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Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig joined "Ghostbusters" superfans Al Roker and Matt Lauer along with director Paul Feig on Rockefeller Plaza Tuesday in advance of the new reboot opening in theaters on Friday. No, not quite, the Bill Murray cameo is especially lackluster, and a running gag involving Chinese soup orders doesn't get any funnier the longer it goes on. Played by Kate McKinnon, known for her Hillary Clinton impressions on "Saturday Night Live", the mad engineer gleefully creates all the insane anti-ghost devices for the team.

A ghost-possession-fueled fight between Jones, McCarthy and McKinnon showcases the physical comedic talents of the actresses who aren't afraid to take a punch for the greater good. Indeed, there were some negative scores, but in the same summer as many lackluster sequels and reboots - just look at the horrific Independence Day sequel or The Legend of Tarzan - Ghostbusters certainly isn't the worst. Ghostbusters starts off slow and is a little ridiculous at times but once the whole team comes together that is where the movie began to get good for me.

Personally, much like the superhero universe or Bond movies, I've always felt that GHOSTBUSTERS was a flawless world to expand upon in different ways.

"You can attack me all you want - I'd rather you don't, but if you're going to attack anybody, attack me, because I'm the guy responsible", Feig said in a recent chat. In the original, first and foremost, it was all madeup, but it was also just really charming. And you know what, I don't care. As I got older, the ghost catching part wasn't almost as interesting as the humor, which I didn't initially catch on to. She will have to make do with having been on the set of "Ghostbusters" where she worked with Feig and the cast throughout the filming. Which crew of Ghostbusters would we like best, the male or female? Ghosts zip through a hotel, a library, a rock concert and eventually all around downtown NY. "These are all brilliant comedians - wonderful improvisers".

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The screenwriter says it was often a back-and-forth process while shooting. That's not what Feig is trying to accomplish here. They were not real enough to be scary, or cartoony enough to be amusing.

What we do not have are characters that feel like real people dealing with problems in their lives in a amusing way. Kevin is a brilliantly simple and a fun role, essentially the eye candy/ puppy dog that the women love and look after.

"'Heat" was escapism because I wanted to be a cop, and I wanted to be out there solving crimes. When the "Bridesmaids" and "Spy" director announced that he would be directing an all-female version of "Ghostbusters", a certain segment of the internet went ballistic - and hasn't calmed down since. Feig explained. "That's why you connect with those characters". For the new "Ghostbusters" to fall flat would have been a truly supernatural occurrence.

For Dippold, one of the themes of the new film is finding your passion, no matter what people say. "To miss out on that, just so I can avoid some jackasses who are going to try to upset me with some ridiculous thing - I would never give that up". And it's now nearly at an end, I'm kinda like, I'm gonna go announce a reboot of "Back to the Future" so these people have something to do for the next two years.

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