6 items from 2014
Thirty years and a couple of weeks ago, Harold Ramis, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson unleashed Ghostbusters onto the world. The film went on to gross over $240 million domestic, beating out Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom for 1984’s top slot at the box office. A few years later, I was born. And while everyone else on the playground fought over the role of Peter Venkman, I grew up calling dibs on Winston Zeddmore. Last Thursday, Collider attended the 40th Annual Saturn Awards and I got to meet one of my childhood role models, (even if the only thing he taught me was how to break my mother’s vacuum cleaner). I then promptly turned into a Chris Farley-esque babbling idiot spewing, one “Remember that one time when you…” question after the next. Fortunately, Mr. Hudson was gracious and kind, answering questions about everything from Ghostbusters 2’s bad rap, »
- Hunter Daniels
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
Wait - does that sound right? Baz Luhrmann and Kung Fu? Well, this is certainly something interesting to talk about. THR is reporting that Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is now in talks to direct a big screen reboot, or a re-adaptation, of the 1970s martial arts western TV show Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine. Luhrmann most recently brought an extravagant, music-filled adaptation of The Great Gatsby to the big screen last summer, and it sounds like this may be next for him at Legendary Pictures if things come together. It isn't finalized yet, but could be a fun chance for Luhrmann to branch out. The project, with no other title other than Kung Fu so far, comes with a script by Rich Wilkes (of Airheads, xXx Trilogy, Punk Like Me, Iron Fist). In development at Legendary Pictures, the "big-screen adaptation" is one of the many projects they've launched that involves, »
- Alex Billington
Editor’s note: Kate’s review of Alan Partridge originally ran during last year’s Nyff, but we’re re-running it as the film opens today in limited release. For the small subset of cinephiles who have long hungered for a major motion picture that places Steve Coogan’s moronic broadcasting character Alan Partridge into a situation resembling the Brendan Fraser-starring 1994 comedy Airheads, Alan Partridge is so perfectly tailor-made for their desires that it’s actually somewhat frightening. (It also doesn’t seem like an actual possibility, but clearly someone thought this was a good idea, or else the film wouldn’t even have been made.) Coogan has played Partridge for over twenty years now, with the character first appearing on the radio program On the Hour in 1991, and then serving as the centerpiece of his news broadcasting spoof show, The Day Today, which aired on the BBC for one brief seven-episode season back in 1994. Since »
- Kate Erbland
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
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', »
6 items from 2014
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