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10 items from 2015


Inside Bill Murray's Brilliant 'Rat Pack' Holiday Special

4 December 2015 8:13 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

I'm the king of Christmas!" Bill Murray declares early on in A Very Murray Christmas, his one-of-a-kind Netflix holiday special — and by the end of an hour of music, comedy, and celebrity pals, the comedian has indeed earned that crown as our 21st-century Santa Claus, who seems to be everywhere at once, spreading good cheer.

"Everyone is happy when they see him ," says Sofia Coppola, who directed the special, available on the streaming service starting today. "He knows how to bring joy. Bill is so full of fun, it brightens up the holiday. »

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in December 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

27 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1. "A Very Murray Christmas" (available December 4) Why Should I Watch It? Because we already told you to! Don't worry. Though it's beyond reason how you could miss out on an Indiewire review (especially one from yours truly), Christmas is a time for forgiveness. So I'll tell you again, without reproach, why you should watch "A Very Murray Christmas": The "Murray" in the title? It's not referring to Brian Doyle-Murray, Demarco Murray or even United States Senator Patty Murray. It's Bill Murray. Bill Murray is hosting a Christmas special. Watch it. Best Episode: Technically, "A Very Murray Christmas" is only one episode. It could even be considered a movie, since it goes beyond the 40-minute minimum for an episode. But if you break it up into the many musical performances sung by famous faces of today and yesteryear, then you've got yourself a ranking; a ranking Indiewire will be publishing very soon, »

- Ben Travers

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in December 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

27 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

1. "A Very Murray Christmas" (available December 4) Why Should I Watch It? Because we already told you to! Don't worry. Though it's beyond reason how you could miss out on an Indiewire review (especially one from yours truly), Christmas is a time for forgiveness. So I'll tell you again, without reproach, why you should watch "A Very Murray Christmas": The "Murray" in the title? It's not referring to Brian Doyle-Murray, Demarco Murray or even United States Senator Patty Murray. It's Bill Murray. Bill Murray is hosting a Christmas special. Watch it. Best Episode: Technically, "A Very Murray Christmas" is only one episode. It could even be considered a movie, since it goes beyond the 40-minute minimum for an episode. But if you break it up into the many musical performances sung by famous faces of today and yesteryear, then you've got yourself a ranking; a ranking Indiewire will be publishing very soon, »

- Ben Travers

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32 videogames that brought actors back to iconic roles

19 November 2015 1:21 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Ghostbusters 3 to a Firefly reunion, videogames are doing what movies can't...

Tie-in video games are nothing new in the moviemaking or televisual world. Through these spin-off products, we can play out adventures featuring our favourite characters without having to leave the house.

Most of the time, though, said characters don’t sound quite right. For financial reasons, you’ll often see a different voice cast step in to replace the overly expensive stars from the original film or TV version. Admittedly, these stand-ins do a very good job from time to time. But you can always tell the difference.

Sometimes, though, providing a rare treat for fans, actors can be convinced – by money, passion or a good script - to reprise their iconic film or TV characters once more for a video game adventure. Here are 32 games that featured instances of this incredibly fun phenomenon… »

- simonbrew

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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

11 November 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run, »

- Dave McNary

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The Middle: family comedy at its best (and 5 great episodes)

22 July 2015 9:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A warm but never schmaltzy, perfectly formed family sitcom with no weak links in its cast, here's why you should watch The Middle...

Family sitcoms aren’t exactly thin on the ground, so finding a new spin on the format is always going to take some work. Originally intended as a vehicle for Ricki Lake, The Middle is a case in point. After several years in development, it finally aired in autumn 2009 with a new lead: Patricia Heaton, one of the stars of hugely popular show Everybody Loves Raymond. Writers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline had previously been responsible for Roseanne, so the track records of all involved boded well for the series’ prospects. Six seasons later – with a seventh confirmed in May – expectations have well and truly been proved correct.

The Middle is a warm, beautifully performed and acutely observed portrait of a family struggling to cope with the »

- louisamellor

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Stone (Thrillingly) Assassinates Truth While Investigating Kennedy Assassination

14 May 2015 6:22 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »

- Andre Soares

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'Tangled' & 'Groundhog Day' Musicals Planned for the Stage

3 April 2015 4:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Two wildly different movies will be getting stage musical adaptations in the near future, with a Broadway version of the 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day being developed, while Disney Parks is making a Tangled musical for their Disney Cruise Lines. The Groundhog Day musical is being developed by composer-lyricist Tim Minchin, director Matthew Warchus, choreographer Peter Darling and set and costume designer Rob Howell, the team behind the current Broadway adaptation of the 1996 movie Matilda. They will all collaborate on the play's book with Danny Rubin, who came up with the original Groundhog Day story and co-wrote the screenplay with director Harold Ramis.

Scott Rudin will produce the play with Andre Ptaszysnki's Whistle Pig Productions and Columbia Stage Live. The original movie centered on a weatherman (Bill Murray) who is assigned to cover the Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where he gets caught in a time loop and is »

- MovieWeb

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Shout! TV Adds Stingray, Kentucky Fried Movie, & The Goode Family

6 March 2015 10:55 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Shout! Factory TV, now in its second month, has added three more properties to their growing library of streaming content. These include Gerry Anderson’s Stingray, the Supermarionation series from the mid-1960s, the animated Goode Family, and the 1970s comedy Kentucky Fried Movie.

Shout! Factory TV is a premiere digital entertainment streaming service that brings timeless and contemporary cult favorites to pop culture fans. With a uniquely curated entertainment library, the channel offers an unrivaled blend of cult TV shows, movies, comedy, original specials and more – presenting an exciting entertainment alternative to other services.

Shout! Factory TV is available through any browser and has a Roku app.

The Goode Family (All 13 episodes)

The Goode Family, from executive producers Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head, Office Space) and John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky (King of the Hill, Blades of Glory), comes to Shout! Factory TV this March.

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- ComicMix Staff

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Wgaw To Honor The Late Harold Ramis With Screen Laurel Award

13 January 2015 10:23 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Writers Guild of America, West has chosen late screenwriter-director-actor-producer Harold Ramis to receive its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, awarded to a Writers Guild member who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter. Erica Mann Ramis and family will accept the award on Ramis’ behalf at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14. Harold Ramis  passed away on February 24, 2014 at the age of 69. From today’s announcement:

Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects – an adaptation of Confederacy of Dunces, a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with »

- Denise Petski

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