Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ghostbusters haunt NYC (sorta), 'Ghostbusters 3' still on track (really)

Remember the opening scene of 1984's Ghost Busters in the New York Public Library reading room where a ghost is shown brushing up on lit? Well, the spontaneous joy guerilla group Improv Everywhere certainly does.

The group, known for pulling off "missions" to inject a little harmless humor in people's lives staged an event in the famous reading room to remind people of the movie - and, with the library's help, to remind folks that the budget-strapped institution is cool.

The gag begins with three "ghosts" in white sheets with eyeholes cut out, separately making their way into the room to take a spot at a computer (to look up "Could a person come back to life after they die?") or browse through a reference book. At one point a security guard talks to the ghost, and although the audio can't be heard in the video below, the guard reportedly asked, "Sir, what are you doing?" The ghost's reply: "Um… haunting the library."

The affair attracts some giggles, but when four 'busters make their way into the reading room to look for specters, observers begin snapping away with cellphone cameras and getting into it. A chase ensues and the Ghostbusters run the sheeted specters out of the library and into the streets of Manhattan.

Truly classic work, Improv Everywhere.  Plus, you reminded me of an important news bit: FilmShaft reports Harold "Egon Spengler" Ramis confirms that GB3 is still on, and will hit theaters in Dec. 2012. That confirms what Dan Aykroyd told me in March.

And what of the on-again/off-again involvement of Bill Murray, who told David Letterman it's his nightmare? He sounds like he's warming to the idea and told Coming Soon he was thinking, "You know, maybe I should just do it. Maybe it'd be fun to do ... the guys are funny and I miss [Rick] Moranis and Annie [Potts] and Danny [Aykroyd]. Those people are some people that were really, you know, I miss them. I think that's really a big part of it."

Although Murray adds that the plotline about him being killed early in the film and returning as a ghost has been his joke, and is "sort of half-true, half-joke."


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