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The Word: Let's cast the all-female Ghostbusters reboot!

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It's really happening. "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig confirmed on Twitter that he'll be directing a new "Ghostbusters" film with a female cast, co-written by "Parks and Recreation" scribe Katie Dippold. Ever since the idea of an all-female "Ghostbusters" team was first floated earlier this summer, speculation has run rampant about who might fill out the roster. And who am I to stop something from running rampant? Here some team-up ideas I think would be particularly awesome:

THE FEIG ALL-STARS: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Sandra Bullock and Rose Byrne


Ghostbusters Feig

McCarthy and Wiig seems like obvious choices — so obvious, in fact, that Bill Murray already name-checked them as what he'd like to see, along with Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone. (Hey, that's not a bad lineup either.) But I'd round it out with McCarthy's "Heat" co-star, Bullock, and the "Bridesmaids" secret weapon, Byrne, who stole this show in "Neighbors" earlier this year.

THE PARKS & REC CREW: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza and Retta


Ghostbusters Parks

Given that Dippold is co-writing, it makes sense to look to "Parks and Recreation" for women to strap on the proton packs, and that show has a deep bench of female talent. We already know these four can play awkward co-workers, so why not throw some supernatural elements at them?

THE SNL LINE-UP: Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong


Ghostbusters SNL

These additions to the "Saturday Night Live" cast have been some of the strongest in years, so why not reward them with a big-screen blockbuster? If nothing else, I expect some "famous women audition for 'Ghostbusters III'" impressions from these four sometime this season.

THE TV GRAB-BAG: Mindy Kaling, Casey Wilson, Teyonah Parris and Sarah Silverman


Ghostbusters TV

Now I'm just playing favorites. What you want in a "Ghostbusters" team is a mix of strong, distinct personalities that won't drown each other out, and that's what these four have. Kaling and Wilson are irresistible, and Silverman is always a commanding presence. And "Mad Men" co-star Parris shows some impressive comic chops in the upcoming "Dear White People" and should be on your radar.


Amanda Bynes, in her own tweets


If Amanda Bynes' Twitter feed is to be believed, she's ready to strike back at the tabloids that have been having a field day since her reemergence last week. "I am suing In Touch for lying about me entirely. They continue to write lies about me and it really hurts my feelings because they are calling me insane and I'm actually really smart," Bynes writes, setting the record straight. "I finally hired the best lawyer in New York City to sue In Touch magazine because they are utterly insane and lying to the public about me. I'm also suing Star magazine for doing the exact same thing and the true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So I'm laughing all the way to the bank because I will sue them all. I will sue anyone in the media who lies about me and says I ever gave them an interview when I never gave literally any magazine a quote." There is at least one publication that she's cool with, though: "I am getting married and my boyfriend and I are going to be on the cover [of] People magazine," Bynes writes. "Because although they have made up things about me before, they will omit any error they've made." A girl's got to have standards, after all.

In Touch, for its part, responded by releasing photos of Bynes speaking with one of reporters, along with the statement: "After identifying themselves, two of our reporters spent the afternoon with Amanda Bynes on Sunday, Oct. 5. She was aware that they were from [In Touch publisher] Bauer. At one point, she even discussed writing a column for the magazine. Every word of our account is accurate and we hope that Amanda gets the help that she needs."


Paula Patton so over Robin Thicke already


It looks like Robin Thicke's whole game plan of naming a terrible album after Paula Patton and professing his love for her at every tour stop didn't pan out, as Patton has officially filed for divorce. And not only that, but she's already moved on, according to Radar Online. Sources tell the Web site that Patton has pretty much moved new boyfriend Zak Waters into her Calabasas, Calif., home. "Zak moved in with her a couple of weeks ago," a source says. "They are very happy together and he treats her how she deserves to be treated." Waters, an L.A.-based musician, recently posted a photo to Instagram taken inside Patton's apartment with the caption, "My new view."

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Hilary Duff creeped out by Aaron Carter


Hilary Duff isn't such a fan of how Aaron Carter — whom she dated briefly when they were both child stars — keeps mentioning his undying love for her on Twitter and in interviews. And she's definitely not a fan of Bravo's Andy Cohen bring it up. "I'm going to hurt you right now," she tells Cohen when he asks about it during a "Watch What Happens Live" chat. "I don't know. I don't know what to say about it. It was so many years ago. I literally haven't seen him in … so, it's uncomfortable." For Carter's part, he's previously 'fessed up to be something of a creeper when it comes to Duff. "I just need to shut up now about it. I think it's time," he told WENN last month. "She's got a kid and she's married and I'm not trying to be that dude. That's not my intention."


More "Sherlock Holmes" in the works for RDJ


OK, so that whole "Iron Man 4" thing — whether directed by Mel Gibson or not — probably isn't actually happening. But don't worry, Robert Downey Jr. has more than one franchise running. During a Reddit AMA, the "Avengers" star confirmed that a third "Sherlock Holmes" film is on the way. "Yes, we have 'Sherlock 3' in development. We want it to be the best of the series, so that's a pretty tall order," Downey says. "Also, 'Perry Mason' is a property I'm looking forward to developing further, going back to the 1931 book series … similarly to what we did with the first two Sherlocks, mining the original material for things that are 'new.'" OK, see now I don't know if he's joking again or not. Hey, maybe that's the project he wants to do with Gibson …

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