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In a time of constant remakes and reimaginings, it's nice to see some of them turn out to be quality works. It's even better when they can be recognized by the original creators as such. A musical adaptation of Groundhog Day has been playing on Broadway for a few months now, and since that time it's racked up a bunch of Tony Award nominations, among other accolades. Now the star of the 1993 movie, Bill Murray, has seen it twice and is a huge fan. The New York Times has a great report on Murray's first time seeing the show, on Tuesday night, with co-star and brother Brian Doyle-Murray plus the co-writer of both screen and stage versions, Danny Rubin. He caught the musical, during which he reportedly sobbed, and then afterward his group went backstage to...
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- Christopher Campbell
Bill Murray revisited one of his most beloved roles Tuesday night at the August Wilson Theater in New York City, where he watched the musical adaptation of “Groundhog Day.” Joining Murray were his brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, who played Buster in the original film, and screenwriter Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the 1993 film as well as the Broadway adaptation.
Widely considered one of the greatest comedies of all time and one of Murray’s most iconic performances, “Groundhog Day” follows pompous weatherman Phil Connors (Andy Karl int he musical) who must relive the same day over and over again in the podunk town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Murray appeared deeply engaged throughout the night, the New York Times reports. Murray bobbed his head to the music, pumped his fist in the air, and even once let out an audible “Wow! »
- Jude Dry
Nearly a quarter-century after its release, “Groundhog Day” remains one of Bill Murray’s most famous movies, and this week, he gave the Broadway musical adaptation of his beloved comedy his blessing after it reportedly moved him to tears. The New York Times covered Murray’s visit to the August Wilson Theatre to see the show, during which he took selfies and hung out with starstruck fans who couldn’t believe that Phil Connors himself was with them in the audience. He was joined by his brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, who played Buster Green in the original film, and Danny Rubin, »
- Jeremy Fuster
Harold Ramis and Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day is one of the best comedies to ever come out of Hollywood, its heartwarming message of self-betterment dovetailing beautifully with the script’s absurd riffs on Nietzschean philosophy. More than 20 years after its release, the film continues to capture the imaginations of viewers, with making-of accounts, fan edits, and now a Broadway production celebrating it.
The Groundhog Day musical premiered on Broadway last April, and though it has since received fawning reviews from the New York theater cognoscenti, the most important critics of all didn’t arrive until last night, when Murray himself showed up alongside co-star (and brother) Brian Doyle-Murray and co-screenwriter Danny Rubin (who also wrote the book for the musical).
The New York Times’ Sopan Deb chronicled the night both in an article and on Twitter, taking the opportunity to highlight the types of charming, offhand quirks for »
- Randall Colburn
He managed to enter the August Wilson Theatre in New York City on Tuesday night will relatively little fanfare. But once inside the lobby, Murray, who was accompanied by screenwriter (and book writer of the musical) Danny Rubin and his brother Brian Doyle-Murray, was soon spotted by fans -- and quickly ended up on social media. The New York Times, which tagged along during the actor’s first visit to the musical, reported that he was greeted with applause from the audience before the show started.
By the time intermission came, Et has learned, Murray obliged adoring fans with selfies in the lobby.
At the end of the show, which tells the story of a local weatherman stuck repeating the same day over and over again in Punxsutawney »
On Tuesday, the 66-year-old comedian went back in time — taking in a performance of Groundhog Day, the Broadway musical based on his hit 1993 movie about a cranky TV weatherman who gets stuck in a time warp while covering the Groundhog Day ceremonies in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and is forced to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
It was Murray’s first time seeing the musical, which was nominated for seven 2017 Tony awards and took home London’s Olivier Award for Best Musical. And according to reports from The New York Times, »
- Dave Quinn
Last year Mondo brought out the fun horror side of SpongeBob Squarepants with their Hash Slinging Slasher poster, and now Nickelodeon is giving horror fans who enjoy a little pineapple under the sea another reason to rejoice, as they've announced a stop-motion SpongeBob Halloween special premiering this October, and you can watch the first clip right now:
Press Release: Fans filled the room to the gills at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom panel on Saturday, July 22. During the panel, series’ notable voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy) Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs) and surprise guest Brian Doyle Murray (Flying Dutchman) performed a live table read of a fan-picked classic episode, “Shanghaied.”
- Derek Anderson
Bill Murray is bringing Caddyshack to his hometown, at least nearby where he grew up and in restaurant and bar form. Murray Bros. Caddyshack will be opening later this year in the village of Rosemont, which is just outside of Chicago and adjacent to O'Hare Airport. Murray and his siblings were reared on the North Shore of Chicago in suburban Wilmette. He and his five brothers (Andy, Brian Doyle, Ed, Johnny and Joel) opened the restaurant's first location at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fl, in 2001.
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Nickelodeon is scaring up a new adventure for SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends with the stop-motion animated special “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom,” which will air on the network in October.
The special, produced at stop-motion animation company Screen Novelties in Los Angeles, aims to evoke the style of such classic Rankin/Bass holiday specials as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Mad Monster Party.”
“The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom” production uses 27 sets that feature such items as 15 boxes of breakfast cereal to create Bikini Bottom’s coral reefs, eight pounds of glitter to decorate SpongeBob’s pineapple house, and »
- Terry Flores
SpongeBob SquarePants will be offering up some scares this Halloween.
Nickelodeon has greenlighted a stop-motion special called SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom that's set to debut in October.
Made in the visual style of the classic Rankin/Bass TV specials, which include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the special will center on the story of the Flying Dutchman (voiced by Brian Doyle Murray), who wants to make sure everyone in town is scared, especially SpongeBob, who thinks scary things are funny.
The special finds Bikini Bottom decked out for Halloween: Sandy's treedome is a mad scientist's lab, with a giant »
- Kimberly Nordyke
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