11 items from 2014
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman May 19th 2014
Australian Terry Hayes began his career as a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald, when as foreign correspondent in the Us he covered Watergate and President Nixon’s resignation, among many major international stories. He then went on to become a successful screenwriter, having written the screenplays for The Road Warrior, Dead Calm, Payback, and From Hell. He lives in Sydney with his wife and four children.
On Wednesday, June 4th, 7:00pm at the Mad Art Gallery (#2727 South 12th Street, St. Louis, 63118), St. Louis-area book lovers will be treated to an arresting evening of espionage, murder and mystery writers. Terry Hayes joins St. Louis crime novelist Scott Phillips for an on-stage discussion of Hayes’ debut novel I Am Pilgrim followed by an audience Q&A and book-signing. Attendees will also be treated to free gifts, door prizes and free parking while supporting »
- Tom Stockman
Billy Bob Thornton has played some devilish characters, but never one as frightening and fascinating as Fargo’s Lorne Malvo. Malvo is a mysterious grim reaper of sorts who lives by a strict code of malevolence — one that has a way of rubbing off on the innocent souls around him. In the premiere of FX’s new series, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Et, a chance encounter with pathetic pushover Lester Nygaard (Sherlock’s Martin Freeman) leads to some very bad things in the small town of Bemidji, Minn.
The two actors — whom you may remember co-starred in Love Actually, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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
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
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
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. »
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
We are truly sad to share the news that writer, director, producer, actor and all-around comedy champion Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69. As a director, Ramis gave the world Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, Multiplicity, Analyze This, Bedazzled, The Ice Harvest and several more. As a writer he gave us Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs, Armed and Dangerous, and Sctv. As an actor, outside of his own films, he stole scenes in Knocked Up, Orange County and As Good As It Gets. Basically, if you were alive and watching movies from the early '80s onward, Harold Ramis taught you a new master class in comedy and character every few years-- and those lessons become mainstays that you could watch over and over and over without losing a drop...
- Peter Hall
We are truly sad to share the news that writer, director, producer, actor, and all-around comedy champion Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69. As a director, Ramis gave the world Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, Multiplicity, Analyze This, Bedazzled, The Ice Harvest, and several more. As a writer he gave us Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs, Armed and Dangerous, and Sctv. As an actor, outside of his own films, he stole scenes in Knocked Up, Orange County, and As Good as it Gets. Basically, if you were alive and watching movies from the early '80s onward, Harold Ramis taught you a new master class in comedy and character every few years-- and those lessons become mainstays that you could watch over and over and over without losing a...
- Peter Hall
Harold Ramis, one of film’s most celebrated and influential writers and directors, died early Monday morning at his Chicago home at the age of 69. Ramis was the noted director of comedy classics such as Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Analyze This. According to his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, he died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that he began to struggle with in May 2010.
Ramis wrote or co-wrote many of the most iconic comedies of his generation, including Ghostbusters, Stripes, Meatballs and National Lampoon’s Animal House. He began as a performer and was the first head writer for Second City Television (or Sctv) in Chicago during the late 1970s. There, he was a part of a comic ensemble that also featured Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. He worked on Sctv from 1976 to 1979 and also popped up in various acting roles, »
- Jordan Adler
News Simon Brew 24 Feb 2014 - 17:30
Oh, this is horrible, horrible news. Harold Ramis has died, at the age of 69.
The same Harold Ramis that was one of the key parts of the Ghostbusters team (as co-star and co-writer). And the same Harold Ramis who went on to build a career in directing, including the already all-time classic Groundhog Day. If you get a chance, check out Danny Rubins' excellent book on the film, where he talks about the impact that Ramis had on improving the screenplay. Ramis was integral to reworking the wonderful script.
It's being reported that his death was due to "complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis", reports the Chicago Tribune. He had been fighting illness for the last couple of years.
He leaves behind an incredible career. As well as the films mentioned above, »
11 items from 2014
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