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Apparently, when Dan Aykroyd says he wants to make a sequel to "Ghostbusters," he really means it. The project, which has languished it development hell for years, has hired a new writer, as a rumor indicated last week.

According to Variety, producers have brought on Etan Cohen, who most recently penned the script for "Men in Black 3," to rewrite the script originally by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg.

The project thus far has been a series of back and forths, largely between Aykroyd and the highly sought-after Bill Murray.

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Ghostbusters

By Meg Malone

Who ya gonna call when "Ghostbusters III" is stuck in development? The callback here is apparently "New writers!"

Dan Aykroyd was quoted by WIVB about the new development while at a promotional event for his Crystal Head Vodka.

"We've got a new writing staff working on it now," Aykroyd said. "It's got to be prefect. That's the whole thing. There's no point in doing it unless it's perfect. So that's what we're up to now."

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After more than a year of rumors and rumblings from Bill Murray about "Ghostbusters 3," it's finally official: the actor will not be starring in a new installment of the supernatural comedy classic. Co-star — and co-writer on the first two films — Dan Aykroyd kept us hopeful and on the hook for what felt like ages, but Dr. Raymond Stantz has finally admitted that Murray will not make the movie.

While in London to promote his vodka brand Crystal Head, Aykroyd told The Telegraph that although there's interest from the studio to pursue part three, "it’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie." He went on to say that the project at this point is in "suspended animation," and cited Murray's preference for a quiet life of family and golf as part of the reason for not committing.

Rumors surrounding the project have varied from the bizarre — with chatter about Murray shredding the new script and mailing it back to co-star and co-writer Harold Ramis — to the unlikely. For a spell there was talk about a female version of "Ghostbusters," with "Dollhouse's" Eliza Dushku and Alyssa Milano donning the power packs. There was even a rumor about Murray returning to the franchise as a ghost. "We’re not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise," Aykroyd confirmed. This is exactly why we hope he pours one out for part three and gracefully lets it go.

Let us know if you agree that a new "Ghostbusters" shouldn't proceed without Murray (or possibly at all). Then, head past the break for a look at more of this week's horror news.

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Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen could be doing double duty as both producer and star of a film again, according to a new report. Meanwhile, Bret Easton Ellis stirs up some casting rumors on his Twitter account, and Christina Hendricks picks a new role that will return her to the '60s.

It's December 27, and you're tuning into today's Casting Call!

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Ghostbusters"Ghostbusters 3" is going to begin filming next year. Sony and leading man Bill Murray just don't know it yet.

Outspoken "Ghostbusters" star Dan Aykroyd is swirling the rumor mill again, this time on "The Dennis Miller Show." He told Miller that the plan is to get the movie in front of the camera within the next year despite the fact that Sony still hasn't added it to their line-up and Murray hasn't read the flick's "excellent script" yet. That was the final component that director Ivan Reitman said the movie was missing back in March.

As it turns out, Aykroyd not only isn't being put down by Murray's lack of an involvement, he's implying that the movie could move forward without him.

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Anna Faris"Ghostbusters 3" might not have a finished script, a green light or a director, but it certainly is gathering quite the cast.

Indiewire reports that in an interview with Chicago radio station WGN, scribe and original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd confirmed some of the casting rumors that have been swirling around for the past few months. According to Aykroyd, "SNL" funnyman Bill Hader is a "strong possibility" to star in the film, and Aykroyd is also banking on the participation of Anna Faris and Eliza Dushku.

Those three are added to the list of the previously on-board Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver. Aykroyd didn't mention whether Will Forte or original cast members Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson, who were all rumored to have cameos, might be in for the film... but we wouldn't rule them out just yet. If anything's clear, it's that Aykroyd knows who he's gonna call when he needs some onscreen backup. Read More...

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Eliza DushkuYes, "Ghostbusters 3" is actually happening, with original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd reportedly close to finishing the script. The details of the plot are pretty sparse, but last year Aykroyd name dropped Eliza Dushku as a star he'd like to see in the film.

When I had the opportunity to chat with Dushku while she was promoting the release of "Dollhouse" season two on DVD and Blu-Ray, she said that she hadn't been approached to join the film, but she would definitely be interested. "It would be an honor to be alongside Sigourney [Weaver]," she said with a laugh. Read More...

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The first trailer for "Yogi Bear" is officially online. My world isn't shaken by what we're seeing here, but I'm not 8 years old. I'm sure it's going to be a saccharine good time. Stars Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake do a great job with the voices of Yogi and Boo-Boo, respectively; a crucial component in making a Yogi Bear movie work. The live action cast is solid too, highlighted by Anna Faris and Tom Cavanagh. It just feels like this was made more with an eye towards bringing in a whole new Yogi audience; that's fine and not entirely unexpected... but what about all of those older fans?

As long as it's not "Garfield"...

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"Yogi Bear" is one of the more defensible planned adaptations, a 3-D CG/live-action mix based on the classic '60s cartoon series. I only vaguely remember seeing -- and loving -- the original on TV growing up in the '80s, and I imagine that subsequent generations have little, if any, experience with it.

The basic plot of the original series follows two bears, Yogi and Boo-Boo (played in the movie by Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake, respectively), who are constantly trying to swipe picnic baskets from visitors to the fictional Jellystone Park. Always there to thwart them is Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh in the movie). Speaking to "Yogi" helmer Eric Brevig in an exclusive interview, MTV's Eric Ditzian asked why it was deemed important to shoot the movie in 3-D. Read More...

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"Saturday Night Live" has a history of lampooning presidents that extends as far back as the sketch comedy show's beginnings. And just like any gathering of still-living real-life U.S. presidents causes a stir, so too does this new Funny Or Die video. Fred Armisen, as Barack Obama, worries over the stresses of leading the United States one evening before bed in the White House. So some of his pals show up with friendly advice: George W. Bush (Will Ferrell), Bill Clinton (Darrell Hammond), George Bush Sr. (Dana Carvey), Ronald Reagan (Jim Carrey), Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) and Gerald Ford (Chevy Chase). The whole thing was directed by Ron Howard.

One caveat: the video isn't actually all that funny. It's no doubt a thrill to see this crew assembled in one space, but it's too bad they forgot to bring the comedy along with them.

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