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“Ghostbusters III” in “suspended animation” as Bill Murray passes


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Ever since “Ghostbusters II” in 1989, fans of the classic supernatural action-comedy have been clamoring for another installment. Undeterred by the fact that no one really liked the second movie all that much, fan hopes were stoked by the release of “Ghostbusters: The Video Game” in 2009, featuring the voices and likenesses of the original cast, as well as by frequent claims from star and writer Dan Aykroyd that he would indeed be getting the band back together (to mix movie references). Now, however, a “Ghostbusters” threequel is looking less likely than ever.

An extended profile in Telegraph goes into great detail about Aykroyd’s life, with quotes and input from the actor himself. Some of the topics covered include hi Aykroyd’s line of premium vodka, his early days on Saturday Night Live, his legendary partnership with John Belushi, and his relationships with ghosts, both the actual, summoned-at-a-séance kind, as well as the types that are more in need of busting.

If you’ve ever had an interest in Aykroyd or his work, the entire article is definitely worth a read, but if you’re just hungry for “Ghostbusters” news you’ll want to skip to the end. Aykroyd first wrote a script for the new flick in 1999, but it was a recent rewrite by writers on the American “Office” that got everyone really excited. The new film is meant to establish a new generation of Ghostbusters, and the entire cast was into it, except for Bill Murray, who was the undeniable standout of the first two movies.

Aykroyd explains that Bill Murray just doesn’t want to be involved, mostly on account of the fact that he’s living a great life as a rich guy, with a bunch of kids and houses, getting paid to play in golf tournaments. As a result, the actor/writer says the project is in “suspended animation,” and stresses that they aren’t “going to do a movie that exploits the franchise,” despite significant interest from the studio.

What do you think of a Bill Murray-less “Ghostbusters III”? Should the production go on without the iconic funnyman? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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