Dogs and Cats Living Together

If there’s one great truth in the world that is absolutely indisputable, it’s that everyone loves Ghostbusters. It makes sense then that Sony would want to make as much money off of that love as possible. To that end, there’s good news both for fans of the film (everyone) and Sony’s pocketbooks, because the studio has announced via press release that they will be doing a theatrical re-release of the Ivan Reitman-directed classic on three dates this October. On Thursday, October 13th, and for the next two Thursdays after that, Ghostbusters will be playing once a day in a theater (hopefully) near you. That’s three chances you have this October to see Venkman get slimed up on the big screen, three chances to hear Egon say he collects spores, molds, and fungus on a booming sound system. There isn’t yet any word on which theaters the film will be playing in, but Sony says that it will be hitting 500 theaters in the U.S., and also various theaters in Canada and around the globe as well. You are to check your local listings for showings.

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After their university’s dean forces them out of their cushy jobs in the world of academia, parapsychologists Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), go into business for themselves. They eradicate specters aka bust ghosts throughout New York City. Along the way, they’re hired by Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), a woman whose apartment is haunted by a demonic, ancient Sumerian demigod—an entity that is far more powerful and destructive than anything the ragtag Ghostbusters have ever faced.

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New Line and Mandaly Pictures are the heroes the day because they announced through Variety that they plan to make Furry Friday, the exact movie that you’re imagining right now in your mind based on the pun title. A dog and a cat swap bodies. It’s live-action. It cannot be a bad idea. Mandaly producer (and Oscar winner) Cathy Schulman’s script is getting a rewrite from writer David H. Steinberg. It’s an interesting choice considering that much of his work has been in the teenage world of American Pie 2 and the slightly out of teenage world of Slackers (which remains an underrated gem). He’s also the writer responsible for the forthcoming Puss in Boots movie. To reiterate: this is a movie about a dog and a cat switching bodies. You may scoff, but to the right is photographic proof that live-action animal movies can work incredibly well. Furry Friday will undoubtedly be a family-focused flick, and there’s nothing wrong with that. At the very least, we should be glad they aren’t trying to pun off of the Schulman-produced Darfur Now. Seriously. It would be so easy. They must have at least had a meeting about it.

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