June 05, 2014 | 2:25 p.m.

‘Ghostbusters’ to return to theaters in advance of Blu-Ray release

Fire up your proton packs, “Ghostbusters” fans: The beloved 1984 comedy classic is set to hit theaters once more. To celebrate the three decades since Venkman, Stanz, Spengler and Zeddemore toppled the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Sony Pictures will re-release the film in more than 700 locations in the United States and Canada for a limited engagement starting Aug. 29, the studio announced Thursday. The film has been restored and remastered in 4K for the release. “Ghostbusters” starred Bill Murray in one of his most iconic roles, playing the charming, wise-cracking Peter Venkman, who, along with fellow parapsychologists Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), find themselves protecting the city of New York from supernatural mayhem. Business grows so brisk, they’re even forced to recruit a fourth member of the team, Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson). The movie also starred […]
Jan. 11, 2012 | 7:08 p.m.

Hostess Twinkies’ shelf life is forever, at least in ‘Ghostbusters’

Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Suzy Q’s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, leaving many to ask the question Bill Murray once posed in “Ghostbusters”: “What about the Twinkie?” While the company says its Ho-Hos and CupCakes aren’t going anywhere soon, we’re already feeling nostalgic. Especially for the Twinkie, which, with its delicious “cream filling” and laundry list of additives, has inspired everything from the Twinkie diet to “Die Hard’s” sweet-toothed cop. Sure, some may consider it a nutritional wasteland, but the Twinkie is bona-fide Americana and a star on TV and in film. The seemingly never-expiring treat has given us “Family Guy’s” dysfunctional Twinkie kid and a different kind of hunger game for Woody Harrelson in “Zombieland.” So let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of out favorite Twinkie moments: 1. If  “Ghostbusters’ ” […]
Feb. 28, 2011 | 3:14 p.m.

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime — Smash TV with proton packs, and new members

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, the new video game available by download on March 23, doesn’t feature Bill Murray’s Dr. Peter Venkman, but it does have plenty of allusions to the original trio of ectoplasmic warriors even as it introduces a new crop of rookie proton-pack slingers to the world. With more than a passing resemblance to games like Smash TV and Geometry Wars, Slime expands on the Ghostbusters saga, taking some inspiration along the way from the line of comic books published by San Diego’s IDW. “We tried to keep the story pretty tight and concise,” explains Atari producer Jonathan Moses. “Both through the chatter of the game and through the comic books and the beginning of each level, you hear more about each of the characters and what’s going on in the world.” The game’s story centers on the […]
March 02, 2010 | 12:58 a.m.

Bill Murray on ‘Ghostbusters III’: ‘This is my nightmare’

We’ve tracked the long, spooky path of a third “Ghostbusters” — there was the time Dan Aykroyd sat down and told the Hero Complex that it was just a matter of time before the old gang was all going to get back together and another time he said filming might be just months away. But that was May of 2009 and, by the holiday season, Sigourney Weaver said that if a new movie did happen, that she didn’t expect to be in it and that, in fact, only Bill Murray would be making it back from the original films. Tonight on “Late Show With David Letterman,” Murray adds some more tidbits to the revival saga and makes it sound like he might be playing a post-mortem version of Peter Venkman this time around… And, by the way, Murray has his leg in a sling because of a skiing mishap, but that […]
Dec. 10, 2009 | 4:58 a.m.

‘Avatar’ star Sigourney Weaver as queen of sci-fi: ‘Outer space has been good to me’ [UPDATED]

“AVATAR” COUNTDOWN: 10 DAYS You may have heard about a little film called “Avatar” that opens Dec. 18. We’re counting down the days here at Hero Complex and today we bring you a conversation with Sigourney Weaver, arguably the greatest female star in the history of fanboy films.     Sigourney Weaver, with a chuckle, says she will never grow tired of space travel. “I’m always up for going to another planet,” the three-time Oscar nominee said. “Outer space has been good to me.” This is the 30th anniversary of Weaver’s career breakthrough with her role as Ellen Ripley in the first “Alien” film. But far from resting on her laurels, the 60-year-old actress is again on extraterrestrial active duty with “Avatar,” the James Cameron sci-fi epic that opens Dec. 18. Weaver plays botanist Grace Augustine, who is mentoring a brash young […]
Dec. 07, 2009 | 7:17 p.m.

2009 Holiday Geek-Gift Guide, Part 3: The best presents for Trekkies, Jedi knights and fanboys

(READ PART ONE RIGHT HERE and PART TWO RIGHT HERE) Stressed about finding the perfect gift for that special muggle, Trekkie, Twi-hard, Jedi or Bat-fan in your life? Relax and read on: You’ve come to the perfect place at the perfect time, because this is the 2009 Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide — just think of us as a sort of retail Yoda guiding you through the complicated swamps of holiday shopping. “Buy or buy not. There is no browse.” “Live Long and Prosper” business card holder: I hear people say Spock is back. But did he ever really leave? “Star Trek” was the best fanboy film of 2009, and Spock was so important to the story he was played by two actors. Zachary Quinto acquitted himself nicely in the role of the half-human, half-Vulcan, and, more than that, he was smart […]
June 01, 2009 | 6:08 a.m.

Exclusive video: ‘Ghostbusters’ — from Wii to sequel?

Dan Aykroyd’s itching to suit up for a third ‘Ghostbusters’ film and a reunited cast on the video game means there’s more than a ghost of a chance. Dan Aykroyd has waited two decades for the “Ghostbusters” film franchise to come back from Hollywood’s great beyond and now it’s so close he can feel it in his bones. “I’m just waiting for that magic phone call,” Aykroyd said with a wistful smile. “One day, the producer calls you and says, ‘We have a production number,’ and that’s the real green light. And it’s coming soon, I hope. . . . We could be in production by winter.” No Hollywood moneymaking franchise every really gives up the ghost (just ask that dusted-off archaeologist Indiana Jones), but 25 years have passed since the first “Ghostbusters” film and 20 since its lone sequel, […]
May 19, 2009 | 10:57 p.m.

Dan Aykroyd says ‘Ghostbusters 3’ may start filming in winter

  I just visited with Dan Aykroyd over at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip for an interview for an upcoming feature in the Los Angeles Times (you’ll be able to find it here on the Hero Complex as well). We talked about a wide range of topics, but I didn’t want to wait on this update about the third “Ghostbusters” film, which is moving forward after so many years. Aykroyd said Sigourney Weaver is on board now, as are the original squad of ectoplasmic specialists — Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Murray’s presence was the pivot point in making a third film happen. He holds a one-fifth controlling interest in the property rights and has been seen as the most reluctant to return to the paranormal comedy. Aykroyd said that is true but that it’s more nuanced than the public portrayal of the situation. “I […]
Feb. 06, 2009 | 3:55 p.m.

Ghostbusters: The new sequel, the Blu-ray release, the toys and the video game

This year is the 25th anniversary of “Ghostbusters” and there’s plenty of back-from-the-dead stirrings by the beloved franchise. “Ghostbusters” will hit Blue-ray for the first time in June and that same month a highly anticipated (and long-delayed) next-gen video game hits the shelves. Here’s a new trailer for the game … There’s also some toy news. Here’s an excerpt from a new Mattel press release: Mattel’s “Ghostbusters” collectible line debuts with 12-inch figures in June 2009, and will be available exclusively at Each figure will feature window box packaging and include authentic Ghostbuster equipment unique to each character. For the first time, Mattel’s line will include talent likeness of Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore. Select prototype figures will be on display February 6-8 at New York Comic Con and February 15 at Mattel’s New York […]
Nov. 25, 2008 | 3:43 p.m.

13 upcoming remakes of Hollywood sci-fi classics

Hollywood, Back to the Future: Top filmmakers have already dipped into the sci-fi vault for 21st century remakes of “The War of the Worlds,” “The Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” so what’s next on the revival list? Plenty. Here’s a list of a dozen remakes and revival projects now at various stages in the studio pipeline. "When Worlds Collide" Steven Spielberg is one of the producers and Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “Van Helsing”), infamous for his “give me more” attitude toward CGI effects, is directing. Like the original 1951 film produced by George Pal, this “Worlds,” due in theaters next year, is about the mad scramble to build a spaceship to save humanity before Earth is destroyed by a rogue planet entering its orbit. The problem comes when there aren’t enough seats […]
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