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Why A Girl-Powered 'Ghostbusters' Matters
forbes ^ | 8-4-2014 | Scott Mendelson

Posted on 08/04/2014 10:20:44 AM PDT by Citizen Zed

The director of Bridesmaids, The Heat, and the upcoming Melissa McCarthy/Jason Statham action comedy Spy just had to go and get Sony interested in a female-centric reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise (Variety).

Hollywood makes fewer smaller-scale releases for multiplex audiences, and the conventional wisdom is that the expensive films need white male leads to maximize worldwide box office potential. 

We all saw as Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent ended up becoming one of the biggest grossing films of the year domestically ($234 million) and worldwide ($717m) following a year when the biggest film in America (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and worldwide (Frozen) were female-centric. Even Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy, written off after opening weekend as a flop, has earned four times its $20m budget domestically.  

A gender-reversed Ghostbusters won’t just be more exciting and potentially more successful than a standard male-centric reboot with whatever big male comic stars will say yes. It’s also a small step in what can only be rightfully called a course correction, a rare chance for women (plural) to play in the now male-dominated big-budget fantasy sandbox.

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Who's gonna get slimed?
1 posted on 08/04/2014 10:20:44 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

I’ll be brief. No.


2 posted on 08/04/2014 10:21:42 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Citizen Zed

the first GB was great, the second lame...i fear for a third


3 posted on 08/04/2014 10:22:17 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Citizen Zed

Why not call it something else? Why must it be called “Ghostbusters”?

Then how about “Ghostbusters Generation 2”


4 posted on 08/04/2014 10:23:08 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Citizen Zed

Probably be as successful as women’s basketball.

Go for it


5 posted on 08/04/2014 10:25:38 AM PDT by chesley
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To: Citizen Zed

Nobody respects copycats...lol


6 posted on 08/04/2014 10:26:35 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Citizen Zed

I am tired of the Reboot fetish. Yes, Hollywood has been making remakes of movies since the beginning of the motion picture industry, but it seems that what we get are more and more “reboots.” Why not try something altogether new?


7 posted on 08/04/2014 10:27:42 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: GeronL

How about...

Poltergeist Patrol!


8 posted on 08/04/2014 10:29:16 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Citizen Zed

9 posted on 08/04/2014 10:29:39 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Citizen Zed

How will they destroy the ghosts and monsters? By nagging them?


10 posted on 08/04/2014 10:29:49 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (Orwell's writings were meant as warnings, but to the left they are instruction manuals.)
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To: Citizen Zed

I thought these broads didn’t like being called girls?

Count me out. I loved the original, but that’s it.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 10:30:13 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Army Air Corps

Hollywood, as with all liberals has run out of original ideas.


12 posted on 08/04/2014 10:31:00 AM PDT by Patriot365
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Good grief. This is stupid.


13 posted on 08/04/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Cubs Fan
How will they destroy the ghosts and monsters? By nagging them?

Melissa McCarthy could eat them.

14 posted on 08/04/2014 10:31:49 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: GraceG

One of them will end up having sex with a ghost.

We all know this.

Hollyweird.


15 posted on 08/04/2014 10:34:56 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Citizen Zed

It’s going from Ghostbusters to Ballbusters.


16 posted on 08/04/2014 10:36:46 AM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: GeronL

[ One of them will end up having sex with a ghost.

We all know this.

Hollyweird. ]

I thought they already did that in Ghost....


17 posted on 08/04/2014 10:42:28 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: GeronL

“One of them will end up having sex with a ghost.”

Hey, that was the best episode of Baywatch, ever.

Haunted Hotel Del Coronado and blond bimbos. Fantastic TV!


18 posted on 08/04/2014 10:46:24 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Citizen Zed

The male Ghost Busters were comically pathetic. I guess women can be just as pathetic as any man.


19 posted on 08/04/2014 10:48:28 AM PDT by DManA
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To: RightGeek

Bingo !!!!


20 posted on 08/04/2014 10:52:30 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Cubs Fan
How will they destroy the ghosts and monsters? By nagging them?

Come on, Hollywood, women? They'll abort them!

21 posted on 08/04/2014 11:07:09 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: GeronL

GhostBUSTers.


22 posted on 08/04/2014 11:09:34 AM PDT by punknpuss
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To: camle
the first GB was great, the second lame...i fear for a third

The first Ghostbusters was successful because it was basically a slapstick comedy of the "Caddyshack" variety with some special effects tacked on as an afterthought. The second Ghostbusters was a failure because it was basically a special effects heavy extravaganza with some comedy tacked on as an afterthought....

23 posted on 08/04/2014 11:10:01 AM PDT by apillar
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To: GeronL

already hapenned: GB I dan akroyd... i think he was supposed to be dreaming, but...


24 posted on 08/04/2014 11:10:34 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Army Air Corps

It has all been done. They are out of ideas. The only realm left outside of remakes is outright homo movies and other fetish/deviant themed crap. That make remakes look appealing to me.


25 posted on 08/04/2014 11:17:26 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Citizen Zed

Oh and I bet this time the EPA are the good guys.


26 posted on 08/04/2014 11:28:22 AM PDT by tellw
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To: apillar

Exactly correct. The female-centered movies he mentioned as recent successes were successful, I assume, because they were good stories well told. But morons will think they were successful because they were about women.

I’m just as happy to watch a good story about women as about men, though a great many of the female-dominated stories are spoiled in one of two ways. Excessive sentimental chick-flickery or 120 pound action star women beating up 250 pound men. Both are really hard to watch.


27 posted on 08/04/2014 11:33:56 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

That’s part of the reason for remakes. If the original was clean, they put in vulgarity, explicit sex, homosexuality, feminists making men look stupid, and “multicultural” characters where the non-white is the hero, in order to make the movie “current.”


28 posted on 08/04/2014 11:42:04 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Army Air Corps

There has to have been tens of thousands of original novels and screenplays written over the last century or more, yet Hollyweird must regurgitate the same products over and over.

(Thank goodness that they only made one Robin Hood).


29 posted on 08/04/2014 11:46:33 AM PDT by Rockpile
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To: GeronL

Perhaps “Ghostbusties”?


30 posted on 08/04/2014 11:47:19 AM PDT by MortMan (All those in favor of gun control raise both hands!)
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To: chesley

Probably the same ratio of lesbos, too.


31 posted on 08/04/2014 11:47:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MortMan

“Ghost Busties” sounds like the title of a porn film or something


32 posted on 08/04/2014 11:48:58 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Citizen Zed

Is it just me or does this rewriting of everything to make it female seem a bit “Stalinesque?”

What’s next, “Annette Schwartzenager” as “The Feminator?”


33 posted on 08/04/2014 11:52:05 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: GeronL

Kind of my point.

If they staff the ghostbusters as women, who will play the buffoon? I mean, nobody in hollywood will portray a woman as a buffoon...


34 posted on 08/04/2014 11:54:04 AM PDT by MortMan (All those in favor of gun control raise both hands!)
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To: apillar

With a weak story line and pathetic soundtrack thrown in for good measure.


35 posted on 08/04/2014 11:54:34 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: MortMan; a fool in paradise

All of the bad ghosts are male ghosts and they are raping women and must be stopped!

“If there’s something strange, in your vagina... who you gonna call?”


36 posted on 08/04/2014 11:56:09 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Citizen Zed

It wont be funny, that’s the problem. Women have a very difficult time doing comedy, it always seems to descend into snark.


37 posted on 08/04/2014 12:05:44 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Army Air Corps

And the reboots normally suck these days. I just saw the mad max reboot trailer. They turned a gritty realistic looking film, and realist looking car action into a CGI exhibition of a sort of leather fetish Circ du Soleil show.


38 posted on 08/04/2014 12:08:18 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino

In other words, it sucks just as much as I presumed that it would.


39 posted on 08/04/2014 12:11:28 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Rockpile

That was sarcasm, right? There have been dozens of Robin Hood movies made.


40 posted on 08/04/2014 12:12:52 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

You kid, but...


41 posted on 08/04/2014 12:14:09 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: DesertRhino

Mel Brooks’ version is one of my favourite...


42 posted on 08/04/2014 12:15:28 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: GeronL

The agony booth has a porn critic that ripped the adult parody. There isn’t anything explicit shown. It mostly a British guy talking.

The agony booth makes fun of normal movies too. The one of the Cathy Lee Crosby as wonder woman is funny. Different critics.


43 posted on 08/04/2014 12:16:00 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: GeronL

The agony booth has a porn critic that ripped the adult parody. There isn’t anything explicit shown. It mostly a British guy talking.

The agony booth makes fun of normal movies too. The one of the Cathy Lee Crosby as wonder woman is funny. Different critics.


44 posted on 08/04/2014 12:16:02 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: GeronL

The agony booth has a porn critic that ripped the adult parody. There isn’t anything explicit shown. It mostly a British guy talking.

The agony booth makes fun of normal movies too. The one of the Cathy Lee Crosby as wonder woman is funny. Different critics.


45 posted on 08/04/2014 12:16:47 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: DManA

I guess women can be just as pathetic as any man.

Hey quit being patriarchic, women can be more pathetic
than any man and look good while doing it...


46 posted on 08/04/2014 12:17:38 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Citizen Zed
A gender revolution in the world of comedy ghost movies.

Liberals think the stupidest freaking things are important.

47 posted on 08/04/2014 12:18:57 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: tellw

Sadly probably true. Honestly, I think my favorite thing out of that movie that isn’t Sigourney Weaver-related is that it’s the last time the EPA was portrayed poorly in a movie.


48 posted on 08/04/2014 12:22:10 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: wally_bert

x3!


49 posted on 08/04/2014 12:22:52 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

That was actually my initial thought as well. The original had the guys get raped by those female ghosts. Which was pretty funny. Redoing the scene by reversing the genders? Not so much.


50 posted on 08/04/2014 12:24:40 PM PDT by tanknetter
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