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IDW Ghostbusters: Answer The Call Trade Paperback Book Review

 By Paul Rudoff on Nov. 14, 2018 at 11:22 PM , Categories: Books
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It's been almost a year since I reviewed the last IDW trade paperback, Ghostbusters 101. It was our first look as how the female Ghostbusters from the 2016 film would fare in the hands of a more capable writer. You know, someone who wasn't Paul Feig. The ladies returned in their own spin-off series of five issues, which IDW has collected in the Ghostbusters: Answer The Call trade paperback that was released this past June. Yes, it's taken me five months to finally write this review. That's quick compared to other things on my To Do list. So, how well are the ladies handled this time? Read on to find out...

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Spook Central Halloween Treat - The Real Ghostbusters Call Sheets & Notable Guest Stars

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 31, 2018 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Real Ghostbusters , Tags:
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This year's Halloween Treat is something really special, and it's something that a lot of us fans have been waiting over 30 years for. Exclusively on Spook Central, you can now find the call sheets from The Real Ghostbusters recording sessions. They have been given to Spook Central by James Eatock, who got them as a gift from voice director Marsha Goodman when he interviewed her back in 2008 for the TimeLife DVD set. For the past 10 years, he's kept them locked away in his secret vault with his stash of Ecto Coolers and rare He-Man condoms ("He held aloft his mighty sword and said, 'I have the power!'").

Thanks to these call sheets, we now know that the first episode recorded was "Ghosts R Us" (on May 6, 1986) and the last was "Attack of The B-Movie Monsters" (on May 6, 1991). We also now know when Dave Coulier and Kath Soucie redubbed Peter and Janine's voices in those alternate episodes: September 27, 1987; January 27-29, 1988; and February 1, 1988. It's surprisingly to find out that Maurice LaMarche voiced Peter in "The Grundel" and filled in for Arsenio Hall as Winston in three episodes: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Ghost?", "Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster", and "The Ghostbusters in Paris".

What's more surprising is how many well-known actors have appeared in the series. Since the early seasons only credited the main cast, and the later seasons mass-credited the guest stars, we never truly knew who graced the series with their presence. Now it can be told! If this were a Buzzfeed listicle, it would be called, OVER 50 ACTORS YOU NEVER KNEW WERE IN THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS.

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Ready Player One Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Review

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 11, 2018 at 11:28 PM , Categories: Home Video
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Normally I cover non-Ghostbusters stuff on The Corner Penthouse, but Ready Player One (2018) is an exception because there IS a Ghostbusters connection present on the Blu-ray disc, and the movie itself is tailor-made for the audience that loves Ghostbusters. Read on to find out more...

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That Time Jim Carrey & Skeletor Were At Ghost Corps Headquarters

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 10, 2018 at 6:38 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous
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For those of you who have been living under a rock with Patrick, back in 2015 Ivan Reitman and company formed a group called Ghost Corps, under the Sony banner, to handle all future Ghostbusters projects. The company is headquarted on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California. Although I've never had the honor of visiting the place - maybe they'll fly me out there next year for that Fan Fest thing - I've seen photos of the place, and the entrance is made up to look like the entrance of Hook & Ladder #8 in New York.

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(Ghost Corps headquarters entrance on March 2, 2016)
(Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

On the most recent episode of the Showtime series Kidding - "The New You" (Oct. 7, 2018) (s01e05) - Jeff Pickles (Jim Carrey) walks out of a writer's meeting. His producer/father Seb (Frank Langella) follows him and they have a chat outside.

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They're actually on the Sony lot standing outside of Ghost Corps headquarters. You don't see the name, of course, but it's instantly recognizable in the background.

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The No Ghost Logo sign above the entrance is seen, though they digitally-erased the logo and replaced it with "FO", seemingly the name of the "restaurant" where the meeting took place (even though it didn't look like a restaurant inside in the previous scene).

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I have to wonder if Jim or Frank visited the Ghost Corps crew. They couldn't have missed the logo sign, and maybe wandered in out of curiosity.

Anyway, Kidding is too new to be available on Blu-Ray or DVD, but you can watch it through Amazon with a Showtime subscription. It's not a bad series, but I will admit that it's not for everyone. If you're expecting wacky Jim Carrey and a laugh a minute, don't bother, because this is more of a serious show with a tinge of wackiness. Jim plays a Mister Rogers-like children's show host, but its NOT A SHOW FOR KIDS! If you've ever wanted to see Judy Greer or Ginger Gonzaga topless, DO check it out! Having seen Judy topless in What Planet Are You From? (2000), I have to give her credit for keeping herself in great shape.
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Ghostbusters Cast Spotlight - Charlie Adler's Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Interviews

 By Paul Rudoff on Sep. 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Cast & Crew , Tags:
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Welcome to Spook Central's special "Summer of Spotlight" event. Throughout the Summer, I'll be posting Ghostbusters Cast Spotlight entries every Wednesday at Noon (Eastern). Click here to view the current schedule. Each entry in this series will showcase a cast member of the Ghostbusters franchise - Ghostbusters 1 & 2, The Real Ghostbusters, Slimer!, Extreme Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and maybe even Ghostbusters 2016 - in a role that you may not be familiar with. Maybe it will be from a long-forgotten movie, a television appearance before they were a Buster, or some really weird bit part that I'm sure they no longer include on their resume! There is a HUGE SPOILER WARNING if you read this article, as I am highly likely to go into plot details.

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