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#429 - "SDCC 2018 and Remembering Terry Windell" - July 30, 2018

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This week on the show, rounding up all of the SDCC 2018 news and announcements and remembering special effects pioneer Terry Windell. First up, out of SDCC there were a ton of new merch announcements, including Spirt Halloween props and items, new 1:1 replicas, action figures and more (including a Slimer Chia Pet?). Then we'll discuss Ghostbusters World, which was the talk of the con for Ghostbusters fans. Many got a hands-on demo of the game and provided their thoughts. On the press tour for Mission Impossible, writer/director Drew Pearce was hit up (again) about his work on Ghostbusters that was abandoned, and had some interesting comments. Finally, we're remembering Terry Windell of ILM and Boss Films who passed last week at the age of 61, the pioneer who was known for his memorable lightning effects in Ghostbusters and Return of the Jedi left a lasting impression that Troy and Chris discuss. All that and more on this week's Crossrip!

#427 - "Ghostbusters Crossing Over #4" - July 16, 2018

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This week on the show, preparing for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 and chatting IDW's "Ghostbusters Crossing Over" issue four! First up, a little update on the news item about the WBZ interview from last week - we heard back from the journalist involved! Then some updates on the good ol' SDCC mayhem including Ghostbusters World's booth at "The Experience" and IDW's plans for the weekend. In the second half of the show, we're chatting spoilerific details about the fourth issue of the big Ghostbusters comic event. All that, plus a great voicemail from one of our listeners this week on the Crossrip!

#409 - "Ghostbusters World" - March 5, 2018

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We've just taken our first step into a much larger world. At least, one that can be viewed through a smartphone. Join us this week as we analyze the surprise announcement of an augmented reality mobile game called Ghostbusters World. We've got the press release on hand to examine all the details and speculate on what some of the games' features may bring. Then, stay tuned for a few brief news items including IDW Comics news, Chris Hemsworth joining up to save the universe again and much more!

#337 - David Crane/Designer and Programmer Ghostbusters (1984) - September 25, 2017

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This week on the show, we're incredibly honored to be joined by video game designer, programmer, David Crane. Crane, one of the co-creators of Activision and the man behind Pitfall, A Boy and His Blob, among countless other games was also responsible for designing Ghostbusters for the Commodore 64, Atari 2600 and multiple other ports. Over the course of the hour, we talk Atari's early days, designing games for the 2600, and in-depth on the Ghostbusters title. Join us, won't you?

#316 - "I Wanna New Drug" - May 1, 2017

This week on the show, we're catching up on the last two weeks' worth of news! First up, Troy and Chris chat about Paul Feig's "Director's Series" at the Tribeca Film Festival, a ton of great Ernie Hudson news including an in depth interview he did with Blastr, music chat including the new IMAScore music at Heide Park Resort and a rare glimpse into the life of "Magic" artist Mick Smiley, and finally we're chatting a little print and things to read including an upcoming Ecto-1 Owners Workshop Manual with a familiar author.

#222 - "Answering the Call" - May 23, 2016

Can Troy and Chris keep up with everything this week? We'll find out. This week talking about those two trailers, their exclusivity, and that new (kinda) subtitle "Answer the Call" plus some clarification as to why this might have been called Trailer 6. A little discussion about the six-minute review that's supposedly not going to lead to a review (but already was a review so, there's that). Matt Walsh talks very briefly about his role in the new Ghostbusters film. Soundtrack Talk - - News on Theodore Shapiro's Ghostbusters score coming in July as well as the RCA Soundtrack album closely following it - and will Ray Parker Jr. reprise his song? Will someone else? Activision video game details (including some discussion about it not being an online multiplayer). Ghostbusters Twitter emojis are live! Troy does a quick recap of the Nas Hstry event in West Hollywood - and the accompanying livestream that he jumped into. ThinkGeek has a statement for us to read about that awful t-shirt that happened to be missing a certain someone and doubled another. All that plus a merch round up on this week's show!

#221 - "Remembering Stephen Dane/State of the Ghostbusters Nation" - May 16, 2016

Hold on for a special two-hour episode this week as Troy and Chris bring you the latest news, then have a bit of a point/counterpoint on the State of the Ghostbusters Nation. Up first, the big news about the new Times Square experience brought to you by The Void and Madame Tussauds. Then we pay tribute to the recently passed Stephen Dane, hardware consultant on Ghostbusters who is responsible for so many of the iconic images you know and love to this day. News on the Fathom Events and BBQ Films screenings. Real Ghostbusters DVD re-release news. The latest Ghostbusters (2016) news: Chris Hemsworth talks the original film and Kevin, the four new leads talk the Google Science Fair and Paul Feig talks (a whole lot). Lots and lots of merchandise news from Mattel, Activision, Cryptozoic, LEGO Dimensions, talking about that possible Kevin Ecto-Mini spoiler, and more. Then, in our second hour of the show, Troy and Chris discuss the heated topic at hand: negativity, positivity, trolls, bullies, and a whole lot more. As the noise among the social networks grows louder and louder, it's time that the guys talked out a few of their thoughts on the current "State of the Ghostbusters Nation."

#218 - "Bill Murray Walks Into a Bar" - April 25, 2016

Stop us if you've heard this one? Bill Murray and Jon Favreau walk into a New Orleans bar... and if you want the punchline, you've got to listen to this episode. But before that: news! Ghostbusters (2016) press continues to ramp up with an international junket and Entertainment Tonight set visits. Troy and Chris chat Activision's new game details including that whole online/local co-op multiplayer confusion. Stern Pinball is out an there are launch parties near you (plus a fun article on Forbes if you haven't read it). Frank Welker gets a lifetime achievement award from the Creative Daytime Emmys. And last but certainly not least, Diamond Select's retro fast food glasses and toys have hit the shelves and they've revealed the fourth and fifth waves of figures, find out what they are in this episode!

#217 - "Chunks O' Rowan" - April 18, 2016

Holy guacamole, there's a lot to talk about this week. How about a special two-hour episode to fit it all in? And how about some quick bullet-points on what's discussed? CinemaCon, Al Roker's Today Show set visit, Activision Console Game, EXCLUSIVE details on that packed Ghost Corps merchandise cabinet (hint: Mattel merch details galore!), MTV Movie Awards, Adam Ray as the voice of Slimer, books, Ray Parker Jr., Dubai Motiongate Theme Park, Cryptozoic's Ghostbusters II: The Board Game, Yahtzee! Anovos, the Ghostbusters: Ultimate Visual History Special Edition, a scientific study on the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River and how they relate to Ghostbusters II, the Largo Ghostbusters doing some great charity work, Golden Cadillacs, VOICEMAILS!, -- geez, did we miss anything? Probably!

#205/#205a - Introducing The CYCLOTRON - A Roundtable on IDW's Ghostbusters International #1 - February 1, 2016

This week, you get not just the usual weekly Crossrip episode but we're introducing our sister-show, The Cyclotron! First up, Troy and Chris chat their usual news discussion including some chat about LEGO Dimensions and the under the radar announcement that a Ghostbusters (2016) tie-in console video game is coming from Activision. Also Hook and Ladder No. 8 in New York City is closing up shop for the next three years as it undergoes huge interior and exterior renovations and the boys have all the news that's fit to print on what's changing. The UK had a Toy Fair last week and Rocket Licensing showed off their first wave of tie-in products and boy, the sheer volume is a doozy! Entertainment Tonight interviewed Paul Feig on the red carpet at the Golden Globes and a seemingly trivial comment about test screenings has the internet in a frenzy, find out why. Nerf Herder is back with an all-new single from their upcoming album and it'll hit you right where it hurts, listen to an excerpt from their new song "Ghostbusters III." Plus, Sony has an Indoor Theme Park coming to Minnesota, Ghost Corps wants your franchises, and so much more... whew. And if that wasn't enough, we're spending the second half of the episode to introduce you to our new sister-show The Cyclotron! Special roundtable discussion episodes that will follow major releases meriting a little more in-depth discussion and analysis is what you'll find in these periodic episode releases - and this week we're pleased to be joined with Ryan Doell of the Ghostbusters of BC to talk about this week's release of Ghostbusters International #1 by IDW. Page by page, panel by panel, listen to the gang discuss this launch issue of an all-new Ghostbusters on-going comic volume and look for future episodes of the Cyclotron to feature familiar faces talking about very incredibly cool things!