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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.

Ivan Reitman Steps Down as 'Ghostbusters III' Director, Production Moving Forward

Yesterday evening, Deadline released a lengthy statement by Ghostbusters III director Ivan Reitman, who finally broke his silence on the status of the sequel after the death of Harold Ramis. Following Ramis's passing, Reitman has decided he no longer wants to direct the franchise reboot but will work with the production to help find the right person to helm it. Considering Reitman directed both of the original Ghostbusters movies and Ramis is now gone, the thought of a Ghostbusters III seems more and more like a bad idea now, though Sony is eager to breathe life back into the franchise. "It was such an amazing time in my [...]

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 [...]

The Comedy Community Mourns the Loss of Harold Ramis

Following the announcement of comedy icon Harold Ramis's passing earlier today, numerous comedians and former collaborators of Ramis have taken to Twitter to share their reactions to the actor/writer/director's tragic passing, with many noting the filmmaker's lasting influence on both their comedy careers and the industry at large. "Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon show off-Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day," Bill Murray said in a statement. "He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him." Here's a collection of what other friends and fans had to say in regards to the late great Ramis.

Deeply saddened to hear of the [...]

Checking in Halfway Through 'And Here's The Kicker'

Two weeks ago, we named And Here's The Kicker as the first book of the Splitsider Comedy Book Club. The plan is to give everyone a month to obtain and read the book but I wanted to check in as we're halfway through. So far, I've read the wonderful interviews with Buck Henry, Stephen Merchant, Harold Ramis, Dan Mazer, Merrill Markoe, Paul Feig, Bob Odenkirk, Todd Hanson, Marshall Brickman, and Mitch Hurwitz. Though the hope is to have a longer discussion at the end of the book, below are a few questions to be discussed in the comments section of this post to get the ball rolling [...]

'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 [...]

Michael Keaton Remembers Harold Ramis the Buddhist on 'Letterman'

During his interview with Letterman last night, Michael Keaton told a short but sweet story about working with the recently deceased Harold Ramis, who directed him in the 1996 clone comedy Multiplicity. According to Keaton, Ramis had become a Buddhist by then, which made him way more laid-back than the average movie director.

President Obama Pays Tribute to Fellow Chicagoan Harold Ramis

“When we watched his movies … we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings."

- President Barack Obama in a written statement released today on yesterday's passing of filmmaker and comedy pioneer Harold Ramis.

Legendary Comedy Writer, Actor, and Director Harold Ramis Is Dead at 69

Influential comedy writer, actor, and director Harold Ramis passed away today at the age of 69, The Chicago Tribune reports. Ramis, who wrote, directed, and acted in countless hit comedies, died from complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease involving the swelling of blood vessels. He died surrounded by friends and family at 12:53am. Ramis's serious health problems began in 2010, but he kept quiet about his illness publicly. Prior to his death, he was visited by frequent collaborators Brian Doyle-Murray and Bill Murray, having been estranged from the latter for years. Ramis is survived by wife Erica Mann Ramis, daughter Violet Stiel, sons Julian and Daniel Ramis [...]

Zach Galifianakis Set to Star in 'Confederacy of Dunces' if it Finally Gets Made

Zach Galifianakis has signed on to star in an adaptation of John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces. This is very exciting news that should be taken with at least six grains of salt, as an adaptation of Confederacy has been the white whale to many a comedian. Since 1982, when Harold Ramis tried to adapt it for John Belushi to star, the film has been notoriously doomed. Belushi died right before the film was in pre-production, and same goes for John Candy in 1994 and Chris Farley in 1997. Most recently, Will Ferrell was in talks to star in Steven Soderbergh's version, which obviously didn't get made, though thankfully Ferrell is still completely alive.

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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.

'Parks and Recreation' Boss Mike Schur Wrote a Piece About Harold Ramis, and It's Amazing

"Groundhog Day is a perfect movie, and in every fractal and crazy looping folding scene you sense his steady hand at the wheel, ushering you along, keeping everything in focus. All of his movies had that calm, the assurance that what he had written, or directed, or both, was good and interesting and built well. That there was no need to strain and mug and beg for laughs like Daffy Duck, heaving at the end of a furious tap dance routine, arms splayed, begging for audience approval. Ramis never tap-danced. He presented his case, joyfully, confidently, a world-class funny Normal Person director and actor and writer: Here, everyone, I made [...]

Harold Ramis's 'SCTV' Legacy

In his obituary, published yesterday by his hometown paper The Chicago Tribune, Harold Ramis was described as leaving behind "a reputation as a mensch and all-around good guy." There's really not much more one could ask for when your life is being summed up. But as it turns out, Ramis was a lot more than that. He was a comedy pioneer, a trailblazer, and a visionary. Without Ramis, Ghostbusters would have been about "ghost smashers" that travel through time with magic wands. Without Ramis, we might not have the "serious" phase of Bill Murray's career that we're all enjoying now. The man co-wrote Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, and [...]

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 [...]