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South Park Uses Ghostbusters 2016 Girls Rule, Women Are Funny, Get Over It Review Quote

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Nov. 20, 2016 at 11:30 PM , Categories: 2016 Parody Remake
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(from "Fort Collins", 10/26/2016, s20e06)

South Park has been referencing Ghostbusters 2016 all throughout this season, with Cartman feigning interest in the film in order to woo his new girlfriend. In the 20th season premiere (titled "Member Berries", airdate 9/14/2016), Cartman gives a speech to his school about the misogyny perpetrated by internet troll "skanthunt42" against the females of the town.
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Fellow students. As you know, an Internet troll by the name of 'skankhunt42' has been harassing women and girls by making degrading comments on our school message board. The girls are very upset, and many male students believe that it's just because girls don't have a sense of humor. I beg to disagree. Girls rule, women are funny, get over it. Just the other day, in the hallway, I heard two male students saying how the new Ghostbusters sucked balls. I was shocked and appalled. It is time for us all to realize and accept that girls are cool, and women are funny.
It wasn't the mention of Ghostbusters that caught my interest, but something else that Cartman said. Does this set of screens from Sony's Ghostbusters 2016 TV Spot #43 - "Dazzling" give you a hint?

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His line, "Girls rule, women are funny, get over it." is the "blurb whore" phrase used by Manohla Dargis in her movie review published by The New York Times on July 10, 2016.

In its proper context, the blurb reeks of being including for the sake of being later excerpted in movie advertising - something that some reviewers are keen to do because they like seeing their name in print/on screen.
No one performance dominates the new "Ghostbusters," which is for the most part democratically comic (a Paul Feig signature), although Kate McKinnon's magnificent, eccentric turn comes close. She plays Holtzmann, the in-house mad-hatter who whips up the ghost-busting hardware (proton packs included) with a crazy leer and page after script page of playful-sounding gobbledygook. Ms. McKinnon makes for a sublime nerd goddess (she brings a dash of the young Jerry Lewis to the role with a glint of Amy Poehler) and, in an earlier age, would probably have been sidelined as a sexy, ditsy secretary. Here, she embodies the new "Ghostbusters" at its best: Girls rule, women are funny, get over it.
The quoted text is not directly related to the text that comes before it. The line could have simply ended with "at its best" and the point would have been made. Proof that the quote was added for "attention" is given by the fact that it also appears in the review headline. Headlines exist simply to draw attention. Methinks that Jennifer Lynch would not approve of this superfluous text.

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Spook Central Halloween Treat - Ghostbusters Coloring Pages

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Oct. 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Spook Central, Real Ghostbusters, Fans , Tags: halloween_treat
Halloween Treats

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It was never meant to be a regular thing. I'm kinda surprised that it still is.

Several lifetimes ago, way back in 2012, Matt and I planned Spook Central's first "Halloween Treat": the Making Ghostbusters PDF. It was actually posted a week after Halloween, but even that was quite a feat considering that I was living in a Red Cross emergency shelter due to Hurricane Sandy evicting me from my home just a few days before Halloween. Matt worked with Raffaele (my friend who provides Spook Central's webhosting) to get the treat out there in my absence.

It was going to be a one-off "treat", and certainly not something that would continue every year...and yet it has. There's been a Halloween Treat here on Spook Central in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Heck, it has even spread to Spook Central's sister site, The Corner Penthouse, in 2014 and 2015.

This year's Halloween Treat is a set of 11 Ghostbusters coloring pages, courtesy of the Circle City Ghostbusters, in a partial collaboration with Spook Central. Six pages use artwork from Spook Central's Real Ghostbusters Production Artwork page, while the other four feature original artwork by CCGB member Jacob Bartlett, who provided me with these pages (and one by Alex of the CCGBs).

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If you are looking for more Ghostbusters coloring fun, download the Ghostbusters II Coloring Book PDF here on Spook Central. Those of you who like the new Ghostbusters movie can download a PDF coloring book featuring a drawing of that team, and other female squads at SheKnows.com.


For the complete list of Spook Central's Halloween Treat posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Miss Kate for the "Halloween Treat" title banner that appears at the top of this post.
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Ghostbusters 2016 4K Blu-Ray DVD Home Video Review

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Oct. 28, 2016 at 11:30 PM , Categories: Home Video, 2016 Parody Remake
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(photo by me, Paul Rudoff, taken in Target on Oct. 11, 2016)

Ghostbusters 2016 (aka Ghostbusters: Answer The Call) has been on home video...excuse me, home entertainment for a few weeks now. It's now time for Spook Central to give its official review, and give you the comprehensive details on what to find in each release. It should be noted that this review only covers United States releases, though it will likely be applicable to Canada, too. Not sure about Mexico or areas outside of North America. I suspect that the discs are, for the most part, the same worldwide, but I can't say for sure, so I'll just err on the safe side and cover what I know has been released here in the U.S.

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Ghostbusters Little & Big Golden Book Review

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Oct. 20, 2016 at 11:34 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Books, 2016 Parody Remake
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Little Golden Books is a popular series of inexpensive, well-illustrated, hardcover children's books that were first released way back in 1942 (two years before my father was even born!). The eighth book in the series, The Poky Little Puppy, is the top-selling children's book of all time.

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Penguin Random House (current owners of the series) released a few Star Wars Little Golden Books earlier this year, and now they're giving Ghostbusters the cutesy Little Golden Books treatment. Each of the Ghostbusters books, suitable for boys and girls ages 3 to 7 (or us big kids, too), was written by John Sazaklis, and features some incredible illustrations by Alan Batson, resembling the classic books that we all grew up with. Let's take a closer look at each one...

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The first book, simply titled Ghostbusters, is based on the original 1984 classic...though I'm sure you figured that out from the cover photo above. The 24-page, 6.5"x8" hardcover tome simplifies the story so that it can be easily understood by little kids.

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The story glosses over the library case, and jumps right in to the guys starting the business and taking the hotel case, where they meet "Slimer". Yeah, the name has been retconned in, but at this point, you're not likely to see him being referred to as Onionhead anymore. Besides, everyone knows him as Slimer, so that's his now-and-forever name. Anyway, after they bust Slimer and become very busy, they hire Winston - lest you think that he's been forgotten yet again. Dana and Louis encounter trouble, and the Ghostbusters go to help them, only to find them on top of the building with Gozer. As expected, the more "adult" material of possessed Dana in her bedroom with Peter is left out, as is possessed Louis being taken in at GBHQ, and the entire character of Walter Peck. Again, John Sazaklis kept the story down to the extreme basics, and that's fine. It still works because it's a great story. By the way, Alan Batson did a fantastic job of making Stay Puft more adorable than he's ever been.

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The second book is titled Ghostbusters: Who You Gonna Call?, so as to distinguish it from the first book, and is based on the 2016 remake/reboot. It follows the standard formatting of the series, being a hardcover book that is 24-page long, and sized at 6.5"x8".

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As with the first book, the story is simplified, and if you read my review of the movie, you'll know why I think that's a benefit here. The book starts off with Erin, Abby, and Jillian all working together studying ghosts when Erin gets the idea to check out the Aldridge Mansion (Ed Mulgrave Jr. never comes to her with the case). Yeah, the whole issue of Erin and Abby not being friends and living separate lives is non-existent here. It never happened. Some of you wish the same could be said about the movie, but I digress... I have to give kudos to Alan Batson for adding in the ParanormalStudiesLab.com reference on the whiteboard. That's a nice attention to detail. Okay, so "ghosts are real", and BOOM; they've set up shop above an old Chinese restaurant and have a secretary named Kevin, who shows no signs of the rampant stupidity that he did in the movie. Already, I'm liking this book better than the movie.

Patty sees a ghost in a train tunnel, calls the Ghostbusters, and on the next page she's a part of the team heading to a haunted rock concert. From here on, certain parts of the story are altered slightly to trim it down. For example, after busting Mayhem on stage at the concert, the Ghostbusters find Rowan backstage planting one of his devices, and proceed to follow him to the Mercado Hotel basement. Because this is a Children's book, Rowan does not commit suicide, nor does he possess Abby and Kevin. Oh, thank God for "The Power of Patty compels you" line being exercised. One of the worst pieces of dialog in the entire movie. Anyway, instead of killing himself, Rowan unleashes a horde of ghosts, and the story jumps to the parade balloon attack in Times Square. The ghosts are defeated, Rowan transforms into the logo ghost (no reference to the logo, though), the Ghostbusters fire into the portal, thus sucking everything into it...The End!

Had the movie been this concise, I think everyone would have liked it better. It also would have been about 10 minutes long. Interestingly, while the first book uses snippets of dialog from the 1984 film, this one uses 100% original dialog, and does not use a single line from the 2016 film. If I didn't know any better, I'd think that John Sazaklis knew that Fieg's & Dippold's script didn't contain any worthwhile dialog.

The only bad thing I can say about the story is that John Sazaklis, pretty much, copy and pasted his ending from the first book.
The heroes were greeted by thousands of cheering fans. "I love this town!" Winston said. Now the city knew exactly who to call - THE GHOSTBUSTERS!
The Ghostbusters had single-handedly saved the city from paranormal peril. Now everyone in New York knew exactly who to call!
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The third book is Ghostbusters (A Big Golden Book), and it is a compilation of the other two books, reprinted in a much larger size (9"x11"), over 44 pages. The gold spine on the Big Book has No Ghost logo, Slimer, and Stay Puft drawings. The Little Books have the series' standard bunny, duck, flower, etc. drawings.

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The Big Book is printed on higher quality paper, but leaves out some artwork and reformats a few pages from the original Ghostbusters story. The Ghostbusters 2016 story is complete in the Big Book. Since it only results in a 4-page decrease, I have to wonder why they didn't just include every page "as is" in the Big Book. The scan above shows a two-page spread from the original Ghostbusters story that is formatted differently from the Little Book. In the Little book, Gozer gets her own left-side page, the guys are on the right, and the Stay Puft drawing is actually a two-page spread that shows the Ghostbusters on the roof on the left-page (that half of the drawing is completely omitted here; the text has been moved to the lower right corner).

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(L-R: Big Book 1st Copy, Big Book 2nd Copy, Little Book) (click to enlarge)

Before I wrap this up, I'd like to bring attention to a printing defect that was present in both of the Big Book review copies I was sent by Penguin Random House. In the Big Book (not the Little Book), on page 3 of the GB2016 story, there are black streaks running down the center of the page. In the first book they sent, it ran down the entire page, heavy at the top (across the text), and lighter at the bottom (across Abby's face and hands and the food box). In the second copy, it's at the bottom only (across Abby's hand and body). It's a little more discreet in the second copy because Abby's dark blouse hides it. This printing error does not exist in the Little Book's rendition of the same page. In the first copy, there was also the same type of printing error a few pages later on the left-page of the two-page Ecto-1 spread.

In an effort to help Penguin Random House know how widespread the issue is, if you bought the Big Book, please post a comment to let us know where you bought it, and if your copy has this same error. Maybe the problem is just relegated to the copies Penguin Random House has in their warehouse.

[UPDATE - 12/3/2016]
I just purchased another copy from Target.com and I'm happy to report that it does not contain any printing errors at all! I guess Penguin Random House just had a bad batch of books in their werehouse/review stock. That's a relief!

The two Little Golden Books carry a MSRP of $4.99, while the Big Book has a MSRP of $9.99. You can buy them all right now at Amazon: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters: Who You Gonna Call?, and Ghostbusters (A Big Golden Book). I highly recommend all three books, whether you have little kids or not. I only wish Penguin Random House had the rights to reprint some of the art as posters.
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Ghostbusters Venkman Costume Jumpsuit Review

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Oct. 13, 2016 at 4:29 PM , Categories: Clothing
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Halloween is fast approaching, and if you're in the need for a costume, TV Store Online literally has you covered. They have an officially-licensed, exclusive Ghostbusters Venkman Costume Jumpsuit that was produced by Mad Engine, the same company that made all of those Ghostbusters t-shirts about 10 years ago that were popping up in Hot Topic and everywhere else.

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This is being called a "costume", but that's kinda misleading. What we have here is a basic beige/khaki jumpsuit adorned solely with the No Ghost logo and "Venkman" patches. Nothing more, nothing less. You don't get a Proton Pack, pads, belt, and other accoutrements. So, you'll look a little "naked" using this "as is" as a costume. Of course, you could just say that your pack is in the shop :-)

The jumpsuit is made from 100% cotton, so it has a soft feel to it, especially with the woolen cuffs and collar. You could even wear it as pajamas. Unsure of what size I should wear (I never wore a jumpsuit before), I went with "Large", which is approx. 66 inches (5.5 feet) from collar to toe. It's large and baggy enough to wear a full set of clothes underneath, so I think I'll be good. The zipper runs from collar to crotch.

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Bear in mind that this is a jumpsuit, not a flightsuit, like the guys wore in the movie. So, if you're looking for screen-accuracy, you'll have to look elsewhere. If you're looking for something that looks close enough, something you can just put on and go, then this will do the job. That said, I wish it were a little more like a flightsuit, as I prefer many pockets. The jumpsuit only has side pockets, one on each hip.

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The "Venkman" patch is on the left breast, and it is sewn and glued on very well. I see no indication that this will come off after lots of wear and washing.

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The logo patch is on the right sleeve, and it's sewn into the fabric, so it certainly won't come off. The quality on mine is a little "off". Notice the bits of white peeking through the red. It's not really an issue, and most people won't pay attention enough to notice it, but I still felt I should mention it since it's easy to see in my photo.

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The jumpsuit even looks good on this State Home For The Ugly escapee.

The Ghostbusters Venkman Costume Jumpsuit is currently priced at $69.95 and is available in S, M, L, XL, and 2X sizes. If you use coupon code TVTEN to get 10% off, you'll pay $62.95 (shipping is free).

If you went to Ghostbusters Fans, you'll be paying $89.46 ($66.99 + $22.47 shipping) for the khaki flightsuit ($44.99), Venkman name patch ($10.00), and No Ghost logo patch ($12.00). However, you'd have to sew on the patches yourself, and if you're like me, that's more work than you want to put into it. So, you're trading off screen-accuracy (and LOTS of pockets) for convenience and a cheaper price.

By the way, add Rubie's Deluxe Costume Proton Backpack to complete the look. It says that it's for kids, but the customer info says that it can fit adults, though it will look a little small (apparently, it's 18" tall, whereas a real pack is about 26" tall). (The photo below depicts a Rubie's model wearing their pack on one of their jumpsuits, but it serves as good reference to what their pack would look like on an adult wearing any jumpsuit.)

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