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Budget Cuts Threaten the “Ghostbusters” Firehouse

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No! The New York Post reported yesterday that New York City is considering a proposal from Mayor Bloomberg to close 20 firehouses because of budget cuts. Among the firehouses slated for elimination is the one at 133 John Street in Tribeca. Officially, it’s known as Ladder 8. But movie lovers around the world call it the “Ghostbusters” firehouse.

For any fan of “Ghostbusters” — which, as far as I’m concerned, includes any rational thinking human on Planet Earth — Ladder 8 is one of the coolest places in New York, if not the entire world. To this day, it looks almost exactly as it did in the movies, and they even have the actual prop sign from “Ghostbusters II” hanging on the wall inside. Plus, they’ve got the coolest official T-shirt of any firehouse in existence. If the FDNY eliminates Ladder 8 and — GOD FORBID — tears down a piece of movie history, I will be inconsolable. I mean we could be in for a meltdown of Biblical proportions: Old Testament, real wrath of God type stuff. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together: mass hysteria!

So what can we do to save this place (besides buying a crapload of those awesome shirts)? Well it couldn’t hurt to contact Mayor Bloomberg and tell him what you think of the idea. You could remind him of how the Ghostbusters saved the city when Gozer took over Central Park West, or point how how he could be saving the pop cultural memories of millions of registered voters. Maybe you could point out that there’s a high voltage laser containment system in the basement, and that simply turning it off would be like dropping a bomb on the city. I guess you could even point out how important Ladder 8 is to its neighborhood and what a bad idea it is to eliminate much needed firefighters, especially in areas like Lower Manhattan, but what’s the fun in that?

Anyway, if you want to send Mayor Bloomberg a letter his address is:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

You can also send him an email here. Let’s show that prehistoric Mayor how we do things downtown.

If the worst happens, there’s one conceivable upside. Let’s say the FDNY does shut down Ladder 8. Now you’ve got an empty firehouse. That opens the door to paranormal investigators buying the property from the city — after sleeping in it, y’know, to try it out — and then opening their own business. Or, maybe more realistically, some rich dude who loves “Ghostbusters” even more than I do just turns it into a tourist attraction. I don’t care who owns it as long as the building still stands and it doesn’t fall into the hands of the EPA.

[H/T Movieline]

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.

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Stan Diego Comic-Con

Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.