Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman endorses new Ghostbusters: ‘Word will be out quickly’

The new Ghostbusters movie has been plagued with controversy and discussion for what seems like ages, ranging from longtime fans who believe the original is sacred ground to the sexist trolls who think women can’t be ghostbusters. But the Ghostbusters reboot does have one particular champion, and he’s kind of an expert: Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel.

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Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman attributes reboot backlash to nostalgia, not sexism

Ever since the female-led Ghostbusters was first announced, the project has been plagued with controversy, whether it’s YouTube commenters down-voting the first trailer or sexist trolls arguing that women can’t bust ghosts. Now, with the new reboot set to hit theaters in just two weeks, original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman is weighing in, telling Mashable that he doesn’t think misogyny is the only cause for the backlash.

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Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd examine past and future of Ghostbusters

More than 30 years after Ghostbusters, the sci-fi-comedy blockbuster is branded on our pop-culture consciousness — and not just because Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot with an all-female cast will revive interest in ectoplasm and proton packs. Over the years, Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd have encountered iconic symbols and obscure characters of the franchise in some unusual places. There was the guy who showed Aykroyd his back tattoo of the androgynous Gozer, and the other fan who had his leg inked with a deranged Rick Moranis wearing a colander on his head.

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Critical Mass: Kevin Costner gets back in the game with 'Draft Day'


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Judging from the massive television audiences that tune in for college and NFL football, you might think that football movies would be an easy sell at the American box office. They’re not – and making matters worse, fans who pay to see football in the theater often have to settle for fictional teams, like the Miami Sharks and the North Dallas Bulls, because the NFL doesn’t often play ball with Hollywood.

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Why Ivan Reitman won't direct new 'Ghostbusters' movie: 'It wasn't really that hard'


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Most things come with a “past due” date, and that includes directing jobs. For Ivan Reitman, the moment he decided to bow out of helming the long-gestating Ghostbusters III occurred when he returned from his friend Harold Ramis’ funeral, held in Chicago last month.

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'Draft Day' Super Bowl clip: Kevin Costner is about to rebuild the Browns -- VIDEO

The Cleveland Browns have never reached the Super Bowl, but they’ll pop up on television this Sunday during the commercial teaser for Draft Day, the Kevin Costner movie that hopes to be football’s version of Moneyball. The sports-movie icon plays Sonny Weaver Jr., the embattled general manager of the mediocre Browns, who have an opportunity to trade up for the No. 1 pick.

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