Comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis is best known for the 1984 film Ghostbusters, which he co-wrote and starred in along with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Ramis had co-written and planned to star in the long-awaited Ghostbusters III — but did not get the chance. Ramis died Monday in Chicago from an autoimmune disorder. He was 69 years old.
Ramis co-wrote Animal House, Meatballs and Stripes. He co-wrote and directed Caddyshack, and directed Murray in Groundhog Day.
Today, we remember Ramis with excerpts from a 2005 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross:
"I played a lot of weasels, a lot of cowards; sweating cowards was my thing. I used to play like hippies and, like, counterculture guys, and [John] Belushi kind of took that over, so I moved into the coward role. … The other thing I would always play was the character called "specs" or "the professor." I’d play the brainy guy, which I ended up doing, of course, in Ghostbusters.”
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Fresh snow baby. My new nephew. Managed Atlanta’s icy roads to see my sister, her husband and their new addition.
Emma Thompson forever.
Emma Thomspon pretty much sums up the Golden Globes spirit.
There’s another Hobbit movie out, and lo, people have started hitting the Out of Ambit blog in search of recipes for seed cake.
So I thought I’d save the Tumbrites (in particular) a few clicks by crossposting the recipe over here.
[Bilbo] had a horrible thought that the cakes might run short, and then he — as the host: he knew his duty and stuck to it, however painful — he might have to go without.
“Come along in, and have some tea!” he managed to say after taking a deep breath.
“A little beer would suit me better, if it is all the same to you, my good sir,” said Balin with the white beard. “But I don’t mind some cake — seed-cake, if you have any.”
“Lots!” Bilbo found himself answering, to his surprise; and he found himself scuttling off , too, to the cellar to fill a pint beer-mug, and then to a pantry to fetch two beautiful round seed-cakes which he had baked that afternoon for his after-supper morsel.
And there you have it. Clue-finder and web-cutter, friend of bears and guest of eagles, Ringwinner, Luckwearer, Barrel-rider: Bilbo Baggins bakes, too. Here is the all-round Hero in potentia, waiting for the Call… but with one eye on the oven timer. (And the appetite obviously heroic, as well. Only a hobbit would consider two whole seedcakes “a morsel”.)
…It’s been hanging about in British children’s literature for a while now, the seed cake. The appearance in The Hobbit is hardly the first one: seed cake turns up as comfort food often enough, sometimes in strange disguises (the reference in Winnie the Pooh to “crustimoney proseedcake” is one of these).
I woke up this morning (completely irrationally) with the yen for it and went to check what recipes were to be found. (And the results are under the cut.)