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Steven Spielberg Dishes on ‘Uncomfortable’ Interviews for HBO Documentary ‘Spielberg’

Steven Spielberg Dishes on ‘Uncomfortable’ Interviews for HBO Documentary ‘Spielberg’
Even a Hollywood legend like Steven Spielberg found the idea of an authorized documentary slightly unsettling. The director confessed as much during Tuesday night’s premiere of HBO’s “Spielberg” on the Paramount lot.

“This is a brand new experience for me,” he admitted on the red carpet in tandem with director Susan Lacy.

Spielberg said his familiarity with Lacy’s three decades of work on PBS’s “American Masters” eased the stress of being the subject of a film.

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“There were a few times I felt was uncomfortable because the questions were challenging me to retrieve memories that I had buried,” he allowed. “Susan was very astute and compassionate to get me to talk about those moments. But there were many more moments to make me realize how lucky I am and how blessed I am. So
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Kelly Lynch Turned Down Sharon Stone's Iconic Basic Instinct Role — Why She Says 'I Don't Regret a Bit of That'

Kelly Lynch Turned Down Sharon Stone's Iconic Basic Instinct Role — Why She Says 'I Don't Regret a Bit of That'
Kelly Lynch knows why she was cast in 1988’s Cocktail.

“It was one of those parts that models get because my audition was various bikinis,” the actress, whose background was in modeling and children’s theater, tells People.

After acting opposite Tom Cruise, she got steamy with Patrick Swayze in 1989’s Road House. “To do your first two films with Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise, who are both — were, in Patrick’s case — really amazing sweet and kind, guys, I loved working with both of them,” says Lynch, now 58. “They were really, really fun.”

But it wasn’t until the
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Check out the beautiful first trailer for Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

Author: Jon Lyus

With a name to ring a dozen Hollywood bells every time it’s spoken a new film from Sofia Coppola will always bring a measure of excitement. The last film she produced was the Netflix Holiday special A Very Murray Christmas, which she directed and co-wrote with Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer. Before that she stood in the eye of the Californian fame hurricane with 2013’s The Bling Ring, which followed the languid Somewhere from 2010. Today her new film, The Beguiled, had its first trailer revealed and we’re a million miles from Tinseltown.

The film was adapted by Coppola from Thomas Cullinan 1966’s novel A Painted Devil and Don Siegel’s own cinematic adaptation of the story in 1971 (a film which shares the name The Beguiled). The stage is set in 1863, during the American Civil War, at an all-girls boarding school in Mississippi. An injured Union
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Rock the Kasbah review – dog’s dinner of an Afghan music biz comedy

Even Bill Murray and Barry Levinson cannot rescue this confused rags to rock riches story, inspired by a real-life talent show contestant

One presumes that veteran director Barry Levinson envisaged this Mitch Glazer-scripted comedy about a has-been rock promoter working his shtick in Kabul as Good Morning Afghanistan, although the phrase “Good Night, Vienna” better describes its reception in America, where it tanked spectacularly last year. No wonder: it’s a dog’s dinner of a movie which not even the usually reliable Bill Murray can raise above the level of confused, cliched claptrap. Murray plays Richie Lanz, who comes to Kabul on the promise of rich pickings, and winds up attempting to help Leem Lubany’s Pashtun prodigy Salima defy death threats by singing on national TV.

Kate Hudson plays a toe-curlingly generic hooker with a heart of gold, Scott Caan and Danny McBride are salesmen for weight-loss firm Herbalife turned wacky gun-runners,
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Rock the Kasbah movie review: whitemansplaining, the movie

Behold Bill Murray as the white savior barreling into a foreign land and teaching the ignorant natives how to be better people. Obnoxious and tone deaf. I’m “biast” (pro): love Bill Murray

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Bill Murray is Richie Lanz, a sleazy Los Angeles music manager. He’s the kind of guy who takes money from a wannabe singer with no talent and no chance of even the most measly sort of success but who is also naive enough to believe that it’s normal to pay him upfront. And he’s clearly been stringing along his assistant, Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel: Your Highness, Yes Man), who has been working for him in the expectation that she will get a boost to her own singing career. So when he takes her to Kabul — yes, in Afghanistan — to perform for U.
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Marrakech: Bill Murray Talks About Reteaming With Coppola, Anderson & Directing

Marrakech: Bill Murray Talks About Reteaming With Coppola, Anderson & Directing
A few days after moving Marrakech audiences with a heartfelt acceptance speech, the festival’s lifetime achievement honoree Murray talked about his upcoming projects, desire to do more singing and direct a second movie. The actor also commented on the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

On top of confirming that he’s reteaming with Wes Anderson (“Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom”) to play a dog in his untitled stop-motion, Japanese-inspired feature, Murray spoke about his relationship with Sofia Coppola and their upcoming film “A very Murray Christmas” which bowed on Netflix on Dec. 4.

Sofia and I have a great relationship professionally. I always thought she’d call me about a movie sometime (after “Lost in Translation”). And she’s told me now that she’s been writing something, that if my behavior is good, she may ask me to be in it.”

Speaking of “A Very Murray Christmas,
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Bill Murray Talks Wes Anderson’s Next Film, Facing Your Fears, the New ‘Ghostbusters,’ and More

As in in years previous, the 15th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival honors a variety of actors and filmmakers as part of their highlighting of global cinema. This year’s opening gala honored legendary comedic actor Bill Murray, who was also in attendance to promote his recent film Rock the Kasbah, which was filmed in Morocco. The ceremony began with a brief speech from director Sofia Coppola, who extolled over Murray’s virtues as an uncanny comedic force and one of her close personal friends, having directed him in her monumental film Lost in Translation and, more recently, a Netflix Christmas special A Very Murray Christmas. The actor then took the stage and gave a heartfelt speech about his gratitude but also his heavy heart, sighting the recent tragedies in Paris and San Bernardino. This led to an empowering message of how the people around the world need
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Top 5 TV: Have Yourself a Murray Little Xmas

Top 5 TV: Have Yourself a Murray Little Xmas
Parades and pigskin aside, there wasn't much happening on television during the week of Thanksgiving. But for the past seven days? The box has been overstuffed. While various series are racing toward their seasonal end games, the networks have begun trotting out some early holiday diversions, hoping to capitalize on the viewers who are already eager to surround themselves with mistletoe and holly. There were even a few premieres last week, including a sneak preview of NBC's new sitcom Superstore, the return of Bravo's Top Chef, and a single-episode sneak-peek
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A Very Murray Christmas Is Sublime, in Its Own Aimless Kind of Way

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A Very Murray Christmas  Is Sublime, in Its Own Aimless Kind of Way
The Netflix musical-variety special A Very Murray Christmas doesn’t amount to much, yet it’s sublime; maybe it’s sublime because it shows no evidence of needing to make any kind of impression. It moseys across the screen, occasionally helping itself to a cookie or some eggnog, and every few minutes somebody sings a song. As written and co-produced by Murray, Scrooged co-writer Mitch Glazer, and director Sofia Coppola — who gave Murray one of his signature roles in Lost in Translation — it might as well be the fantasy of one of Murray’s earliest beloved characters, the lounge singer Nick from Second City and Saturday Night Live. That character’s hepcat facetiousness was a cover for the depression he surely felt at having to perform for handfuls of bored and distracted patrons in railway-station bars, airport cocktail lounges, and Army bases in Greenland.Murray stars here as Bill Murray,
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Inside Bill Murray's Brilliant 'Rat Pack' Holiday Special

Inside Bill Murray's Brilliant 'Rat Pack' Holiday Special
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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Bill Murray on Singing With George Clooney in ‘A Very Murray Christmas’

Bill Murray on Singing With George Clooney in ‘A Very Murray Christmas’
The weather outside was frightful in New York City on Wednesday night with rain and heavy fog, but the Yuletide cheer was so delightful at the Paris Theatre premiere of “A Very Murray Christmas,” an original Netflix special directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray.

The “Ghostbusters” actor, 65, received big cheers and applause for his performance in the holiday spoof that pays homage to the 1960s and ’70s era when Bing Crosby and Andy Williams would croon Christmas carols and engage in seemingly impromptu duets with their famous friends for a one-night only television event. Murray sings and charms in nearly every scene of the hour-long special, which starts streaming Dec. 4 on Netflix.

“I was surprised by how well I sing,” Murray told Variety at the Paris Theater. “I realized when you feel free, it’s like singing in the shower, and everything sounds better and there is more confidence.
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Bill Murray Gushes About A Very Murray Christmas Costar Miley Cyrus: 'She's Really a Trouper'

Bill Murray Gushes About A Very Murray Christmas Costar Miley Cyrus: 'She's Really a Trouper'
Bill Murray and Miley Cyrus may seem like an odd duo, but the comedic legend and wild child have joined forces for the upcoming Netflix Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas.

"It was stunning to work with her," Murray says of his costar at their New York premiere. "All you hear, is ... what you hear [about her] – and then you work with her and realize, 'Oh!' "

He adds, "She's really a trouper. She came through in a huge way for us."

Co-writer Mitch Glazer agreed that Cyrus, 23, was a "joy" to work with – but confessed that they didn't realize how great
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Sofia Coppola Unwraps Her Bill Murray Christmas Special

Sofia Coppola Unwraps Her Bill Murray Christmas Special
A Very Murray Christmas” is an endearing white elephant gift to the world from Bill Murray and his friends. Created by the cult-hero comedian, his long-time writing partner Mitch Glazer, and director Sofia Coppola, the one-hour Netflix special embraces the strangeness of celebrity holiday sing-alongs without attempting to make an inherently corny TV institution seem cool. “There was never any logic to those shows,” Coppola says. “There's more of a story to ours than a straight variety show, but we
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A Very Murray Christmas: Sofia Coppola Takes Us Backstage (Clooney! Miley! Chris Rock!) at Netflix Holiday Special

A Very Murray Christmas: Sofia Coppola Takes Us Backstage (Clooney! Miley! Chris Rock!) at Netflix Holiday Special
Whether you’ve been an angelically good kid all year or you’ve already eaten all of the chocolate out of your advent calendar, director Sofia Coppola has an early holiday gift for you: behind-the-scenes details from the Netflix Christmas special, starring Bill Murray, she directed, co-wrote and co-produced.

A Very Murray Christmas, which premieres Friday on the streaming video service, finds the Ghostbusters alum playing himself and feeling very Grinchy as an epic snowstorm derails his plans to perform a holiday show that’ll be broadcast live from The Carlyle hotel in New York City.

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George Clooney Sings in 'A Very Murray Christmas' Trailer

George Clooney Sings in 'A Very Murray Christmas' Trailer
Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming holiday special A Very Murray Christmas, and it's a real treat. Sold as a K-Tel Christmas compilation commercial, we get a sneak peek at all of the musical performances that will be on display in this festive outing from the one and only Bill Murray. And best of all, we get to hear and see George Clooney as he belts out a new sure-to-be Christmas classic.

A Very Murray Christmas features all of the season's greatest hits performed by a cavelcade of all-star talent. Bill Murray, Miley Cyrus and a troupe of dancing silver reindeer get down and dirty on 'Sleigh Ride'. Miley Cyrus then goes solo for 'Silent Night', with Paul Shaffer accompanying on piano. Bill Murray and Chris Rock team up for a hilarious rendition of 'Do You Hear What I Hear'. You'll also hear Mya Rudolph. Jason Shwartzman
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TV Review: ‘A Very Murray Christmas’

TV Review: ‘A Very Murray Christmas’
To call “A Very Murray Christmas” trifling is not necessarily an insult. There are probably quite a few people who’ve wondered what it would be like to spend an evening in a bar with Bill Murray, basking in the actor’s off-kilter sensibilities and listening to him and a few famous friends sing karaoke. True, there is a self-congratulatory air to the entire project, but at scarcely an hour, the special is so slender and slight that it doesn’t outstay its welcome. If the weather outside is frightful (or even if it’s tolerable), there are worse ways to spend a holiday-season hour than with Murray and his glamorous chums.

Viewers old enough to remember Nick, the hilariously jaded lounge singer Murray played in the early days of “Saturday Night Live,” will only see brief flashes of that kind of sarcastic bite in “A Very Murray Christmas.” The
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What’s new on Netflix December 2015

Bill Murray (pictured below, with some famous friends) headlines a hilarious holiday special to highlight a fun December on Netflix. Here is what’s new on Netflix December 2015, as well as movies that are ending their streaming on Netflix in December. New On Netflix December 2015 Netflix Originals I’m Brent Morin — Available Dec. 1 A Very Murray Christmas — Available Dec. 4. Bill Murray stars in a hilarious holiday special cowritten by himself, Sofia Coppola (who also directs, and who directed Murray to a Best Actor Oscar nomination in Lost in Translation) and Mitch Glazer. It’s an homage to the classic variety show, with … Continue reading →

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Netflix Drops Official Trailer For Its December 4 Bill Murray Christmas Special

In just over two weeks, Netflix will release the Christmas special A Very Murray Christmas, starring famed comedian Bill Murray, on December 4, 2015. But until then, the streaming video service is getting subscribers excited for the special by releasing its official trailer on November 17.

Directed by Sofia Coppola and written by Coppola, Murray, and Mitch Glazer, A Very Murray Christmas tells the story of the titular funny man and actor as he tries to host an old-fashioned holiday variety show at the historical Carlyle Hotel in New York City. His attempts to throw the TV event of the year are thwarted by a massive blizzard which threatens to turn the Christmas show into one big, empty room, with most of Murray’s friends unable to appear because of the weather. Luckily, guests eventually start showing up to help Murray pull off the Christmas show on time.

Netflix originally announced A Very Murray Christmas
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Bill Murray Hosts TV Show in 'A Very Murray Christmas' Trailer

Bill Murray Hosts TV Show in 'A Very Murray Christmas' Trailer
Bill Murray is promising a hilarious and star-studded affair this holiday season with his variety show A Very Murray Christmas. On Tuesday, Netflix released the official trailer for the special, which will debut on the streaming site December 4th.

In A Very Murray Christmas' extended trailer, Murray hosts a TV show (as himself) and is worried no one will make it due to a huge snowstorm in NYC. He calls on famous friends like Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, George Clooney and Miley Cyrus to help put the Christmas special together.
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