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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 26, 2009 at 4:11 PM

“Ghostbusters 3”: The women

So, after I’ve just spent countless hours (well, OK, minutes) digging through my desk in search of a particular notebook and not finding it, though I did find approximately 300 other notebooks (all half-full, nearly all illegible) and a long-lost stapler, it seems like time for a little fun. Since it’s not happy hour yet, let’s do the next best thing and think about “Ghostbusters.” Specifically, “Ghostbusters 3,” which according to Dan Aykroyd (in the L.A. Times) will likely shoot this winter with “a five-member ‘new generation’ team with several female members.” New York Magazine has been having a little fun imagining who those female members might be, so let’s play along, even if you think (as do I) that this just might fall into the category of Sequels That Probably Shouldn’t Be Made, But We’ll Watch Anyway. Tilda Swinton, of course, would be the world’s most awe-inspiring Ghostbuster (she ain’t afraid of no ghost), as would any British actress with a Dame in front of her name. Stateside, how about Amy Poehler? The ever-underrated Judy Greer? The gunning-for-a-comeback Winona Ryder? The ever-grimacing Kristen Stewart? What do you think?
So, as we all vainly attempt to get the “Ghostbusters” theme song out of our heads (sorry about that), here’s a classic moment from the original movie, featuring one of cinema’s most terrifying villains and a classic Bill Murray deadpan: “That’s not something you see every day.” No, alas, it isn’t. If this guy could have shown up in, say, “Wolverine,” think of how much more fun things would have been.

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