The New GHOSTBUSTERS Movie: A Mom’s Review #Ghostbloggers #Ghostbusters

The Ghostbusters Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Patty (Leslie Jones) in Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS.

The Ghostbusters Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Patty (Leslie Jones) in Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS.

Just last week Sony flew me to LA for a special Ghostbusters press junket. They scheduled three days full of Ghostbusters amazingness for us, including an amazing press junket with Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig, Katie Dippold and Kate McKinnon and a fabulous Ghost Corps tour!

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Ghostbuster's Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) in Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS.

Ghostbuster’s Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) in Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS.

I was so lucky to attend an early screening of the new Ghostbusters movie while out in LA.  We arrived to the theater and all of the employees there were dressed in jumpsuits which helped set the mood.  I grabbed my popcorn, put on my 3D glasses, and then… spent nearly two hours jumping out of my seat and laughing!

Let me clear things up right off the bat – the new Ghostbusters is is NOT a remake of the original.  It does have similar plot of four Ghostbusters catching ghosts and saving the city, but that is about where the similarities end.

Erin (Kristen Wiig) comes to talk to Abby (Melissa McCarthy) and Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) at the Paranormal Studies Lab at the Higgin's Institute in Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS.

Erin (Kristen Wiig) comes to talk to Abby (Melissa McCarthy) and Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) at the Paranormal Studies Lab at the Higgin’s Institute in Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS.

The cast of the movie has incredible on screen chemistry.  I laughed so hard during this entire movie!  You can’t go wrong when you combine Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in a movie in my opinion.  Chris Hemsworth is hilarious in this movie too!

Ghosts in Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS.

Ghosts in Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS.

The ghosts are a little scary (especially if you’re watching in 3D) so I wouldn’t bring young children who are easily scared, but just use your judgement.  Aside from the ghosts, it really is a pretty family friendly film.

Slimer in Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS.

Slimer in Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS.

By the way, if you’re a fan of the original Ghostbusters movie, keep your eyes peeled for some cameos from some familiar faces.

I have two pieces of advice going into Ghostbusters‘ opening night tonight:

  1. GO SEE THE MOVIE.  Seriously, don’t be skeptical and just go give it a try. Get tickets here 🙂
  2. Stay all the way through until the very last name on the credits has rolled. If you don’t, you’ll miss out on some pretty funny bonus footage!

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Ghostbusters Poster

Ghostbusters is in theaters everywhere on Friday, July 15th. See theater showtimes and get your tickets now!

A Hilarious Interview with the Cast of Ghostbusters #Ghostbloggers #Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters Press Conference

Just last week Sony flew me to LA for a special Ghostbusters press junket. They scheduled three days full of Ghostbusters amazingness for us, and I’m excited to share all the details with all of you!

Ghostbusters is in theaters everywhere on July 15th. Get your tickets now

Ghostbusters Press Conference

What happens when you get Ivan Reitman, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig, and Katie Dippold together in a room?  You get some awesome insider info on the new Ghostbusters movie and a press conference that feels more like a live comedy show.

I can’t even find a way to truly express how much fun these interviews were!

Ghostbusters Press Conference

Paul Feig, the director of Ghostbusters, assembled a “comedy dream team” for this movie and the cast was more than eager to be a part of it.

“This is a pretty good deal,” Melissa McCarthy recalls thinking when approached with the film.  Kate McKinnon described the experience as “A carnival ride, or a hoedown or any number of fun things. The funnest thing you could imagine,” while Leslie Jones said it felt like “summer camp” on set.

Ghostbusters Press Conference

Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig (who wasn’t at the press conference due to illness) have worked together before, but debated on hazing the “newbies”.

McCarthy thought about increasing the weight of Leslie Jones’ proton pack incrementally over the shoot but ultimately decided not to.

Ghostbusters Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon’s character has to pronounce a lot of really tough science words in the film, but it wasn’t a challenge at all for the star who genuinely enjoys science in real life.  “Physics is fun,” said McKinnon, who also brought a soldering kit to set because she “got bored on the weekend” and wanted to brush up on her skills.

Ghostbusters Leslie Jones

If they were able to turn into ghosts and haunt someone, Paul Feig said that he would haunt all of the trolls on the Internet, which got a huge round of applause and laughter from the cast and the audience.

Speaking of trolls, the cast encourages everyone, especially those who are skeptical of the new Ghostbusters, to “Just go see the movie.”  Leslie Jones said just to buy yourself some Twizzlers so at least you can enjoy those if you really don’t like the movie – but I think you’ll be surprised.

When asked how they would embrace the ghost forms of themselves, Kate McKinnon joked that she would use her ghost-abilities to audit adult education classes, while Leslie Jones would haunt handsome male celebrities.  Melissa McCarthy would turn herself into a ghost tabby cat and live with McKinnon who reportedly really spoils her cats.

Ghostbusters Chris Hemsworth Questions

Although he wasn’t there, Chris Hemsworth even got in on the press junket action.  He sent in a few hilarious questions during the interview.

By the way, if you’re a Chris Hemsworth fan, stick around to the very end of the movie.  Stay for the credits. You’ll see a side of Chris that you’ve never seen before and it will totally be worth it!

Ghostbusters Melissa McCarthy

A ton of laughs were shared during this press conference, but some important topics were discussed, too. Like the fact that the female Ghostbusters are awesome role models.

“Every time we put something out in the world where I think my daughters can see themselves and they won’t even have the realization of, Why wouldn’t it be me? Why wouldn’t I be the ghostbuster? I think that’s such an incredibly important thing.” said McCarthy.

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

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Ghostbusters opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, July 15th. See theater showtimes and get your tickets now!

Introducing Ghostbusters to the New Generation + A Ghost Corps Tour!

Ghost Corps tour with Ivan Reitman Ghostbusters

Just last week Sony flew me to LA for a special Ghostbusters press junket. They packed some really fantastic items into the three days I was there, and I’m excited to share all the details with all of you!

Ghostbusters is in theaters everywhere on July 15th. Get your tickets now

While I was in LA, I got to do several really fun Ghostbusters related activities. I screened the movie, interviewed the cast, and toured Ghost Corps on the Sony Lot!  Ghost Corps is a production company founded by Ivan Reitman (producer of Ghostbusters) and Ivan himself showed us around!

Ghost Corps Tour Hook and Ladder 8

Although the Ghost Corps offices are pretty new, there was a great feeling of nostalgia there.  The exterior is decorated like the famous Hook and Ladder Company #8, which is where the characters in the original Ghostbusters worked.

Ghost Corps Tour Original Etco 1

The original Ecto-1 was sitting right outside, so we couldn’t walk by without stopping for a photograph with it.

Ghost Corps tour Ghostbusters Ecto 1

The Ghost Corps office is filled with memorabilia from the original Ghostbusters films and the brand new Ghostbusters!  There are glass cases filled with toys, including some of the new toys available for the new movie.

Ghost Corps Tour Display Case

I wanted so many of the items in that case for myself, and I wound up purchasing a few Ghostbusters souvenirs before leaving the lot.

Ghost Corps Tour Front Desk

At Ghost Corps front desk there is a buzzer created by a Ghostbusters fan plus a bowl full of Key Lime Slime Twinkies.

Ivan and the staff at Ghost Corps really enjoy seeing how passionate fans are about the franchise.  He told us that there are 300-500 Ghostbuster Groups worldwide, most of which are charity based.

Ghost Corps Tour Terror Dog

Do you remember this guy?  I couldn’t resist taking a selfie with one of the Terror Dogs from the movie.  Super scary!

Ghost Corps tour with Ivan Reitman

While we had lots of questions for Ivan, he wanted some feedback from us on the movie.  He mentioned that although some kids might be afraid of ghosts, the fact that the Ghostbusters can trap the ghosts and be in control makes them a little less fearful.

Ghost Corps Tour Walking Tour of Sony Lot

We also got to take a really fun and informational walking tour of the Sony Lot while we were there.  It was amazing to see some of the historic buildings and learn what they were formerly used for and what they are currently used for.

We walked onto the Barbara Streisand Scoring Stage, walked through the actual set of The Goldbergs (no photos allowed), sat in the audience seats on the Wheel of Fortune stage, saw Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison offices, scoped out celebrity parking spots and more!

Ghost Corps Tour Ghostbusters Lunch at Sony Lot

The day at Sony wrapped with a delicious lunch at the Sony Commissary with our own reserved #Ghostbloggers table.  Our place settings included a glow-in-the-dark Ghostbusters shirt, a box of Ecto Cooler, and my very own Ghostbusters pin!

Ghostbusters Poster

Follow along with our coverage of the new Ghostbusters movie by searching for the hashtags #Ghostbloggers and #Ghostbusters on social media!

Ghostbusters opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, July 15th. See theater showtimes and get your tickets now!