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Sony’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Braces For Possible $70 Million Loss; Sequel Unlikely
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It has been an uphill battle for the Sony marketing team ever since the first trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot came out. But when the first box office numbers came out, studio execs were quick to hail the film as a success and said that there would be a sequel without actually confirming that there would be one.

Now there is a sense that they may have jumped the gun a bit as a new report says Sony is possibly going to lose up to $70 million on the movie. More on the story below.

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The Drill Down 435: Boldly Go
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On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, Pokemon fever continues, social media reacts to an attempted coup in Turkey, an open letter from tech leaders to Donald Trump, Facebook’s diversity problem, Netflix boldly goes where no one has gone before … and much, much more!

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The Drill Down 434: Super Effective – Pokemon Go!
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This week, Facebook Live‘s growing pains as real-time news dominates livestreaming, the first use of lethal robots by a domestic police force, a robot stingray made from living cells, and Pokemon Go is here, and it’s super effective! …and much more on The Drill Down podcast!

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Movie Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016)
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Ghostbusters
Director: Paul Feig
Screenwriter: Paul Feig and Katie Dippold
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 116 minutes
Release Date: July 15, 2016

It’s easy to see why a reboot of a film like Ghostbusters could be met with such resistance. But that resistance has to come from the right place, otherwise it will sound like white noise. Now that we live in such a progressive period of time, we are more likely to see changes that would fuel such a resistance, and it’s no surprise that we are seeing that in Paul Feig‘s reboot, Ghostbusters.

The 1984 original film is such a classic film for many of us who have either lived during that time or have watched it on home video and learned of its existence through the two animated series. There is also the 1989 sequel, as well as board games, comic books, and video games, all of it based on the success of the franchise. Until now, there really hasn’t been any changes to the franchise, and as such there will be those who will probably have a strong attachment to the two films they are very familiar with. Which brings me back to the idea of resistance. No matter how you spin it, no matter how great it is, no matter how funny, there will be those who will not welcome this film with open arms. And that is the wrong way to approach it. The new Ghostbusters film, while flawed, is funny — very funny. It is one of those rare reboot comedies that’s sharp and clever, and isn’t afraid to make fun of itself or acknowledge some of those critics who may have been vocal about not wanting to see the film since it was first announced. The full review of 2016’s Ghostbusters is here below.

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Honest Trailers: ‘Ghostbusters II’ Already Ruined Your Childhood
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Before we get started here, let it be known that I love Ghostbusters II and consider it one of my favorite comedy sequels. That is NOT to be confused with comparing it to the original, because that’s blasphemy. With the reboot of Ghostbusters (aka the most pre-hated movie of 2016) coming to theaters Friday, the gang at Screen Junkies decided to go back to the first attempt to cash in on the greatness of the original 1984 classic with a new addition to their Honest Trailers series.

Check out here below the Honest Trailer for 1989’s Ghostbusters II, which strives to make the point that this sequel already ruined your childhood (not mine, though!).

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