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‘Ghostbusters II’ At 25, And 10 Other Sequels That Stalled & Killed Their Franchises

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 11, 2014 3:45 PM
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Sequels That Killed The Franchise
30 years ago last week, “Ghostbusters” hit our screens. It was an anniversary feted by many, (ourselves included, check out our nostalgia trip back to summer 1984), with articles, celebrations, appreciations, oral histories and even the announcement of a forthcoming theatrical re-release all timed to capitalize on the film’s now-classic status. By contrast, the 25th anniversary of “Ghostbusters II,” which happens this week, comes upon us largely unheralded, with perhaps just a far-off slow clap and an internet tumbleweed or two to mark the occasion. Safe to say the sequel is not quite as beloved as the original.

'Ghostbusters 3' Still Moving Ahead Following Death Of Harold Ramis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2014 6:18 PM
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Ghostbusters 2
t's barely been 24 hours since Harold Ramis sadly passed away, but Hollywood business doesn't wait, and that means Sony is trying to figure out what to do with their forever-developing "Ghostbusters 3." The project (which has been haunted by Dan Aykroyd continually talking about the movies) is still being worked on, but seems a long way away from anything resembling a green light. And with Ramis passing, some tweaks will obviously have to be made.

R.I.P. Harold Ramis (1944-2014)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 1:08 PM
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Harold Ramis
If you throw a rock into the comedy world of the '70s, '80s and '90s and you're bound to hit something written, directed or starring (or all three) Harold Ramis. And today you'll want to pull one out and put it on to pay tribute to one of the crucial keys of the American comedy world, as Ramis has passed away today at the age of 69.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Groundhog Day' On Its 20th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2013 1:04 PM
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Twenty years ago today, on February 12th, 1993, Harold Ramis' comedy "Groundhog Day" opened in theaters. Twenty years ago today to the day, on February 12th, 1993, Harold Ramis' comedy "Groundhog Day" opened in theaters. Twenty years ago today to the day, on February 12th, 1993, Harold Ra-- sorry, we're not sure what came over us there. The film stars Bill Murray as crotchety weatherman Phil Connors, forced to go to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebrations -- where, as legend has, a groundhog may or may not see its shadow, portending whether an early spring is coming, or if another six weeks of winter lie ahead.

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