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Robert Downey Jr. Wanted Bill Murray For 'Iron Man' But, Of Course, He Was Impossible To Get In Touch With

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 31, 2012 11:20 AM
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Bill Murray is know for not having an agent, and if you want to get in touch with him, the word is that he's got a 1-800 number where you can leave a message, and if he feels like calling you back, then he will (if you have it, please send it to us, thanks). Thus, every time he stars in a film, there's generally a humorous tale about how the project managed break the communication barrier and/or how there was concern that he might not actually show up. For instance, after months of answering machine messages, Sofia Coppola resorted to cold-calling Al Pacino in the hope that he (who Coppola heard lived in the same region as Murray) could put her in touch with him for "Lost In Translation." Then, even after meeting Murray through Mitch Glazer, Coppola only had a verbal agreement from the actor and didn't hear from him again until he miraculously showed up in Tokyo a week before lensing began. Now comes another Murray tale of frustration and answering machines via Robert Downey Jr.

Watch: Bill Murray Is Franklin D. Roosevelt In Trailer For Oscar Hopeful 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2012 1:55 PM
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Accent: check. Impersonation of famous person in biopic: check. Forbidden love: check. Wheelchair: check. It looks like Bill Murray is ready for his Oscar moment. The actor was seen as a favorite for the award in 2004 for his performance in "Lost In Translation," but was beaten at the last by Sean Penn in "Mystic River." He's continued to make quirky, picky choices ever since, but no film seems to have a better chance of giving him another run at for awards gold than period drama "Hyde Park on Hudson," a trailer for which has just debuted over at Yahoo.

Bill Murray Gets Presidential In New Pics From 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 4:01 PM
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While both Daniel Day Lewis and Benjamin Walker will portray Abraham Lincoln this year, Bill Murray as usual is going down his own distinct path playing a different president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Hyde Park On Hudson." And this writer is anticipating it more than either "Lincoln" or "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and Focus Features has dropped a few new images to tease the film.

Bill Murray's 'Hyde Park on Hudson' Hits On December 7th; Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Dated For April 27th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 1:28 PM
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A couple of release dates on the horizon, so get out your calendars....

First Look At Bill Murray Not Ghostbusting As Franklin Delano Roosevelt In 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 9:44 AM
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That's right. Peter Venkman is getting all presidential on us. In case you forgot, Bill Murray has gone ahead and done something more interesting than reading the "Ghostbusters 3" script, taking the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the upcoming period piece "Hyde Park On Hudson."

'Rushmore' Reunion? Olivia Williams Frontrunner To Play Bill Murray's Wife In 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 6:03 AM
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What else can we say about the lovely and talented Olivia Williams except that she's consistently great in pretty much anything she's in. Most American audiences became familiar with her she when she starred in Wes Anderson's sophomore effort "Rushmore" and it looks like a reunion of sorts with another cast member is in the works.

Laura Linney, Samuel West In Talks To Star Opposite Bill Murray's F.D.R. In 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 1:40 AM
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Olivia Colman To Play Queen ElizabethDepressingly for those of us in the U.K. who would like to throw off the yoke of our apparently-appointed-by-god inbred oppressors, royalty is big business at the moment. Between the enormous, Oscar-winning success of "The King's Speech," and the royal wedding last week, the Windsors are back, and there's more than one film project in the works at present. For instance, Dakota Fanning is attached to play the young Princess Margaret in the romantic-comedy "Girl's Night Out," although that won't move forward until after director Michael Hoffman is done with "Gambit."

Bill Murray To Play Franklin D. Roosevelt In 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 11:02 AM
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Sorry Ivan ReitmanIt's been a pretty slow news day, so here's bit of WTF to go with your supper tonight.

'Notting Hill' Director Roger Michell Prepping Incestuous Drama About Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 9:04 AM
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While "Morning Glory" wasn't quite the big rom-com hit Paramount was hoping for, Roger Michell has returned to the U.K. and is already mounting his next project, one that marks a firm 180 from his news team rom-com, keeping in line with the director's proclivity to switch up genres and themes.

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