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You’ll Always Be _____ To Me • Remakers Mark Special Episode 7

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In our seventh special episode, we discuss a counterpoint to our previous discussion of actors and actresses who can do anything, titled ‘You’ll Always Be _____ To Me’. Here we’re talking about those folks who had one role that, no

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Supergirl – Part 1: Groundskeeper Ripped and 80’s Handsome

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Supergirl IMDB Theatrical Trailer Rent: Amazon • iTunes • Netflix Disc Buy: DVD • iTunes Here is part one of our discussion around the much maligned Supergirl – our first superhero flick, and the first movie that we weren’t really a fan of

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Akira – Part 2: Giant Meat Baby

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Akira: IMDB Theatrical Trailer Rent: Amazon • Netflix Disc Buy: DVD • BluRay In part two of our discussion of 1988′s anime classic Akira, we talk about what we liked about the original, and what we’d change in a remake. Specifically, what

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Expanding Cinematic Horizons • Remakers Mark Special Episode 6

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In this, our sixth special episode of Remakers Mark, we discuss movies that have expanded our cinematic horizons, and that we think would do the same for other viewers. Each of us picked a topic or genre: Mark: ‘Turning Japanese:

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Akira – Part 1: Creating Small Gray-ish Benny Hills

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Akira IMDB Theatrical Trailer Rent: Amazon • Netflix Disc Buy: DVD • BluRay In episode 23 of Remakers Mark we tackle our first animated movie, 1988′s anime classic Akira. Unlike the original, which was a Japanese language anime movie, we are remaking

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Three Amigos – Part 2: Live and Die by the Schtick

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Three Amigos Rent: Amazon • iTunes • Netflix Disc Buy: DVD • BluRay • iTunes IMDB Theatrical Trailer In part two of our discussion of ¡Three Amigos!, which features our greatest intro EVER, we start off with some really excellent suggestions from fans about

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Three Amigos – Part 1: Mixing Naivety and Pomposity

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In episode 22, we take on remaking a movie that Andy deemed unremakeable, assuming that’s an actual word – ¡Three Amigos!. Here in part one we recast three major roles originally filled by three comedy legends, as well as five

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The Searchers – Part 2: Sharpening of Reality

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In part two of our discussion of the Western classic The Searchers, we discuss listener feedback regarding how challenging it is to recast an iconic role and actor like John Wayne, as well as suggestions for how that might be

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The Searchers – Part 1: Surrogate Brother Cousin

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In part one of our discussion of the classic Western film ‘The Searchers’, we tackle recasting three major roles and five minor roles. Along the way we give props to Jason Momoa for his impeccable guy-lining skills, discuss the difficulty

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Inception – Part 2: Restoring the Wonder

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In part two of our first ‘Bizarro Remakers Mark’, we take a modern movie (2010′s Inception) and talk about how it would be remade in the olden eras of: Mark: 1920′s Lee: 1950′s Andy: Early 1970′s Jer: 1979-82 Kyle: 1990-93

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Inception – Part 1: Horror In Dreams

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In this very special episode of Remakers Mark, we play with our own space-time continuum, for a ‘Bizarro Remakers Mark’ discussion of 2010′s Inception. Unlike normal episodes of RM, where we discuss old movies if recast and remade today, in

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When Harry Met Sally – Part 2: Perfectly Timeless (Fashion Aside)

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In part two of our discussion of When Harry Met Sally, we gush about how great the movie is, and give it credit for inspiring (for good and bad) nearly every romantic comedy since then. Along the way we discuss

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When Harry Met Sally – Part 1: Best Bubbly Balance

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In part one of our discussion of what has proven to be the foundation for the modern romantic comedy, ‘When Harry Met Sally…’, we talk about how we should recast four major roles, and one minor role. Along the way

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Taxi Driver – Part 2: The Saxophone Self

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In Part Two of our discussion of Taxi Driver, we start out by sharing lots of great casting suggestions from friends and fans of the show, including a couple that had us second guessing our choices. Then we reveal which

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Taxi Driver – Part 1: Identifiable and Root-for-able

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In this episode of Remakers Mark, we discuss Martin Scorsese’s meditative tale of dirty New York and antihero Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver. In part one, we recast the movie, including a discussion of who we would have direct the remake

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Vacation – Part 2: TV Edits and Mix Tapes

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In part two of our discussion of Vacation we start by going over some really excellent audience feedback from both Twitter and Facebook, and reveal who the big winners were from our recasting in Part One. Andy goes into umbrage

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Vacation – Part 1: Doing Stupid Things With Gusto

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In part one of our discussion of the family road trip comedy classic National Lampoon’s Vacation, we first talk about some of the favorite vacations that we’ve had. Then, we reveal how we would recast four major characters, and five

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In Memoriam 2013 • Remaker’s Mark Special Episode 5

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In this, our fifth Special Episode, we talk about people who we lost from the world of Hollywood in 2013. We discuss why they were beloved by us and others, and what we recommend people seek out to know more

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The Sting – Part 2: The Epitome of the Heist

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In part two of our discussion of the 1973 caper classic The Sting, we first reveal who our recasting winners were, as well as some great casting suggestions from friends and listeners. We then talk about the powerhouse duo of

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The Sting – Part 1: The Shadiest Merry Go ‘Round in Chicago

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In part one of our discussion of the 1973 caper classic The Sting, we take on the far-from-easy task of recasting major and minor roles alike, including replacing Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Along the way we reveal our 30′s-era

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The Bridge on the River Kwai – Part 2: A Monument For British Huff-n-Puffery

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In part two of our discussion of ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai‘, we first reveal who we picked as the best recasting choices, as well as listed feedback received from Facebook and Twitter. Then we tackle a wide range

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The Bridge on the River Kwai – Part 1: Weakness of Spine, Strength of Character

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In part one of our discussion of the classic war film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, we tackle recasting major and minor roles alike, and along the way, talk about our favorite racist beers, mutton chops, pragmatism vs. going

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Rear Window – Part 2: Frankenstein or Thorwarld?

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In part two of our discussion of ‘Rear Window’, which might be the best candidate yet for a modern remake, we talk about how many of us found the suspense in the original a bit lacking, and how we could

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Rear Window – Part 1: The Grace Kelly Float

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In this first part of our discussion of Alfred Hitchcock’s beloved voyeuristic thriller Rear Window, we tackle who we would re-cast in the five major roles, were it re-made today. Along the way we contemplate the wily-ness of the Lars

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So I Married An Axe Murder – Part 2: I LOVE Existential Doom!

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In part two of our discussion of So I Married An Axe Murderer, we reveal who were the big winners amongst our recasting choices, as well as what movie we’ll be discussing next, discuss some great feedback received via Twitter

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So I Married An Axe Murder – Part 1: From Romantic Tension To Axe Tension

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In Part One of our discussion of the comedy/horror hybrid So I Married An Axe Murderer we reveal who we each picked to recast major and minor roles. Along the way, Kyle makes fun of Andy’s pick for Rose (surprise,

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I Can Do Anything Good • Remaker’s Mark Special Episode 4

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In our fourth Special Episode of Remaker’s Mark, we discuss some of our most favorite hugely versatile actors and actresses. Not just character actors, but, rather, actors who can, and do, seemingly tackle any type of role with aplomb. We

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The Shining – Part 2: A Malevolent Force

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In Part Two of our discussion of the 1980 horror classic The Shining, we reveal who our casting winners were, as well as what our next movie would be, then spend some time on some great casting feedback given by

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The Shining – Part 1: More ‘Madness’ Than ‘Crazy’

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In Part One of our discussion of the 1980 horror classic The Shining, we reveal who we cast for the four major characters, as well as who we would choose to direct the remake. Along the way we contemplate the

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Back to the Future – Part 2: Time Travel Correctedness Gauge

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In Part Two of our discussion of Back to the Future, we first reveal who we chose for our recasting picks, as well as share some fantastic audience picks for the roles. We then go on to contemplate how the

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Back to the Future – Part 1: Doc Brown Purgatory

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Here is part one of our discussion of one of the most beloved science fiction comedies of all time, Back to the Future. Here we tackle recasting five major characters, and three minor characters, and have a lot of fun

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Spies Like Us – Part 2: This Must Stay Ridiculous

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In Part Two of our discussion of Spies Like Us, we reveal who we chose for recasting the two major characters, as well as our two favorite minor character recasting choices, talk about the merits of the ‘comedy star +

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Spies Like Us – Part 1: We Miss the Cold War

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In part one of our discussion of the Cold War comedy classic Spies Like Us, we take on the daunting task of recasting Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd’s roles, as well as a veritable plethora of minor characters. Also, we

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Amadeus – Part 2: A Voltron Of Bad Ideas

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In Part Two of our discussion of 1984′s award winning musical biopic Amadeus, we reveal who’s recasting picks we chose for both Salieri and Mozart, continue to show our appreciation for how music was discussed in the original, and how

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Amadeus – Part 1: Tom Hulce Believes in Me!

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In this episode of Remaker’s Mark we take a look at the Oscar winning 1984 biopic Amadeus. Here in part 1 we tackle remaking the major roles (Amadeus and Salieri), as well as several minor roles. Kyle might have gone

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Casting is Everything • Remaker’s Mark Special Episode 3

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It’s been said that good casting is 90% of directing, and we here at Remaker’s Mark couldn’t agree more. In this, our third Special Episode, we focus on our favorite casting choices of all time. Those roles that we couldn’t

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My Fair Lady – Part 2: Redeeming Henry Higgins

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In Part 2 of our discussion of My Fair Lady we reveal who we chose to recast the major and minor roles. Kyle discusses his love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with musicals, and we ponder whether the remake should also be

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My Fair Lady – Part 1: Almost None Moustache

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In this first part of our discussion of the multiple Oscar winning 1964 musical ‘My Fair Lady’, we recast the three major roles, as well as five minor roles, and manage to alienate several populations (musical fans, Hungarians, and dancers)

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U Can’t Touch This – Remaker’s Mark Special Episode 2

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You might think that, given the nature of Remaker’s Mark, we’re game for remaking any and every movie out there. But you’d be wrong! In fact, there are some movies that we consider ‘Untouchables’. Not the actual movie Untouchables, but

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The Breakfast Club – Part 2: Clique Refresh

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In Part 2 of our discussion of The Breakfast Club, we reveal our final casting choices, talk about how the stereotypes and cliques could be refreshed for today’s world, ponder ‘Punishment by Jefferson Starship’, and what detention and/or in school

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The Breakfast Club – Part 1: Five Knuckle Sandwich

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Here at Remaker’s Mark, if you mess with the bull, you get the horns. In this case, ‘horns’ refers to a delightful and entertaining discussion of the coming of age classic The Breakfast Club. In Part 1 of our discussion,

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Star Wars – Part 2: Jerry Lewis Force Powers

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Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope):Rent: Netflix DiscBuy: DVD • BluRay In Part Two of our discussion of Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope), we dive into some listener feedback, reveal our casting choices for Obi Wan, Leia,

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When You Wish Upon a Star Wars – Remakers Mark Special Episode 1

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Welcome to the very first Special Episode of Remakers Mark! The whole geek community, including all of us here at Remakers Mark, were flabbergasted by the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm, and announcement that a ‘Sequel Trilogy‘ of Episodes VII, VIII,

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Star Wars – Part 1: Everybody Gets A Wookiee!

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Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope)::Rent: Netflix DiscBuy: DVD • BluRay A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…or in this case, about 35 years ago, in Hollywood, a legendary science fiction film was released that would

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Clue – Part 2: Choose Your Own Murder Mystery Adventure

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Clue:Rent: iTunes • Amazon Instant • Netflix StreamingBuy: iTunes • DVD • BluRay In Part 2 of our discussion of Clue, we reveal who we chose to recast our minor characters, wonder at length why movies based on games have

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Clue – Part 1: The Wadsworth and White Appreciation Society

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Clue:Rent: iTunes • Amazon Instant • Netflix StreamingBuy: iTunes • DVD • BluRay For the second episode in a row we tackle an ensemble-heavy movie, only this time, it’s with even more characters, and even more dialogue, in our discussion of

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The Usual Suspects Part 2 – Keyser Soze as Dread Pirate Roberts

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The Usual Suspects:Rent: Amazon Instant • Netflix DiscBuy: iTunes • DVD • BluRay In Part 2 of our discussion of The Usual Suspects, we wonder how exactly one makes a twist ending for a remake, talk about alternative filming and editorial

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The Usual Suspects – Remakers Mark E4 Part 1

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The Usual Suspects:Rent: Amazon Instant • Netflix DiscBuy: iTunes • DVD • BluRay While the term ‘Modern Classic’ might seem to be a bit of an oxymoron, it is definitely a fitting title for our 4th movie, The Usual Suspects. Take

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Some Like It Hot – Remakers Mark Episode 3 Part 2

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Some Like It Hot:Rent: Amazon Instant • Netflix DiscBuy: DVD • BluRay In the 2nd part of our discussion of Some Like It Hot, we reveal who we chose to recast the major characters, wonder if the film could be

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Some Like It Hot – Remakers Mark Episode 3 Part 1

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Some Like It Hot:Rent: Amazon Instant • Netflix DiscBuy: DVD • BluRay Who on earth would be crazy enough to try and recast Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe in one fell swoop? Why, we would, of course! In

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Remakers Mark E2 – Part 2: Top Gun

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Top Gun:Rent: iTunes • Amazon Instant • Netflix StreamingBuy: iTunes • DVD • BluRay Soundtrack: iTunes • Amazon In the 2nd part of our discussion of Top Gun, we reveal who we chose to recast the major characters, push for throwing

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Remakers Mark E2 – Part 1: Top Gun

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Top Gun:Rent: iTunes • Amazon Instant • Netflix StreamingBuy: iTunes • DVD • BluRay Soundtrack: iTunes • Amazon In our second episode we fire up our engines and listen to them howl and roar while discussing Top Gun. This was an

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Remakers Mark Episode 1 Part 2: Ghostbusters

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Ghostbusters:Rent: Netflix DiscBuy: iTunes • DVD • BluRay In the 2nd part of our discussion of Ghostbusters, we tackle how we would remake the movie from a filmmaking and technology standpoint, whether its still okay to destroy NYC, and talk about

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Remakers Mark Episode 1 Part 1: Ghostbusters

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Ghostbusters:Rent: Netflix DiscBuy: iTunes • DVD • BluRay In our very first episode, we are discussing the 1984 supernatural comedy classic, Ghostbusters. Here, in Part 1 of our discussion, we toss around our ideas for how we would recast both major

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