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The Ghostbusters Christmas Tree

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM , Categories: Fans
GBMax Massimo from Ghostbusters Mania has done one of the coolest things I have ever seen. In fact, in my 14+ years of being in the Ghostbusters online community, I don't remember anyone else ever doing this. He decorated his Christmas tree with home-made Ghostbusters community decorations. Not just one or two, but at least a couple DOZEN of them! There are ornaments for Spook Central, Proton Charging, Ghostbusters Fans, Ghostbusters News, the Ghostheads podcast, the Cleaning Up The Town fan documentary, MANY of the franchises (too many to mention here), a few prop art ornaments (spy the Proton Pack in the collage below), a few cleverly-designed cast/crew character ornaments (Robin Shelby's Slimer, William Bryan's Stay Puft, Jim Fye's Miss Liberty), some official pieces (the Hallmark Ecto-1 ornament, the action figure trap), and lots, LOTS more.

The collage below will give you a taste of the awesomeness, but I highly suggest that you check out the full gallery over on Facebook. I am especially touched that he made a Spook Central ornament. It gives me the warm fuzzies to be thought of and appreciated like that. He even added a Spook Central logo to the back of his cute little Ghostbusters Mania Ectomobile (thanks to Massimo for the large photo, smaller photos of the car can be found in this Facebook gallery). Coolest... Car... Ever! I'm really honored, Massimo.

The only suggestion I would have is for Massimo to release printables of the decorations (with instructions) for the other Ghostheads who may want to do the same thing next year. Share the awesomeness! Special thanks goes out to Doreen Mulman for telling me about this.

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A Macarena Christmas

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous , Tags: holiday_songs
Unusual Holiday Songs

This year's song of choice is one that I never even knew existed until I found the four-track CD single at a church's White Elephant Sale back in July 2009. You all know the original Bayside Boys remix, as much as I'm sure you'd like to forget it, and that stupid dance - which the people in the Snuggie commercial are trying to bring back even though some of them weren't even born when it was popular. (The Snuggie and the Macarena - when one piece of crappiness isn't crappy enough.) Well, now here's the official mashed-up Christmas version of it. Ladies and Gentleman, cover your ears, for I now unleash the horror that is Los Del Rio's Macarena Christmas (1996).

And, yes, there's even a music video for the song...

View on YouTube

And while I'm on the subject of the Macarena... Way back in 1996, Rhode Island Soft Systems, Inc. created the "Hey, Macaroni!" screen saver, which featured a group of anthropomorphic macaroni noodles doing the Macarena while a song parody played in the background. It was a HUGE internet sensation, winning all kinds of awards. You wanna know why I bring it up? Because the damn song has been stuck in my head these past 14 years and I wanna get it out!!!

My name is Mary-Anna, I'm an elbow macaroni.
People say I'm better than a bowl of fried bologna.
They all want me.
I'm so tasty.
So they boil, strain and eat me.

Rigatoni, Fettuccine, Ziti or Spaghetti,
Ravioli, Manicotti, Shells or Tortellini,
Macaroni is the best when it's cooked aldente'.
Hey, Macaroni!

Some people like to eat me with a chicken parmigiana.
Others think I look just like a regular banana.
So many,
That deserve me,
Even lightly ran and cheesy.

Rigatoni, Fettuccine, Ziti or Spaghetti,
Ravioli, Manicotti, Shells or Tortellini,
Macaroni is the best when it's cooked aldente'.
Hey, Macaroni!

Hey, Macaroni!
Hey, Macaroni!
Hey, Macaroni!

Thanks to the Internet Archive, you can visit the original June 1997 homepage for the "Hey, Macaroni!" screen saver (ignore the "550 No such directory" alert box that pops up when the first page loads), or the May 2001 revamped homepage. The original 16-bit 950 Kb .wav of the song is still available (I used it to make the MP3 that plays below the dancing macaroni above), and so is the original 1.1 Mb free version of the screen saver (features the short version of the song which excludes the last two sets of lyrics listed above). Easter Egg: In the Chooser program, make sure "Hey Macaroni" is selected, click Setup, then About, and click on the noodle part of the occassionally-blinking macaroni to play a snippet of the song.

For the complete list of Spook Central's holiday song posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Matthew Jordan for making the "Unusual Holiday Songs" title banner that appears at the top of this post.
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You're No Fluke, Jennifer

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Cast & Crew
Actress Jennifer Runyon is best known to Ghostbusters fans as Jennifer, the pretty blonde student Peter was hitting on when he administered the not-so-scientific ESP test at the beginning of the movie. There are a few videos of Jennifer's other works up on YouTube, and I thought I'd assemble them in one place for anyone who may be interested in seeing them.

First up is an in-progress clip of Jennifer being interviewed by Merv Griffin circa 1984/1985. The person being spoken about at the beginning of the clip is her father, the late DJ Jim Runyon.

The interview above was conducted while Jennifer was starring on the Scott Baio television series "Charles In Charge". Jennifer's character, Gwendolyn Pierce ... GWENDOLYN PIERCE!, only appeared in the first season on CBS, which ran from 1984 to 1985. When the series came back in syndication for its second season in 1987, her character was no longer on the show - and neither was the family Charles was originally in charge of! Season 1 is available on DVD.

1984 was a very busy year for Jennifer. Besides Charles In Charge, Ghostbusters, and being interviewed by Merv Griffin, she also starred in the feature film Up The Creek alongside Tim Matheson and Stephen Furst (both of Animal House fame). According to IMDB, our very own Frank Welker is also in the film as the voice of Chuck the Wonder Dog. Sadly, this film is not on DVD, but the old VHS tape is still available (if you're willing to pay astronomical prices for it).

A few years later, in 1988, Jennifer had a role in the George Burns/Charlie Schlatter body-swap film 18 Again!. Here's a clip of Jennifer dancing with Charlie Schlatter. This film is available on DVD.

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Jim Belushi Helps A (Blues) Brother Out

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 18, 2010 at 3:56 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous, Cast & Crew
Last week's episode of Jim Belushi's new series The Defenders, entitled "Nevada v. Dennis" (airdate 12/8/2010), featured a special guest appearance. Prominently sitting on Belushi's character's desk was a bottle of Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka. Jim and Dan are very good friends going way, way back. Not only has Dan guest starred several times on Jim's previous series According to Jim, but Jim's brother, the late John Belushi, and Dan worked on many projects back in the day: Saturday Night Live, 1941, Neighbors (John's final film), and this little thing called The Blues Brothers. Dan and Jim even had (still have?) a "Blues Brothers" type band, and Jim was originally set to co-star with Dan and John Goodman in Blues Brothers 2000, but couldn't due to scheduling conflicts. And, heck, the role of Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters was originally written for John; and it's been said that Onionhead/Slimer was modeled after his character, Bluto, in Animal House. So with the long history of friendship between Dan and the Belushi family, it's no surprise that Jim would sneak a bottle of Dan's vodka into his show.

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A Few New Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Goofs

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 14, 2010 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Ghostbusters 2
Earlier this year as I was doing some frame grabs from both movies I saw a few goofs that I hadn't noticed before. I stopped noting goofs on this website a long, long time ago, as there were way too many to keep track of, but I wanted to make a quick post to note these new ones that I found.

GHOSTBUSTERS - While the guys and the head librarian are walking through the main room of the library, a set light and light deflector screen can be seen in the upper right corner of the screen.

(click for high-res partial frames from the Blu-ray)

GHOSTBUSTERS II - During the baby carriage chase a guy on a bicycle falls down. When Dana falls down shortly thereafter, the bicycle is nowhere to be seen in one shot, and then right next to her in the next.




GHOSTBUSTERS II - When Louis is waiting for the bus, the Bus Stop sign next to him has small text on the side facing away from the direction that the bus is coming from. When the shot changes towards the direction of the bus, thus showing us that side of the sign head-on, it now had a bus logo on it with the words "Bus Stop - No Standing" on a gray background.


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