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Big-budget blockbusters have a penchant for destroying famous landmarks, and they don’t get much more iconic than the Statue of Liberty. As one of the most recognisable structures in the world, the statue has appeared in countless movies and more often not the poor gal has been on the receiving end of a battering.
Dating way back to 1933′s disaster epic Deluge, numerous productions have taken a shot at Lady Liberty. She’s been blown up, knocked down, submerged and even thrown through the air in the name of entertainment, with the latest Godzilla trailer indicating that the statue’s cinematic exploits will once again end in tears.
Ghostbusters II made her the hero and Planet of the Apes used the iconography to deliver one of the all-time great twist endings, but this article will focus on the movies in which the Statue of Liberty had a much tougher time. »
- Scott Campbell
This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most important years in film. The year 1999 truly changed how movies are made and perceived. Twist endings, low-budget pseudo documentaries, classic book adaptations, darker-than-dark comedies, and that loathsome Jar Jar Binks character: 1999 had it all. Not since the summer of 1989 (Batman, Lethal Weapon 2, Ghostbusters 2, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) has a year been more fruitful and transformative at the box office.
Why, exactly, there was suddenly a surge in creativity in Tinseltown during this particular year remains a mystery. Maybe the hysteria of the coming Y2K “apocalypse,” which, as we now know, never materialised, panicked Hollywood executives, and they took risks green-lighting more daring and out-there scripts (just think of Being John Malkovich). Whatever the reason, their anxieties were the movie-loving world’s gain. It’s hard to believe, but all of these »
- Michael Perone
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s in theaters
The Art of the Steal: one of the most fun heist movies ever, bursting with snappy humor and a twisty cleverness that knows that you know that you are getting conned as much as the mark onscreen [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
American Hustle: epic ensemble historical crime dramedy bursts with insanely engaging characters who are impossibly real and impossibly ridiculous whose stories you don’t ever want to end [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: far from perfect, but its humor is nearly Monty Python-esque, much more »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »
- Jeff Labrecque
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, »
It was the mid-80s. I couldn’t have been older than seven or eight... three feet of trouble in constant search of quality entertainment. It didn’t matter if it was unearthed outdoors or discovered on a couch in Los Angeles at my Uncle Frank’s house.
I recall being on edge as the VHS player sucked the tape into its mysterious mechanical bowels. When the screen came to life, I remember the butterflies. And that’s not bullshit. I recollect the somersaults my stomach executed that creepy but amazingly memorable – maybe even life-changing – night.
In retrospect I can say that watching Ghostbusters for the first time could be likened to the first time I glimpsed a pair of bare breasts, in the flesh, displayed before my own eyes. The heart pounds, and beads of sweat, heavy with anxiety, stream down the forehead. Hopes are high and can’t possibly be met. »
- Matt Molgaard
American comedy lost one of its most influential voices this week, with the great Harold Ramis dying at age 69. In the wake of that massive loss, Sony has decided to revamp the script for the long-awaited Ghostbusters III, which originally featured a cameo appearance from Ramis. Ramis, who played Dr. Egon Spengler in the original 1984 comedy and its 1989 sequel, co-wrote both films with Dan Aykroyd.
Readers' Poll: The 25 Greatest Movies of the 1980s, 'Ghostbusters'
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the third Ghostbusters film was supposed to feature a »
The world lost a comedy legend when Harold Ramis passed away earlier this week. The writer, director and actor had a hand in many — if not most — of the '80s comedies that people generally consider classics. This, of course, includes "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II," in which he starred and co-wrote. Before he died, Ramis was set to make a cameo appearance alongside Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in "Ghostbusters III," Sony's quasi-sequel/reboot that ...
By Kevin P. Sullivan »
Ramis due to have cameo role in third film in supernatural comedy series, but producers say production not affected
The new film, which has been locked in development for a number of years, was due to feature a cameo from Ramis and the other original Ghostbusters. The actor-director, who played Egon Spengler in the original films, would have appeared in character alongside Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd for the first time since 1989's Ghostbusters II.
"There will be some repercussions," a project insider told the Us trade bible. "He was always great to bounce something off of, and that will certainly be missed. But it won't affect the script."
The new film would have seen the old »
- Ben Child
Yesterday brought the saddening news that legendary comedy filmmaker/actor Harold Ramis has passed away, following his battle with a rare autoimmune disease. Many people have wondered if Ramis’ death might be the final grain of sand that tips the scale against the perenially-rumored Ghostbusters 3 from happening. However, that’s not the case, as Sony still intends to make the project a reality – after some script revisions, of course.
In recent years, the Ghostbusters 3 story has evolved to account for the passing of 25 years (yep) since Ghostbusters 2; as it stand, the plot is now said to revolve around the remaining founders of the eponymous paranormal investigation department – which might just be Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) since ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
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
Ghostbusters is one of my favorite films of all time. The sequel was also a lot of fun, but not as good as the first film. There has been a lot of Ghostbusters stuff popping up online since the passing of the franchise's star and co-writer Harold Ramis. One of the coolest things I've come across is this set of ghost and creature concept art that was created by William Forche for Ghostbusters II. I've never seen any of this stuff before, so I figured maybe you haven't either. I hope you enjoy it!
Via: Cbm »
- Joey Paur
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. »
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— Paolo Rivera (@PaoloMRivera) February 24, 2014
Actor, writer, producer and director Harold Ramis, who made many of the most iconic comedy hits of the 1980s and 1990s, died today at his home in Chicago. He was 69. The award-winning comedy filmmaker who co-starred in and co-wrote Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, and Stripes passed away from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis which he’d battled for four years.
Chicago native Ramis graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo and worked as a joke editor for Playboy Magazine before launching his career as a writer for The National Lampoon Radio Hour, the radio show that was a launching pad for a who’s who of future comedy stars and collaborators including Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Richard Belzer, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner. Rising alongside his peers in the late-’70s comedy scene, Ramis came up »
- Glenn Hauman
Harold Ramis, writer, actor, director and all-around funny man, passed away Monday. While Ramis's work writing and directing cemented his status as a comedy icon, he was just as comfortable onscreen as off. Here are five memorable scenes from the master of laughter. 1. Ghostbusters, 1984 Ramis's deadpan pronouncement "Print is dead" was weirdly prescient in 1984, and his reading of "I collect spores, molds, and fungus" was one for the ages. 2. Stripes, 1981 Ramis summed up his deadpan appeal thusly: "I stopped being the zany … I learned that my thing was lobbing in great lines here and there, which would score big and »
- Alex Heigl
Formidably smart Hollywood comedy triple threat Harold Ramis has died at age 69 after struggling for four years with a rare autoimmune disorder. Anarchic comedy classics that will be remembered include his "Groundhog Day" (1993) and "Ghostbusters" (1984), among the all-time highest-grossing comedies, which Ramis wrote and co-starred in with Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. Ramis successfully partnered with "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman, who first produced “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and then directed Ramis scripts for “Meatballs,” “Stripes,” “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II” (1989). Most recently Ramis directed episodes of NBC’s “The Office.” A graduate of Chicago's Second City and “Second City Television (Sctv)” (1976-79), Ramis returned to live in his native Chicago in 1996. Ramis wrote “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978) which launched the career of his Second City pal John Belushi, followed by Ramis' »
- Anne Thompson
Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis were perhaps best known for fighting ghosts, but the pair worked together both on and off screen. In addition to acting together in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Ramis and Aykroyd also had a hand in writing both films. And with the recent news of Ramis’ death, Aykroyd said goodbye to a friend:
“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking,” Aykroyd said in an email.
- Samantha Highfill
Harold Ramis died this morning from complications relating to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis. Ramis had battled the condition for the past four years and was surrounded by family and friends in his Chicago home when he died. He was 69.Ramis co-wrote National Lampoon's Animal House, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. He made his directorial debut in 1980's Caddyshack followed by National Lampoon's Vacation. His most recent project was 2009's Year One starring Jack Black.Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in Stripes. »
If you like screen comedy—the raucous and raunchy kind, with lots of four-letter words and flipped birds to authority—then you owe Harold Ramis a huge debt. The Chicago native, who died Monday in his Chicago home at age 69 from complications due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, met many of his future collaborators (John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner) at Second City’s legendary improvisational theater; he later wrote and acted alongside them in New York when National Lampoon launched its radio hour program. The Canadian TV show Sctv offered »
Actor, writer, and director Harold Ramis died today at his home in Chicago. He was 69-years old. I'm a huge fan of the many of the films that he's worked on over the years, and I'm sad to hear that he's passed away.
The award-winning comic filmmaker co-wrote and starred in films such as Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, and Stripes. He also wrote and directed films like Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. He also worked on National Lampoon’s Animal House, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Meatballs.
Ramis died from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, which is a disease he battled for four years. He was surrounded by friends and family in Chicago, where he and his wife have lived since 1996.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family, and fans. He will be missed.
Via: Variety »
- Joey Paur
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