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Retro Movie Review: National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
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National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by John Landis
Written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller
Starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Mark Metcalf, James Daughton, Kevin Bacon, Stephen Furst
Universal Pictures
Rated R | 109 Minutes
Original Release Date: July 28th, 1978

If you are bored with the recent crop of 3D animation, superhero films, remakes, sequels, reboots, and reboot-quels, then perhaps you should step back in time and enjoy the classics. Turner Classics runs its TCM Big Screen Classics series where classic films head back to theaters for a few days at a time. This week, it’s the John Landis comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Karen Allen, and more.

I went to the Sunday night showing of the film. Check out a retro review of this classic here below.

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In Memoriam: Film and TV Entertainers Who Died In 2014
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In Memoriam: Film and TV Entertainers

As 2014 comes to a close, we take a moment at Geeks Of Doom to remember all the fallen entertainment figures in film and television who left us this year. This year, we gave a farewell to a large array of heavyweights, cult heroes, pioneering figures, and sentimental favorites who were among those who have passed on in a physical sense, but leaving the memories, the ones that they made in the past and the ones each of their fans have in regards to them.

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Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Officially A Go; Paul Feig To Direct, ‘The Heat’ Writer Will Pen Script
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Katie Dippold

After waiting years for Ghostbusters 3 to happen, news broke today that we will be finally getting it. Just not the one you’d might expect to see. Bill Murray had expressed interest in seeing the franchise go through a reboot with an all female cast, and that of course sparked talks amongst fans. Though we do not know who will be casting, Paul Feig confirmed that he will be directing the film, and that The Heat writer Katie Dippold will pen the script.

Dan Aykroyd has repeatedly kept Ghostbusters 3 hopes alive, but with Murray uninterested in the project and the passing of Harold Ramis, any hopes of bringing the crew back together were slim. So seeing Feig taking the reins for a whole new film could be fun, and the idea that this will be an all female cast is refreshing. Hit the jump for more.

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‘Ghostbusters’: For One Week Only, There’s Something Strange In The Neighborhood
Dr. Zaius   |  

Thirty years ago, I was a rambunctious 2-year-old who only knew Sesame Street and PBS. Thirty years later, I’m a crazed movie geek with an overflowing DVD collection who spouts movie lines at will. One of the quintessential films that my friends and I grew up watching, re-watching, and quoting was Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman’s comedy of bungling scientists and real-life spooks in NYC. Imagine the euphoria upon finding that we thirtysomethings now have a chance to view one of our favorites in theaters for the first time!

To commemorate the 30-year anniversary of its debut in the Summer of 1984, Ghostbusters is back in theaters starting today for ONE WEEK ONLY! Who you gonna call?

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Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Ghostbusters’!
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Ghostbusters, the paranormal, phenomenal spook comedy, which became one of the biggest successes and comedies of all time and spawned a rabid cult of fans in its wake, celebrates its 30th anniversary this week.

Directed by Ivan Reitman, and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis (the latter two co-wrote the script), Ghostbusters seemed to be the vehicle that crystallized everything about all of them. They had all worked together before — Murray and Aykroyd on SNL of course; Murray and Ramis in the army comedy Stripes, which was directed by Reitman, who Murray had also worked with on the misfits-are-in-charge of the Summer Camp comedy Meatballs — but the synergy that came on the screen with Ghostbusters was wholly apparent to all and, ultimately, became a film that spanned generations, and it was and is, a film that was for everyone and pandered to no one.

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‘Ghostbusters 3’ Loses Director Ivan Reitman; 2015 Start Still Planned
The Movie God   |  

Ghostbusters

Speedbumps are nothing new on the long road traveled by Ghostbusters 3. The planned trilogy-maker has met many obstacles and delays over the years, and, at the moment, is still here. Say what you will about the movie, but it is most certainly determined.

The latest speedbump comes in the form of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original Ghostbusters and its sequel and was attached to make the third installment. Reitman has decided to step down as director and let someone new take the wheel. He will, however, remain on the movie as a producer.

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‘Ghostbusters 3′ Script To Be Updated Following Harold Ramis’ Death; Sequel Will Continue
Ryan Midnight   |  

Egon Spengler

A third Ghostbusters movie has been in the works for over twenty years now, with co-writer of the original film Dan Aykroyd continually trying to get the project off the ground and having the main cast of the films return in some capacity, including Harold Ramis, who portrayed Egon in the movies and was also a co-writer. Ramis sadly passed away on Monday, and now we’re already hearing that meetings at Sony are being planned to reconfigure the sequel’s plot to account for his death.

Ivan Reitman, who directed both the original Ghostbusters and the first sequel, is currently attached to direct the third installment, from a current script co-written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who were writers on The Office. In the most current version of the story, Ramis, Aykroyd, and Bill Murray would only make brief appearances in the film and whose characters would act in a baton-passing role to a new generation of Ghostbusters.

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President Obama References ‘Caddyshack’ In Tribute To Harold Ramis
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Caddyshack Bill Murray Dalai Lama scene

Yesterday, the entertainment world lost a beloved figure with the death of Harold Ramis, the writer, director, and actor behind such classic film comedies like Ghostbusters, Stripes, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and many more. The Chicago native’s untimely passing has left a lot of people who enjoyed his many works saddened by this great loss, including the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

In a statement released today through the White House, President Obama, who served as an Illinois Senator before becoming President, called Ramis “one of America’s greatest satirists” and talked about the effect the actor’s work had on him and his wife, Michelle Obama. The President went on to quote Caddyshack, the 1980 comedy co-written by Ramis, referencing Bill Murray’s memorable scene about meeting the Dalai Lama and being promised “total consciousness” upon his death.

You can read President Obama’s full statement and watch Bill Murray’s Dalai Lama scene from Caddyshack here below.

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Harold Ramis Dead At 69; Actor/Director Best Known For ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Groundhog Day’
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Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis, whose career as a comedian, writer, actor, and director endeared him to the masses and created such memorably hilarious works such as Stripes, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, the first Vacation film and Groundhog Day, died today from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, according to the Chicago Tribune, who confirmed the news with Ramis’s wife Erica Mann Ramis. He was 69.

The work of Harold Ramis is like a meshing of Second City and National Lampoon (he’d been a part of both), a kind of zany art of comedy styles that lied somewhere between the chaos of a John Belushi and the down-to-earth, yet fully mired in the deadpan musings of a Bill Murray. Murray, in fact, was one of Ramis’s top bananas and cinematic cohorts: Ramis worked alongside Murray on the big screen in Stripes as his reluctant best buddy when they got themselves signed up for the Army by way of life proxy, and in Ghostbusters, as the geek-scientist-raised-to-the-highest-level Egon. Ramis also directed Murray in films like the incomparable raunchy screwball comedy on the golf links Caddyshack and the repetitive and that’s the point Groundhog Day. He also co-wrote the legendary frat comedy Animal House, which to this day, continues to inspire (albeit mostly lackluster) imitations.

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Dan Aykroyd Wasn’t Lying; ‘Ghostbusters 3’ Brings In Etan Cohen To Rewrite Script
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Ghostbusters

No matter how hard we try, we can’t get away from any news about Ghostbusters 3. A couple of weeks back Ghostbusters star we reported that Dan Aykroyd was saying that they were bringing in a new writer for the film. Now we didn’t know if this was lip service to an always nagging question or if it was true. And if it was true, would they start with a fresh story or would they use the script written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.

Now we can confirm a couple of things. First, yes, they are bringing in a new writer. Men In Black III and Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen (not to be confused with Ethan Coen) has been brought in to do a couple of rewrites on the script that Eisenberg and Stupnitsky wrote back in 2008.

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