Mattel’s “Ghostbusters” Action Figure Sales “Exceed Expectations”

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The new female-led Ghostbusters film has slayed the box office, pulling in $62 million domestically in under a week, and it’s toy sales are also worth writing home about. Action figures of the movie’s stars are bringing in hefty profits, Mattel reports.

The toy company has been displaying said figurines in the “boys” section of toy stores and superstores (gendered toys are a problem to be solved outside of this article). But, Variety reports, both boys and girls are purchasing the Ghostbusters merch in ample quantities. And sales on the figurines are exceeding the toymaker’s anticipated numbers.

“We’re thrilled with the response to the new Ghostbusters toy line. We worked closely with Sony to ensure each figure featured authentic details from the movie including a wearable proton pack,” said Joe Lawandus, senior VP of design and marketing at Mattel. “The early momentum shows the product is resonating with Ghostbusters fans!”

Ghostbusters is in theaters now. It’s directed by Paul Feig and stars SNL greats Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, as well as general great person Melissa McCarthy.

Check out the trailer below, and buy your toys here.


Bill Murray on All-Female ‘Ghostbusters III’

With his St. Vincent premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend (out in theaters October 10), Bill Murray took a break from being the coolest man in comedy to offer up his casting suggestions for Paul Feig’s rumored all-girls Ghostbusters III:

It sounds great to me. It sounds as good an idea as any other! There are a lot of women that could scare off any kind of vapor! No, it’s a grand idea, I don’t know who they’re talking about, but it’s a good idea, I would watch it! I mean, I love Robert Palmer’s videos, so why wouldn’t I love the female Ghostbusters?

Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny. God, she’s funny. I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there.

While it wouldn’t take much to convince me to go see a female Ghostbusters, the fact that Bill Murray is on board with it makes it even better (fingers crossed for a cameo appearance).

Celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Ghostbusters with some classic Murray moments:


STRIPES (1981)






ST. VINCENT (2014)

The trailer for St. Vincent features the always-lovable Murray as a South Brooklyn schlemiel tasked with watching the child of his neighbor, played by Melissa McCarthy, and an almost unrecognizable Naomi Watts as a stripper. His St. Vincent role came about, said Murray at TIFF’s Bill Murray Day, “because they couldn’t get Jack Nicholson.”


Escape To The Movies This Weekend

This might just be my inner Larry David speaking, but Halloween (and most celebratory holidays like the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, etc) are usually pretty horrible. That’s not to say I dislike Halloween. On the contrary, it might be my favorite holiday, consisting of my three biggest passions in life: fear, candy, and pretending to be someone else. However, adulthood seems to mean the pressure of finding “something fun to do” and wearing a costume that will both please your aesthetic spooky sensibilities and/or entice a mate, which itself is always a waste. Anyhow, for those of you that don’t feel like finding yourself surrounded by humans but also desire not to spend another weekend drinking whiskey alone watching Eyes Without a Face in bed, here are some wonderful films being shown around the city so you can keep to yourself, while escaping from yourself. Or, you know, if you can find a person that wants to go watch Nosferatu with you at midnight, good for you.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn—12:00am (Friday and Saturday)

Ghostbusters—12:05am (Friday and Saturday)
Starship Troopers—12:00am (Friday and Saturday)

Halloween 3—12:20am (Friday and Saturday)
Cabinet Doctor Caligari—12:10am (Friday)
Island of Lost Souls—12:15pm (Saturday)
Lost Boys—12:00pm (Saturday)
Nosferatu—12:10am (Saturday)

Rocky Horror Picture Show—9:00pm, 12:00am (Friday and Saturday)
Carrie—10:00pm (Saturday)

Wolfen—11:59pm (Friday)
American Mary—9:15pm (Friday)
Dracula—2:00pm (Saturday)
The Night of the Devils—6:00pm (Saturday)

Room 237—9:15pm (Friday)


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Billy Murray and the ‘Myth’ of ‘Ghostbusters 3’

Not that I find this in the least bit troubling, mind you, but I’m beginning to suspect Ghostbusters 3 will never materialize. Dan Aykroyd wrote a script in the 90’s, about a group of callow recruits who come in and replace the originals, but nothing ever came of it. Then Harold Ramis opened up a while ago and said the problem was really a lack of interest. Ivan Reitman looked, if only for a second, like maybe he could get it off the ground, but then Sony suddenly had reservations about a director who by Hollywood standards is 176 years old. So this just isn’t happening right? Bill Murray, for his part, wants to put the whole thing to rest. “It’s just a myth. It’s like the white alligator in the sewer, you know? Who’s seen it, really?”

Cinemablend caught Murray at the Tribeca Film Festival doing press for his new picture, Get Low, and when the conversation turned to Ghosbusters, Murray was pretty outspoken:

“It’s just really the movie studio. They love the franchise, they’d just like to re-create it again. All this talk is just talk. It drives me nuts, it’s just people talking. And now, it’s like, on the street people go ‘hey, hey, hey,’ you know, why don’t you go back to high school? Quit bothering me. Until someone actually creates a great script it’s just hogwash, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s interesting that people are interested in it, they’d like to see it. It was a great thing, it really was fun. Maybe it should. And if it’s such a good idea, then someone will write the screenplay.”

Quit bothering me? Okay fine, Bill, we will.