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What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Why we celebrate it over Columbus Day
Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the truth about the American soil we live on.
Set on the second Monday of every October, the day serves as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. It recognizes the perseverance and contributions of Indigenous people across the United States.
According to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian , approximately 95 percent of the Native American population was wiped out 130 years after Europeans landed in the Americas.
Despite the killing, enslavement and forced relocation of the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere, Native people are still standing and working to ensure that their culture isn't forgotten.
On Monday, Oct. 9, Indigenous peoples across the country honor and celebrate their community and also teach the lasting effects of colonialism.
Last year, President Joe Biden issued a p roclamation on Indigenous Peoples' Day and said his administration will continue to uphold its "solemn trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations, strengthening our Nation-to-Nation ties."
He wrote that Indigenous peoples "feed the soul of our Nation." The president also asked all Americans to observe the important day.
However, Columbus Day is still an official federal holiday . Multiple representatives and senators recently introduced the bicameral Indigenous Peoples’ Day Act to replace Columbus Day. Read on to learn more about where Indigenous Peoples' Day is officially celebrated and how the Indigenous community is working to make Indigenous Peoples' Day a permanent holiday.
What is the purpose of Indigenous Peoples Day?
Columbus Day, named after Italian settler Christopher Columbus who sailed to the Americas in 1492, was observed for the first time in the United States in 1792, according to Smithsonian Magazine . President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced the first national observance of the holiday in 1934 before he and Congress made October 12 its official national holiday in 1937. President Richard Nixon then signed a proclamation in 1972 to make the official holiday the second Monday in October, and it has remained as such for over 40 years...in some parts of the country.
Indigenous peoples proposed changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day during a 1977 United Nations conference that addressed the discrimination their community has faced for years.
Shannon Speed, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center , spoke to NPR in 2019 and explained why honoring and celebrating Columbus Day is harmful.
"Today we understand that while (Columbus) was an explorer and is credited with being one of the first Europeans to arrive in the Americas, we now know a great deal about the history and the way that he and his people behaved when they came to this continent, which included pillaging, raping and generally setting in motion a genocide of the people who were already here. That’s not something we want to celebrate," Speed said.
She added, "That’s not something anyone wants to celebrate."
Speed pointed out that Indigenous children are taught about Columbus Day in school despite it being an "incredibly painful" reminder of the suffering their communities endured.
"And so we can’t have a national holiday that creates an ongoing harm for a significant portion of our citizens," she said.
Even though the initial proposal was put forth in 1977, it wasn't until 1990 that South Dakota became the first state to observe Native Americans' Day, according to the Pew Research Center . In October 2023, the center reported that just 16 states and the territory of American Samoa still exclusively celebrate Columbus Day on the second Monday in October.
When did the US start formally recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day?
In 2021, for the first time in U.S. history, President Joe Biden formally recognized the holiday with a presidential proclamation.
The city of Berkley, California claims it became the first in the United States to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in the 1980s. According to Berkleyside — a Berkley-based digital newspaper, the city launched Indigenous Peoples Day as a counter-celebration to then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s effort to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ landfall on the Americas.
As mentioned, just 16 states and the American Samoa view Columbus Day as an "official public holiday," meaning "government offices are closed and state workers, except those in essential positions, have a paid day off," the research center said.
Columbus, Ohio, even renamed the holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2020. As of October 2023, 17 states and Washington, D.C., have holidays honoring Native Americans, but they are not all celebrated on the same day.
"In four states, two territories and Washington, D.C., (Columbus Day) is an official public holiday but goes by a different name. Four other states and the U.S. Virgin Islands mark the day as both Columbus Day and something else. And in 26 states and the territory of Guam, the second Monday in October is pretty much like any other workday," the center found.
Is Indigenous Peoples Day 2023 a federal holiday?
Although President Biden and his administration officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day for the past two years, it is not a federal holiday.
On Oct. 2, Representatives Norma J. Torres, Suzanne Bonamici, Sharice Davids and Suzan DelBene partnered with Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján to reintroduce the Indigenous Peoples' Day Act to Congress , which would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day permanently the second Monday of October on the federal level.
"Our country has long failed to recognize and acknowledge its dark history of erasure and harm brought upon the first inhabitants of the Americas," said Representative Norma Torres, who represents California's 35th congressional district, in a statement.
She continued, "By designating Indigenous Peoples’ Day a federal holiday, we take a small but important step toward recognizing the injustices in our nation’s history and uplifting the vibrant traditions, history, and culture of all indigenous communities — an integral part of the cultural fabric of the United States."
How to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day?
When President Joe Biden issued his proclamation last year, he called on Americans to observe the day with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian recommends that Americans celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by recognizing that all people in the United States stand on Indigenous ancestral lands with a Land Acknowledgment.
Land Acknowledgments are formal statements that can be done before an event or ceremony that recognize and pay respect to Indigenous Peoples. This doesn't have to just be done on Indigenous Peoples Day. In 2020, actor and director Taika Waititi honored the Indigenous people of Los Angeles with a Land Acknowledgement at the Academy Awards .
Consumers can also support Indigenous Peoples Day by buying and consuming products made and produced by Indigenous people. There are scores of podcasts, books and movies made by Indigenous people to rent, borrow and own. According to the Smithsonian, Social Justice Books has a list of books for young elementary school and high school readers as well as educators to read.
Do other countries celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day?On June 21, Canada recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day . Canadians honored the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation for the first time on Sept. 30, 2021. The day serves as remembrance for the missing children and survivors who were forced to attend residential schools.
The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1994 that August 9 would mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous People every year.
Ariana Brockington is a trending news reporter at TODAY digital. She is based in Los Angeles.
Alex Portée is a senior trending reporter at TODAY Digital and is based in Los Angeles. She has previously published food and culture pieces for Vogue, New York Magazine, Netflix Queue and more.
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That blaring noise you heard? It was a test of the federal government’s emergency alert system
A National Alert test is seen on a cellphone, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023 in Washington. The U.S. government on Wednesday conducted its once-every-three-years nationwide test of the emergency alert system. The last nationwide test was Aug. 11, 2021. Besides cellphone messages, alerts also went out on radio and television. (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)
FILE - An emergency alert is displayed on a cellphone, Oct. 30, 2020, in Rio Rancho, N.M. The U.S. government on Wednesday conducted its once-every-three-years nationwide test of the emergency alert system. The last nationwide test was Aug. 11, 2021. Besides cellphone messages, alerts also went out on radio and television. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — “THIS IS A TEST": If you have a cellphone or were watching television Wednesday, you should have seen that message flash across your screen as the federal government tested its emergency alert system used to tell people about emergencies.
The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System sends out messages via the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts .
The Emergency Alert System is a national public warning system that’s designed to allow the president to speak to the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency via specific outlets such as radio and television. And Wireless Emergency Alerts are short messages — 360 characters or less — that go to mobile phones to alert their owner to important information.
While these types of alerts are frequently used in targeted areas to alert people in the area to things like tornadoes, Wednesday’s test was done across the country.
Antwane Johnson, the director of FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System which conducted the test, said afterward that he’s confident the test performed as expected but that the government would gather and analyze data in the coming weeks to assess how it went. He estimated hundreds of millions of people received Wednesday’s message.
Johnson said he’d already received reports from across the country of people who’d received the alerts including from colleagues at a conference for emergency managers in Tennessee. From where he observed the test, Johnson said he saw the entire map “light up.”
“I am totally elated,” he said.
The test was slated to start at at 2:20 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, although some phones started blaring just a few minutes before that. Wireless phone customers in the United States whose phones were on got a message saying: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The incoming message also made a loud noise.
Customers whose phones were set to the Spanish language should have gotten the message in Spanish.
The test is conducted over a 30-minute window, although mobile phone owners should only get the message once. If their phones were turned off at 2:20 p.m. and then turned on in the next 30 minutes, they should have gotten the message when they turned their phones back on. If they turn their phones on after the 30 minutes have expired they should not get the message.
The message also went to people watching broadcast or cable television or listening to the radio. That messages said: “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.”
Federal law requires the systems be tested at least once every three years. The last nationwide test was Aug. 11, 2021.
The test has spurred falsehoods on social media that it’s part of a plot to send a signal to cellphones nationwide to activate nanoparticles such as graphene oxide that have been introduced into people’s bodies. Experts and FEMA officials have dismissed those claims, but some social media users said they planned to shut off their cellphones Wednesday.
FEMA spokesman Jeremy Edwards said after the test was done that people have every right to turn their phones off to avoid the test but the organization hopes that after the test is done they make sure they turn their alerts back on because it’s designed to make sure people can be reached in an emergency.
People on social media also suggested turning off phones for other reasons, such as not disturbing students and teachers in classrooms or children during naptimes at day care. At the White House, messages taped to chairs in the press briefing room asked members of the media to turn off their cellphones during the daily briefing.
Not everyone did.
Shortly before 2:20 p.m., journalists’ and staff’s phones began buzzing in the briefing room.
“Oh! There we go,” said press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. After joking that the briefing was over, she added: “It works. Every couple of years, folks.”
Alarms continued to sporadically go off for a few minutes afterward.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken was speaking at an event at the University of Texas at Austin when cell phones in the audience went off, briefly disrupting the conversation. At the time the conversation was focused on Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“It might be our Russian friends interrupting us,” Blinken joked. “But I’m glad to know the national alert system works.”
The test also sparked discussion about how it could affect people in abusive situations. Some people in abusive situations have secret cellphones — usually with notifications muted — hidden from their abuser that allow them to keep contact with the outside world. Organizations that work with abuse survivors recommended they turn off their phones entirely during the 30-minute-long test Wednesday so as to not have the blaring noise give away to their abuser the fact that they have a secret phone.
Associated Press writers Matthew Lee and Seung Min Kim in Washington contributed to this report.
Mary trump floats 2 reasons why trump ditched his new york trial.
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Mary Trump suggested embarrassment is at the root of Donald Trump ’s abrupt departure from his civil fraud trial .
“He showed up in New York voluntarily because he knew how important this fraud trial is not only to his reputation but to the core of his own beliefs about who he is,” the former president’s niece, a psychologist and author, said in her Substack newsletter on Thursday. “He left because he knew nothing he did — the pouting, the angry stares, the media hits — was working.”
“That plus the humiliation of falling off the Forbes 400 were too much for him to take,” she added.
Forbes magazine announced on Tuesday that Trump had fallen off its annual ranking of the nation’s 400 wealthiest people.
The blow came a day after Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, attended the first day of trial in New York over his business dealings.
Trump left in the middle of the third day of proceedings on Wednesday, telling reporters he would rather be campaigning than “stuck here.”
He was not required to be present at the trial.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking $250 million in penalties and a ban on Trump doing business in the state.
Ahead of trial, the judge overseeing the case ruled that Trump had defrauded financial institutions by exaggerating his wealth to obtain better loan and insurance terms.
The judge ordered some of his companies dissolved as punishment.
That resolved the key claim in James’ case. The trial will determine if Trump is liable for the other six claims in the suit, as well as any penalties.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and called the case a “witch hunt.” He told reporters he showed up for three days to show “how corrupt it is.”
A number of former Trump insiders have speculated that the case is particularly irksome for the ex-president, as it hits both his wallet and his image as a businessman.
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Ghostbusters Day Celebrated by Fans on Original's 37th Anniversary
Ghostbusters is trending as fans worldwide celebrate the 37th anniversary of the original movie for 'Ghostbusters Day.'
Fans are celebrating "Ghostbusters Day" in honor of the original Ghostbusters movie's 37th anniversary. In the summer of 1984, Ghostbusters was released in theaters in the United States, instantly spawning a pop culture phenomenon and one of the most popular franchises in the world. The original remains a fond favorite for so many fans, and thousands are banding together to celebrate the importance of the iconic movie.
"The fun's just starting. Happy #Ghostbusters Day," Sony Pictures UK tweeted, including a video of the mini-pufts attempting to climb the Ghostbusters logo.
Posting a video of the Ghostbusters cast testing out other names for the movie, another fan wrote: " Ghostbusters was released in the US on June 8th, 1984. But it could have been so different, it could have easily been Ghoststoppers or even Ghostblasters. Here are Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis giving us 3 alternatives. Happy #GhostbustersDay ."
One fan tweeted: "37 years ago today. One of my all time favourite movies was released. It would be 6 months before it was released in Ireland. Thank f**k they don't do that anymore."
"Today is #GhostbustersDay and marks the 37th anniversary of one of the most perfect movies ever made!" tweets another fan.
Paraphrasing a quote from the movie, another fan writes, "'We are on the threshold of establishing THE indispensable defence science of the next decade...The franchise rights alone will make us rich beyond our wildest dreams.' Happy 37th birthday to the film that changed my life more than any other. #GhostbustersDay."
"Happy 37th birthday to Ghostbusters , one of my very favourite films growing up and whose sequel was the first film I saw on the big screen. #GhostbustersDay," reads another tweet.
Knowing just how to celebrate, another fan said, "Already 49 minutes into the 1st film #GhostbustersDay."
And along with an image of himself in the Ecto-1, another fan tweeted, "Happy #Ghostbusters Day everybody! On June 8th, 1984 my favourite movie was released to the world. Looking forward to all the GB posts from friends and from Sony today!"
Ghostbusters was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd. The iconic movie also starred Ramis as Egon Spengler, Aykroyd as Ray Stantz, Bill Murray as Peter Venkman, and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, along with Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett and Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz. Following a group of ghost-catchers working in New York City, the movie was tremendously successful, earning widespread critical acclaim and huge profits at the box office.
After 37 years, the Ghostbusters franchise remains as popular as ever. The next installment of the series, Ghostbusters: Afterlife , is set to be released on Nov. 11, 2021. Set in the same continuity as the original movies, the sequel brings back several stars like Aykroyd, Murray, Hudson, Weaver, and Potts. Jason Reitman, son of the original movie's director Ivan Reitman, directs the sequel, which he also co-wrote with Gil Kenan.
For now, it's a great day to watch the original Ghostbusters , and if you still want more, there's always the sequel, the remake, and the hit cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters . Happy #GhostbustersDay!
‘Ghostbusters’ fans celebrate the franchise’s biggest news day ever
Lots of strange things in the neighborhood today!
National Ghostbusters Day was observed just yesterday, and the celebrations came out swinging hard; fans of the storied franchise were treated to news about three brand-new Ghostbusters projects, which include a sequel film to Ghostbusters: Afterlife , an animated Ghostbusters series, and a separate, animated film set in the Ghostbusters universe.
The sequel to G hostbusters: Afterlife , codenamed “Firehouse,” will be set in Manhattan, and will be written by Afterlife writers Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman, the latter of which also directed the aforementioned Afterlife .
The animated Ghostbusters series is being developed by Netflix, and also has Kenan and Reitman attached as executive producers.
And as for the animated film , it’s set to be the biggest wildcard of three new projects; with a creative team consisting of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania director Jennifer Kluska and How I Met Your Mother writer Brenda Hsueh.
Needless to say, 2022’s National Ghostbusters Day will likely go down in history as one of the most hype-inducing National Ghostbusters Days ever, especially given the raving response on Twitter from Ghostbusters fans about all this news.
One user summed up the day perfectly, referring to the wealth of news as a feast.
WE #Ghostbusters FANS ARE ABSOLUTELY FEASTING TONIGHT Y'ALL I'M SO HYPED A NEW MOVIE, A NEW ANIMATED SERIES, *AND* WE GOT SPIRITS UNLEASHED COMING UP, EEEAAAAAA — Gwen (C0MMS OPEN! 3/6) (@GwenInDoubtArt) June 9, 2022
Another made a special nod to Afterlife ‘s sequel film while making a fun play on a classic Ghostbusters line.
I'm excited beyond the capacity for rational thought. #Ghostbusters pic.twitter.com/Qfaotcw2ky — Dan Reynish (@DanReynish) June 9, 2022
Furthermore, it seems project Firehouse is getting most of the love in general.
As somebody who absolutely loved #GhostBustersAfterlife , I cant wait to get more continuation of this story and this world, LOVED what @JasonReitman & co did with it, Bring on #GhostbustersFirehouse . Cant get here soon enough . #Ghostbusters #GhostbustersDay https://t.co/ujWnrgfeSx — Troy Candy (@willtobeweird) June 9, 2022
Codename: Firehouse! Taking #Ghostbusters back to its origins at the end of #GhostbustersAfterlife made me happy, knowing this is where the new adventure will start just makes my inner 6 year old happy! https://t.co/kdxVgI51bU — Bob's Occult Workshop (@BobOccult) June 9, 2022
Beyond film and television, it was also announced that Dark Horse Comics ( The Umbrella Academy , The Witcher ) acquired the rights to publish a comic series set in the Ghostbusters canon.
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What are zero-day options? Here's how they're taking over a key corner of the stock market and why they could pose a big risk
- It's been one year since the CBOE launched zero-day options contracts and they're starting to take over the stock market.
- Zero-day options expire the same day they are issued and they now make up 50% of S&P 500 options activity.
- A new ETF has launched utilizing the options contracts, and with enough scale they could jolt the stock market in a big way.
There's a new options trading product that is taking over Wall Street, and it could ultimately pose a big risk for the stock market as it gains in scale.
Zero-day options have quickly become a major force in the market, even as some observers have dismissed them as " just gambling " or the " fantasy football of option trading ."
What are zero-day options?
Zero-days-to-expiration option, or 0DTE, strategies involve buying an option contract on an underlying security the same day it is set to expire. It's a high-risk, high-reward strategy that took off during the meme-stock craze of 2020 and 2021 as more retail investors started to implement Reddit-influenced YOLO trading fads.
Options contracts are already risky. For a typical long-put or long-call option to turn profitable, the investor needs to not only correctly predict the future direction of a stock price via its strike price, but also the timeframe in which the strike price is reached.
Narrowing the expiration to a single day means high-risk options bets play out in a matter of hours, not days, weeks, or months like typical strategies. But that high risk means the options are incredibly cheap, affording investors the ability to add serious leverage and gain a lot of exposure for not a lot of money.
To be clear, every option contract ultimately becomes a zero-day option on the date of its expiration. But CBOE took it one step further in September 2022 by launching one-day options contracts every day of the week for the broad indexes.
Now, they already make up a whopping 50% of total S&P 500 options trading activity, according to JPMorgan .
What's the risk of zero-day options?
Most of these zero-day options are being utilized by institutions to hedge out risks and, in some cases, to collect income by selling them.
"High-frequency traders appear to be the main users of 0DTE and most trades are very short lived (unwound before the end of day)," JPMorgan said in a recent note.
By contrast, about 30% of these options contracts are traded by individual investors, according to the CBOE.
The risk to investors is they could lose all the money they spend on options. But the risk to the overall market is that if these options reach a big enough scale, they could exacerbate volatility and lead to wild swings, JPMorgan warned.
"If there is a big move when these options get in the money, and sellers cannot support these positions, forced covering would result in very large directional flows. These flows could particularly impact markets given the current low liquidity environment," JPMorgan's Marko Kolanovic said earlier this year.
He estimated that a large daily stock market move, either up or down, could spark cascading trades that result in intraday buying or selling on the order of roughly $30 billion.
Zero-day options ETFs
Meanwhile, Wall Street keeps piling into the 0DTE trend. Defiance recently launched two ETFs that write puts via zero-day options on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 . The strategies, which trade under the tickers JEPY and QQQY, aim to offer "consistent and outsized monthly yield distributions coupled with equity market exposure," according to the company's website.
While the combined assets in the two ETFs are only $20 million, JPMorgan said if they grow big enough, they could have a sizable impact on the stock market similar to the short volatility ETFs that imploded and exacerbated a sell-off in February 2018.
"If these funds (and others like them to-come) collect material AUM, it could exacerbate the tail risks 0DTE options pose," JPMorgan said.
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Did your cell phone make a screeching noise today? Here’s why
Today was the day for the US government’s big emergency alert drill, which sent a test message to every TV, radio and cell phone in the nation.
Starting at approximately 2:20 pm ET on Wednesday , the federal government began conducting a nationwide test of its Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts. The EAS portion of the test sent an emergency alert to all radios and televisions, while the WEA portion of the drill sent an alert to all consumer cell phones.
The test was being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the Federal Communication Commission. Its purpose was to ensure that the systems in place continue to be an effective means of warning the public about emergencies at a national level.
Essentially, what this means is that hundreds of millions of cell phones around the country made a screeching alert noise at approximately the same time today, beginning around 2:20 pm ET. Radio and TV stations also blared a test alert at around the same time. But there was no action required from you after receiving the free message — it was just a test.
Here are answers to all of your burning questions about today’s emergency alert test.
Can I opt-out of this test on my cell phone?
While some recent models of mobile phones may include a setting to opt-out of tests and alerts, none of these settings will affect the 2023 national test, FEMA has said .
That means if your mobile phone was on and receiving service from a participating wireless provider, you will likely received the national Wireless Emergency Alert test, the agency added.
There are, however, three conditions which would prevent the cell phone alert from getting delivered to a device. If your phone is turned off, has airplane mode switched on, or is not connected or associated with a cell tower, then it did not receive the message.
What if I have a phone that I am trying to keep secret?
Survivors of domestic violence and people in abusive relationships often have a secret or emergency phone that they don’t want their partner or others to know about. On a call with reporters Tuesday, a senior FEMA official said the agency was aware of these concerns stemming from survivors of domestic violence and their allies. The official recommended that people who do not want a secret phone to be revealed to turn their phone completely off ahead of the 2:20 pm ET test — and not to turn it back on for thirty minutes, or until after 2:50 pm ET.
If you wanted to be cautious, you could also wait until you are in a safe place before turning your phone back on.
Won’t this disrupt schools?
Educators are braced themselves for some disruption this afternoon, as the test impacting cell phones occurred during school hours for most of the country.
On the call with reporters, the senior FEMA official recommended that educators, as much as possible, try to use this as a teaching opportunity about federal emergency management and preparedness initiatives.
Will this impact my privacy?
The national test cannot be used to monitor, locate or lock your phone, FEMA has said. The test is also using broadcast technology and does not collect any of your data.
What will the alert say?
All cell phones should have received an alert and an accompanying text message that reads: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
The free text message was sent in either English or Spanish, depending on the language settings of your device. The text was accompanied by a unique tone and vibration that is meant to make the alert accessible to the entire public, including people with disabilities, FEMA has said.
The test was broadcast by cell towers for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:20 pm ET, FEMA said. During this time, all compatible wireless phones that were switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless providers participates in WEA tests should have received the text message.
Although the test will be transmitting for approximately 30 minutes, you should only have received the alert message once.
Meanwhile, all radios and televisions also broadcast a test emergency alert at the same time as part of the broader test. This message, which ran for approximately one minute, stated: “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.”
Can the emergency alert impact my body?
In short: No. There are a number of false claims circulating online with regard to the test alert, including some conspiracy theories that incorrectly allege the sound emitted as part of the national test can impact your body at the cellular level. This is false.
“FEMA is not aware of any adverse health effects caused by the audio signal,” the agency has stated.
And while this is a national test, it uses the same technology and infrastructure that state and local authorities rely on to send localized Amber Alerts or extreme weather warnings, a senior FEMA official emphasized to reporters on Tuesday. In a frequently asked question sheet released by FEMA ahead of Wednesday’s test, the agency stated: “The audio signal that will be used in the National Test is the same combination of audio tones that has been used since 1963 in the original Emergency Broadcast System.”
Why didn’t I receive an emergency alert on my phone?
If you have a mobile phone that was switched on, not on airplane mode, within range of an active cell tower and on a network where wireless providers participate in Wireless Emergency Alerts then you should have received the test message on Wednesday afternoon by 2:50 pm ET.
If you are trying to figure out why you did not receive an alert when you should have, or have any other feedback on the test, members of the public can write to the email address: [email protected].
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Where are the Ghostbusters Today?
Can you believe it’s been 36 years since the release of the original Ghostbusters film?? Where has the time gone? It may feel a little longer than yesterday that we were watching the entire team covered in the marshmallow goo from Mr. Stay Puft, but certainly not three decades.
The Story of The Ghostbusters
For those not familiar with the famous live-action story, the movie focuses on the story of three parasychology professors and a retired marine who remove ghosts from their clients’ homes. The leader, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), along with his comrades, Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), first opened up shop in hopes to receive calls from terrified customers after witnessing paranormal activity. Things were slow at first, but with a little patience, they got their first call and the business picked up dramatically, so much they made their own TV commercial.
After the film was enjoyed and critically appraised by many, Ghostbusters II came out on June 16th, 1989 with some of the original cast, including Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler.
There was even a 2016 reboot with female characters, however, it had a ton of backlash from fans of the original movies that didn’t want to see women play the roles of Ghostbusters.
So where is the original cast of Ghostbusters today? Well here you go!
1. Bill Burray (Peter Venkman)
The unofficial leader of the Ghostbusters team was Peter Venkman, played by Bill Murray. He was known for his laid back, blunt character who had a big crush on one of the ghost’s victims Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver).
Since his role in Ghostbusters , Murray has had some major success in the film industry, starring in movies including Nothing Lasts Forever, Little Shop of Horrors, Scrooged, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, Wild Things, Rushmore, Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers, Zombieland, Get Low, Moonrise Kingdom, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent, Aloha and The Dead Don’t Die. He also had a small role in the 2016 Ghostbusters film with the females, starring as Martin Heiss.
Up next, Bill Murray will star in Zombieland: Double Tap, The French Dispatch and On the Rocks . In the TV world, Murray made guest appearances in Alpha House, Parks and Recreation and Angie Tribeca. You may have also seen him in the Netflix holiday movie A Very Murray Christmas (2015).
Right now, you can find him on the Facebook Watch series Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings.
Bonus Fact: He is currently working on reprising his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: The Afterlife alongside his fellow cast members, set to premiere in 2021.
As for his awards, he won his first Emmy in 1977 for writing a variety of skits for SNL and won his latest Primetime Emmy Award in 2015 for his supporting role as Jack Kennison in Olive Kitteridge.
2. Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz)
Dan Aykroyd played Dr. Raymond Stantz, who was the driving force of the the Ghostbusters, and yet a klutzy scientist. Dan Aykroyd’s first glance into fame was on a little Canadian show when he was 17, followed by performing in a number of blues halls and comedy clubs.
After landing a writing job for Saturday Night Live , he chose to join the cast instead before it became a major success from 1975 to 1979. He was one of the major contributors that made it into the legendary show it is today.
With amazing impersonations, he was presented with extreme characters, especially in The Blues Brothers as it was made into both a band and movie in 1980.
Aykroyd had also created the Ghostbusters movie, created from his fascination with paranormal activity. The original writing of the script was pretty extreme that included time travel, but with the addition of co-star and co-writer Harold Ramis, the foundation became more solid. He had also originally wrote the role of Venkman for Belushi, but reshaped the role after the death of his friend in 1982.
3. Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barett)
Sigourney’s role as Dana Barett certainly wasn’t an easy one. How does one act when possessed by a ghost? But she pulled it off quite well! Even when she wasn’t coming face to face with the monstrous beings, she had to play off the flirtatious compliments from Bill Murray.
Since her major role in the paranormal film, she’s been in a ton of movies, including: Dave, Death and the Maiden, Galaxy Quest, Holes, Baby Mama, WALL-E, Avatar, Paul, The Cabin in the Woods, A Monster Calls and The Assignment. She also made an appearance in the Ghostbusters reboot as Dr. Rebecca Gorin.
Up next, this actress has so much in store, including Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and My Salinger Years .
In her career, Weaver was nominated for three Academy awards from the movies in Alien, Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, of which she won Golden Globes from the last two.
4. Rick Moranis (Louis Tully)
Moranis makes for the perfect techno, computer science nerd, although he worked as an accountant in the Ghostbusters film. During the shooting, he was also working on Shop of Horrors and Spaceballs . A lot of work if you ask me, but Moranis is nothing short of famous!
Since his walk into fame from the second Ghostbusters movies, Moranis starred in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Parenthood, My Blue Heaven, The Flintstones, Big Bully and Brother Bear and Brother Bear II , voicing Rutt the Moose. He also co-created the animated sitcom Bob & Doug with Dave Thomas.
As of now, he turned down the chance to appear in the 2016 Ghostbusters film, but still isn’t retired. He is working on the film Shrunk , playing Wayne Szalinski, although the release date is yet to be announced. His latest TV appearances include Prop Culture and An Afternoon with SCTV , both starring as himself.
5. Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler)
Harold Ramis plays the no-shame, science nerd, Dr. Egon Spengler, who is also Peter’s second-in-command. He also co-wrote the Ghostbusters movie script with Dan Aykroyd.
Even after showing his face in the famous Hollywood movie, Ramis starred in Airheads, As Good As It Gets, The Last Kiss, Knocked Up and Year One , although he is most popular for his work as a writer.
Ramis’ big debut was in 1980 when he wrote Caddyshack. He went on to write various other movies, including Back to School, Caddyshack II and Rover Dangerfield as well as wrote and directed Groundhog Dog, Analyze This, Bedazzled, Analyze That and Year One.
In 1993, he won the best original screenplay BAFTA for Groundhog Day . Sadly, he died at the age of 69 in 2014 from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, which he had been battling since 2010.
6. Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)
The infamous military hero and the only one without a science background, Winston was the marine veteran who decided to become a Ghostbuster when their services were in higher demand.
After shooting the film, Zeddemore moved on to star in Airheads, The Basketball Diaries, Congo, Shark Attack, Miss Congeniality, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Turning Point, You’re Not You, God’s Not Dead 2, Spaceman and Nappily Ever After. He also played Uncle Bill Jenkins in the 2016 reboot. He’s also made numerous guest TV appearances, including in Desperate Housewives, Bones, How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Angie Tribeca, Blue Bloods and Arrow, in addition to filming Oz , the TV series from 1996 to 2004 and 10-8: Offers on Duty.
Zeddemore is currently working on a new TV series, L.A.’s Finest as Joseph Burnett. He will also star in the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife film.
7. Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz)
Who could have played a better secretary than little Annie? So cute with her little whiny voice when answering the phone. After her big breakthrough in Ghostbusters , Potts appeared in Crimes of Passion, Pretty in Pink and Jumpin’ Jack Flash, and after Ghostbusters II , Texasville, Breaking the Rules, Elvis Has Left the Building, Two For One, Humor Me and Happy Anniversary.
Did you know she also starred as Bo Peep in Toy Story, Toy Story, and Toy Story 4? Her TV shows include Designing Women from 1986 to 1993, Love & War , and Any Day Now from 1998 to 2002. She currently stars as Meemaw in Young Sheldon.
8. David Margulies (Lenny Clotch)
While his role was small, David Margulies played the mayor of New York City where he was faced with the big decision on whether or not to let the Ghostbusters tackle the paranormal activity levitating around the skyscraper.
Since his role in Ghostbusters , he’s appeared in: Out on a Limb, A Stranger Among Us, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, All Good Things and Fading Gigolo. He’s also starred in two TV shows, The Sopranos and Madoff .
Sadly, David Margulies passed away at the age of 79 in 2016 after losing a battle to cancer. RIP.
Are You Excited for the New Ghostbusters Movie?
All of the characters from the Ghostbusters movies have had significant success from the iconic 80s movie, starring in movies, TV shows and even live productions. I’m so excited to see them in the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie, which is set to debut in 2021 with almost all of the original characters.
But who was your favorite character from the original movie? Have you enjoyed watching them in other movies and TV shows? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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Today Is 'Ghostbusters' Day — Wait, What’s 'Ghostbusters' Day?
It's the anniversary of the original 'Ghostbusters,' and fan days for beloved movies like 'Back to the Future' and 'Star Wars' are becoming more prevalent, which could be a good or bad thing.
If you’re a Back to the Future fan you have October 21 . If you’re a Star Wars fan you have May 4 . If you’re an Aliens fan you have April 26 . But what if you’re a Ghostbusters fan who wants her very own day dedicated to the never-ending fandom of a particularly iconic movie series?
In a miraculous little bit of marketing happenstance, today is the 32-year anniversary of the original Ghostbusters , which opened in 1984. Sony, gearing up to release director Paul Feig’s reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy next month, has declared today Ghostbusters Day. But what does it all mean, really?
Well, it seems like its all just a way to neatly package the perfectly timed little tidbits about the upcoming movie, which is happening more and more these days as the nostalgic favorites are rebooted and remade. At least for Ghostbusters it’s all in good fun.
The new Ecto-1 stopped by The Today Show for a gratuitous photo op for whoever hosts that show right now.
And later tonight the entire lead cast of the original and the reboot are set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live , including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts along with McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, and Jones. Ray Parker Jr. will also be there to sing the iconic theme song.
The new movie is a month away, but Ghostbusters Day is also celebrating the original, as well. It’ll return to 800 theaters across the country in limited engagements. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of the unfairly maligned 1989 sequel. But fans who want to bust ghosts on the big-screen can pick up some great prizes .
Cinemark is giving away ten signed posters from the new film for select ticket holders, and Regal Cinemas is flying a lucky Regal Crown Club Member to the premiere of the new Ghostbusters movie in Los Angeles (not to mention a $2,500 gift card for travel and accommodations). That’s more than enough to make room for a few cases of re-released Ecto Cooler (slogan: “It’s back.”)
Fans who live in the Brooklyn, New York will also get a chance to watch the original film in the Sony-sponsored BBQ Films immersive experience of what they’re calling the new Ghostbusters HQ.
Like the other fandom days created out of nowhere, Ghostbusters Day is a corporate-mandated marketing day. But thankfully all the Ghostbusters Day hubbub seems to be centered on the movies themselves despite being created solely to shill for the new one. It’s great that we got some killer Alien Day collectibles when that happened, and god knows how many awesome stuff for could have come from new Ghostbusters goodies, but for now it might be best to approach this newly created holiday with some measured trepidation. These days give fans the opportunity to flaunt that fandom, but it could also get out of hand.
Who knows what kind of ridiculous movie days we’ll get next, but for now just go bust some ghosts and enjoy it.
Ghostbusters opens in theaters on July 15.
Ghostbuster’s Day 2023
Celebrating 39 Years of Spooky VFX with a brand new showreel.
Every year on June 8th we celebrate Ghostbusters Day, as it marks the anniversary of the movie released originally in 1984. The film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, celebrates its 39th Ghostbusters Day this year, so let’s look at how MPC brought the story into the new decade with its work on Ghostbusters: Afterlife. MPC team members across VFX, DFX, and more, worked together to help create Director Jason Reitman’s vision for the movie. The MPC team delivered 250 shots, spanned across 3 continents, and collaborated to create some of the film’s most complex visual elements.
The celebrate the 39th year of spooky VFX, check out our latest Ghostbusters Day showreel:
Since Dr. Egon Spengler was going to play such a central role in the story line, MPC was entrusted with bringing the character, who had been played by the late Harold Ramis, back to screens. To do this, MPC Film’s Character Lab amassed crucial reference material from the 1984 and 1989 Ghostbusters films, and they were also given access to digital scans of earlier footage that had never been used before. Using this material, the artists were able to construct angles and expressions, generating a likeness to the original actor. To test their success, the team inserted the digitally generated Dr. Egon Spengler into shots from the original Ghostbusters movie and presented it to the filmmakers to see if they could differentiate the original from the digital. Once they perfected this young doctor, it was time to age him to fit the concept art. The Character Lab team used nuanced facial modelling techniques and rigging to ensure MPC’s animators could create a convincing and emotional performance, and photorealistic hair and skin was developed. The team paid particular attention to the eyes, making sure they captured Ramis’ likeness.
The MPC team also had the honor of bringing back another iconic Ghostbuster’s character, but this time in “mini” form. The tiny Stay-Puft marshmallows in Afterlife are a fun rework of the original movie’s famous character and cause just as much trouble. The mini marshmallows create mayhem in a Walmart, in which each character brings its own personality to the chaos. The team was able to add gags and bits to the scene and even nodded to another famous 1984 movie: Gremlins. To get the animation just right, the team used toddlers as references to recreate the elements of clumsiness and cuteness in their movement.
Instead of the beloved Slimer, Afterlife introduces the audience to Muncher. To create him, the team used all the ghost references from the first two Ghostbusters movies. The team created several pieces of key art for the city chase scene with the Ecto-1 and Muncher, as well as the designs for the new custom proton trap and its effect on the ghosts. Additionally, they explored the transformation of Gozer, the malignant entity from another dimension, as she shifts into Gozer Spirit.
Finally, the team had to find a way to bring a 300ft tall ghost to a 1970s version of Times Square. Because shooting in modern Time’s Square can be restrictive, the shooting for the final action scene took place largely on green screens. The green screen set had street and sidewalk detailing, but the surrounding buildings were created in CG. Building the environment required extensive research to capture the detail of 1970’s architecture. In addition to the fully CG exterior of the fictional Mercado building, MPC also extended the sound stage set of the lobby as well as the upper floors. The main character of this scene is Rowan, who is a giant recreation of the classic no-ghost logo. Director Paul Feig wanted Rowan to appear as if a cartoon had come to life, so MPC took a traditional 2D artist animation of the no-ghost logo and then composited into the photographed backgrounds of the Mercado lobby. In subsequent shots, this 2D animated version of the character is transformed into a fully realized 3D final form of Rowan, who is a whopping 300ft tall. MPC modelled the character as if he had an underlying cartoon anatomy that had been wrapped in a loose cloth. The character then received a secondary anatomical motion with traditional muscle, fat, and skin simulations giving him more realistic features. To achieve the proper sense of scale, a high polygon count cloth simulation was created on the final surface surrounding the cartoon anatomy.
So, when it comes to creating a VFX ghost (or capturing it once it’s loose), you know who to call!
Check out our Ghostbusters showreel.
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Ghostbusters Wiki : Ghostbusters Day Coverage
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Started on June 8th 2016, every year on Ghostbusters Day the franchise celebrates old and new things having to do with the brand. Announcements for Ghostbusters related things also happen during that day each year.
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- The Ghostbusters twitter account posted a gif of a Mini-Puft being jolted awake by its 6 am alarm.
- 28 second video was posted featuring Paul Rudd , Mckenna Grace , Finn Wolfhard , Logan Kim , Carrie Coon , Celeste O'Connor , Dan Aykroyd , Ernie Hudson , and Annie Potts inside the Firehouse set in London wishing fans a Happy Ghostbusters Day.
- A sketch of Phoebe Spengler, Trevor Spengler , Callie Spengler , and Gary Grooberson by the upcoming Dark Horse Comics tie-in comic's artist Blue Delliquanti was posted.
- A new trailer was posted for the Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed Ecto Edition, a port for Nintendo Switch. It will be available later in the year and available in the My Nintendo Store. It will perform at a dynamic resolution from a range of 720 (handheld mode) to 1080p at the maximum, 30fps (industry standard for Switch). IllFonic is constantly tuning the game to push its limits. Samhain is teased at the end of the trailer.
- The Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed soundtrack , with music by Mark Rutherford, was released online.
- Mckenna Grace posted a video of her as Phoebe Spengler sliding down the pole to the garage bay, dancing through the Ghostbusters (Untitled Afterlife Sequel) 's Firehouse set, and stopping outside the set.
- A new poster for the Afterlife sequel with a new logo was posted.
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- 2.2.1 Ghostbusters Day 2021 Announcement
- 2.2.2 Ghostbusters Day 2021 Merchandise
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- 2.5.1 Ghostbusters Day 2018 Announcement
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Submitted by Mrmichaelt on 06/10/2022
- On May 26, 2022 , Sony Pictures teased their plans for the 2022 Ghostbusters Day celebration on Wednesday, June 8th, will be announced soon. Jason Reitman posted an instagram story announcing "Ecto Fest," where Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be screened at Calley Park on the Sony Pictures Studios lot on June 8 after gates open at 7:30 pm. A special announcement from Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan will also be made at the screening.
- Early Wednesday morning on June 8, 2022, it was reported a new animated series was in the works for Netflix by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan.
- Sony pictures posted a 33 second video of Jason Reitman at 5 am greeting fans to kick off the day's festivities promising there will be announcements.
- A video previously recorded for Ghostbusters Day features Jason Reitman, Gil Kenan, Logan Kim, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Celeste O'Connor visiting some of the film locations from the first movie . It ended with a visit to the firehouse where Ivan Reitman was waiting. This was filmed on or around October 8, 2021 .
- At 8 am, Jason Reitman posted a behind-the-scenes photo from the studio Farmhouse set taken of himself with the late Ivan Reitman and with Mckenna Grace during photography of his insert shot.
- Props from the four movies were on display .
- It started with a video of behind-the-scenes during filming of the Firehouse end tag .
- Ernie Hudson came up on the stage: did some quotes, did some cryptic hints about the future and joked now Winston is signing the checks, honored Ivan Reitman, and announced the street in the Sony lot where Ghost Corps is located was renamed Ivan Reitman Way .
- Jenny Whitlock from Hasbro revealed they made two more Ivan Reitman Plasma Series figures. One will go to Ghost Corps and one will auctioned for charity for the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles . The figure has a megaphone based on the one he used during Ghostbusters . Jason found it in the family basement and sent pics to Hasbro to recreate.
- Hasbro posted a new blog about the pack .
- Jake Zim announced the VR game announced earlier this year will also be on Playstation VR2 .
- Logan Kim took the stage and asked if they will be able to drive. Jack Zim announced Ghostbusters VR Academy , a location based experience from Hologate. It is a 2 part experience . Part one will have trainees go up from sewers to the roof of building infested with ghosts. They will be wearing a VR headset and haptic vest. The second part will entail racing around the city in a prototype Ecto-1 that can fly from a trainee center, avoiding the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the city, and in mood slime filled sewers..
- Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed was mentioned to release on console and PC later this year .
- It was announced there will be a limited comic book series from Dark Horse . It will come out late next year and is in canon to the story that started in 1984.
- An animated movie is in development by directors Jennifer Kluska and Chris Prynoski and written by Brenda Hsueh . New characters. New take. Was a passion project of Ivan .
- The Netflix animated series will delve in an unexplored era and decade of canon , new characters, new places, and is set in the future .
- The Afterlife sequel movie's codename is "Firehouse" . Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan are writing it and calls it the next chapter in the Spengler family story .
- The Firehouse imagery used for the sequel movie announcement will have a limited print run from Corbett Ink by freelance illustrator Hannah, the company that made it for Jason Reitman.
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- Ghost Corps announced the Ghostbusters Day 2021 will take place live on Twitter Space and hosted by IGN on June 8. The cast and filmmakers of Ghostbusters: Afterlife will appear. On June 6 , it was announced the event starts at 2:00pm Pacific Time/4:00pm Central/5:00pm Eastern/10:00pm British Summer Time and will feature Ivan and Jason Reitman, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Celeste O'Connor and Logan Kim.
- To start the day off, the Ghostbusters social media accounts released a 40 second pre-recorded introduction video with Ivan Reitman and Bill Murray video conferencing and poking fun at Ghostbusters Day.
- In celebration of Ghostbusters Day, four exclusive T-shirts featuring the Mini Pufts went on sale on the Ghostbusters official online store in unisex and youth sizes for $24.95 and $19.95 respectively. They will only be available in the month of June 2021.
- Hasbro went live with Plasma Series Classic Figures glow in the dark figure pre-orders of Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston at 2:30 pm PST on Hasbro Pulse.
- Hasbro went live with Plasma Series Mini Pufts pre-orders on Hasbro Pulse.
- Hallmark revealed its Mini Pufts Keepsake Ornament .
- A minute long featurette on how Jason Reitman and Production Designer Francois Audouy used Sony's Spatial Reality Display technology was released.
- 2:52: It was revealed the character Logan Kim portrays is named Podcast and Celeste O'Connor's character is named Lucky.
- 6:22: Jason Reitman commented, "I saw a young girl in the middle of a field with a Proton Pack and I imagined a young man discovering the Ecto-1 and it not working, and then Tokyo drifting through that field."
- 7:43: Ivan Reitman commented it was the greatest honor and thrill for one his children to carry on a story he helped start.
- 9:00: Finn Wolfhard talks about how he self-taped an audition in his room in Vancouver and put it together it was a Ghostbusters movie when he was asked to come to Jason Reitman's home in Los Angeles. McKenna Grace talked about working in Atlanta when she auditioned and in the scripts, their roles were just "Boy" and "Girl" but she found it in the chemistry reads and read with Logon Kim, and a Proton Pack was there.
- 12:35: Jason Reitman clarified the movie is not set at all in New York and had to be about a family discovering who they were and them going to someplace that didn't look like the first movie. Like going into a parent or grandparent's attic or basement and finding something about them.
- 15:20: Celeste O'Connor's character is named Lucky and she's always wanted to leave her home town then meets the new kid at the diner she works at, Trevor. She gets involved in his story and finds her courage and determination and adventure she's always been looking for.
- 16:44: Ecto-1 certainly plays an important role in the movie. We discover the things that have changed about it in the course of the movie.
- 20:17: Some green screen was done for the more dangerous parts of the Ecto-1 chase scene. The gunner seat came when they started thinking about what happens to the equipment. The gunner seat put ghostbusting in motion.
- 21:40: McKenna Grace comments on getting to sit in the Ecto-1 and on the gunner seat and calls it "absolutely magical."
- 22:14: Mr. Grooberson is a science teacher and Phoebe is a scientist herself who finds herself in small town in a summer school class filled with delinquents and Grooberson immediately takes a liking to her because he sees a like-minded person and becomes a mentor to her.
- 23:42: McKenna Grace had her mind blown when she first saw the equipment props. Finn Wolfhard emphasizes the movie comes from a fan. There is CG but Jason Reitman was adamant about using a lot of practical effects like the props, make up, sets, and backgrounds. Lucky was skeptical at first but over the course of it, she gets pulled into the adventure. O'Connor never did a big studio film before and just did an indie movie before moving onto Afterlife so she was overwhelmed on the set. O'Connor's father was a film of the movies and showed them to the family when she was growing up.
- 29:30: Carrie Coon plays a mom just trying to make ends meet and find resources to keep her family afloat and hasn't time for the other parts of her life. Callie shares a cynical sense of humor with Grooberson.
- 30:30: Jason Reitman comments on watching people trying on the Proton Pack for the first time and the unique smile that happens. The Ecto Goggles can now take Polaroids.
- 31:31: McKenna Grace remembers she cried when she tried on the Proton Pack for the first time. Finn Wolfhard remembered the camera test and she lost balance at first. Grace got strap burns because of the weight.
- 33:25: The Proton Pack mold used was built off one of the original 1984 Proton Pack props. They tried to visualize what welds, wire changes, slips, breaks, and cracks to show the age and use of the pack over three decades. The creatures were puppeteered on the set.
- 35:00: The cast and crew is asked if they believe in the paranormal and had their experiences. Logan Kim's character Podcast is considered the absolute believer in the movie and the heart of the movie. They talk about how Kim took one acting class, did a Fed Ex commercial, and auditioned for Afterlife with a self-tape. Kim was the most confident actor on the set. Carrie talks about hearing footsteps and doors opening at the farmhouse she grew up on.
- 42:39: Logan Kim could barely see with the Ecto Goggles on and hit McKenna Grace's face once. He also slipped and fell on set. It was hard to position the Ecto Goggles on heads like how Dan Aykroyd could. Jason Reitman gave Kim notes on where to look in a shot but Kim paused and told him he couldn't see.
- 44:48: Jason Reitman clarifies the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man will not return. The Mini Pufts want to watch the world burn and they enjoy it.
- One of O'Connor's character Lucky talking to Trevor while she was working at Spinners Roller Hop.
- Ecto-1 on the road
- An image of a Trap opening
- An image of Egon's thrower firing
- A gif of Kim's character Podcast trying to pry open a Trap in class
- Ecto-1 parked outside the Farmhouse at night
- On June 9 , a Passing the Proton Pack vignette was posted.
- On June 11 , the Ghostbusters YouTube posted a 59 second time lapse video of John Yurcaba working on the design for his Mini Pufts T-shirt.
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Submitted by Mrmichaelt on 06/29/2020
- Ghostbusters Day was postponed due to covid-19 concerns and on June 26, 2020 it was announced that on July 1 , the original 1984 movie will play at theaters and drive-ins with a special message for the fans. Tickets are available for purchase . On June 29, 2020 the site was updated and listed 31 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin) and Alberta, Canada as the locations for the screenings.
- On June 15, 2020, Josh Gad's Reunited Apart featured a Zoom chat with guests Jason Reitman and Kumail Nanjiani, director Ivan Reitman, cast from the first movie Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, William Atherton, Jennifer Runyon, Steven Tash, Michael Ensign, and Timothy Carhart, and Ray Parker Jr. performing.
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Submitted by Mrmichaelt on 06/09/2018 Full press release, web site relaunch, and assorted merchandise dates were announced.
- 35th anniversary has nodes for the 2019 Ghostbusters Fan Fest, the 2 year Ghostbusters Local Tour, the Ghostbusters Live! orchestral tour, the Ghostbusters World ARG , and 2 sections yet to be revealed.
- The event calendar has events from June to November ranging from movie screenings, Ghostbusters Live! events, and Wizard World's local tours.
- Film & TV had nodes for Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II , Ghostbusters (2016) , The Real Ghostbusters , and Extreme Ghostbusters . Each node had a synopsis, links to partner streaming services to view media, selected stills, and video of primarily title sequences. Most notably, the node for The Real Ghostbusters features the 4 minute original pitch pilot restored by fan Robert Barbieri.
- Shop features merchandise for sale ranging from the Playmobil Ghostbusters Toy Line , Blu-ray and DVD, T-Shirts, statues, beanies, tin boxes, remote control Ecto-1, trade paperbacks, and LEGO .
- The official website's relaunch
- The restored pitch pilot of The Real Ghostbusters
- A chance for a Grand Prize Experience by making a $10 donation to the For the Win Project, a collaboration between Sony, Ghost Corps and Omaze. The winner would receive a package including lunch for the winner and a guest with Dan Aykroyd , a VIP visit to Sony Pictures, including Ghostbusters HQ offices, a private guided tour of the Sony Pictures museum (which includes Ghostbusters props), photo opportunities in the Ecto-1 , and an original Ghostbusters poster created especially for the winner. Other prize incentives include tickets to the Ghostbusters Fan Fest event and tickets to Ghostbusters Live. Visit Omaze to enter but residents of Belgium, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Italy, North Korea, Singapore, Sudan, Syria or Thailand are not allowed to enter. Contestants must bet least 13 years old to win but any winnders under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian as their Guest. The contest ends August 8, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.
- LEGO is debuting two brand-new LEGO Ghostbusters BrickHeadz figures of Peter Venkman (covered in slime) and Slimer .
- Ghostbusters Video Slots Machine "International Game Technology" (IGT) announces the revolutionary new Ghostbusters 4D Video Slots game, coming soon to a casino near you
- The collaboration with Wizard World for the 2 year Local Tour and 2019 Fan Fest. Wizard World will celebrate in Columbus this weekend and there will be free single-day admission for fans dressed as Ghostbusters and a unique program of events. The Local Tour will feature a pop-up shop with exclusive Ghostbusters merchandise.
- Ghostbusters World will be previewed at San Diego Comic Con this July. The game's first public demo build and booth will be at The Experience at Comic-Con at Petco Park.
- The first cities for Ghostbusters Live will be staged in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London, and Dublin. More will be announced. Schedule will also be at Schirmer Theatrical's Ghostbusters page
- At ghostbusters.com, fans can register for more information for the Ghostbusters Fan Fest Event, which will take place one year from today. At the event, fans will meet for two days at Ghost Corps headquarters on the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, California. There, for the first time ever, the studio will join forces with Wizard World to bring fans an unforgettable experience. For the 35th anniversary, fans will participate in exclusive panels, meet the Ghostbusters creators, talent and crew and experience Ghostbusters augmented reality and virtual reality games.
- Horror Decor announced a Slimer and The Real Ghostbusters fruit snakes scented candle on sale June 8 and 9.
- The official Ghostbusters Facebook added a Ghostbusters Day frame/camera effect .
- Diamond Select posted new images for their The Real Ghostbusters line, for pre-order starting June 20, and news about the movie line series.
- LEGO announced a July 1st release date for their Brickheadz 2 pack.
- Various discounts were announced. Insight Editions started a 20% sale and Factory Entertainment also started a 20% off sale .
- IDW posted messages from the crew of the comic books, one from Luis Delgado , one from Kelly Thompson , and one from Erik Burnham . Dan Schoening debuted the Cover A for Ghostbusters Crossing Over #5 .
- A 28 second video was posted of Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd standing outside Hook & Ladder in Manhattan. They gave a special message, noting it's been 34 years then they promote the Ghostbusters Fan Fest on the Sony Pictures lot next year as well as hint at other events being planned all over the world.
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- A 1:13 video was posted of Dan Aykroyd standing outside Ghost Corps giving a public service announcement tied to Schirmer Theatrical, LLC's upcoming Ghostbusters Live! orchestra tour.
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Submitted by Devilmanozzy on 05/24/2018 Confirmed (on May 23) that Ghostbusters Official (Web Site) went under construction, noting Ghostbusters Day on June 8th. Announcements/Promotions:
- An orchestral tour featuring musicians performing the film’s score live at screenings in the US and Canada. [2018 1]
- Augmented reality game entitled Ghostbusters World that will let users capture ghosts in the real world. [2018 1]
Products featured or Introduced: For June 8, 2019, with subsequent ranges launching in anticipation of Halloween and the holiday season.
- Playmobil (figures and playsets) [2018 1]
- Mattel (games, activities and crafts) [2018 1]
- NECA (collectibles and novelty gifts) [2018 1]
- Hybrid (apparel) [2018 1]
- Mad Engine (apparel) [2018 1]
- C-Life (apparel) [2018 1]
- Hallmark (social expressions, plush products and ornaments). [2018 1]
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Why ‘Ghostbusters’ Is Still Relevant Today
Some movies, no matter how old they are, never age a day. Their situations and themes remain as relevant now as when they were first released. Watching them today, they reflect and comment on our present in ways they couldn’t possibly have anticipated. Every month we’re going to pick a movie from the past that does just that, and explore what it has to say about the here and now .
Ivan Reitman ’s Ghostbusters – now celebrating its 30th anniversary – might seem an unlikely candidate to include in this column. After all, there’s not a (sane) person on earth who would watch this movie and say “Maaannnn, is this thing dated.” The filmmaking nor the humor has aged a day, and even the special effects make you appreciatively nostalgic more than critical.
Still, there are several elements of the story, characters and location that surprisingly evoke the specifics of our present more than one might think. Here are five ways Ghostbusters crosses the time stream from 1984 to 2014.
1. The (Entrepreneurial) Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
Make no mistake, we may think Bill Murray ’s Peter Venkman is cool, but even he calls himself a geek. However, neither he nor the rest of the Ghostbusters represent the stigmatized image of geekhood that was standard in the decade the film was made. You know, the socially stunted, high-waisted panted, basement dwelling, Dungeons & Dragons playing four-eyes. The Revenge of the Nerds Geek.
Instead, the Ghostbusters anticipate our current world where geeks aren’t so much ostracized as they are enjoying a surge of positive cultural currency. Especially because the Ghostbusters aren’t unlike the big-time, 21st century web entrepreneurs we’re very familiar with. They’re a financially successful company with a tech-based service which impacts people’s lives significantly and earns them rock star status.
These aren’t your typical 1980s stock market yuppie traders raking in the dough. They’re a bunch of nerdy scientists who – as Winston says – have the tools and the talent to succeed in a way that’s become commonplace today.
2. Media Coverage Hasn’t Changed At All
“Print is dead,” proclaims Egon ( Harold Ramis ) amusingly not long before a montage splashes the Ghostbusters’ overnight success all over print magazines and newspapers. What makes that montage even funnier is how it illustrates that media coverage of any given phenomenon hasn’t changed. At all.
The spectral bounty hunters find themselves the subject of:
- a Wired-like magazine covering the technology behind their proton packs;
- The Atlantic probing – in a quintessentially Atlantic way – the bigger social ramifications of the Ghostbusters’ work; and
- a trashy rag wondering about the men’s diet (which would probably only allow for Twinkies when using them as illustrative devices).
Media may have migrated online, but its nature (and taxonomy) has remained firmly rooted. The response to the Ghostbusters then is no different than what it would be now.
3. The Portability of Tech
In 1984, when computers were the size of mini fridges, the notion that they might one day be portable, let alone fit in our palm or lap, would have been hard to imagine. Yet in Ghostbusters , the men stand out now because they succeeded in compacting their highly sophisticated technology. They make it maneuverable and transportable in a way that’s instantly recognizable to us today.
Okay, yes, their proton packs, trap, and P.K.E. meter, are a far cry from a sleek, hand-sized iPhone. Still, their conceptualization (and the movie’s) that tech will need to be compact and easy to carry, anticipated how so much tech now has become successful and pervasive for that very reason. All that being said, we’re pretty glad that nuclear reactors haven’t become as portable as they are in the movie.
4. The Prevalence of Sarcastic Insincerity
There’s an infectious delight in watching Venman refuse to take anything seriously – being fired, being slimed, talking to the Mayor, seeing the object of his affection ( Sigourney Weaver ) possessed by a randy demon. The man can’t even agree to a suicide plan without being flippant and sarcastic. Every situation he faces he greets without a trace of sincerity. Which is what makes him hilarious.
It’s also what makes him seem a product of our own times where, for example, 95% of Twitter greets most news (with the exception of tragedies) as an opportunity to make jokes. The state of our (online) society is not one prone to sincerity. Peter Venkman would not only feel very at home in 2014, he’d be its Emperor. He might even make a decent living photobombing engagement pics or showing up randomly at karaoke bars.
5. New York Can Withstand Anything
“Nobody steps on a church in my town,” isn’t just a Bill Murray line, it’s a New Yorker line. It’s an instantly familiar representation of New York pride and protectiveness. Which makes sense, since Ghostbusters is in many ways an ode to The Big Apple and its people. Most of all, it speaks to how New Yorkers – in the form of the Ghostbusters – can withstand anything.
Sure, a looming supernatural apocalypse may not be the most realistic disaster Gotham has gone through, but it’s had its share since the release of Ghostbusters in 1984. Every time its proven itself a survivor.
The resilient spirit of Venkman, Stantz and Spengler is not just their own, but the quintessential spirit of all New Yorkers.
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- May 13, 2022
With Ghostbusters Day fast approaching, The Buffalo Ghostbusters are preparing for another yearly celebration at Hook & Ladder 8, the New York City firehouse used as the Ghostbusters HQ in the films.
The event, which will take place June 4th, the Saturday before Ghostbusters Day , is fueled by a Go Fund Me campaign aiming to get the firehouse a vending machine and will include a handful of guests, all from the original 1984 film.
Those attending include Joe Cirillo, who played the New York City Police Captain, John Rothman, the Library Administrator, and Stephen Friedland, seen outside the Zuul building playing a Hare Krishna Acolyte.
To raise additional funds for Hook & Ladder, guests will be signing autographs at the cost of $30, with 8×10 photographs and RayGun trading cards being made available.
As an additional attraction and a must-have photo op, Ecto-1 NJ, a replica of the film car, will also be in attendance.
For additional information on the Ghostbusters Day celebration, check out The Buffalo Ghostbusters Facebook page or the dedicated event page .
When it comes to this year’s Go Fund Me , the campaign just crossed $2,000 with a goal of $2,500. If you’d like to donate, you only have a few days left, as it is scheduled to close on Sunday, May 15th.
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Last year’s festivities saw The Buffalo Ghostbusters present Hook & Ladder 8 with a replica no-ghost sign , with a second, more accurate sign being given later in the year , which is now on display . This was possible due to a similar Go Fund Me, which raised $7,900.
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National Ghostbusters Day
Welcome to National Ghostbusters Day! Get ready to bust out your proton packs and join the team in celebrating this spooktacular holiday. Ghostbusters Day is all about honoring the iconic film franchise and everything that goes bump in the night. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just enjoy a good dose of paranormal activity, this is the perfect day to channel your inner ghostbuster and embrace the supernatural. So grab your ecto goggles, hold on to your slime blaster, and let's dive into the fascinating history of National Ghostbusters Day!
When is Ghostbusters Day?
It's national ghostbusters day on the 8th June.
The Birth of Ghostbusters
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! The world was introduced to this unforgettable catchphrase in 1984 when the original Ghostbusters movie hit the silver screen. Directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, this supernatural comedy quickly became a massive success, captivating audiences with its perfect blend of humor, horror, and ghostly special effects. The film starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson as a team of paranormal investigators who start a ghost-catching business in New York City.
The Rise of a Franchise
The success of the first Ghostbusters film led to the creation of an entire Ghostbusters universe. Sequels, animated series, video games, and even a reboot have kept the franchise alive and kicking. The beloved ghost-busting team has become a cultural icon, inspiring countless Halloween costumes, cosplay events, and fan conventions. Ghostbusters Fan Fest, a gathering of fans and cast members, was first held on June 8, 2019, and has become an annual celebration of all things Ghostbusters.
To honor the legacy of Ghostbusters and its dedicated fanbase, National Ghostbusters Day was established. This special day takes place on June 8th, coinciding with the release of the original film in 1984. It's a time for fans to come together, share their love for the franchise, and pay homage to the memorable characters who brought laughter and chills to the screen. So whether you're watching the movies, re-reading the comics, or listening to the catchy theme song, National Ghostbusters Day is the perfect occasion to relive the magic of this beloved franchise.
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No, the highest-grossing film of 1984 wasn't Gremlins , Karate Kid , or Purple Rain . It wasn't even the year's most hotly anticipated sequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom . Rather, the scrappy supernatural comedy Ghostbusters from Stripes director Ivan Reitman came out on top, bringing a horde of sketch comedy veterans ( Bill Murray , Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis , Rick Moranis ) right along with it.
Speaking to EW for the film's 30th anniversary oral history , Reitman, who died in 2022 at age 75 , reflected proudly on the production of the Ghostbusters . "It was one of those lucky experiences where everything just turned out to be right, and the mixture of actors turned out to be really magical together."
Now, after 1989's sequel, 2016's women-led reboot , and 2021's less-than-satisfactory Afterlife revival (plus another on the way), EW is following up with the actors of the original sci-fi blockbuster. Here's what the Ghostbusters cast has been up to between all of those cameo appearances.
Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venckman)
Bill Murray began his storied career with Second City and the National Lampoon Radio Hour before making himself known to national audiences on Saturday Night Live . Film roles in Meatballs (1979, Caddyshack (1980), and Stripes (1981) cemented his cinematic credentials, but it was Ghostbusters that blew the actor (and the film itself) into the box-office stratosphere.
"Basically we were fortunate to have the greatest comic leading man of our generation come on and see the appeal of it and carry the ball right down and win the game for us," costar and screenwriter Dan Aykroyd told EW . "There would've been no success without Murray. We don't do these things alone, but I credit 50 percent of the success of that whole adventure to him, and we'll never see the likes of it again."
In the immediate aftermath of Ghostbusters , Murray took a dramatic turn with 1984's The Razor's Edge (which he also wrote), and made his musical debut in Little Shop of Horrors (1986) opposite Rick Moranis. After co-directing 1990's Quick Change , he gave a seminal performance in Ghostbuster scribe Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day (1993). He later breathed new life into his career with a key supporting role in Wes Anderson 's second feature, Rushmore (1998). The actor has since appeared in every subsequent Anderson film (including as the title character in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ), with the exception of the director's most recent work, the pleasant if frenetic sci-fi comedy Asteroid City (2023) .
Murray continued to work with some of the most compelling directors of the 21st century, receiving an Oscar nomination for his textured turn in Sofia Coppola 's Lost in Translation (2003) and headlining Jim Jarmusch 's Broken Flowers (2005). The actor made a round of creative reunions with roles in Jarmusch's inert The Dead Don't Die (2019), Coppola's On the Rocks (2020), and Anderson's byzantine The French Dispatch (2021).
Murray has long held a reputation for being hard to work with, which culminated in 2022 when production halted on the film set of Being Mortal following allegations against him for inappropriate conduct . Many actors, including Geena Davis and Seth Green , have since come forward with stories of alleged misconduct by Murray. Regardless of the negative press, his career has trotted onward with a Marvel debut in 2023's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and plans to join the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel.
Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett)
Sigourney Weaver got her start onstage at Yale before making her screen debut through a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in Annie Hall (1977). Just two years later, she would headline one of the most influential sci-fi and horror films of all time: Ridley Scott 's Alien . Weaver returned as her iconic character Ellen Ripley for three sequels and even scored a Best Actress Oscar nomination for James Cameron's 1986 follow-up, Aliens . Then, she surprised everyone with a pivot toward comedy by playing Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters .
"Comedy actually was what I felt I did best, but after Alien , no one could imagine that I could be funny," Weaver told EW . "I'd been offered an Andy Kaufman project about two robots that fall in love, and I was so excited to work with him. But my agent convinced me that the script just wasn't good enough, so I had sort of tearfully let that go. So with Ghostbusters — which was brilliant and so funny and so full of heart — I was really determined."
And her determination paid off. Now regarded as one of cinema's most talented and versatile actors, Weaver has worked across genres (and budgets) over the last three decades and accumulated accolades from all corners of the industry. She played a back-stabbing boss in Working Girl (1988), a chilly (pardon the pun) suburban housewife in The Ice Storm (1997), an actor on an intergalactic mission in Galaxy Quest (1999), and half of a mother-daughter con artist team in the dark comedy Heartbreakers (2001), among many other films.
Then came her turn as Dr. Grace Augustine in 2009's Avatar , adding yet another seminal sci-fi franchise to her jam-packed resume. She remarkably returned to the 2022 sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water , as the teenage daughter of her past character, Dr. Augustine, who has been adopted into the Na'vi community. Alongside the cast of young actors playing other alien youths, Weaver trained in parkour, holding her breath, and underwater sign language so that she could accurately perform the film's extensive demands during shooting.
In 2023, Weaver was the best part of Paul Schrader 's low-stakes revenge drama Master Gardener , locating a wit and spice within the role that eludes the rest of the material. She has two further Avatar sequels on the horizon (in 2025 and 2029, respectively), as well as Scott Derrickson 's upcoming action-romance for Apple TV+, The Gorge .
Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz)
Dan Aykroyd made a name for himself on Saturday Night Live as one of the original writers and performers. Prior to crafting the idea for Ghostbusters , he had worked with Steven Spielberg in 1941 (1979) and starred alongside longtime collaborator John Belushi in The Blues Brothers (1980), which he also wrote based on the pair's iconic SNL characters. The group was a genuine musical act as well, with real tours and albums. He continued his hot streak as a sought-after comedian, notably sparring with Eddie Murphy in Trading Places (1983) before writing and starring in Ghostbusters — but he couldn't have pulled it off on his own.
"Without Ivan [Reitman] and Harold [Ramis], [the script] would've had no shape," Aykroyd told EW . "Ivan did a good job of taking my whole throughline, as Harold encouraged us to do, and keep it alive: the industrial-hazard aspect of cleaning these spirits up and making sure that they don't bother us here in this dimension. That was the throughline: This is a tough job. That's why they smoke cigarettes — not because I'm promoting smoking. These guys were under stress, and I wanted to show the stress of being ghost cleaners, what it really would be like."
After many more comedy ventures, Aykroyd flexed his dramatic chops as Boolie Werthan in 1989's Driving Miss Daisy , earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He then made his directorial debut in 1991's Nothing But Trouble (a wonderfully demented horror-comedy), but things began to falter with critical failures like Coneheads (1993) and other high-profile misses (see: Celtic Pride , My Fellow Americans , the what-were-they-thinking spectacle of Blues Brothers 2000 ). Granted, Aykroyd still had a few hits during the '90s: Tommy Boy is solid, Grosse Pointe Blank is a classic that perhaps features his performance, and who among us had dry eyes during My Girl ?
Aykroyd continued acting in the new millennium with a string of roles that accentuated his natural, present energy and often left him standing out from his costars. He appeared as a military captain in the bombastic romance Pearl Harbor (2001), as the father to Britney Spears in Crossroads (2002), and in the Terence Davies adaptation of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth (2000). In a more predictable role, Aykroyd played a political official in Reitman's Evolution (2001), a spiritual successor to Ghostbusters that is a good deal of fun on its own.
In the last decade, Aykroyd has acted in Steven Soderbergh 's Liberace picture Behind the Candelabra (2013), in the Melissa McCarthy vehicle Tammy (2014), and in the James Brown biopic Get on Up (2014) starring Chadwick Boseman . He will return for the Afterlife sequel, as well.
Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler)
Like his costar Rick Moranis, the late Harold Ramis got his start in the early days of Second City Television ( SCTV ). For a time, Ramis was replaced in the cast by John Belushi before he found a niche as Belushi's sidekick. This began his historically fruitful and eventually rocky relationship with Bill Murray , as the two comedians were recruited by Belushi to work for the National Lampoon Radio Hour .
Ramis wrote the screenplays for the films Meatballs (1979) and Stripes (1981), which were both huge early vehicles for Murray's silver screen clout. The pair also collaborated in 1980 with Ramis' directorial debut, the seminal snobs vs. slobs comedy Caddyshack . He then directed (the Murray-free) National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). While Ramis enjoyed previous acting roles in some of his directing and writing ventures, his turn in Ghostbusters as Big Brain Dr. Egon Spengler remains his most culturally iconic. And, of course, he penned an incredible script with costar Dan Aykroyd.
But Ramis' best output is hands-down Groundhog Day (1993), the greatest time-loop comedy of all time. It's a terrific film that still holds up, but it led to a catastrophic falling out between Murray and Ramis that was only patched just before Ramis died in 2014 at age 69.
After Groundhog Day , Ramis directed a string of modest comedies, some of which ( Multiplicity , Analyze This, The Ice Harvest ) were better, or at least more interesting, than others ( Analyze That , Year One , that woeful remake of Bedazzled , which no amount of nostalgia nor retrospect will render whole).
Ramis enjoyed a few film roles in his later years, including a supporting part in As Good as It Gets (1997), an amusing cameo in Orange County (2002), and playing Seth Rogen 's dad in Knocked Up (2007), which is still the best of those Judd Apatow lad-with-a-bong comedies. Even so, he'll always be best remembered for his stunning contributions to comedy across decades.
"With his sly, Cheshire cat grin and twinkling, half-mast eyes hidden behind owlish glasses, Harold Ramis always gave the impression of a guy who was guarding the punchline to the world's funniest joke," wrote EW's critic in a tribute following the star's death . "After all, if anyone had the merry-prankster genius to conceive it, polish it into a jeweler-precise gem, and deliver it with crack comic timing, it was Ramis."
Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)
Ernie Hudson had previously worked with director Ivan Reitman on 1983's Spacehunter before netting the role of Winston, a sort of everyman who gets swept up fighting the supernatural in Ghostbusters .
"I get a lot of — not just Black kids — but a lot of minority kids who will come up to me and go, 'Oh, we're so thankful because it was the first big blockbuster movie and there was a black character and he didn't embarrass us,'" Hudson told EW in 2019 . "Just having him be there and be one of the guys, that meant a lot to them … I get that a lot."
After returning for the sequel and starring in the 1989 sci-fi horror film Leviathan , the actor worked steadily throughout the '90s with turns in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The Crow (1994), Airheads (1994), The Basketball Diaries (1995), and Congo (1995). Yet it was after starring as Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's Oz (1997–2003) that Hudson's career really began to soar.
Since then, he's enjoyed extended arcs on series like Desperate Housewives , The Family Business , Grace and Frankie , and more. Hudson has also stacked up over 50 feature film roles, including 2023's genial sports comedy Champions and the recent Ghostbusters reboots. He'll also be returning for the upcoming Afterlife sequel.
Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz)
After netting a Golden Globe nomination for her film debut in 1978's Corvette Summer (opposite Mark Hamill ), Annie Potts joined the cast of Ghostbusters , played the ultimate Cool Girl record store clerk in Pretty in Pink (1986), and essayed her most iconic role as barbed single-mother Mary Jo Shively on Designing Women (1986–1993). She remained active in television with an Emmy-nominated role in the CBS sitcom Love & War (1993–1995) and earned a SAG nod for her turn in Lifetime's Any Day Now (1998–2002).
Even though she's acted in her fair share of comedic roles before and since Ghostbusters , the film's singular off-beat style and improvised delivery make it stand out to Potts decades later. "It was a very unique property and I think everybody saw that," she told EW . "Even with Bill and Ivan's success, it was like, 'What is this? A comedy? Sci-fi?' It was almost unclassifiable. I'd never seen anything like it. I thought, this is just going to be totally awesome or totally awful."
Aside from appearances in every subsequent Ghostbusters picture to date (including as a separate character in Paul Feig's 2016 reboot), Potts has kept busy while voicing Bo Peep in the Toy Story movies (excluding the third film) and playing the grandmother in Young Sheldon . Though she currently has no upcoming projects, we hope she'll come back for the Afterlife sequel — and be given more to do than her somewhat regressive cameo in the 2021 installment.
Rick Moranis (Louis Tully)
Before he played Louis Tully, Rick Moranis was already a celebrated disc jockey and television personality in Canada. As one of the (several) breakout stars of SCTV , he and costar Dave Thomas became widely known as their respective on-screen personas, Bob and Doug McKenzie. A year before Ghostbusters hit theaters, Moranis made his film debut in Strange Brew , a feature-length McKenzie brothers adventure. His other notable acting credits include Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Spaceballs (1987) and Parenthood (1989).
Outside of Ghostbusters and its immediate sequel, Moranis is famous for his turn in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) as family-man inventor Wayne Szalinksi, whose gadgets often bear tragic repercussions for his loved ones (the nature of which you can guess based on the title). It was followed by two franchise films: the appallingly titled Honey, I Blew up the Kid (1992) and the comparatively tame-sounding Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997).
In 1997, Moranis announced that he was taking a hiatus from the industry to raise his two children after his wife, Ann Belsky, died of cancer. In the meantime, he took on a few voice-acting gigs in projects like Brother Bear (2003). Fans were nevertheless disappointed to learn that he wouldn't return for a cameo in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot along with other original cast members. "I wish them well," Moranis told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 . "I hope it's terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?"
After sporadic guest spots in film and television during the early aughts, Moranis appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds for a 2020 Mint Mobile advert. The same year, he announced that he would be reprising his role as Wayne for a new Honey film, tentatively titled Shrunk with Josh Gad. As of 2022, the project is still in development.
William Atherton (Walter Peck)
Perhaps best known for his role as the morally debauched television reporter Richard Thornburg in Die Hard (1988), William Atherton began his career with appearances in '70s titles such as The Day of the Locust (1975) and The Sugarland Express (1974), the latter of which was Steven Spielberg's debut theatrical feature.
After appearing as supercilious EPA company man Walter Peck in Ghostbusters , Atherton completed his trilogy of goofy comedies with Real Genius (1985) and Bio-Dome (1996). Recently, the actor had small parts in movies like the Tom Cruise epic The Last Samurai (2003) and the distasteful "psychological thriller" (read: torture porn of the lowest sort) The Girl Next Door (2007).
He will return as Walter Peck in the forthcoming sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife .
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Ghostbusters reunite in 'Afterlife': Dan Aykroyd plots his character's ultimate fate
It was 1984 when the Ghostbusters first took the call to save New York City from paranormal peril.
As these mystic forces resurface to wreak havoc 37 years later in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife " (now in theaters) the most famous poltergeist battlers ever take the next call to duty. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd, 69), Dr. Peter Venkman, (Bill Murray, 71) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson, 75) strap on proton packs once again in the name of deceased fourth member Egon Spengler ( Harold Ramis, who died at 69 in 2014).
With fleeting cameo appearances in 2016's "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call" the senior crew take center stage in the new film, joining forces a younger generation led by granddaughter-buster Phoebe Spengler (McKenna Grace).
"It never felt like I took off the jumpsuit or the proton pack," says Aykroyd. "We were recalled into service. And we stepped up."
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Question: How did you fit into the famed flight suits after all this time?
Dan Aykroyd : Ernie and Billy are probably the same size suit. I think mine was taken out at the waist, But movie cameras make you look good, the equipment felt good and I didn't have to put another hole in the belt.
Q: Bill Murray was critical of 'Ghostbusters II.' How did you get him on board for this?
Aykroyd: Billy is very discriminating and has a high BS detector. He's not going to do something that's false in any way. Having his imprimatur made this whole thing valid. If he hadn't done it, it would have been a massive hole. But he saw the merits, the joy and the possibilities here.
Q: Egon Spangler warned in "Ghostbusters" that you should never cross the streams due to minimal chance of surviving, but in 'Afterlife,' it happens and doesn't kill. What gives?
Aykroyd: You should never cross the streams. You're dealing with a million electron volts per thrower. That's no good. In this case, it didn't work. We were shocked. But the climax was against a demonic entity from another dimension with intense power. Without giving anything away, the way it went down on set, there was a lot of flashing lights and smoke. As actors, we believed (in those moments) because of the power of the set.
Q: 'Afterlife' adds a gunner seat in the Ecto-mobile, did you wish you thought of that?
Aykroyd: We did add some features to the Activision video game. I always wanted a Taliban-style turret at the top with proton packs under the seat. But they did well with that gunner seat. And the scene flying through the cornfield, that was exhilarating.
Q: Now that you have a fresh taste for battle, there's reports of a fourth 'Ghostbusters.'
Aykroyd: As the original co-writer (with Ramis) and creator of the characters, I have proprietary rights. They can't make a movie without me granting theatrical rights. I would grant that, and if there's a part for me, I would certainly play it again. But I don't know what the status is for any further films.
Q: What would you like to see in a new 'Ghostbusters'?
Aykroyd: I'd like to die. I think Bill and I should be killed in the next one. Or, maybe we wait. Why not use the living Ghostbusters – Ernie, Billy and myself – for four, five, and six? Go until we're gone. Then there will be time for the tributes. Death is going to take us soon enough.
Q: I must ask about Britney Spears. As her screen father in 2002's "Crossroads," were you thrilled to see her freed from her restrictive conservatorship after 13 years?
Aykroyd : Absolutely. She works hard for her money, she's matured and she's going to be fine. But if she wants some help and advice, I'll supply it gratis. Tell her to call me, I'll double her fortunes in five years. I'd put her in Amazon, Tesla and Netflix stocks and just walk away, watch the money grow.
Q: With "SNL" getting so political, have you gotten a call from producer Lorne Michaels to return, and as which player?
Aykroyd: First of all, James Austin Johnson, the new 'SNL' cast member, is a tremendous impressionist. He does a great Trump and a great Biden. But when Trump was being impeached (in January), Lorne and I were discussing me coming back as Nixon to wake up Trump in a nightmare. But then so many other political things happened that just overtook it.
Q: "Afterlife" director Jason Reitman, the son of "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman, paid tribute to your longtime collaborator Harold Ramis. What did you think?
Aykroyd: Jason was a friend of the Ghostbusters, and of Harold. He lost a friend and an avuncular figure when (Ramis) died. There'd be no "Ghostbusters" without Harold, his writing and intelligence, the cerebral-yet-accessible tone of dialogue. He wasn't a believer in ghosts or the paranormal supernatural, necessarily. But he knew all of the science that was being explored. That ending tribute was perfection, respectful and affectionate.
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It’s a great time to be a Ghostbusters fan. Not only did Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) finally make it into theaters last November, it’s actually pretty good! Sure, it relies heavily on nostalgia to wow fans , but which blockbuster movie doesn’t these days?
Nevertheless, while reviews were mixed, that didn’t stop the film from catching $204 million worldwide in its trap, which ultimately led to a sequel being green-lit by Sony. Ghostbusters 4 (working title) was announced on Ghostbusters Day (June 8), but the news didn’t end there!
An upcoming animated Ghostbusters series was also announced, as well as an animated Ghostbusters movie ! We were also told to expect a new limited edition comic book from Dark Horse Comics, which is said to serve as a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife in its own right.
Suddenly feeling overwhelmed by this surge in paranormal activity? Don’t worry — we’ve captured all the news in one single place. Who ya gonna call? Nobody, because here’s everything you need to know about all the upcoming Ghostbusters movies, TV shows, and more.
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Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed
Earlier this year, Ghostbusters fans were thrilled to hear the announcement of a brand-new Ghostbusters video game titled Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (2022). And that announcement came in the form of a trailer, which you can check out below:
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is an “asymmetrical multiplayer” game, which means that you’ll be able to take control of a Ghostbuster or one of the ghosts! The game features Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd as they reprise their roles as Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz, respectively.
But this isn’t the first time the actors have starred in a Ghostbusters game — the beloved Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009) features all four cast members, including Bill Murray (Peter Venkman) and Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler), as well as Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz).
While the 2009 game was previously considered canon, the events depicted are somewhat contradicted in Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Now, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed appears to be a sequel to the 2021 film , as it appears to pick up after the post-credits scene in New York City.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will be released on all major consoles in “Q4”, so any time from late September/early October through to the end of the year. In the meantime, check out the official website for Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed .
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There’s another Ghostbusters game on the horizon, except this one will be far more “immersive” than Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed . Ghostbusters VR (TBA) is a virtual reality-based game that will be available to play on the Meta Quest 2 VR headset. Check out the official trailer below:
In an interview with IGN , Senior VP of Virtual Reality for Sony Pictures Entertainment Jake Zim said the following about the upcoming game:
“Our game is not about Afterlife. It is not a sequel to Afterlife. It does not go deeper directly into the stories. It is a new story, it’s a new concept, but it ties closely back into lots of things that people loved from Afterlife and the broader Ghostbusters world itself.”
Unlike Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed — and pretty much any other Ghostbusters video game, for that matter — Ghostbusters VR takes place in San Francisco where you’ll be based at an all-new Ghostbusters HQ.
You’ll wield iconic Ghostbusters equipment and you’ll have the choice to go solo or team up with up to three friends in co-op in “campaign mode”. You can check out the official website for Ghostbusters VR here .
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Fans waited decades for a sequel to Ghostbusters II (1989), but when Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016) hit theaters, chances of a third entry in the original series seemed impossible. But now, just months after the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife , another sequel is in the works.
While little is known about Ghostbusters 4 (codenamed Firehouse ) , we do know that it will be the “next chapter in the Spengler family story,” while returning to New York City. Whether or not this will see the return of characters from Ghostbusters: Afterlife remains to be seen.
We can only hope that McKenna Grace, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Conner, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, and Paul Rudd reprise their roles as Phoebe, Podcast, Lucky, Trevor, Callie, and Gary Grooberson in the new film. But we might also see characters from other Ghostbusters movies.
With the “multiverse” concept becoming increasingly popular in film, it’s possible that the new Ghostbusters sequel will feature characters from the widely-hated Ghostbusters reboot . We’ll just have to wait and see on December 20, 2023, which is the official release date for the new movie.
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Untitled Ghostbusters animated movie
A Ghostbusters animated movie (TBA) has been in talks for several years, with Ghostbusters (1984) director Ivan Reitman, who recently passed away , originally attached to the project. Now, as confirmed on Ghostbusters Day, Jennifer Kluska and Chris Prynoski will co-direct.
During the Ghostbusters Day festivities, Jason Reitman described the project as having “all new characters” while being “a whole new take on this [ Ghostbusters ] world.”
He also went on to say the following:
“This was a passion project of my father’s and it’s easy to understand why. The world of the unknown can only be properly explored through the limitless reach of animation.”
Ivan Reitman, Jason’s father and director of the original two Ghostbusters movies, sadly passed away earlier this year. However, it’s fair to say that his spirit and legacy will live on in all of the upcoming Ghostbusters stories, especially with his son involved.
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Untitled Ghostbusters animated series
It’s unknown exactly when the Ghostbusters animated movie will be available, but we do know that an untitled Ghostbusters animated series (TBA) will be handled by Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation, with Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan serving as producers.
The show is described as “the next generation of Ghostbusters animated television” that will “reach into the future” of “an unexplored era and decade of Ghostbusters canon” while introducing new characters and locations.
The upcoming project will be the third animated series in the Ghostbusters universe, following The Real Ghostbusters (1986 — 1991) and Extreme Ghostbusters (1997). The original show followed on from the movies, while the late ’90s follow-up featured an all-new team.
The new series could feature existing Ghostbusters characters in some shape or form, but given that it will be set in the future, it’s likely to revolve around a new team in its entirety. Either way, here’s to hoping that some of the actors from the movies will lend their vocal talents.
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Dark Horse comic book
Last but not least, it was also announced on Ghostbusters Day that a new comic book series is in the works, which will this time be published by Dark Horse Comics. Previously, IDW Publishing held the publishing rights to Ghostbusters for well over 10 years.
IDW Publishing’s long-running “Ghostbusters” comic book series remains beloved by many Ghostbusters fans. While it isn’t considered canon, it does follow on from the original two movies while utilizing its own multiverse to bring in Ghostbusters characters from other iterations.
The series has even hosted an epic crossover between the original Ghostbusters and the all-female team from the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot . But long before the Paul Feig-directed film, the series was the first to introduce female-led Ghostbusters.
As for the upcoming limited edition comic book, it is described as a “unique story” that will be “in canon, as part of the growing Ghostbusters story that started way back in 1984.” The comic book will be released “sometime at the end of next year”.
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