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Dan Aykroyd claims “Ghostbusters 3” will happen with or without Bill Murray

Dan Aykroyd claims “Ghostbusters 3” will happen with or without Bill Murray (photo)

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Since Dan Aykroyd wrote a script for it in the 1990s, “Ghostbusters 3” has been a source of near constant fan speculation and hand-wringing, and was only amped up with the 2009 release of “Ghostbusters: The Video Game,” which made use of some elements from that original script. Now, the impossible dream seems closer than ever to reality, with Aykroyd himself revealing quite a bit of new information on the film.

Coming Soon picked up on Aykroyd’s comments on a recent episode of Dennis Miller’s appropriately named radio show, “The Dennis Miller Show.” The big story? That the current plan is to begin filming in Spring 2012.

After complimenting the script and while acknowledging that Bill Murray was the lead in the previous movies, Aykroyd pointed out “what we have to remember is that ‘Ghostbusters’ is bigger than any one component,” explaining that the plan for the next movie is “to hand the equipment and franchise down to new blood.”

This passing of the torch will be necessitated by the physical states of both Aykroyd’s character Ray, as well as Harold Ramis’ Egon. While Ray is blind in one eye with a bad knee, Egon is simply too fat to get into the harness, which is either hilarious or depressing depending on how you feel about Ramis’ real life corpulence. Maybe both.

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that someone tried to spawn a new generation of Ghostbusters, as the cartoon “Extreme Ghostbusters” gave it the old college try back in the late 1990s. Like that new crew, “Ghostbusters 3” is meant to feature a female team member, though there’s still no word on whether the group will be totally extreme (i.e., also include a black guy, a Hispanic guy and a dude in a wheelchair).

While there’s no official casting news to report yet, Aykroyd did state, “I like this guy Matthew Gray Gubler from the ‘Criminal Minds’ show,” which finally proves it for us: Only old people watch CBS.

Who would you like to see strap on the Proton Packs in “Ghostbusters 3”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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Ho Ho Ha

Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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