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Ernie Hudson Opens Up About Heartbreaking Ghostbusters Snub

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ghostbusters600Over the years Ernie Hudson has almost become known as “the other Ghostbuster.” Playing Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Hudson is no doubt an integral part of the franchise’s legacy, but there’s no denying that he didn’t quite get the chance to shine the way the other actors did.

In a heartbreaking essay he penned over on Entertainment Weekly, Hudson bared all and opened up about his feelings on the snub this week, revealing that he still to this day wonders what could have been.

What you might not know is that Zeddemore was originally going to be a much more important character in Ghostbusters, though a last-minute script change reduced him to a bit player.

When I originally got the script, the character of Winston was amazing, and I thought it would be career-changing,” wrote Hudson. “The character came in right at the very beginning of the movie and had an elaborate background: He was an Air Force major something, a demolitions guy. It was great.”

The night before filming begins, however, I get this new script, and it was shocking. The character was gone. Instead of coming in at the very beginning of the movie, like page 8, the character came in on page 68 after the Ghostbusters were established. His elaborate background was all gone, replaced by me walking in and saying, ‘If there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.’ So that was pretty devastating.”

Though Hudson says he pleaded with Ivan Reitman to have more of a part in the movie, the director insisted there was nothing he could do about it. The decision to axe the character was already made, and there was no going back to that original script  Hudson fell in love with.

30 years later, I look back at the movie, and it works very well the way it is,” Hudson admits. “I think the character works with what he has to work with. But I’ve always felt like, ‘Man, if I could’ve played that original character…‘”

While Hudson says he’s incredibly thankful for the role, it’s that painful “what if?” that has haunted him over the years. He can’t help but feel that his career would’ve been far different had he been given the chance to play the Zeddemore that was originally written, and there’s no denying that he’s probably right about that.

I’m still hoping that I’m going to get that one great role that I thought I had in the original Ghostbusters,” Hudson wrote at the end of the piece.30 years later, I’m still looking.”

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2

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Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

Ever wonder which of us knows more lyrics to Ice, Ice, Baby? Well, Patreon found out, but perhaps there’s more singing in the actual episode. Download to find out!

Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection

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It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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Kevin Bacon Lets Us Know the Tremors Reboot Pilot Has Wrapped Filming

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Two weeks ago we let you guys know that Tremors mainstay Michael Gross, aka Burt Gummer, was, unfortunately, not asked to be a part of the upcoming Syfy reboot series starring Kevin Bacon.

While that news upsets us a bit, being that the series has only filmed its pilot episode, we feel that there is still a big chance we could see Burt return to kick some more Graboids in the tentacle-thingies with elephant guns.

Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the “Tremors Syfy pilot, recently star Kevin Bacon took to Instagram to let us all know that filming has wrapped!

You can check out The Bacon’s post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are for Syfy’s “Tremors” series in the comments below!

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

“Tremors” the TV series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about the series!

So long to NM. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots #Tremors

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