later ever resulted in a good movie? Or even an okay movie? [...]