GHOSTBUSTERS became a cult classic after its release in 1984 and is the highest-grossing comedy to date – raking in £220million worldwide
Through its hilarious script and use of expensive special effects, it spawned a billion-dollar franchise complete with board games, comic books, and haunted attractions.
Despite Ghostbusters II being a flop, the classic movie has being revived for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, released this week.
Rising stars Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard, who appear in the new movie alongside Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon, will be hoping the flick does the same for their careers as it did for the original stars.
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Ackroyd all went on to stellar Hollywood careers and a host of awards – while one star became a Toy Story icon.
We take a look at where the main cast has ended up since appearing in the film.
Ghostbusters was Bill Murray’s first main role in a big-budget blockbuster.
He took the role of Peter Venkman in a bid to raise funds for his own project The Razor’s Edge – which ended up being a flop.
Straight after the film was shown in 1984, Bill took a break from acting after being frustrated over his project tanking.
He studied philosophy and history at Sorbonne University for four years before returning to the cinema.
Bill starred in Groundhog Day, Mad Dog and Glory, Larger Than Life, and The Man Who Knew Too Little.
The comedic actor quickly established himself as a regular in massive silver screen flicks.
Then in the 2000s, he opted to switch to more dramatic roles and his career resurged.
He accepted roles in Wild Things, Cradle Will Rock, Hamlet (as Polonius), and The Royal Tenenbaums.
Outside of film, Bill is a partner in Murry Bros. Caddy Shack which is a restaurant in two locations.
He also part-owns minor league baseball teams St. Paul Saints, Charleston RiverDogs, the Hudson Valley Renegades, and the Brockton Rox.
Unlike many of his Hollywood counterparts, he doesn’t have an agent and is said to field roles through a personal voice mail that he rarely listens to.
Prior to starring in Ghostbusters, he married Margaret Kelly in 1981 and they went on to have two sons: Homer and Luke.
But in 1996 the pair divorced over Bill’s affair with Jennifer Butler – who he married a year late.
The couple had four sons together, Caleb, Jackson, Cooper, and Lincoln, but sadly divorced in 2008.
Thanks to his extensive movie work, Bill is thought to be worth £135million according to Celebrity Net Worth.
He’s scooped up a Golden Globe award, two Emmys and a BAFTA for his work.
He is currently appearing in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and will star in TV series The Now.
Sigourney had already started making her name for herself as a lead actress thanks to roles in Alien and The Year of Living Dangerously.
But it was her role as Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters which led to her receiving widespread critical acclaim.
She went on to star in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, which are noted as her two most memorable performances and secured her two Golden Globes.
Sigourney took a brief break from acting in 1990 to have her daughter and returned to screens with the third installment of the Alien franchise.
From there she went on to win a BAFTA for her role in The Ice Storm and Jenny Carver.
She also starred in Avatar and is returning for the.
Sigourney has been married to director Jim Simpson since 1984 and the couple share one daughter, Charlotte.
Since appearing in Gorillas in the Mist she has supported the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and is currently the charity’s honorary chairwoman.
In 2009 she controversially signed a petition calling for Roman Polanski’s release after he was arrested in Switzerland on a 1979 charge for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.
She is back on screen in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and later in Stephen Spielberg’s The Good House.
Dan Aykroyd was the brains behind the concept for Ghostbusters and starred in it as Ray Stantz.
He had originally envisioned it as a film in space starring him and pal John Belushi but this was canned when Belushi died.
The Canadian actor went on to star in Spies Like Us, Dragnet and Driving Miss Daisy.
He won an Emmy in 1977 for his work on Saturday Night Live and went on to be nominated for an Oscar in 1990 – making him the second SNL cast member to be up for the honour, after Joan Cusack.
Throughout the rest of the 1990s his film work widely flopped and was dismissed by critics.
In 2009, he wrote the Ghostbusters video game and he is an executive producer on Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Outside of film, he owns Crystal Head Vodka, and he started House of Blues to promote blues music and folk art. The venue chain has since been bought by Live Nation.
He had a short-lived engagement to Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher before marrying Donna Dixon, with whom he has three children including singer Vera Sola.
Harold Ramis co-wrote the screenplay for Ghostbusters with Dan and starred as Egon Spengler.
Like Dan, he was also a regular contributor on Saturday Night Live and also appeared on the sketch comedy series SCTV.
Prior to Ghostbusters he spent a few years dabbling in TV, before pursuing a career in film.
Harold made his directorial debut with Caddyshack which was a commercial success in 1980.
After Ghostbusters, he rarely acted and opted to stay behind the camera.
By 2005 he was able to charge a directing fee of £3.8million.
Sadly, in 2010 Harold contracted an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis and lost the ability to walk.
He re-learned but in 2011 he had a relapse of the disease.
On February 24, 2014, Harold passed away, aged 69, leaving behind two sons and a daughter from two marriages.
Ghostbusters launched Rick Moranis’ career and saw him land leading roles in Little Shop of Horror, Spaceballs and The Flintstones.
He began to step back from his career after his wife of five years, Anne Belsky, died from cancer in 1991, at the age of 34. Six years later, he took time out to raise their two children.
He didn’t appear in another film until 23 years later when he signed on for a new sequel to Honey I shrunk the Kids, called Shrunk.
During his hiatus from screen, he occasionally provided voice-overs including for Disney’s Brother Bear.
In October 2020, Rick was assaulted in New York City and suffered minor injuries to his head, back, and hip.
Annie was already on her way to being a fixture in Hollywood when she landed the role of Janine Melnitz in Ghostbusters.
She went on to star in Pretty in Pink and voiced Bo Peep in Toy Story as well as Toy Story 2 and 4.
Annie moved into TV and held leading roles in Designing Women, Dangerous Minds, and Any Day Now.
She’s been nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award.
The actress, 69, is currently appearing in Young Sheldon as Connie Tucker who is Sheldon’s Meemaw.
She has been married three times and has three grown-up sons.
Annie returns in Ghostbusters: Afterlife as Janine.
Prior to appearing in Ghostbusters, William had starred in Steven Spielberg’s debut film The Sugarland Express.
His role in the cult classic was Walter Peck, who critics dubbed the “real villain of the film” and was hated so much by audiences that William was harassed in the street.
He went on to play Richard Thornberg in Die Hard and its sequel, as well as appearing in other blockbusters and TV series including Desperate Housewives, Law & Order, and Murder, She Wrote.
William has been married to Bobbi Goldin since December 1980 but controversially claimed he was once a homosexual but changed due to the teachings of philosopher Eli Siegel.
His most recent work is on Netflix’s thriller Clinical and he works with young adults to help with their productions of Shakespeare.
Winston Zeddemore was Ernie’s breakout role which set his career in Hollywood on the right path.
He went on to star in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, HBO’s TV series Oz and later played Sandra Bullock’s FBI boss in Miss Congeniality.
A year after Ghostbusters was released, he married former flight attendant Linda Kingsberg.
Together they have two sons, and he has two sons from his previous marriage to Jeannie Moore.
He is set to reprise his role as Winston in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Woman passenger from UK tests Covid positive at Hyderabad airport
Hyderabad: A 35-year-old international passenger who reached the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday has tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing an RT-PCR test at the airport itself. The woman passenger had traveled from the United Kingdom, which has been categorised as an ‘At Risk Country’.
The passenger has been admitted to the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) and samples were collected and sent for genetic sequencing. Officials said she did not have any symptoms and that her health condition was being monitored closely.
According to officials, the woman hails from Rangareddy district and was on a visit to UK from Hyderabad. Though her close relatives tested negative, their health condition is also being monitored.
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Revealed: how Sidney Powell could be disbarred for lying in court for Trump | US elections 2020
Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Donald Trump who filed lawsuits across America for the former president, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, has on several occasions represented to federal courts that people were co-counsel or plaintiffs in her cases without seeking their permission to do so, the Guardian has learned.
Some of these individuals say that they only found out that Powell had named them once the cases were already filed.
During this same period of time, Powell also named several other lawyers – with their permission in those instances – as co-counsel in her election-related cases, despite the fact that they played virtually no role whatsoever in bringing or litigating those cases.
Both Powell’s naming of other people as plaintiffs or co-counsel without their consent and representing that other attorneys were central to her cases when, in fact, their roles were nominal or nonexistent, constitute serious potential violations of the American Bar Association model rules for professional conduct, top legal ethicists told the Guardian.
Powell’s misrepresentations to the courts in those particular instances often aided fundraising for her nonprofit, Defending the Republic. Powell had told prospective donors that the attorneys were integral members of an “elite strike force” who had played outsized roles in her cases – when in fact they were barely involved if at all.
Powell did not respond to multiple requests for comment via phone, email, and over social media.
The State Bar of Texas is already investigating Powell for making other allegedly false and misleading statements to federal courts by propagating increasingly implausible conspiracy theories to federal courts that Joe Biden’s election as president of the United States was illegitimate.
The Texas bar held its first closed-door hearing regarding the allegations about Powell on 4 November. Investigations by state bar associations are ordinarily conducted behind closed doors and thus largely opaque to the public.
A federal grand jury has also been separately investigating Powell, Defending the Republic, as well as a political action committee that goes by the same name, for fundraising fraud, according to records reviewed by the Guardian.
Among those who have alleged that Powell falsely named them as co-counsel is attorney Linn Wood, who brought and litigated with Powell many of her lawsuits attempting to overturn the results of the election with her, including in the hotly contested state of Michigan.
The Michigan case was a futile attempt by Powell to erase Joe Biden’s victory in that state and name Trump as the winner. On 25 August, federal district court Judge Linda Parker, of Michigan, sanctioned Powell and nine other attorneys who worked with her for having engaged in “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” in bringing the case in the first place. Powell’s claims of election fraud, Parker asserted, had no basis in law and were solely based on “speculation, conjecture, and unwarranted suspicion”.
Parker further concluded that the conduct of Powell, Wood, and the eight other attorneys who they worked with, warranted a “referral for investigation and possible suspension or disbarment to the appropriate disciplinary authority for each state … in which each attorney is admitted”.
Wood told the court in the Michigan case that Powell had wrongly named him as one of her co-counsel in the Michigan case. During a hearing in the case to determine whether to sanction Wood, his defense largely rested on his claim that he had not been involved in the case at all. Powell, Wood told the court, had put his name on the lawsuit without her even telling him.
Wood said: “I do not specifically recall being asked about the Michigan complaint … In this case obviously my name was included. My experience or my skills apparently were never needed, so I didn’t have any involvement with it.”
Wood’s attorney, Paul Stablein, was also categorical in asserting that his client had nothing to do with the case, telling the Guardian in an interview: “He didn’t draft the complaint. He didn’t sign it. He did not authorize anyone to put his name on it.”
Powell has denied she would have ever named Wood as a co-counsel without Wood’s permission.
But other people have since come forward to say that Powell has said that they were named as plaintiffs or lawyers in her election-related cases without their permission.
In a Wisconsin voting case, a former Republican candidate for Congress, Derrick Van Orden, said he only learned after the fact that he had been named as a plaintiff in one of Powell’s cases.
“I learned through social media today that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission,” Van Orden said in a statement he posted on Twitter, “To be clear, I am not involved in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin.”
Jason Shepherd, the Republican chairman of Georgia’s Cobb county, was similarly listed as a plaintiff in a Georgia election case without his approval.
In a 26 November 2020 statement, Shepherd said he had been talking to an associate of Powell’s prior to the case’s filing about the “Cobb GOP being a plaintiff” but said he first “needed more information to at least make sure the executive officers were in agreeing to us being a party in the suit”. The Cobb County Republican party later agreed to remain plaintiffs in the case instead of withdrawing.
Leslie Levin, a professor at the University of Connecticut Law School, said in an interview: “Misrepresentations to the court are very serious because lawyers are officers of the court. Bringing a lawsuit in someone’s name when they haven’t consented to being a party is a very serious misrepresentation and one for which a lawyer should expect to face serious discipline.”
Nora Freeman Engstrom, a law professor at Stanford University, says that Powell’s actions appear to violate Rule 3.3 of the ABA’s model rules of professional misconduct which hold that “a lawyer shall not knowingly … make a false statement of fact of law to a tribunal”.
Since election day last year, federal and state courts have dismissed more than 60 lawsuits alleging electoral fraud and irregularities by Powell, and other Trump allies.
Shortly after the election, Trump named Powell as a senior member of an “elite strike force” who would prove that Joe Biden only won the 2020 presidential race because the election was stolen from him. But Trump refused to pay her for her services. To remedy this, Powell set up a new nonprofit called Defending the Republic; its stated purpose is to “protect the integrity of elections in the United States”.
As a nonprofit, the group is allowed to raise unlimited amounts of “dark money” and donors are legally protected from the ordinary requirements to disclose their identities to the public. Powell warned supporters that for her to succeed, “millions of dollars must be raised”.
Echoing Trump’s rhetoric, Powell told prospective donors that Defending the Republic had a vast team of experienced litigators.
Among the attorneys who Powell said made up this “taskforce” were Emily Newman, who had served Trump as the White House liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services and as a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security. Newman had been a founding board member of Defending the Republic.
But facing sanctions in the Michigan case, some of the attorneys attempted to distance themselves from having played much of a meaningful role in her litigation.
Newman’s attorney told Parker, the judge, that Newman had “not played a role in the drafting of the complaint … My client was a contract lawyer working from home who spent maybe five hours on this matter. She really wasn’t involved … Her role was de minimis.”
To have standing to file her Michigan case, Powell was initially unable to find a local attorney to be co-counsel on her case but eventually attorney Gregory Rohl agreed to help out.
But when Rohl was sanctioned by Parker and referred to the Michigan attorney disciplinary board for further investigation, his defense was that he, too, was barely involved in the case. He claimed that he only received a copy of “the already prepared” 830-page initial complaint at the last minute, reviewed it for “well over an hour”, while then “making no additions, decisions or corrections” to the original.
As with Newman, Parker, found that Rohl violated ethics rules by making little, if any, effort to verify the facts of the claims in Powell’s filings.
In sanctioning Rohl, the judge wrote that “the court finds it exceedingly difficult to believe that Rohl read an 830-page complaint in just ‘well over an hour’ on the day he filed it. So, Rohl’s argument in and of itself reveals sanctionable conduct.”
Govt to introduce important Bill, Covid situation likely to be discussed
The government on Thursday will table ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2021’ in the Lok Sabha. A discussion on Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its various related aspects is also likely to take place in the lower House.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill’ in the Lok Sabha to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.
Under rule 193, a discussion on Covid-19 pandemic and various aspects related to it will likely take place. According to sources, the members may also raise their concern and ask for the government’s preparedness for the new Omicron variant. Under Rule 193, members can seek details about the new Covid variant. “Short duration discussion is likely to be held in the Lok Sabha on the Covid and its various aspects, including new Omicron variant,” sources said.
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Singh Patel, General V.K. Singh, Krishan Pal, Bhanu Pratap Verma, Rameshwar Teli and Kaushal Kishore will lay papers on the table. Reports and action reports of different standing committees will also be laid in the day.
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Amendment) Bill 2021 (ART) by voice vote as the amendments moved by the DMK MP N.K. Prem Chandran, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy and Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut were negated. The ART Bill seeks to regulate fertility clinics. All such clinics will have to be registered under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India.
The opposition is likely to continue to raise its voices on price rise, unemployment and extended jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in some states. The opposition parties are also demanding a law guaranteeing the minimum support price (MSP).
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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