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The new Ghostbusters movie needs all the good press it can get, which is why Dan Aykroyd went into full shill mode on Tuesday.

“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!” the original Ghostbuster wrote on Facebook.

Translation: Just go see the movie, “man-fans,” and don’t be annoyed that I too am now getting gender-crazy to promote this movie.

Given that Mr. Aykroyd is an executive producer on the movie, it is understandable that he would jump through hoops to fill seats on July 15.

Dan Aykroyd

What is not appropriate, however, is when websites like Superhero Hype trumpet his transparent cries for good press without mentioning that he is the movie’s executive producer.

The website reported:

As storms continue to brew regarding the new Ghostbusters film, there is one person who has put a line in the sand and is backing up the film: series creator Dan Aykroyd. The writer of both the 1984 film and its 1989 sequel took to his Facebook page to reveal he saw an early cut of the film and provided a reaction. …

“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”

The new Ghostbusters film sees Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy as scientists Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, respectively. Gilbert is a particle physicist while Yates, Gilbert’s close friend, is an expert in the paranormal. As ghost sightings ramp up, they team with Kate McKinnon‘s Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer who winds up creating the team’s tech. Leslie Jones‘ Patty Tolan, then, is the team’s everyman character who winds up playing an important role connected to an early supernatural encounter. …

Yes, Superhero Hype, it makes total sense for the executive producer to put a “line in the sand” when it comes to promoting his project. The only time an executive producer’s praise for his own movie could be interpreted as newsworthy would be if someone stripped that highly relevant bit of information out of the reporting.

The reason why “storms continue to brew” for Ghostbusters is because everyone associated with the project has gone out of their way to make it about gender and media outlets like Superhero Hype have become professional spinmeisters.

Does any “man-fan” in his right mind honestly believe this Ghostbusters film has “more laughs and more scares than the first two films”? Of course not. The statement is so ridiculous that one can’t help but wonder if Dan Aykroyd is the Trojan Horse equivalent of Hydra Captain America.

Note to Ghostbusters hacks everywhere: Give it up. The internet exists. It only takes one moment for people to expose deceptive reporting, and every time you do it the last remaining shreds of your credibility fray a little bit more.

Here now, without further ado, is the trailer for the movie Dan Aykroyd claims has “more laughs” than the original Ghostbusters films — combined.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

14 comments

  1. The funny thing is, Aykroyd is doing a better job of shilling for the movie than the people actually starring in it. They’ve actively refused to talk about it. And, y’know, it’s never a good sign when a movie has to do last-minute re-shoots. The rumor is, they’re well-aware of what a disaster the movie is going to be, fought with Feig about it, and were forced to sign NDAs to avoid something like Josh Trank badmouthing “Fantastic Four” right before it came out.

    “The reason why “storms continue to brew” for Ghostbusters is because everyone associated with the project has gone out of their way to make it about gender and media outlets like Superhero Hype have become professional spinmeisters.”

    Speaking of FF, this whole thing reminds me of that story you did about Michael B. Jordan accusing those questioning his casting as being racists. The movie is done, even with those late re-shoots being completed. There would be no attempt to play to SJWs if the people involved genuinely believed they had a quality product on their hands.

    I have the feeling that when this movie bombs out, Akyroyd is going to say, “No, I was an executive producer the same way Stan Lee is; I just hung out a few days, and they ignored all my suggestions.”

    And, y’know, I wouldn’t even object to this particular bit of shilling from Aykroyd if not for that “Bill Murray is in it” comment. Yes, Murray is in it, so are Ernie Hudson, Akyroyd, Annie Potts, but they’re not playing their characters; they’re playing cameos. Worse, these cameos were reportedly filmed during those re-shoots and the actors had to be pressed into it. Everything about this movie gives off bad vibes and no amount of SJW shilling can change that.

    1. “This whole thing reminds me of that story you did about Michael B. Jordan accusing those questioning his casting as being racists. The movie is done, even with those late re-shoots being completed. There would be no attempt to play to SJWs if the people involved genuinely believed they had a quality product on their hands.”

      Think of Captain America: Civil War — Marvel released that darn think weeks prior to critics. Why? They knew it was absolutely amazing. It was a movie mic drop. You don’t need to say a word when you know your stuff rocks. You just put it out there and nod your head in agreement when people say it’s awesome.

      “And, y’know, I wouldn’t even object to this particular bit of shilling from Aykroyd if not for that ‘Bill Murray is in it’ comment. Yes, Murray is in it, so are Ernie Hudson, Akyroyd, Annie Potts, but they’re not playing their characters; they’re playing cameos. Worse, these cameos were reportedly filmed during those re-shoots and the actors had to be pressed into it. Everything about this movie gives off bad vibes and no amount of SJW shilling can change that.”

      I’m pretty sure it came out during the Sony hacks that they were mulling legal action against Murray if he didn’t play ball. So now you can’t really trust anything he says because I’m assuming he’d open himself up to legal action if he talked about how they threatened him, etc. The guy wanted nothing to do with a new Ghostbusters film for years, but now we’re supposed to believe he’s in love with what they’ve done? Okay… Whatever you say, Sony.

    2. FF was terrible for a million reasons; despite their hopes they could play it off as ‘cuz of racisssss’, black Johnny Storm was probably the least terrible part of that godawful movie. I wonder, though, if some studios think that doing stuff like creating racial and gender expies of characters to provide cover for when movies bomb is some kind of viable strategy – maybe they’re covering up money laundering and other criminal enterprises via terrible social justice movies they know will fail and can blame on bigotry to distract from whatever organized crime the film is a cover for?!

    3. It’s like “The Producers.” Heck, Marvel’s got retconned Hydra agent Captain America doing a rendition of Springtime For Hitler.

  2. Hey Doug, if you haven’t seen these videos, then I highly recommend checking them out when you get the time. Some of it might be old news now, but they’re very informative.

    1. “Hey Doug, if you haven’t seen these videos, then I highly recommend checking them out when you get the time. Some of it might be old news now, but they’re very informative.”

      Midnight’s Edge does good work. I have been consistently impressed with the guys behind that channel.

      Side note: I love that music that they play in the background. It’s got this mysterious vibe that draws you in and makes you feel like you’re super-sleuthing the industry, but then at the same time I want to start laughing at myself for that very reason. I usually watch Midnight’s Edge late on a Friday or Saturday night after my wife falls asleep.

  3. People are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill with this movie and the SJWs are working overtime for girl power or something.

    I can tell you why this movie will fail – my wife and I watched the first trailer together – I said “this movie has no energy or spark.” My wife said more succinctly “meh”. We watched the second trailer and thought there was nothing new.

    I said once again the movie has no spark and my wife said looks boring and she usually likes Melissa McCarthy movies.

    There is still a hope for this movie, maybe Hollywood will learn that audiences are getting tired of retreads.

    I saw X-Men:Apocalypse yesterday and it wasn’t bad, but I found it interesting that before the movie and after the movie there were clips about how many people were employed to make the movie. I think Hollywood is scared about people not going out to the movies anymore. I would much rather read or watch something on Netlfix such as Bloodlines or Daredevil.

    1. “I saw X-Men: Apocalypse yesterday and it wasn’t bad, but I found it interesting that before the movie and after the movie there were clips about how many people were employed to make the movie. I think Hollywood is scared about people not going out to the movies anymore.”

      I saw that announcement as well and thought, “Who is the target audience for this thing?” How many people would find it their duty to see movies because studios employ people? It doesn’t even make any sense. I see a movie because it looks interesting. I would never say, “Well, I’m not sure what to make of the trailer, but I owe it to the sound guys to cough up ten bucks.” Huh?

      If the goal is to get people not to pirate movies, then here is a newsflash for the studios: People inclined to steal are not going to be receptive to kindly worded pitches. They just aren’t.

  4. You want comedy that makes you laugh, performed by top comedic performers, set in a creative and interesting plot? You woman-hater!

  5. Personally, I’m much more forgiving with movies. I don’t watch critically to find flaws like so many amateur critics like to do. I’m the type of person who judges a movie on whether I enjoyed the experience or not. I’m not going to say this movie looks bad because in all honesty (as a long time fan of MST3k) I often like bad movies just as much as good ones.

    So if I had no other input on his movie other than the trailers, I would have probably checked it out anyway. But the problem is that since the initial announcement of this movie, the message has been, “If you’re not within, you’re against us,” and I don’t react well to coercion.

    Take for example, the James Rolfe fiasco: a relatively famous vlogger better known as the character “The Angry Videogame Nerd” goes out of character to calmly explain to his subscribers that he wont review the movie on his channel because he has a number of issues with the movie that he outlines; none of which are related to gender. The result of this innocuous statement is an absolute storm of outrage from every left leaning blogger and mouthpiece you can find. They dragged his name through the mud, accusing him of misogyny, mocking him, his wife, and even his kids, who have never made an appearance on his videos. People coming to his defense were accused of sexism too. The studio, as seen with Ackroid’s candid dropping of the character genders in a Facebook post and their silence on the lunacy that has erupted in the aftermath of this whole fiasco, suggests that they endorse it.

    So now I, as a lover of all cinema bad and good, have been labeled with one of the most offensive accusations possible by proxy simply because I think nobody should feel obligated to praise something out of fear that their reputation is at stake. That doesn’t fly with me. My eyes will never watch another second of this movie out of spite of the despicable stunts this movie studio and the internet bullies they endorse have pulled. They made their bed, so they can sleep in it.

    1. I just read about the attacks on James Rolfe. It’s pretty disgusting. All he said was that it he didn’t want to see it and didn’t think it looked good, which was a reasonable response. But of course the SJWs in the media had to savage him and make it personal. Even Hollywood clowns like Patton Oswalt and Dane Cook got in on the action. It was pathetic.

    2. “I just read about the attacks on James Rolfe. It’s pretty disgusting. All he said was that it he didn’t want to see it and didn’t think it looked good, which was a reasonable response.”

      He basically just said, “You know, this doesn’t look like my cup of tea. I’m going to sit this one out,” which is what people do all the time with movies. I also found the reaction to video strange. He wasn’t screaming. He didn’t use incendiary language. He just said he didn’t want to see it. We’re living in strange times…

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