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Over the past three months of Movie Poster of the Day, the two most popular posters by far were two beautiful (each in their own very distinct way) posters that I posted in memoriam of two dearly departed auteurs: Alan Resnais and Harold Ramis. And two other posters among the most popular (i.e. most liked or reblogged) were those posted in celebration of Philip Seymour Hoffman, including Chris Ware’s lovely 2007 design for The Savages, one of my favorite posters of last decade. So, if nothing else, Movie Poster of the Day has recorded the saddest losses of the year. (Not forgetting the adorable Swedish poster I posted for Shirley Temple which didn’t make the Top 20.)
I’m happy to see a number of new posters here: a very popular Dutch Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Adrian Curry
Much like a nasty cold, the '80s just won't go away. The latest franchise getting a 21st Century reboot is "Fletch," based on the novels by Gregory McDonald. Jason Sudeikis is in talks to take on the role of journalist I. M. Fletcher, a character made famous by fellow "SNL" alum Chevy Chase in "Fletch" and "Fletch Lives."
Chase was in the prime of his comic career when "Fletch" came out in 1985, with "Foul Play," "Caddyshack," and "National Lampoon's Vacation" already under his belt and "European Vacation," "Spies Like Us," and "Three Amigos" yet to come. Similarly, Sudeikis has been enjoying a string of box office hits like "Horrible Bosses" and "We're the Millers," which are both getting sequels. (He's also engaged to the super-cool Olivia Wilde, so he's got that going for him.)
"Fletch Won," which is being positioned as the first in a franchise, is being touted »
- Jenni Miller
Since the reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation is still dead in the water, and we haven't heard anything about a remake of The Naked Gun, we've been waiting to see what else Ed Helms will be doing besides lending his voice to Captain Underpants. Now Deadline has word that Helms is attached to star in an action comedy called Epic Fail set up at Lionsgate. In a story that sounds like Tropic Thunder without the show business angle, the film would follow an elite but unorthodox Special Forces team taking their dysfunction and excessive firepower on a desperate mission to save America, led by a real tough guy called The Walrus. Described as mustachioed and more badass than a Navy Seal, it's not clear why he's such a revered member of the Special Forces, or if that's the character that Helms would play, but it sounds like there's the potential for some unique comedy here. »
- Ethan Anderton
When Harold Ramis died last week I looked for a poster to memorialize him. It wasn’t easy: Ramis was a director of American comedies, and American comedies, especially from the 1980s onwards, tend not to have the most visually arresting posters. But then I came across the poster for National Lampoon’s Vacation, a poster I had seen before but not paid a lot of attention to because its hyper-realist, exaggerated comic book style wasn’t really my cup of tea. But looking at it years later I can appreciate it as one of the last hurrahs of movie poster illustration as well as a witty parody of heroic iconography in the service of broad comedy.
The poster is the work of Boris Vallejo. Born in Peru in 1941—he came to the States at the age of 23—Vallejo is a renowned fantasy and science-fiction illustrator known for his muscle-bound heroes, »
- Adrian Curry
I made plans late last week to feature Groundhog Day as my next Commentary Commentary title, and immediately discovered that I didn’t own a copy of the film. A quick trip to a nearby video store graced me with a used Blu-ray which I brought home, watched, and fell in love with all over again. It’s that rare, near-perfect movie where everything seems to fall beautifully in place, a film that never weakens on repeat viewings, and one that says more about humanity than many examples of far more serious cinema. Harold Ramis died this past Monday, and while it’s a tragedy for his wife, children, and friends, it also leaves a void for the millions of fans who’ve loved much of his work over the years. Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Ghostbusters, Back to School, Groundhog Day, The Ice Harvest… all fantastically fun films that wouldn’t have been the »
- Rob Hunter
It’s the last week of February, dear readers, and that means that, hopefully, spring will finally be on its way before long. And that also means we’re almost out of the cinematic dumping ground that is the beginning of the year, so people who want to see something good at the theater will have other options than merely seeing The Lego Movie again. But in the meantime, trailers are continuing to come in for the year’s big upcoming movies. Such is the case with this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’, which examines our first look at the forthcoming summer release Guardians of the Galaxy.
Premise: In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace). In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into »
- Timothy Monforton
The film industry was devastated by two recent deaths that have led to a movement to alter this Sunday’s “in memoriam” segment of the Oscar telecast: One was the natural causes passing of comedy filmmaker Harold Ramis, 69, and the other was the accidental death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, who was struck by a train in Georgia while working on a biopic of rock musician Gregg Allman.
Ramis, the star of Ghostbusters and Stripes, and director of Vacation, Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day, died on Monday at his home in Chicago, while Jones, whose credits include Midnight Rambler (the film »
- Anthony Breznican
The writer, director and actor Harold Ramis, who has died aged 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, was responsible for one masterpiece and several influential smash-hits. In each of his creative capacities, he was the eternal quiet man. In front of the camera, his blithe and undemanding presence often disguised his comic skill or made it appear effortless; he seemed happy to hang back and surrender the limelight to more demonstrative and dynamic collaborators, such as his Ghostbusters co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. In his writing and directing he was adept at capitalising on an audience's love of coarseness without resorting to cruelty or sacrificing his compassion.
- Ryan Gilbey
You only have to listen to the Tinsel Town Stiffs section of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman's Hollywood Babble On to know that not a week goes by where the entertainment industry doesn't lose one of its stars. This year alone we have seen tragic loses in James Avery and Philip Seymour Hoffman and yesterday we lost one of the true greats in comedy of the last few decades. On February 24th 2014, Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69. We lost one entertainment's brightest stars.
When you look back at the great comedies of the 1980s, Ramis' name crops up again and again. Caddyshack. Groundhog Day. National Lampoon's Vacation. Stripes. The list goes on. Whether he worked on the project as a writer, actor or director, his legacy of work is hard to deny as anything other than stellar. You never really appreciate »
- Luke Owen
Of course it happened in February. Yesterday, Harold Ramis passed away from complications resulting from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare blood disease. He is survived by his spouse, Erica Mann, as well as his three children and two grandchildren. He is also survived, for those of us who knew the man’s work but never met him personally, by some of the most influential and game-changing comedies of the past forty years. It’s difficult to know what the careers of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and John Belushi would look like without him. If there had been no Harold Ramis, there would be no Caddyshack, no Vacation, no Groundhog Day. If Ghostbusters could ever have existed sans Ramis in some other form, it’s impossible to imagine quite what that would be. He was, by all measures, a consequential figure in American comedy. While working as a schoolteacher during the late 1960s, Ramis »
- Landon Palmer
Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69.
Digital Spy takes a look back at six great comedies in which Ramis played a key role.
Animal House (1978)
Ramis's first feature writing credit turned out to be on one of the most influential (and profitable) comedies of all time. Working from a series of stories published in National Lampoon magazine and using many of their own fraternity experiences as inspiration, Ramis, Douglas Kenney and original author Chris Miller dreamt up the ribald story of two freshmen who, having been rejected from the major college fraternity, defect to anti-establishment alternative Delta House.
Ramis's directorial debut was a game-changer, launching Bill Murray into the big time on the big screen (all »
Harold Ramis - the writer, director and actor who helped re-shape American comedy in the '70s, '80s and '90s - passed away yesterday at the age of 69.
A performer with Chicago's Second City and the National Lampoon comedy troupe early on in his career, Ramis made his film breakthrough when he co-wrote the script for Animal House. Before long he was heading behind the camera to direct Bill Murray in golf comedy Caddyshack and Chevy Chase classic Vacation.
Ghostbusters, which Ramis co-wrote with Dan Aykroyd, provided him with his biggest commercial hit in 1984. Ramis memorably played bespectacled scientist Egon Spengler, adding some dry wit to counteract the scene-stealing from Bill Murray.
The success of Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel allowed Ramis to keep on directing films, with 1993's Groundhog Day his career highlight. The comedy offered up an unexpectedly profound look at the life of a weatherman (played »
We are very sad to report the passing of actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, who has passed away at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann has said.
Ramis has been battling his health issues which began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease. In late 2011, he suffered a relapse of the vasculitis after having to re-learn how to walk.
With writing credits on comedy classics such as National Lampoon's Animal House and Stripes, Ramis was a beloved part of the comedy circuit during the late 70s, 80s and 90s. He was a head writer on Second City Television in Chicago and had directing credits on National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day and Analyze This. »
- Luke Owen
Actor-director Harold Ramis died on Monday at the age of 69.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Ramis was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said.
He played Ghostbuster scientist Egon Spengler and Bill Murray’s Army recruit buddy in “Stripes. He co-wrote and directed “Caddyshack,” ”Groundhog Day,” and “Analyze This.” He helped write “Meatballs,” ”Ghostbusters” and ”Stripes.”
Murray, who collaborated with Ramis on a number of projects, issued this statement to Time through his lawyer: “Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”
From the AP:
His death rattled a modern comedy world Ramis helped build. His legacy as a father figure to generations of »
- Movie Geeks
American acting and filmmaking legend Harold Ramis passed away this morning.
The 69-year-old Ramis reportedly died from complications of a rare disease - autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis (blood vessel swelling).
Ramis' health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the disease. He had to relearn to walk, but suffered a relapse in late 2011. He was surrounded by family when he died.
While he also had memorable roles in "As Good as It Gets," "Airheads," "Knocked Up," "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," he was even more famous for his filmmaking. In his time Ramis wrote and directed such comedy classics as "Caddyshack," "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This".
Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, »
- Garth Franklin
Comedy legend Harold Ramis has passed away at his Chicago-area home from complications related to an autoimmune disease, a condition he battled for the past four years. He was 69 years old. Ramis is likely best known for his acting roles in "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II," both of which he co-wrote. He also co-wrote "National Lampoon's Animal House," "Stripes," "Caddyshack" and "National Lampoon's Vacation," directing the latter two films. He co-wrote, produced and directed other comedy classics like "Groundhog Day," "Multiplicity" and the Billy Crystal-Robert De Niro films "Analyze This" and "Analyze That." He directed 2005's "The Ice Harvest," starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Most recently he wrote, co-produced and directed 2009's "Year One," starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. Before his death, he was involved with "Ghostbusters III." Bill Murray commented on his friend's death, stating: "He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him. »
The man who directed the 80s cult classic Caddyshack has died. Famed comedy director, writer and actor Harold Ramis has passed away at age 69. Ramis may be best known for his role as Egon Spengler in the 1984 comedy, which he also wrote, with Dan Aykroyd - passed away in the early hours of this morning (after suffering autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis for a number of years. Although he is best remembered on-screen for his roles in 'Ghostbusters' and its 1989 sequel, Harold had been a leading figure in comedy since the 70s, directing 'Caddyshack', 'Groundhog Day' and 'National Lampoon's Vacation'. He also co-wrote the iconic 1978 film 'National Lampoon's Animal House', and later 1999s 'Analyse This' and 2002s 'Analyze That', starring Robert De Niro, which he also directed. Harold continued to act in recent years, with parts in 'Knocked Up', »
This is actually one of the hardest articles I have ever written. It's been six hours now that word filtered down that Harold Ramis died at the age of 69. This man, this genius of comedy, had been a huge part of my life growing up, as he was no doubt to countless others, his comedic sensibilities informing my own. As a kid, I lived on Ramis movies, be it the ones he wrote and directed, like Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Multiplicity, and, of course, Groundhog Day (the comedy all other comedies should aspire to be), to his starring roles in the likes of Stripes (discovered around the time I found the perfect way of getting past my parents and watching movies that weren't really that suitable for me) and Ghostbusters. It will probably be Dr. Egon Spengler he will most be remembered for, but this man was bursting with a multitude of talents. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Our thoughts are with the family and fans of Harold Ramis, who died today at the age of 69. He helped bring us some of the most iconic comedies of all time, including Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Stripes, Animal House, Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and many others. He will be missed.
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There are very few perfect films. Part of what makes films so beautiful and rich and rewarding is that they are the result of a sort of mass insanity that happens when you have all of these people all pushing to create something tangible, something that moves us to some sort of real emotional place. It's easy to forget that movies are ultimately a bunch of people standing around playing make-believe, but with a crew there to capture it all. Considering how many moving pieces there are in any film, it's almost miraculous when they actually come together coherently, much less in a way that manages to make us genuinely lose ourselves in what we're watching. Harold Ramis made a perfect movie. "Groundhog Day" is one of the few mainstream comedies that I think actually grows and gets richer and more wonderful the more you revisit it, something which seems »
- Drew McWeeny
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