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5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Groundhog Day' On Its 20th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2013 1:04 PM
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Twenty years ago today, on February 12th, 1993, Harold Ramis' comedy "Groundhog Day" opened in theaters. Twenty years ago today to the day, on February 12th, 1993, Harold Ramis' comedy "Groundhog Day" opened in theaters. Twenty years ago today to the day, on February 12th, 1993, Harold Ra-- sorry, we're not sure what came over us there. The film stars Bill Murray as crotchety weatherman Phil Connors, forced to go to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebrations -- where, as legend has, a groundhog may or may not see its shadow, portending whether an early spring is coming, or if another six weeks of winter lie ahead.

Jason Schwartzman Talks Working With Charlie Sheen & Martin Scorsese's Influence On 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 7, 2013 10:02 AM
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This Friday, theatrical audiences can take “A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charlies Swan III.” Starring Charlie Sheen as the titular self-destructive graphic designer, the film is a comedic fantasia about his various alcohol-fueled fantasies and dreams, but it also finds time to showcase best friend and standup comedian Kirby, as played by an acerbic Jason Schwartzman. And while Schwartzman is now a veteran of several movie sets, it’s hard to beat the amount of fun he had building Kirby for Roman Coppola’s second film.

Review: 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III' Displays The Flair & Flaws Of Roman Coppola's Approach

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 5, 2013 6:59 PM
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Roman Coppola may only be on his second directorial feature, but as a music video and commercials director, and as a writer and frequent Wes Anderson collaborator -- not to mention handling the second unit on various films from his famous family members -- he has certainly amassed a wealth of filmic experience. All of which he brings to bear on "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III." Destined to be a crowd-pleaser because of its many celebrity cameos, quirky and apropos Liam Hayes music, and lovingly detailed 70s-influenced stylization, the film affords many glossy, knowing pleasures, and we found ourselves really wanting to love it. But that deeper level of engagement just didn't kick in for us for two main reasons: the lack of a strong narrative through line and the lack of dimensionality to the central titular character. The film delivers on its title, but it turns out we need more than just a glimpse.

Bill Murray Courted For A Role In Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2013 9:37 AM
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Hey wait, didn't this wrap already? With lensing taking place this fall on Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem," and the movie in post-production, you might think it's a matter of putting completed pieces together now, but it seems there are still a couple of things to finish up. The movie has already been operating with a bit of mystery around it, and now here comes another piece of puzzle: it seems there is a role up for grabs and Gilliam wants Bill Murray for it.

Watch: Bill Murray Gets Kidnapped In Great Entrance On 'Late Show With David Letterman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2012 12:50 PM
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When we grow up, we want to be Bill Murray. The actor's greatest role in the last part of his career has been playing himself, a Hollywood celebrity who refuses to play by anyone's rules but his own, whether it's refusing to have an agent or making impromptu appearances at random karoke parties or...doing something like this...

Dan Aykroyd Says Bill Murray Has Abrogated His Rights To The 'Ghostbusters' Series; Hints At Two More Films In The New Franchise

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 5, 2012 5:52 PM
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Oh god, no. I mean, interesting news on the "Ghostbusters 3" front today. Dan Aykroyd, the self-appointed "cheerleader" of the "Ghostbusters" had a long sit down with Esquire and of course they delved into a long conversation about "Ghostbusters 3." The script appears to be done. It appears to be as "ready" as it's ever been (lord, when have we heard that one before). It's apparently the script everyone wants to make and Aykroyd even talks about potential 4th and 5th "Ghostbusters" films. Have mercy.

Review: 'Hyde Park On Hudson' Is A Lightweight & Toothless Crowd-Pleaser

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 5, 2012 3:19 PM
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At 61 years of age, the presumably hard-living Bill Murray conservatively only has two more decades of work left in him. So perhaps we all want him to really dazzle us with some meaty roles and not waste his time with middling fluff like Roger Michell's "Hyde Park on Hudson," a moderately pleasant but depthless picture that makes "The King's Speech" look like "A Clockwork Orange." OK, that's a purposeful exaggeration, but "Hyde Park on Hudson" is unremarkable; the type of would-be Oscar frivolity that makes sure it goes down the award season check list for every gentle and inoffensive cinematic element it can find.

The Essentials: The 5 Best Bill Murray Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 4, 2012 12:03 PM
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This week sees the release of "Hyde Park On Hudson," the biopic of FDR that, despite a prestige-heavy cast and seemingly nakedly chasing the success of "The King's Speech," isn't riding as big a wave as we might've expected after premireing on the fall festival circuit in September. It may yet become a popular hit, but it looks unlikely to fulfill the purpose it was seemingly created for -- to finally win Bill Murray, one of our most beloved actors, an Oscar.

There's Always Hope: Watch The New Trailer For Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan III'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 6:38 PM
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Are you ready to tumble down into the mind of Charles Swan? Self-obsessed, selfish, a bit of trainwreck...undoubtedly there will be many making the Sheen/Swan connection, but if anything, the first trailer for "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" firmly establishes that this is very much a Roman Coppola movie.

First Look At Bill Murray & Aubrey Plaza In 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2012 6:29 PM
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Roman Coppola's "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," his long-awaited sophomore directorial effort (arriving more than a decade after "CQ"), finally premiered this month at the Rome Film Festival. And luckily, you won't have to wait too long to see it yourself.

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