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25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Ghostbusters’

The year 1984 was a treasure trove for movie lovers. Classics like The Karate Kid, Footloose, and A Nightmare on Elm Street made their way to theaters, but it was an especially fine time for comedies. The foul-mouthed Beverly Hills Cop, teen sex romp Revenge of the Nerds, Police Academy, Gremlins, and Romancing the Stone are just a few of the movies that debuted that year. But let’s not forget the film that combined elements of horror, slapstick funnies, big special effects, and some of the best comedic actors: Ghostbusters. This August, audiences will have the opportunity to catch Ghostbusters on the big screen. They’ll also get to enjoy a 30th-anniversary Blu-ray edition. To prepare for these moments, we’ve gathered 25 fun facts about the movie that you might have missed. … Read More

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An Oral History of ‘Ghostbusters’

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Watch Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter in the Trailer for Amy Heckerling’s ‘Vamps’

We were overjoyed to hear that Clueless director Amy Heckerling was re-teaming with Alicia Silverstone for a supernatural comedy called Vamps. But it was over two-and-a-half years ago when the news broke that Silverstone and the wonderful Krysten Ritter would star as the film’s titular party-girl vampires. With few recent updates, we feared that Vamps was stuck in production hell. Thankfully, that is not the case. The movie now has a trailer and a release date (November 2nd), and this first glimpse is very promising.

First and foremost, the cast is excellent. We’ve got Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Johnston, Richard Lewis, Wallace Shawn, Justin Kirk, Dan Stevens, Todd Barry, Marilu Henner, and Malcolm McDowell. Yes, one of the problematic love interests is none other than Downton Abbey’s beloved Cousin Matthew, Weeds’ Uncle Andy plays a guyliner-wearing vamp with an Eastern European accent, and Weaver just full-on kicks ass. Watch the trailer and join in our excitement below. … Read More

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The Original Names of Famous Film Characters

Our friends at Mental Floss published an article yesterday revealing a list of literary characters that almost had entirely different names. We agree that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bladorthin the Grey wouldn’t have rolled off the tongue as nicely as Gandalf the Grey does and felt relieved that J.K. Rowling, Raymond Chandler, and other writing giants had the good sense to wise up.

The list left us wondering about the original names of film characters. The best fictional heroes and villains aren’t remembered solely for their names, but a creative and original moniker can make an otherwise forgettable figure truly stand out. It’s also a great way to shed an interesting light on a character’s backstory. Click through to find out what disastrous, cinematic names directors and screenwriters evaded throughout film history. If you know of a particular lemon we didn’t cover, drop it in the comments below. … Read More

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A Survey of Sci-Fi Sex Symbols

Sci-Fi cult classic Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda as a sexy space agent, arrives on Blu-ray tomorrow. The psychedelic kitsch-fest was adapted from Jean-Claude Forest’s comic series of the same name and is adored for its comical, stylish, and erotic production. While Fonda’s ditzy, deadpan performance is charming, the actress is most remembered for her multiple skintight costume changes and a zero gravity striptease seen in the movie’s opening. The 1968 film helped establish Fonda’s sex symbol status. We took a look at the genre’s other memorable faces and figures — some human, others not so much — past the break. … Read More

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James Cameron Will Shoot Three ‘Avatar’ Movies at One Time

At least that’s what Sigourney Weaver is saying. At last night’s premiere of her new six-part USA Network miniseries, Political Animals, she told Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 that beginning this fall, she plans to be busy at work on a trio of new Avatar movies. While shooting everything all at… Read More

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This Week in Trailers: ‘Les Miz,’ ‘Lay the Favorite,’ and More!

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. It’s a bit of a light batch after last week’s Cannes-fueled riches, but we’ve got new titles from Anne Hathaway, Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, Russell Crowe, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, and Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as a Cannes winner and one of our favorite docs of the year. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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