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Harold Ramis chats with Capone about YEAR ONE, the Dalai Lama, and those pesky GHOSTBUSTERS III casting rumors!!!

Hey folks. Capone in Chicago here. This has been a really good week for me. As you know, I'll drop the name of my fair city pretty much anywhere I can, but I especially like to do so when I'm talking about either a film that was shot in large part in Chicago (thank you DARK KNIGHT) or a filmmaker who is a native. This week, I got to interview two of my all-time-favorite Chicago-born directors. I'll have my talk with Michael Mann for you closer to PUBLIC ENEMIES July 1 release date. But I also spoke with Harold Ramis, a National Lampoon, Second City, SCTV alum who went on to be one of the most successful writers and directors of comedy the world has ever known. His films as writer and/or director and/or actor include (stand back, this might get big) ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK, STRIPES, MEATBALLS, GHOSTBUSTERS I & II, VACATION, CLUB PARADISE, BACK TO SCHOOL, GROUNDHOG DAY, ANALYZE THIS/THAT, STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY, MULTIPLICITY, and the wrongfully overlooked THE ICE HARVEST. If you had only half of these films on your résumé, you'd have something to brag about. His influence can be felt quite deeply on the current crop of Apatow and Apatow-like movies dominating the comedy film scene; it's no coincidence that Apatow cast Ramis as Seth Rogen's father in KNOCKED UP. Ramis is capable of writing a scene about oil wrestling with the same passion and conviction that he constructs a film that honors the Buddhist belief in reincarnation. Somehow in the 11-plus years I've been writing for AICN, I've never met Harold Ramis. I've sat in the same room with him on more than one occasion, usually at a lecture for film students. Sample advise: "Identify the most talented person in your class; if it's not you, go stand next to the person it is." Sound words of wisdom from the man whose latest film as director and co-writer is YEAR ONE, starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, along with a veritable who's who of great comic actors. I'll give you thoughts on the film later today, but for now, even those of you who can't stand the film, I think will be thoroughly entertained by Ramis, the great and generous conversationalist. He began right off the bat by telling me that he digs AICN and that one of our writers (I'm guessing it was the late Moriarty) came to visit the set during shooting last year. Ramis has just delivered this shocking bit of news when I finally got my recorder running.
Capone:…Is that true? I didn’t know that. Harold Ramis: They came to the set. Yeah, I forgot who came. I can’t remember his name, but I’ll tell you my Ain't It Cool story. Capone: Okay. HR: I met--I forget, what’s his name? Capone: Do you know Harry? HR: I had met Harry at the Austin Film Festival. He’s a trip. It was like when I met Larry Flynt--wheel chair moguls. Capone: [laughs] Yes, just like that. HR: Yeah, anyway, so…Someone came to the set--I wish I could remember his name, it’s disrespectful not to remember… Capone: There’s only a couple of choices, so…But, unfortunately, we all kind of look the same, so you couldn’t describe him to me. HR: Yeah Capone: Well, knowing his relationship with Judd Apatow [producer on YEAR ONE] it was probably Drew. HR: Last name? Capone: McWeeny. He wrote under the name Moriarty HR: He was a big guy. Capone: That doesn't really narrow it. It was probably Drew. HR: He came to Santa Fe. Really nice guy. Big fan. Capone: Yeah, that’s probably Drew. HR: I had the habit, during production, the editors would send me back cut footage within a few days of shooting a big sequence. And, I had big blocks of cut footage, and he happened to be on the set when I got a DVD with the last 20 minutes of the movie, roughly cut together. And, I always used it to kind of keep the cast enthusiastic. I would say, “Hey, guys, you want to see some cut footage?” “Yeah!” And, everyone would gather around the monitor, cast and crew. So, I forgot he was sitting there, and I showed, like, 20 minutes of the movie, while we were still shooting it. And, I thought, "Fuck, Ain't It Cool is here." And, I turned to him, and I said, “Omigod, what the hell am I doing?” I said, “You may not write about this,” you know. He said, “Don’t worry. I won’t, and I love it.” He said, “I think it’s incredibly good.” And, he didn’t write about it. But, he wrote a really favorable, nice thing about me. I think we had Internet spies a couple of times. I think we were reviewed twice, or maybe even three times, on Ain't It Cool at different times during the tuning up period of the film. I think two of them were good, and the one in the middle was not. Capone: Speaking of the end of the film, I thought I knew what my lead-off question was going to be, but then, after seeing YEAR ONE, I wanted to ask about the two songs that you have in the end credits… HR: I can’t even tell you the names of those songs…Oh, “Message in a…”? Capone: "Message in a Box." I know them. They’re on my iPod. I know and love those songs. That was the second song, by World Party. And, then, Cracker, “I See the Light.” I was really hoping you had picked those songs, because I wanted to pick your brain about why you chose those two. “I See the Light” actually seems most appropriate to the story, because it’s really about going for this sort of transcendental moment or spiritual moment in your life, and then, actually the light at the end of the tunnel is a train coming right at you. That’s what the song’s about, so that seemed fitting. I just love both of those songs, so… HR: Yeah, well, here’s the thing…You try to go out on something that will characterize the movie and have a good feeling. And, people’s taste in music is even more diverse than their taste in films, right? So, you ask 20 people for their ideas for what would be a great ending song, and you get everything, you know. I mean, it’s so wide. So, I was, like, trying Bob Marley in there, I was trying Traveling Wilburys--“It’s Alright,” you know, some feel-good songs. Capone: What’s that…“End of the Line,” that song? HR: “End of the Line,” yeah, yeah. Capone: Yeah, that’s the one. HR: And, I’ve been trying to use [Bob Marley's] “Coming in from the Cold” on every movie I’ve ever made, I think. But, in the end, because I don’t listen to contemporary music and have not for decades, literally decades, I usually delegate some younger people to start making lists, and then we just listen to songs, one after another. Capone: Those songs are 15, 20 years old, so it makes me feel much older than I usually do. HR: They pretty much came from the Judd camp, though, I think. Capone: Okay, okay. They’re great songs. I mean, I just kind of wondered if they were inspired choices, or you just sort of said, “Eh, that sounds good.” HR: They inspired somebody--I'll put it that way--and they sounded good. Capone: We’ve actually been in the same room before. I’ve just never been able to sit down and talk before. I saw you do the Q&A after THE ICE HARVEST screening at Columbia a couple of years back, and you kind of had the germ of the idea for this film. I remember you talked about it in very loose terms. Where did this idea start? Where did you kind of get this--other than the bible? HR: Yeah, well, so, so long ago, I mean, when I look at the whole gestalt of it now, you know, I can go back to probably things I don’t even remember from my childhood. I’m sure Abbott & Costello did something in the ancient world or Roman soldiers somewhere, I don’t know. But, the first really memorable thing to me is Mel Brooks’ THE 2000 YEAR OLD MAN. My college roommates and I memorized every word of it. And, to this day, if someone…if I hear a certain phrase or word, you know, the whole Mel Brooks routine will come back to me. I did a pilot for Paul Reiser that he wrote and produced, and Paul, same thing, loved Mel Brooks. We would just trade 2000 YEAR OLD MAN stuff. So, that was it--someone with a contemporary consciousness talking about the ancient world. Funny. And, then, I did an improv with…We were putting a National Lampoon show up in New York--Bill Murray, John Belushi, Brian Murray, me, Joe Flaherty, and Gilda Radner. And, we worked through improv, we just brought our Second City style to the Lampoon. And, I’d been watching a documentary about CroMagnon and Neanderthal, and I didn’t realize that they coexisted on the planet. So, I imagined a meeting between CroMagnon and Neanderthal, with Bill playing CroMagnon and John playing Neanderthal. It seemed like a natural, you know? And, Bill played him like a contemporary street hipster, and it was very funny. I filed that away. We never got a scene out of it, but I filed it away, and then came LIFE OF BRIAN, HOLY GRAIL--just doing comedy in a convincing historical period, they really went out of their way to give it a convincing feeling--something Hollywood movies didn’t have, you know? Capone: It does feel like a Mel Brooks movie that Mel never made. It does have that quality to it, which is very different than what you’ve done before. It’s more of just the traveling guys. It reminded me a little bit of HISTORY OF THE WORLD and sort of going from place to place. HR: Yeah, HISTORY OF THE WORLD didn’t have continuity, though.. Capone: True enough. HR: It was a sketch movie, and we were dealing with the fact that the Old Testament is episodic by nature. So, by conflating the time span of Genesis, I was able to actually turn it into a road trip. But, there’s the picaresque novel as a model for that kind of journey. I thought, rereading Genesis, it’s one epic journey after another, because people were in movement, crossing throughout the Near East and the Middle East at that time. So, it seemed appropriate to the literary basis of it, the book of Genesis, and to the actual anthropology and history of it. So, I wasn’t thinking of anyone’s movies in particular, but I looked at every movie for a style, for a tone. I looked for lighting. I mean, I looked at every Cecil B. DeMille movie and went and looked at Pasolini’s THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW, just everything, John Huston’s movie THE BIBLE. So, just want to see what’s out there, you know, what are we doing. And, in the end, I thought, alright, we’re going to make it look like an illustrated children’s bible. Capone: You’ve cleverly put some very interesting little messages in the film. I actually wrote them down, because they kind of threw me. Right at the beginning, Michael Cera says, “It’s not about the fruit. It’s about doing what you’re told.” I mean, that’s religion, and then there’s talk about maybe God doesn’t exist, and there’s the big speech at the end--maybe you don’t need to follow anybody, maybe you should think for yourself. I mean, these are kind of heavy-duty issues that you’ve tucked away in this film. HR: Yeah. Well, in fact, it’s why I made the film. Capone: I remember you talking about that aspect to it back at Columbia a couple of years back. HR: My rule of thumb--and I may be wrong--is that we can be funny about anything, I mean, any subject, any period, any place, any person, any situation. And, you can find people who will give you a good…a funny script about it, and the right actors will create enough shtick and physical business, you’ll laugh. So, the real burden I feel as a filmmaker is, Why am I doing this? That becomes the big question. I’m done just kind of, forgive me, jerking myself off by pleasing other people. [laughs] I’ve had the rewards, you know. I kind of knew what it all was by the time we had finished GHOSTBUSTERS. Well, alright, this is what that is, you know. This is what big fame and big success and big money feel like. Alright, so I’m still miserable, so what now? [laughs] And, then, I made a film everyone responded to spiritually, you know, GROUNDHOG DAY. Alright, now I’ve got another kind of respect, you know--psychiatrists, Buddhists, the religious people. It was so embraced by the thinking audience that…Alright, now I’ve got that. Now, they think I’m real smart, okay. So, I have money, I’m smart, I got laid, I’m famous. Alright, now what? So, for me to do a movie now, I have to find something I actually believe in passionately enough to sustain me for a few years. I started this in ’05. Capone: A friend of mine who is a long-time practicing Buddhist gave me a copy of Shambhala Sun. What a great piece. I learned a lot about you, about other things. I was not aware--maybe because I was just too young when GROUNDHOG DAY came out--that the spiritual community had embraced that film until many years later. HR: So totally, I mean, it was amazing. But that Shambhala Sun piece, I have to say, it proves to me that even Buddhists are capable of hype. There’s Buddhist hype in that thing. [laughs] Capone: Yeah. Well, in CADDYSHACK, when Bill Murray says that he caddied for the Dalai Lama, did you ever realize so many years later you’d be sponsoring a visit of his to Chicago? HR: Well, it was so funny, my wife…as a 50th birthday present, my wife said, “This year, I want to meet the Dalai Lama.” So, she pursued it--a present to herself. We connected with some people who said, “Oh, we can make that happen.” So, we went to Washington, and we did have a private audience. We saw him at a big public gathering where he spoke. And, then, we saw him at a smaller benefit dinner. But the Buddhists started saying to me that they all loved GROUNDHOG DAY, because of its spirituality. But, they all started saying, “And, what’s this CADDYSHACK thing? His Holiness doesn’t play golf.” I said, “ I…I…I know, I know he’s not a golfer, but…that was just an idea we had.” Capone: Has the Dalai Lama seen GROUNDHOG DAY, do you know? HR: Sounds crazy…The morning after his Grant Park talk here, my wife said, “Get up. We’re taking the Dalai Lama to the airport,” which really meant that the friends of ours were going to see him off, the people who really sponsored the event. And, they were inviting us down to the Palmer House to come up to the suite and say ‘goodbye’ to him. And then, they said, “Do you want to ride to the airport in the motorcade?” He had a Secret Service motorcade. So, we rode with his translator, who we’d seen every time the Dalai Lama spoke, he speaks for the Dalai Lama. He is himself a trained Buddhist monk, but Oxford educated. And, I said, “So, does the Dalai Lama see movies?” And, he said, “Oh, yeah. I love movies.” And, he was a fan of GROUNDHOG DAY. And, he said, “His Holiness enjoys movies, but he prefers nature films.” He said the last film he saw was MARCH OF THE PENGUINS. That’s very sweet, picturing the Dalai Lama looking at nature. Capone: So, you’ve sort of now with this film become, I think, fully incorporated into the sort of Apatow group of players and filmmakers. But, clearly, his career owes a lot to the path that you paved. Has he ever mentioned that to you? HR: That’s how we came together, I mean, his acknowledgement of that got my attention in all his interviews and stuff, as he came to prominence. And, I thought, Well, that’s so nice. The guy’s mentioning me specifically in big interviews. Then we met at a film festival in France, the Deauville, and, we bonded. He went out of his way to be nice to me, and then hired me to play Seth’s [Rogen] dad, and I was developing this. And, after we had a draft, I thought, Well, it’s crazy not to make this alliance. Judd can bring me back. It’s not like I’d left the business; I can still get projects going virtually whenever I want to, someone will buy my stuff. Comedy always happens in groups, you know. It’s a group experience, and I didn’t have a group anymore. I’m not at Second City or Upright Citizens Brigade or the Groundlings or SNL. And, Judd is in that world. He’s totally wired into it. He’s one of the hubs in that world. So, I thought…And, he had tremendous credibility with the studios. I thought, Well, this is an alliance that will be so beneficial to me. And, in a way--I swear--I became his student. I mean, he’s doing something so right. And, he has powerful gifts of character--determination and courage, and clarity. He’s less fearful than I am and more energetic. I kind of drafted off him in a big way. Capone: That was another question I had, about working in groups. You have done that over the years. Are there any pitfalls to that? Or, do you think that the benefits outweigh whatever the pitfalls may be in working with a lot of the same people from film to film. HR: Well, for me, there are two models. Woody Allen is the comedy auteur. He can go up and write a script by himself--he collaborates sometimes, but we know he’s fully capable of generating a beautiful screenplay that is actually a work of literature. He’s a brilliant filmmaker. He surrounds himself with the best designers and cinematographers, and his films are…they’re artful. Some of them don’t work, but, for the most part, when we look back at that body of work, I think, he’s a genius, he’s a master. Capone: Oh, sure. I’m going to see his new film [WHATEVER WORKS] right after I leave here. HR: Yeah, and I’ll love it, I know I’ll love it. And then, there’s the rest of us, who do…For us, comedy is hanging around with a bunch of goons and trying to make each other laugh, and people getting loaded on whatever, and watching TV until something strikes us as really funny. That’s how comedy gets written, funny people sitting around together. That’s not Woody’s experience, although he did it to some extent, very young, I guess, on “Your Show of Shows.” But, most people now have grown up "in the room," either in an improv club or on a TV staff, writing staff, sitting around in a room being funny with other people. Capone: Speaking of writing with other people, your cowriters on this film obviously have a script--that other people are talking about as well--for GHOSTBUSTERS III. Where is that now? Do you know about where that is? HR: Yeah, we wrote a story together. We hammered out the story together. I’ve been their supervisor. Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd consult. The studio has approved the story, and they’re writing the script in their hiatus from “The Office.” Capone: They’re still writing, okay. So, we’ve been hearing all sorts of wild casting rumors about younger… HR: No, none of that’s real. There will be young ghostbusters, but no specific casting is real, and no director is committed. Capone: And, for the four main cast members… HR: Everyone said they’d be in it. Capone: Okay, it’s strictly a verbal thing at this point? HR: Yeah, because there’s no…The studio does not want to commit to us at this point. It’s very…When everyone says ‘yes’ that will trigger a very expensive deal for the powers that be. Capone: Right. It’s interesting that this week, the BluRay of the first film and the video game are hitting, so for a lot of younger people the first time they are exposed to this material. Is that sort of terrifying and exciting? HR: Well, I gotta say, parents go out of their way to show their kids GHOSTBUSTERS as soon as they’re old enough to watch it, seven, eight years old. I hear this anecdotally everywhere I go: “I just showed my kid GHOSTBUSTERS.” Or, the parents will say, “That’s him! That’s Egon from the movie you saw.” And, the kids will look at me and go, “No.” [laughs] And, I have to tell the kid, “Look, come on, kid, I gained 50 pounds. What’s the problem?” Capone: I’m sure you’ve commented on this before, but I’ve never read it. What did you think of Michel Gondry’s ‘sweding’ of GHOSTBUSTERS [in BE KIND REWIND]? HR: [laughs] I just saw a little bit of that, well, because…it’s funny, Jack [Black] was in that movie [BE KIND REWIND] Capone: That’s right. I was going to ask you if Jack had brought that up. HR: I didn’t watch the whole movie. I like his work, but I haven’t seen the whole show. Capone: But, have you seen that segment of it? HR: Parts of it, with them running around in their aluminum foil suits. Capone: Is YEAR ONE only the second time that you’ve worked on a period film, outside of ANIMAL HOUSE? HR: I didn’t direct ANIMAL HOUSE. Capone: Right, but I mean in terms of just any film that you were involved with. HR: There was a period segment in BEDAZZLED. Brendan Fraser wishes to be president of the United States, and the devil makes him Abe Lincoln on the last night at the play at the Ford Theater. And, that was fun, re-creating that. That was great. Capone: It just struck me as I was watching YEAR ONE that you always seem to work in the here and now. HR: Yeah. No, I don’t think I’ve done any period film. Capone: It looks like they're cutting us off. Thank you so much for talking to us. HR: Nice to talk to you, take care.
-- Capone

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  • June 19, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Thought Ramis would be hiding......

    by Aloy

    ...with the reviews he's had so far on this turkey. Bet it makes bucks though...

  • June 19, 2009, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Please no "Tits Out For Attention Girl" tomorrow!

    by NeilF

  • June 19, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Ramis, stop slumming an break out..

    by colinjbooth

    ..of your creative prison. What happened to the Groundhog Day dude, dude? I love cera /Black, so will deffo watch Y1, but by the hammer of Thor you'd better bring meat to the GBIII table!

  • June 19, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST

    This trailer made me laugh...

    by DoctorWho?

    Had no idea ramis was involved. Book my ticket now.

  • June 19, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Please no 'NeilF' whining about Script Girl...

    by duct tape wallet

    oops, too late. Sod.

  • June 19, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Everyone is in it??

    by Dharma4

    Wait, do you know if RICK MORANIS is coming out of retirement to be in it? That dude has been picky about coming out of retirement...

  • June 19, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

    Fuck off cunt! I like seeing boobies, go rim your boyfriend!!

  • June 19, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by ScottinDC

  • June 19, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Ooops...reply to Dharma

    by ScottinDC

    Yes - Rick Moranis has said he'd be interested (despite the rumors he wasn't). The main leads (including Ernie Hudson) are all interested...the only person who TRULY hasn't responded yet is Sigourney Weaver and that's likely because the script isn't done so she'd have to know there was a part for her. But as for Rick Moranis (and Annie Potts)...both have publicly said recently that they'd do a third if the script was good and the whole cast was back. All rumors about Rick Moranis refusing due to 'retirement' are entirely baseless. Rick Moranis did a voice for the movie Brother Bear in 2003 and 2006...Rick did pass on doing the video game; and that provided a whole lot of the ammo about him passing on the movie (but he has said the movie's a possibility). Brutha gotta eat!

  • June 19, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    If you're told to think for yourself...

    by GaiustheBrave

    are you still thinking for yourself?

  • June 19, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Cera plays the exact same character

    by GaiustheBrave

    in every movie! I'll wait for the TBS showing in a couple of months.

  • June 19, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by rfid

    "Sound words of wisdom whose latest film as director and co-writer is YEAR ONE,"<br /><br /> Um...what?

  • June 19, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Capone, what was his tone when

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    he told you that he didn't direct animal house? Was he insulted or playful?

  • June 19, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    "It was like when I met Larry flynt...."

    by Verbage

    "wheelchair moguls" <p> That's hilarious. That might be the most honest description of meeting Harry by any of these celebrities so far.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST

    The trick to not seeing Script Girl

    by Lemure_v2

    is to not click on the link. If you do not click on the link you do not have to see Script Girl. Personally, I turn the sound off and enjoy.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    " Parts of it, with them running around in their aluminum foil s

    by Paulseta

    Parts of it must be one of the most evasive and disingenuous answers ever given in an interview. Bravo for not pursuing it.<P> Oh, and if Sony must have a deal with Murray now that at the very least is Play Or Pay... because the original cast deal (which no doubt is what is required to approve what will be a huge budget) will require that Sony have this in the pocket before forking out 100-150 million before prints and advertising.<P> And the cast, for what it is worth, need a hit. Year One is DOA, (have you read the review? Jesus wept - or in the case of the funny in Year One - Jesus Farted), Murray is off in "Let Me Prove I am a REAL Actor" land (always very very sad, as being funny is way harder than acting dramatically) and Acky is...well, fat and shit, frankly.<P> If GBIII is any better than GBII and somewhat better than any of the Star Wars prequels, I will be happy, but by God it's going to be hard to capture that fantastic throwaway sardonic wit and amazing love of New York.<P> One other thing that no-one ever mentions EVER which drives me nuts... <P> Elmer's score the first film MADE THE FILM. It's gold, and if whomever makes III doesn't get the rights, they're a fool pissing money away. Try asking a few real people what they loved and get beyond the Huey Lewis ripoff (albiet a good one) in the title track, and I'll bet lots of people remember the music as being great.<P> Unlike the screaming abortion that needed a shotgun to the head of the second one.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Cera plays the exact same character

    by TheExterminator

    in every movie! waaah

  • June 19, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST

    NeilF and wampa are the

    by TheExterminator

    biggest tools on this site...even first douches are less annoying than them

  • June 19, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Jack Black


    Will be in Ghostbusters 3. Mark my words and I'm fine with that.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by Juggernaut125

    great point about the score. I picked up the GB video game this week, and instantly remarked to myself how the music in it, even more than the cast voices truly puts me in the world of ghost busting.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Late moriarty?

    by Lucidz

    I guess I don't read the site enough, what happened to moriarty?

  • June 19, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by Verbage

    Moriarty died in a tragic accident. He was at home trying to suck his own dick, and his neck snapped, and he died instantly.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Yeah, yeah, yeah whatfuckingever.

    by alucardvsdracula

    Ghostbusters 3 sounds great until you stop and think about it for a second. All the original cast are too fucking old and rich to give a shit. They'll turn up for their cameos, read some shitty lines, get paid shit loads then fuck off and let some teenage cocksucking shit stabbers hog the movie. Count me the fuck out of this abortion of an idea.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by alucardvsdracula

    Yeah, I tried that. Hurt like fuck. But well worth it for a mouthful of your own pure juice.

  • June 19, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    No disrespect meant by this, but I'm curious: are there

    by CreasyBear

    any Jewish people in Hollywood that are actually Jewish, as far as their beliefs? Or is it just a bunch of people with Jewish last names who are actually atheists, Buddhists, whatever?

  • June 19, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by NeilF

    ...sorry your dad is busy...

  • June 19, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    Ghostbusters 3....I'm hopeful for it.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    If they do indeed get all the originals back, all they need to do is follow the lessons from the first movie and from, believe it or not, the game that just got released - fuck me, it's perfect. Same score, same feel, same humour, wonderful stuff that really takes me back to being a teen in that theatre watching GB's for the first time. Fucking amazing. They've proved with the game that the feel can be captured again - they just need to really work on a good script and not pull a Kingdom of the Craptacular Skull a la Lucas and Spielberg. Difference is, I have a feeling Ramis, Ackroyd, Moranis, Potts, Hudson and even Murray actually give a crap about making it good. So out of all the remakes/sequels on their way, Ghostbusters is the ONE I really reckon is going to delight us all.

  • June 19, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    If you only had half of the films on your résumé, you'd have som

    by Harry Weinstein

    If only RAMIS only had half of those films on his resume...

  • June 19, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

    Im sorry I understated your genius for a fully iridescent response - I should have known better

  • June 19, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    I just watched his Bedazzled last night

    by David Cloverfield

    That's a pretty good movie. color me surprised

  • June 19, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Marxeffect - Thanks!

    by NeilF

    ...I must admit I had trouble matching up to your epic insult. Suggesting I was homosexual... By God! The sheer genuis of it! How did you come up with that?<br> <br> But then you do appreciate Tits Out For Attention Girl, so maybe it's not quite so surprising after all...

  • June 19, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS - Jack Black...

    by NeilF that could actually be a good idea :)

  • June 19, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Two in the box!<br><br>Ready to go!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    We be fast and<BR><BR>THEY BE SLOW!

  • June 19, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Go fuck yourself, Exterrminator

    by GaiustheBrave

    Find the dildo you were shoving up your ass last night while your boyfriend and dad gave you double-head and use that one, you stupid, pasty, limp-dick fuck.

  • June 19, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

    It's spelt 'genius'

  • June 19, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Please don't let Jack Black in GB3, Mr. Ramis.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 19, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Seems like a really sweet, smart guy. Shame Year 1's

    by Mr Nicholas

    supposedly not so hot.

  • June 19, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Will we ever get Multiplicity 2?

    by The_Ritty

    I don't care what ANYONE says next Eddie Murphy's Nutty Professor perfomances I've never seena better comedic performance (only difference being Keaton had no makeup)... Brilliant (even if it wasn't the best comedy of all time, brilliant job by Keaton [as always])

  • June 19, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Multiplicity was good

    by ballyhoo

    But I think a sequel would be a mistake.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    The problem I had with Multiplicity

    by skimn

    was that the personality clones were SO overboard. The effeminate sensitive clone, the retarded buffoon, the macho macho guy...Granted Keaton played off himself very well. A technical stunt that must have been difficult, even moreso than Murphy's multi-characters.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST


    by Harold-Sherbort

    I think that was the point.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    GB3, please no...

    by Logan_1973

    It's going to be right on par with Indy 4. You just can't go home again...

  • June 19, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    "There will be young Ghostbusters"...

    by moonlightdrive

    Dear oh dear. What a monumental pity.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Dude! This site is for fatties!!

    by JacksonsPole

    Now I get it. I should've guessed by Harry's obscene fatness. But, this all makes sense now! You have to be a fat, ugly bastard to agree with the dumb opinions on this site! All the writers are fat. It all makes sense now. No wonder I never agree with any of you...

  • June 19, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST



    I swear to fucking God, all kidding aside, I was going to check out Year One this weekend. It was going to be the first comedy I've seen in the theater in a long time. But after that "I became his student" fucking way. <p>Not to try to sound like a badass or promote my Apatow hatred or any of that shit. That just really put a bad taste in my mouth. I'll wait for this thing to hit cable.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    No Jack Black pleeeeeeeeeease

    by Rufferto

    No Will Ferrel. No Shia lebeouf nobody from the last 10 years of SNL and no Ben Stiller. And please if you have to have a young ghostbuster just make it Oscar. They were never really that young to begin with.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I can always dream anyway .......

    by Rufferto

  • June 19, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    It'll happen no matter how badly you don't

    by Rufferto

    want it to. :/

  • June 19, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    And Year One looks as funny as Dudley Moore's

    by skimn

    Wholly Moses! Beware of films with exclamation marks.<p>Will this become a future drinking game..take a drink every time Black does some business with his eyebrows?

  • June 19, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    gaius has cocks on the brain

    by TheExterminator

    oh you big homo chill out haha

  • June 19, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Dali Lama says, "Year One Blows!"

    by mistergreen

  • June 19, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    "Everyone said they’d be in it."

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Knowing that those six words came from Ramis's mouth himself made me wet the front of my shorts...a little.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    great stuff

    by Beniffer

    Year one looks ok .. but I love this guy .. too good

  • June 19, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    "That's Egon from the movie you saw!"

    by mraig

    "No." <P> "Look, come on, kid, I gained fifty pounds. What's the problem?" <P> Just fifty more and you could be a writer for Ain't It Cool News!

  • June 19, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Cast for new ghostbusters movie.

    by mraig

    I'm not going to comment on what the cast SHOULD be, but here's what it will be: <P> Jack Black and Ben Affleck just will be in it. They just will. <P> There will be one young cute girl Ghostbuster and one trendy non-threatening black guy Ghostbuster. Let's just say Megan Fox and Mos Def, with a margin of error of Jessica Biel and Wyatt Senack from the Daily Show. <P> Bill Murray's name will be at the top of the poster, his picture will be the biggest on the poster, he will get paid the most of any actor in the thing, and he will have less than 30 minutes screentime. <P> The CGI ghosts will be very expensive, but look worse than in the old movies. <P> There will be a joke involving the Ectomobile being a brand of car that will be product-placed in the movie. TV will be saturated with commercials from that car company. <P> The big villain will be a very famous actor camping it up. <P> There will be lots of ghost farting jokes.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    we want the ORIGINALS!!!!!

    by BillyMayesHere


  • June 19, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    I agree with focus on the original Ghostbusters

    by theyreflockingthisway

    I just love the original the Ghostbusters - they work so well as a comedic trio. I'm not discounting Winston here, he's a great character too, but the original three really have a great chemistry to them. <br><br> You can never pass the torch to new Ghostbusters. If it's not Peter, Ray and Egon I don't think anyone will want to know. I mean you could "pass the torch" in the third movie and people may accept it if it has the original Ghostbusters in too but why pass the torch unless you want to make more seqels? When those sequels come, and the old guys have retired, no one will care for them. I'm a huge fan of Ghostbusters and I really find it hard to get excited about a seqel without Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis. <br><br> I've said this before but if you want to have a new ghostbusting team I'd like to see a rival business taking on the originals. Training new recruits? We saw that in the original film with Winston, the sequel (well sort of with Louis) and now in the Ghostbusters game. I don't think I could take it again!

  • June 19, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    ScottinDC re Moranis

    by myspoonistoobig

    You are incorrect about Rick Moranis. Unless you can provide a link to an interview in which Rick Moranis is either mentioned by name by someone being interviewed or Rick himself is interviewed, I am pretty sure this is not true. Proton Charging, one of the web's foremost Ghostbusters authorities, interviewed him several years back and he stated flatly that he didn't have any interest in making a third one should it ever happen because the 2nd one was so unsatisfying. Admittedly, this interview is very old -- the game wasn't announced and the movie looked like it would never happen anyway -- but I doubt his sentiments have changed. Most of the recent press about Moranis potentially being in the movie can be attributed to an Entertainment Weekly article with Ramis where Ramis says "everyone will be back" and the interviewer/article writer INTERPRETS that to mean Moranis, but Ramis does not use Moranis' name nor is Moranis interviewed. If Ghostbusters III happens, don't expect Rick Moranis to be in it.

  • June 19, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    ScottinDC re Moranis PS

    by myspoonistoobig

    I mean, there's this 2009 animated TV show "Bob & Doug" about the Strange Brew characters: and Moranis isn't involved with that either, even though Dave Thomas is. Dave Coulier is doing the Moranis character.

  • June 19, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by HaterofCrap

    what a stinker this one looks to be...even ebert hates it, and he's so happy to be alive he loves almost everything.

  • June 19, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST


    by cookepuss

    I laughed my ass off at your post. Not because it was stupid, but because - in the wrong hands - you'd probably be 100% right. That's pretty much the state of these things nowadays. So sad and true that its funny. =)

  • June 19, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    The PS3 game is so damn funny

    by cookepuss

    I'm about an hour and a half into it and the writing and voice acting are spot on. The game itself is just really fun. I've heard that it's short, but I'm gonna enjoy every minute.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Is Slimer in the game?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Or is he just at the scene at the hotel?

  • June 19, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST


    by Gabbo_the_Great

    is all you need

  • June 20, 2009, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Kid Idioteque has a review of Public Enemies

    by Mavra Chang

  • June 20, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Glad people on this site do...

    by ClarenceBeaks

    not work in the movie industry. Your casting and writing suggestions are pathetic. Stick to posting on the internet especially this site. Please don't go anywhere else.

  • June 20, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Where will GB3 fit in the series?

    by Nix_Cadavre

    I mean, if they're all in it it's going to be based in the 2000s (If they base it in the 90s, they'll have to explain away their advanced age as an effect of dealing with ghosts, I suppose) but the game is considered canon now, and was supposed to be a direct sequel to Ghostbusters 2... So will the game lore fit in with the new movie? <p> I hope so, because the game rocks and the story in it is great. It would have been an awesome Ghostbusters 3 if they'd ever made it as a movie.

  • June 20, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by mraig

    If you are referring to what I posted, you do understand the difference between SUGGESTIONS and PREDICTIONS right?

  • June 20, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    National Lampoon's Vacation

    by Buzz Maverik

    Man, Ramis is good! And ANIMAL HOUSE. I just learned that Ramis was up for Boon. That would have been cool and different, although Peter Reigert is one of the great, unrecognized character actors who his generation who makes every movie he is in better.

  • June 21, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Watching "Ghostbusters" right now. DAMN IT'S GOOD

    by FeralAngel

    Even given the cheesy effects...because unlike most of today's fantasy films, the effects don't rule the film - THE ACTORS DO. (Something George Lucas has completely forgotten). And during the film's commercial breaks there have been some mini-interviews with some of the film's principals, and yeah, Ramis....hasn't aged well. He's gone from skinny to Santa Claus. Ah well. The movie still kicks ass. I'd love to see more ghostbustin', and happily this new film has the involvement of those people that made the first film great. And we could all use a good plain fun funny popcorn movie these days. Right on, Egon! You rule.

  • June 22, 2009, 1:59 a.m. CST

    I reckon

    by thesubstream

    there'll be enough goggle eyed people that loved the first movies so much that they'll be able to see beyond the faults of this one. Or it might actually be good. More Harold Ramis for your lucky lucky eyeballs