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30 Years Ago Today: The Superstars of the Supernatural are back!

Ghostbusters IIHow difficult is it to make a good sequel? Not many measure up to the original, but there are a few exceptions. In my opinion, Ghostbusters II is one such exception.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver all return in the sequel, both released and set five years after the initial film. The studio pushed for the sequel against the judgment of Aykroyd, Ramis, and director/producer Ivan Reitman, but fortunately all agreed to work together to bring it to fruition.

The sequel’s soundtrack did not enjoy as much success as the first, but there are still some quality songs from popular artists of the day, such as Bobby Brown, New Edition, Doug E. Fresh, and Run-D.M.C.

News of a third installment featuring the original cast first appeared online earlier this year. Rumored for decades, it had been consistently shot down by those involved in the first two films. I asked Hudson about the possibility of a Ghostbusters III about a decade ago; he pointed to a video game and said, “That’s the closest we’ll ever get.” I’m glad he was wrong; I only hope he is involved in the new movie, produced by the original director’s son, Jason Reitman.

35 Years Ago Today: Who you gonna call?

GhostbustersDan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson teamed up together in the Ivan Reitman-directed classic Ghostbusters, released in theaters on June 8, 1984. The movie was a massive success, the second highest-grossing film of the year, trailing only Beverly Hills Cop.

The theme song by Ray Parker Jr. was just as big as the film, hitting #1 in August 1984 for three weeks. At the end of the year, it landed at #9 on Billboard’s chart of all 1984 singles.

There was, of course, a sequel to Ghostbusters released just a few years later (we’ll talk about that one in a few weeks), a reboot released a few years ago (we may never speak of that one again), and a planned second sequel to the original next summer. In addition, Aykroyd has hinted at a prequel television series based on the original characters.

There are tons of toys, books, costumes, and even video games. Here are just a handful of the offerings on Amazon, but you can page through several more items yourself

Ghostbusters remains to this day a cultural phenomenon.

R.I.P. Harold Ramis

(November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014)

Ghostbusters, Stripes, Caddyshack, Animal House—these are just a few of the films from the brilliant career of Harold Ramis. He passed away today from complications from the autoimmune disease vasculitis.

Happy birthday, Bill Murray!

How can someone who is so popular be at the same time so underrated?

Ghostbusters

If there was a Comedy Hall of Fame, Bill Murray would be in the inaugural class. Or else the Comedy Hall of Fame would be a joke. Which would be sort of ironic, don’t you think?

Murray is 62 years old today. I’m celebrating his birthday over at the new TWJ Cards tumblr page with a series of “fun cards” that will post throughout the day. The first is reposted above, spotlighting his role as Dr. Peter Venkman on Ghostbusters. Be sure to check back throughout the day for more Bill Murray TWJ 2012 cards.

Candies by Boston America Corp.

Who you gonna call

Various candy items
by Boston America Corp.

I recently received a nice little package of assorted candies fro Boston America Corp. featuring Ghostbusters (“Slimer Sours”), Pac-Man (“Power Pellets”), and Nintendo (“Brick Breaking Jawbreakers,” “Superstar Candies,” and “Zelda Mints”) tins, all pictured above. As the candy goes, it is as good as any other candy out there and each person’s taste will determine what flavor suits them (“Slimer Sours” were my personal favorite). The real draw for these are the collectible tins.

Four of the five containers have removable lids, making them reusable for candy or coins or whatever other small trinkets you might like to keep in them. The Pac-Man tin, however, does not have a lid that pops off; it twists, allowing the “Power Pellet” candy to pop out a small hole in the side.

Boston America Corp. produces licensed candies and beverages for several other properties as well: Simpsons, Smurfs, Playstation, Betty Boop and even Star Trek. The collectible candy tins in particular are fun novelty products that last longer than the short time it takes to gobble up the candy inside.

Learn more about Boston America Corp.

Purchase Boston America Corp. Candies.

Who you gonna call?

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