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The painful what-if that haunts 'Ghostbuster' Ernie Hudson

Ghostbusters has been an undeniable highlight in Ernie Hudson’s long, varied, and still-rolling career. But the experience of playing Winston Zeddemore—the fourth Ghostbuster, for lack of a better title—is also riddled with complicated emotions. Co-starring in one of the greatest comedies in movie history gave Hudson cinematic immortality—but it also lingers in his mind as a painful what-if.

On the film’s 30th anniversary, the 68-year-old actor writes about his bittersweet relationship with a beloved franchise.

I look back on Ghostbusters in a very fun way, but it’s got so many mixed feelings and emotions attached to it. When I originally got the script, the character of Winston was amazing and I thought it would be career-changing. The character came in right at the very beginning of the movie and had an elaborate background: he was an Air Force major something, a demolitions guy. It was great.

Now I’ve heard, over the years, that the part had been written for Eddie Murphy—all of which Ivan Reitman says is not true. But it was a bigger part, and Winston was there all the way through the movie. After a long audition process, I finally got the part and made the awful mistake of letting it be known that I really, really wanted it. In Hollywood in those days, you set your quote—so if anybody calls about wanting to work with you, they had to meet your quote. I had just worked with Columbia on Spacehunter, and my quote was pretty decent. For Ghostbusters, they came in at only half of my quote, because they said this role was going to make my career. I said to my agent, “I don’t care. Just take it, because I believe that.” So we go to New York and we rehearse for three weeks or whatever and I’m ready to roll.

The night before filming begins, however, I get this new script and it was shocking. READ FULL STORY

'X-Files' star Gillian Anderson wants to be in the new 'Ghostbusters'

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig recently announced he’s working on a female-led Ghostbusters movie—and Gillian Anderson wants in.

During a Reddit AMA Sunday, one fan asked the X-Files alum if she’d want to be involved in the movie. Her answer was simple: “Paul Feig, cast me now!” she wrote. “I’m free I’m free and I’m funny, goddamnit!”  READ FULL STORY

Paul Feig explains his vision for a female-led 'Ghostbusters'

On Wednesday afternoon, Paul Feig tweeted that he was indeed going to direct a new Ghostbusters film, and it will, in his words, star “hilarious women.”  READ FULL STORY

Paul Feig confirms he's on board for 'Ghostbusters' with 'hilarious women'

Paul Feig is the man to call. Feig confirmed on Twitter that he is indeed working on a new Ghostbusters movie starring women, and is bringing his The Heat collaborator Katie Dippold along with him.  READ FULL STORY

Tour iconic New York City 'Ghostbusters' spots with Ernie Hudson

Ghostbusters is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and while the franchise’s future may be nebulous at the moment, its place in movie history is unquestionable. To honor the film’s legacy, EW‘s Kyle Ryan took a tour of New York City according to Ghostbusters with Winston Zeddemore himself, Ernie Hudson.

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'Ghostbusters' gets a retro 30th anniversary release trailer

Sometimes it’s best not to mess with the classics. So, in honor of the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of a restored and remastered Ghostbusters—coming this Labor Day weekend—Sony has released a fittingly retro trailer.

Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises,” Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, told EW’s Jeff Labrecque. “I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again.”

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'Ghostbusters' gets the call for theatrical re-release -- EXCLUSIVE

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, which came, saw, and kicked Mr. Stay Puft’s ass in the summer of 1984. The hilarious, special-effects-laden adventure about Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the late Harold Ramis’ trio of disgraced academics, who luck into the paranormal extermination racket just as supernatural creatures try to bring about the end of times, dominated the box office and had virtually every American humming Ray Parker Jr.’s theme song and asking the rhetorical question, “Who you gonna call?” READ FULL STORY

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

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.

“It wasn’t that hard,” Reitman told EW of the decision. “When I came back from the funeral, I thought it would be better to turn the director’s chores over to someone else and let me produce it.” READ FULL STORY

Ivan Reitman will not direct 'Ghostbusters 3'; Sony eyes early 2015 shoot

Ivan Reitman has decided that he will not return to direct the next installment of Ghostbusters, EW has confirmed.

After producing and directing the previous two films and staying with the third project for years, Reitman will produce and help Sony find a new director for the film, which is eyeing an early 2015 shoot in New York. Deadline first reported the news.

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'Ghostbusters' co-star Dan Aykroyd, director Ivan Reitman on Harold Ramis' death

Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis were perhaps best known for fighting ghosts, but the pair worked together both on and off screen. In addition to acting together in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Ramis and Aykroyd also had a hand in writing both films. And with the recent news of Ramis’ death, Aykroyd said goodbye to a friend:

“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking,”  Aykroyd said in an email.

Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman also released a statement to EW about his friend’s passing:

“The world has lost a wonderful, truly original, comedy voice with the passing of Harold Ramis,” Reitman said. “He possessed the most agile mind I’ve ever witnessed. He always had the clearest sense of what was funny and how to create something in a new clever way. He was very generous about making everyone around him look better and smarter. Harold had an extraordinary impact on my career and I loved him like a brother. My heart goes out to his children, and his lovely wife, Erica. He will be profoundly missed.”

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