The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 17, 2019 1:00 am


J. Reitman to bust new set of ghosts

Associated Press

Ivan Reitman is passing the Ghostbusters torch to his son.

Four-time Oscar nominee Jason Reitman is set to direct a new installment in the Ghostbusters series for Sony Pictures set to come out in the summer of 2020. Reitman tweeted Tuesday night that he's “finally got the keys to the car.”

Ivan Reitman directed and produced the original “Ghostbusters,” which came out in 1984, and its sequel in 1989.

The studio says that this new Ghostbusters will be going back to its roots and will be the next chapter in the original story. Sony attempted to reboot Ghostbusters in 2016 with gender-flipped leads, but the costly film disappointed at the box office.

Entertainment Weekly first reported the news. Production begins this summer, but no word yet on the cast.

Channing honored

Broadway is remembering Tony-winning actress Carol Channing.

The marquee lights of every Broadway theater dimmed at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to honor Channing, who died Tuesday at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 97. The Broadway League says the date marks the anniversary of the 1964 opening of “Hello Dolly!”

Channing delighted American audiences in over 5,000 performances as the scheming matchmaker Dolly Levi. Her performance earned her a Tony Award for best actress.

Broadway League chairman Thomas Schumacher says to see Channing “hold an audience in her thrall was a master class in star power.”

'Catch' host arrested

A TV journalist known for confronting would-be child predators has been snared himself in a police investigation alleging he wrote bad checks for $13,000 worth of marketing materials.

Former “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen was arrested Monday in his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. He was charged with issuing a bad check and released on a promise to appear in court.

The Advocate reports an arrest warrant says the 59-year-old Hansen wrote two bad checks to a local vendor for 355 mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Betty White is 97. Actor James Earl Jones is 88. Talk-show host Maury Povich is 80.Singer Steve Earle is 64. Singer Paul Young is 63. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 62. Singer Susanna Hoffs is 60. Actor Jim Carrey is 57. Actor Denis O'Hare is 57. Actor Joshua Malina is 53. Singer Shabba Ranks is 53. Drummer Jon Wysocki is 51. Actor Naveen Andrews is 50. Musician DJ Tiesto is 50. Musician Kid Rock is 48. Actor Freddy Rodriguez is 44. Actor-writer Leigh Whannel is 42. Actress-singer Zooey Deschanel is 39. Singer Ray J is 38. Singer Amanda Wilkinson is 37. Actor Ryan Gage is 36. Drummer Jeremiah Fraites is 33. Actor Jonathan Keltz is 31. Actress Kelly Marie Tran is 30. Actress Kathrine Herzer is 22.

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