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13 Greatest Actors Turned Critically Acclaimed Directors

May 3rd, 2014 3:00pm EDT
13 Greatest Actors Turned Critically Acclaimed Directors
Very few actors are afforded success and fame in the brutally competitive film landscape. Those who miraculously do make have trouble-holding relevancy, as Hollywood trades aging veteran actors for relative and good-looking newcomers immediately destined to be the next big thing. But these screen presences who’ve been able to hold Hollywood’s attention even into their later years have also found a strong niche behind the camera, directing Oscar worthy films and Hollywood blockbusters that encapsulate audiences’ attention while reaping critics’ acclaim. Move over Scorsese and Spielberg, beca...
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8 Best Moments From The 86th Academy Awards

March 3rd, 2014 7:00pm EST
8 Best Moments From The 86th Academy Awards
Oscars 2014 will forever be known as the year of good vibes, from Ellen DeGeneres' "killing them with kindness" opening monologue to the group victory win for "12 Years A Slave." While the amazing moments that happened were too many to count, here are some of the highlights of the evening (with a few "did that really happen?") events as well!

1. Ellen DeGeneres As Hostess With The Mostess

This was Ellen's second time hosting the biggest awards show of the year. The first time in 2007, she brought a new energy to the tired format and was well-received by critics and celebrities in attenda...
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Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd Pay Tribute To 'Ghostbusters' Co-Star Harold Ramis

February 25th, 2014 2:00pm EST
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd Pay Tribute To 'Ghostbusters' Co-Star H
Following Harold Ramis' death on Monday, several friends and co-stars have come forward to pay tribute to the the actor, writer and filmmaker. Ramis, 69, died from complications of a rare blood disease.

Bill Murray, who starred with Ramis in several classic films during the 80s and 90s, issued a statement reading: "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."

In 2009, Ramis revealed to TheAVClub.com that he and Murray hadn't talked since having a di...
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Star-Studded Oscars Presenters Revealed - See The Full List

February 24th, 2014 9:03pm EST
Star-Studded Oscars Presenters Revealed - See The Full List
Robert De Niro, Sidney Poitier, Brad Pitt, and Kerry Washington are among the Hollywood stars set to present awards to their colleagues this Sunday at the Academy Awards.

While we don't know which awards they will be presenting, we can make some educated guesses. It stands to reason that Daniel Day-Lewis will be presenting the Best Actor award, since he won it last year. The same logic points to Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence presenting Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively.

The Oscar producers have hinted at a "hero theme" this year. Neil Meron told EW, "... we have...
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Comedy Legend Harold Ramis Dies At 69

February 24th, 2014 1:03pm EST
Harold Ramis
Comedy director, writer and actor Harold Ramis passed away early Monday morning from complications of vasculitis, which he had been suffering from since 2010. Ramis suffered from a rare form of the autoimmune disorder that causes the blood vessels to swell.

The actor, best known for playing paranormal doctor Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, died at 12:53 a.m. and was surrounded by his family. He was 69.

The actor's wife, Erica Mann Ramis, told the Chicago Tribune that his condition became serious in May 2010, when an infection led to complications resulting in his having to learn how to wal...
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Dan Aykroyd Says Bill Murray Won't Be Part Of 'Ghostbusters 3'

February 29th, 2012 8:15pm EST
Dan Aykroyd
Actor Dan Aykroyd has given up all hope of trying to persuade Bill Murray to reprise his Ghostbusters character for a third movie, insisting the film will have to be made without the funnyman.

Aykroyd, co-star Harold Ramis and director Ivan Reitman have been waiting for Murray to sign on for the sequel for over a year, but the frustrated Blues Brothers star now accepts the project will have to go ahead without him.

He tells The Telegraph, "It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie."

He adds, "The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do...
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Dan Aykroyd Says 'Ghostbusters 3' Is A Go - With Or Without Bill Murray

August 25th, 2011 10:45pm EDT
Dan Aykroyd
The long-awaited third Ghostbusters movie is set to start shooting early next year, possibly without Bill Murray.

The Lost in Translation star remains the last original castmember to sign on for the sequel and now former co-star Dan Aykroyd has revealed the project could be moving forward without him.

Appearing on radio host Dennis Miller's show recently, the Blues Brothers star said, "We will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope. (But) the concept is much larger than each individual role."

The actor also confirmed reports suggesting the new film will set up...
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10 Cartoon Movies That Should Be Made!

July 30th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Christina Hendricks Jane Jetson?
Following in the footsteps of fellow Saturday morning stalwarts Scooby Doo, Speed Racer, Yogi Bear, Inspector Gadget and many more, the Smurfs at long last make their big screen debut (only a decade or two after most would really care), begging the question: What other classic cartoons could possibly be left for a live action / CGI movie adaptation? Well, lots, actually, but we’re only listing the top ten (along with some cast and director suggestions).

THE JETSONS
A live version of Hanna-Barbera’s modern space-age family has been bandied about for years, but as with so many cartoon and ...
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Radical Retro Movie Review: ‘Stripes’ Celebrates 30 Years Of Laughs

June 26th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Stripes Turns 30
Try to imagine your worst day in recent memory. Really picture it. Get that horrific experience fresh in your mind. Does it compare to losing your job, your car, your significant other, and your pizza all in the same day? Chances are, probably not.

All these calamities pile up for John Winger (Bill Murray) in director Ivan Reitman’s comedy “Stripes,” which turns 30 years old today. Out of everything, what stings the most for John, are his girlfriend’s words when she dumps him, “You’re going nowhere John, and it’s just not that cute anymore…” John attempts to use humor to save face ...
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Bill Murray Holding Up 'Ghostbusters 3'

January 10th, 2011 9:33pm EST
Ghostbusters
Director Ivan Reitman is waiting on Bill Murray's approval to begin work on the new Ghostbusters sequel, because he has to win over the Hollywood actor before they can even think about filming.

The filmmaker is ready to step behind the camera once more to shoot the third installment of the spooky story, 21 years after directing the last film in the franchise in 1989.

All four of the original 1984 Ghostbusters - Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson - have signed on to reprise their characters in the forthcoming project - but Reitman has urged fans not to believe everything th...
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Check Out The 30th Anniversary Of 'Caddyshack,' On DVD & On Demand Jun 8

June 6th, 2010 7:20am EDT
Caddyshack
The smash success "Caddyshack" became a prototype for countless other wacky T&A-tinged teen comedies of the early 1980s.

At an exclusive country club for WASPish snobs, an ambitious young caddy (Michael O'Keefe) from an overpopulated home eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favor of the elitist Judge Smails (Ted Knight), then the caddy golf tournament which the good judge sponsors.

Of course, there are love interests as well - one good, one naughty - not to mention s...
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Bill Murray Calls 'Ghostbusters 3' Rumors 'Hogwash'

April 28th, 2010 8:13am EDT
Bill Murray
Bill Murray has confused film fans by insisting there are no plans to make a Ghostbusters sequel - calling reports of a follow-up "hogwash".

All four of the original Ghostbusters - Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson - are said to have signed up to star in a third film, 21 years after the second installment hit cinemas in 1989. Original director Ivan Reitman also revealed he is onboard, with plans to start shooting the picture in 2010, and Murray was recently quoted talking about the plot.

However, the actor is adamant there are no concrete plans to make a third film - in...
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New Movies On DVD, Oct. 6

October 6th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Year One
Jack Black and Michael Cera headline Harold Ramis' Biblical comedy Year One about a pair of misfit hunter-gatherers who embark on a wild journey through the ancient world after being banished from their primitive village. Also on DVD: Imagine That and My Life in Ruins.
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Judd Apatow: His Career And Latest 'Funny People'

July 30th, 2009 10:38am EDT
Judd Apatow
This Friday marks the theatrical release of "Funny People," the Judd Apatow dramedy starring Adam Sandler as a terminally ill stand-up comedian. As the buzz around this film has grown, fans and critics alike have wondered if Apatow, who never met a penis joke he didn't like, was making a huge mistake by veering into "serious" territory. Pretty odd, considering that one of Apatow's most loved and respected works was the TV series, "Freaks and Geeks," a show that beautifully walked the line between hilarity and heartbreaking realism.

Although it may seem like he came from out of nowhere to...
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Taking You Back To 'Year One': A Spotlight On Harold Ramis

June 19th, 2009 10:10am EDT
Harold Ramis
You probably know him best as the deadpan Dr. Egon Spengler, a collector of spores, molds, and fungus, but relatively few know Harold Ramis for what he does best: writing and directing.

With his latest directorial effort, the stone-age comedy "Year One" coming out today, I felt it was appropriate to pay tribute a man who has been working behind the scenes on some of the best comedies of the past 30 years.

Harold Ramis was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1944 to Ruth and Nathan Ramis, two shop owners on Chicago's West Side. Staunchly loyal to the Chicago area, Ramis has lived there for...
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Review 'Year One': Everything About This Movie Is Bad

June 18th, 2009 9:53am EDT
Year One
I've heard this theory in the past that once a person reaches a certain age they lose their sense FOR humor. Before today I refused to believe that. Now, I have to at least take it into consideration. Let me say, I am in awe of one Mr. Harold Ramis. Acting, writing, directing... whatever. Christ, this is the man who directed "Groundhog Day"! I can honestly say this is the single hardest thing that I have ever written because I worship the ground that Harold Ramis walks on.

But, I'm sad to report, "Year One" is about enjoyable as putting in your contact lenses when, the night before, you ...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

June 15th, 2009 9:02am EDT
Year One
I finally got around to seeing "Terminator Salvation," and I must admit I wasn't terribly impressed. Overall the film was better than "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," but that doesn't say a whole lot because "T3" was pretty bad. Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin were great, while Christian Bale gave an okay performance. I was expecting a more epic movie considering all its hype.

This week there are five films premiering: "Year One," "The Proposal," "Whatever Works," "Food Inc," and "Dead Snow." There are three I think are worth seeing, and two I think you should wait to rent.
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'Ghostbusters 3:' A Dream Or A Reality?

March 19th, 2009 1:13pm EDT
Ghostbusters
On June 8, the Ghostbusters franchise will turn 25. Since the original film's release back in '84 the boys in gray have taken on the paranormal in a sequel, comic book titles, cartoon series, video games, and even one out-of-print novel.

Despite the franchise's popularity, the past decade hasn't been kind to the "Ghostbusters." Like the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films, whispers of an impending new installment ran the gauntlet of the internet rumor mill, bogging down the project with half-truths and unverified reports in the process. This is the part where a pun about the franchise d...
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Spotlight On Bill Murray's Best Films

August 22nd, 2008 9:02am EDT
Bill Murray
It's been a rough last few months for one of our favorites, Bill Murray. We will forgo rehashing Murray's legal and marital problems and instead take a look back at the greatest movies in his career where Murray plays the lead (sorry "Caddyshack" fans!).

It has been quite some time since we saw Bill on the silver screen-not counting a blink-and-you-miss-him cameo in this summer's "Get Smart." Though, there is already positive buzz on next year's "The Limits of Control".

Also, in case you missed it, here is video from a few days ago when jumped out of a plane to open the 50th ann...
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Steve Carell & Seth Rogen To Suit Up For 'Ghostbusters'?

July 30th, 2008 5:42pm EDT
Ghostbusters
The 40 Year Old Virgin co-stars Steve Carell and Seth Rogen are to reteam for a new Ghostbusters movie, according to Internet reports. The funnymen are at the center of a huge new movie rumor, which has been reported by DreadCentral.com.

According to "a reliable source, who cannot be named", Carell and Rogen will join the original four Ghostbusters, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, for a third film.

According to the website, the original Ghostbusters stars will hand over their "proton packs" to the new guys, for what insiders believe will be a new run of spo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 21

November 21st, 2007 3:00am EST
Bjork
Happy Birthday to actress Jena Malone (1984), Major League Baseball slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. (1969), NFL star quarterback Troy Aikman (1966), Icelandic singer and former Sugarcube Bjork (1965), Desperate Housewife Nicolette Sheridan (1963), singer Steven Curtis Chapman (1962), comedic actress Goldie Hawn (1945), actor/director Harold Ramis (1944), bluesman Dr. John (1940), "That Girl" Marlo Thomas (1938), baseball hall-of-famer Stan Musial (1920), Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte (1898), and French philosopher Voltaire (1694)
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 21

November 21st, 2006 3:00am EST
Bjork
Happy Birthday to actress Jena Malone (1984), Major League Baseball slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. (1969), NFL star quarterback Troy Aikman (1966), Icelandic singer and former Sugarcube Bjork (1965), Desperate Housewife Nicolette Sheridan (1963), singer Steven Curtis Chapman (1962), comedic actress Goldie Hawn (1945), actor/director Harold Ramis (1944), bluesman Dr. John (1940), "That Girl" Marlo Thomas (1938), baseball hall-of-famer Stan Musial (1920), Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte (1898), and French philosopher Voltaire (1694)
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 21

November 21st, 2005 3:00am EST
Bjork
Happy Birthday to actress Jena Malone (1984), Blur bassist Alex James (1968), Major League Baseball slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. (1969), NFL star quarterback Troy Aikman (1966), Icelandic singer and former Sugarcube Bjork (1965), Desperate Housewife Nicolette Sheridan (1963), singer Steven Curtis Chapman (1962), comedic actress Goldie Hawn (1945), actor/director Harold Ramis (1944), bluesman Dr. John (1940), "That Girl" Marlo Thomas (1938), baseball hall-of-famer Stan Musial (1920), Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte (1898), and French philosopher Voltaire (1694)
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Ben Stiller in 'Ghostbusters' Sequel?

November 8th, 2005 9:16am EST
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller is being lined up to star in a new Ghostbusters movie. The comic actor is wanted by movie bosses to appear in the long-awaited third installment of the popular '80s series by the film's director Harold Ramis.

Ramis admits he is keen for Stiller to join Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis, who both starred in the original movies opposite Bill Murray, in the sequel "Ghostbusters In Hell" because he is a "huge fan" of his work. Aykroyd is also writing the script for the film which will see the paranormal investigators transported to a parallel dimension from New York.

Ramis rev...
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