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Watch: Get Slimed With 30th Anniversary Trailer For 'Ghostbusters'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 9:23 AM
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While chatter about "Ghostbusters 3" continues to pop up at semi-regular intervals with nothing really happening, now is perhaps the best time to turn back to the one that started it all, the original "Ghosbusters." One of the best comedies of the '80s, it's also one of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever, even in a tentpole-packed 1984, with a theme song that is still an earworm three decades later. And now, it's coming back to the big screen.

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 19, 2014 2:54 PM
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever
Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much more likely likely to be rocked to their very foundations by arguments over whether X treasured childhood classic is better than Y worldwide box-office hit. Let’s have a moment’s silence for the old friendships this list has torn asunder.

‘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.

30 Years Later: Ranking The Movies Of Summer 1984

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  • June 5, 2014 3:36 PM
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Ranked: Movies Of 1984
Friday, June 8th, 1984 was quite a day. Homosexuality was decriminalized in New South Wales, Australia; an F5 tornado struck the town of Barnevald, Wisconsin, USA, destroying 90% of it; President Ronald Reagan attended a summit in London; the Celtics beat the Lakers 121-103 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals; TV gameshow “Press Your Luck” paid out the biggest ever jackpot (to that point) of $110,000 to one Michael Larson who had figured out how to beat the system; and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” was poised to knock Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” off the Billboard Charts number one spot. Oh, and modern classics “Ghostbusters” and “Gremlins” were both released.

'Ghostbusters' Returns To Theatres On Labor Day For 30th Anniversary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2014 2:36 PM
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Who you gonna call? Well, you might want to notify any friends or family who are "Ghostbusters" fans, because they'll have a chance to get slimed, cinematically, all over again and celebrate the film's 30th anniversary at the same time.

The 20 Greatest Movie Theme Songs Of The 1980s

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  • June 4, 2014 2:35 PM
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The 20 Greatest Movie Theme Songs Of The 1980s
This Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of the classic supernatural action-comedy "Ghostbusters," which hit theaters on Friday June 8th, 1984. One of the most beloved films of its generation, the Ivan Reitman-directed movie is remembered for its sharp, funny, tight script (co-written by the late Harold Ramis), still-superb visual effects, great performances from the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Ramis, and being a rare example of the successful blend of blockbuster fantasy and comedy.

Rick Moranis Was Disappointed By 'Ghostbusters 2,' But Leaves Door Open To Return For Part 3

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 27, 2013 11:01 AM
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After months of Dan Aykroyd sifting around in the empty “Ghostbusters” sandbox, promising every and any random person of an eventually awesome third installment, finally some word from another cast member has arrived. Rick Moranis, who left the acting spotlight to raise his family and start a music career, is back with a new album, and during its promotion gave a brief update on the sequel's ever-diminishing chances of actually happening.

Watch: Trailer For 'Room 237'-Esque 'Spook Central' About 'Ghostbusters'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 11, 2013 9:38 AM
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When talk of “The Shining” documentary “Room 237” began, it made sense that someone would go out and make a documentary about all the crazy and wild theories that existed about the film. It’s such a rich and complex narrative that it’s easy to see how so much could be extracted from it. Now take the same documentary idea and apply it to a simpler film like “Ghostbusters.” How much do you think you could extract from that? Would you be surprised if I told you “Ghostbusters” could potentially be a social commentary on obesity, junk food, ADHD, sex and smoking? It’s the idea that Ivo Shandor (ha ha) is toying with in his documentary “Spook Central."

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Ghostbusters'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 8, 2012 9:57 AM
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Remember 1984’s “GhostSmashers” aka “GhostStoppers”? Of course you do. With a star-studded cast featuring John Belushi (Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), Jeff Goldblum (Egon Spengler), Eddie Murphy (Winston Zeddemore), John Candy (Louis), Sandra Bernhard (Janine) and Paul Reubens (Ivo Shandar/Gozer), the future-set supernatural comedy in which roving teams of ghost catchers protect humanity from the supernatural, directed by Ivan Reitman, cost a whopping $300 million to make, featured hundreds of monsters, including a giant marshmallow man, and spawned not one but two sequels; the second of which got smoothly underway recently with the full, gracious participation of all of the original cast.

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