László Kovács 1933-2007

László Kovács, cinematographer for Ghostbusters (amoung many many other films) died Saturday in Los Angeles at the age of 74.

Kovács lead a very full life, having escaped from Hungary a political refugee (he and a friend had filmed the anti-Communist uprising, which put them in danger) and ultimately becoming one of Hollywood’s most accomplished directors of photography.

Old Entertainment Weekly article on Murray

Someone scanned this 1993 interview with Bill Murray from Entertainment Weekly – this would have been shortly after his success with Groundhog Day. A lot of excellent observations on the actor by his friends, many of whom have had to act as his director. An excellent read, particularly this perfect insight by Harold Ramis.

“Success has, oddly, darkened his life a little bit,” says Ramis of Murray. “Some of the things he was less committed to, have gotten undue praise. So it confuses him in a way. It might make him wonder: If you knew you were going to be successful but unhappy at your work, would you do it?”

Murray also briefly touches on Ghostbusters (he does enjoy the first half of the film the most) and Ghostbusters 2, explaining why he took on the sequel, as someone that doesn’t like sequels, and why ultimately he was unhappy with the results.
Thank to Fome for finding the link.

UK rally Busters raise cash in Crumball 2007

Brothers Richard, Mike and Paul Walsh and their friend Dave Heaton recently participated in the Crumball 2007 rally race, using a used Volvo Estate they decorated up as the Ectomobile. You can read the first part of the story here – the end of the story is that the Ecto-Crum died in Nice, France, on the last day – the car was then sold to a scrapper. The team (#95 – The Ghost Busters) had a great time, raised a lot of money for their chosen charity, and are looking forward to the next rally.

C*H*U*D on Murray in Ghostbusters

Everyone’s favorite Cinematic Happenings Under Development has recently posted a filmtastic ed-op piece on Bill Murray in Ghostbusters.

I don’t think that Ghostbusters would have worked at all without him. I watched the film twice over this past weekend, and both times it was Murray’s presence on the screen that anchored the experience. It really is his vehicle; everyone else plays the straight man, albeit humorously clueless now and then.