New Book Adapts 'Ghostbusters' as if Shakespeare Wrote It

The cover image of Jordan Monsell's book Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorized Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters.
The cover image of Jordan Monsell's book Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorized Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters.
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Plenty of Shakespeare plays have been adapted into modern-day movies, but writer Jordan Monsell took the opposite approach: As Nerdist reports, he rewrote the Ghostbusters script using iambic pentameter and Renaissance prose, transforming the 1984 comedy into a dramatic work fit for production at the Globe Theatre.

Published last month, Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorized Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters retells the tale of the quirky parapsychologists and their Manhattan-based ghost-catching business in a "genuine, scholarly, and hilarious" way, according to Dan Aykroyd, who co-wrote the original film and provided a blurb for Monsell’s adaptation. Plus, as Homer Simpson once pointed out, Ghostbusters naturally lends itself to Shakespearean parody, as some of the playwright's most memorable works, like Hamlet, feature ghosts.

Ministers of Grace is available for purchase online, and you can read an excerpt from the opening scene here, which begins with Dr. Peter Venkman (played in the original film by Bill Murray) as a college professor hard at work at England’s Cambridge University.

[h/t Nerdist]

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

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