Will Ghostbusters Spark the Age of All-Female Remakes?

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And should it?

Ever since Ghostbusters II hit theaters in 1989, a third film in the wildly successful franchise has been in the works at Sony. As recently as 2014, the studio was planning on making a film that united the franchise’s original stars with a younger team of men who also bust ghosts. But after the untimely death of Harold Ramis, who starred in the original and was writing the script for part three, the studio began to reevaluate their plans. Then, in August of 2014, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Sony was eyeing Paul Feig to direct a new kind of Ghostbusters—one that would focus on an all-female crew of paranormal crusaders.   

It’s been nearly two years since that story broke, and Sony’s eagerly anticipated reboot is about to hit theaters with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones rocking those tan jumpsuits and proton packs. For Sony, the move made a lot of sense. Not only was it a way of justifying a reboot by putting a fresh spin on the original which featured four men in the lead roles, but it also meant that the studio could capitalize on the wave of girl power that’s been sweeping through Hollywood. Thanks to some long-overdue conversations about gender equality in the movie industry—and one very powerfully worded essay by Jennifer Lawrence—the idea that women are just as viable and valuable as movie stars as their male counterparts has begun to take hold in a big way.

Feig himself has had a lot to do with this. Beginning with Bridesmaids, which also made Wiig and McCarthy movie stars, the female-friendly director has had success taking traditionally male-centric genres like the buddy cop movie (The Heat) and the spy caper (Spy) and reimagining them with female leads. Sony's decision to remake Ghostbusters with women, then, felt like a no-brainer and all-around win for everyone involved, especially audiences.

But the film's promotional march hit a shocking (and, sadly, not that shocking) snag when a sinister backlash bubbled over once the movie’s first trailer hit the web. Eventually, that first, rather innocuous trailer became the most “disliked” trailer in YouTube history. On the surface, the outcry went something like this: How dare you remake a beloved classic?! Hollywood (which reboots just about everything these days) has finally gone too far! But the subtext of that vitriol went a little something like this: How dare you remake a classic movie and replace all the original dudes with chicks? Are you fucking insane? Many think pieces were written about the misogyny facing the new Ghostbusters, and while the cast mostly ignored it, Feig was forced to defend his film on several occasions.

Sony chief Tom Rothman didn't care that his movie's all-female cast was pissing people off. He was basking in the free publicity. "It’s the greatest thing that ever happened," he told The Hollywood Reporter about the controversy. "Are you kidding me? We’re in the national debate, thank you. Can we please get some more haters to say stupid things?" One week ahead of its release, and Ghostbusters is tracking to make between $40 and $50 million on its opening weekend, a good-but-not-great number, considering the film cost $154 million dollars to make and market. But if the reviews are glowing and word of mouth strong, then Ghostbusters could become one of the bigger hits in a summer that's been bereft of them. 

Amazingly, risk-averse Hollywood hasn't bothered waiting for the Ghostbusters' box-office returns to greenlight another all-female reboot. Last October, news broke that Sandra Bullock would headline a new Ocean's Eleven movie in the George Clooney role from the original. Listed on IMDb as Ocean's Ocho, the movie is also rumored to star Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Banks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mindy Kaling (Jennifer Lawrence's name has also been mentioned). Does this mean that female-driven remakes of classic movies are officially a trend in Hollywood? Not yet. For that to happen, Ghostbusters needs to a box office smash. But already, websites have been publishing their own versions of "All-Female Remakes That Need to Happen," and studios are probably taking notice.

Is this a good thing? On the one hand, it's hard to root for a movie industry that recycles old material instead of coming up with fresh and original ideas. But if they're going to keep doing it (and they are), then at least they're switching it up by gender-swapping the leads and, in turn, giving actresses more to do than play the love interest. But we also don't want to live in a world where we even need to draw attention to the cast's gender. We don't refer to the upcoming Magnificent Seven remake as the "all-male Magnificent Seven remake." Besides, calling it the all-female Ghostbusters is not only inaccurate but also a huge disservice to Chris Hemsworth.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.