Newswire: Bill Murray repeats himself, goes to see Groundhog Day for a second day in a row

Earlier today, we reported that Bill Murray attended Broadway’s Groundhog Day musical last night, which he enthusiastically enjoyed, loudly cheering, giving a speech to the cast, and posing for selfies with tons of fans. Now, The New York Times reports—in what is either a very funny joke about the movie’s repetition-based plot, a measure of his appreciation for the play, or both—that Murray proceeded to do the exact same thing tonight, returning to watch the musical for a second consecutive day.

The Times notes that Murray had told the theater that he might return for another viewing of the show, although he doesn’t appear to have informed them that he’d be doing it quite so quickly. The real test, of course will come tomorrow: Will Murray put his little hand in ours, declare there ain’t no mountain we can’t climb, and go
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"New Warriors" Live-Action TV Series

According to reports, Marvel TV is developing a "New Warriors" TV series with ABC, based on the Marvel Comics series, as a 10-part, 30-minute live-action comedy at Freeform:

"...'New Warriors' revolves around six people with 'powers', living and working together. With abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of the 'Avengers', the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world ... even if the world isn't ready.

"With Freeform focused on a group dubbed 'becomers', ie. those experiencing a series of firsts in life including first loves and first jobs, New Warriors explores their journey into adulthood. Except in this world, they're not quite super and not yet heroes and the guys can be as terrifying as bad dates..."

Similar to DC's "Teen Titans", The New Warriors debuted in Marvel's "The Mighty Thor" #411 (December 1989).

The original New Warriors was created by editor Tom DeFalco who brought together existing Marvel comic book characters 'Firestar',
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Ed Catto: Elasticity of Geek Culture

Every college freshman learns about price elasticity in Economics 101. Price elasticity simply means that consumers will be more accepting of price changes for some products than for others. And as I’ve been watching the CW’s new Riverdale television series, I’m translating this economic concept to Geek Culture. Specifically, I’m mesmerized how some fans embrace changes to pop culture properties with a Geek Culture Elasticity and others just can’t embrace changes.

Long-time Archie fans – he is, after all, celebrating his 75th anniversary this year – are wrapping their heads around this latest television incarnation. The new Riverdale show is a steamy and creepy manifestation of beloved characters that ostensibly represent Americana. Unlike their traditional comic counterparts, these versions of the characters were driven by dark and base motivations that are a part of real people (albeit gorgeous and glamorous versions of real people).

I really liked the show.
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Barb from Stranger Things Also Wants to Play Squirrel Girl

Barb from Stranger Things Also Wants to Play Squirrel Girl
Last month, actress Anna Kendrick revealed in an interview that her brother sent her a Squirrel Girl comic, because he thinks she should play this Marvel character in a movie. Of course, Marvel has not announced any plans to make a Squirrel Girl movie, but Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo teased that some of the Great Lakes Avengers could appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is currently filming in Atlanta. Since Squirrel Girl was part of the Great Lakes Avengers, it's possible that this character could surface in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and now it seems there is a new candidate for the role, Stranger Things breakout star Shannon Purser.

Ironically, 19-year-old Shannon Purser, who made her acting debut on Netflix's hit series Stranger Things as Barb, the best friend of Natalia Dyer's Nancy Wheeler, is a native of Atlanta, where Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently shooting. Earlier this week, the actress stated on Twitter,
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Here's What Anna Kendrick Looks Like as Marvel's Squirrel Girl

Here's What Anna Kendrick Looks Like as Marvel's Squirrel Girl
Yesterday, it was widely reported that Anna Kendrick wants to take on the role of Squirrel Girl in an upcoming Marvel movie. What has somewhat flown under the radar is that this is entirely possible, and could happen as soon as Spider-Man: Homecoming hits the big screen next summer. A lot of fans aren't familiar with Squirrel Girl, her powers or the fact that she was once a member of the Great Lakes Avengers. As it so happens, Civil War co-director Joe Russo teased earlier in the year that some, if not all, the Great Lakes Avengers may appear in Homecoming. Today, we have fan art that shows what Anna Kendrick would look like as this unique superhero. And guess what? It could work.

Squirrel Girl was co-created by comic book legend Steve Ditko and Will Murray. She first appeared in the pages of Marvel way back in 1992. Real name Doreen Green,
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Could Anna Kendrick Join Spider-Man as Marvel's Squirrel Girl?

Could Anna Kendrick Join Spider-Man as Marvel's Squirrel Girl?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around for 8 years now, and it continues to expand. With movies like Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming snatching up talent left and right, it seems like every actor and actress in Hollywood is going to get a crack at a Marvel character at some point. So naturally, what everyone wants to know is, who is Anna Kendrick going to play in the McU? Well, we may have an answer to that question.

Anna Kendrick is currently out promoting her latest movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and like most actors or actresses right now, she is getting asked what superhero or comic book character she might like to play. The question came in an interview with Net-a-Porter, and Kendrick had a pretty out of the box, but probably very welcomed answer. As it turns out, she might want to play Squirrel Girl. Here
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Anna Kendrick would like to play Squirrel Girl in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

During an interview with Net-a-Porter, Anna Kendrick was asked whether she has any interest in portraying a superhero role (a compulsory question when interviewing anyone yet to be cast in a Marvel or DC blockbuster), with the actress offering up a rather interesting response.

“My brother sent me a Squirrel Girl comic because he thinks I should [play her],” says Kendrick. “I don’t know what Squirrel Girl does other than be half squirrel, but I could be half squirrel!”

Created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko, Doreen Green – a.k.a. Squirrel Girl – made her debut in Marvel Super Heroes #8 in 1992 and despite her rather silly name, she has some pretty effective powers including superhuman strength and agility, a prehensile tail, razor-sharp claws and of course the ability to communicate with squirrels. She’s also fought and defeated many powerful supervillains, including Doctor Doom and even Thanos.

Would you like to
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Ed Catto: The Golden Age Batman v. Superman – The Sinister Shadow

It’s still amazing to me that we live in a world where rumors about the trailers for the Batman v. Superman movie are reported in Forbes magazine. On the other hand, as Forbes signed on my pal Rob Salkowitz, an expert on comic-cons and pop culture, as a columnist, it’s apparent they understand the power of Geek Culture and I shouldn’t be so surprised.

Combining two franchises into a movie like Batman v. Superman isn’t a fresh idea, but it sure is a fun one. So as Hollywood and Warner Bros look to combine the quintessential dark hero with his counterpart, I thought it would be interesting to see how it was done with their prototypes.

The Shadow and Doc Savage were created for the pulps and clearly inspired Batman and Superman. In fact, many argue that it’s less inspiring and more outright copycatting. For example,
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Bill Murray Confirmed for New 'Ghostbusters'

Everyone who saw the hilarious, matchless performances by Bill Murray in the Ghostbusters comedies dreamed that he might one day agree to make another sequel, yet he never exhibited much enthusiasm for the idea. But when rumors began flying last year about the possibility of an all-female version, he was all in favor, stating: "I would go to that movie. They’d probably have better outfits, too.” Murray even named Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig as prospective cast members and, indeed, both are starring in a new version that is now filming under the direction of Paul Feig. Now Murray has made dreams come true: he will indeed appear in the new Ghostbusters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Will Murray be reprising his orignal role as Dr. Peter Venkman...

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Mike Gold: Forward, Into The Past!

Regular readers of this space know my first true love is the city of Chicago, and that I’ll use any excuse to cop a visit to my fatherland. That’s where I was this past week, and I did not need an excuse. The 15th annual Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention was in town, and, therefore, so was I.

It’s a great chance to meet up with old friends and make a couple new ones, all the while gawking at ancient publications printed on ever-deteriorating paper, more permanent facsimile reprints of same, and brand new efforts that replicate the mood, techniques and often the characters of those thrilling days of yesteryear. As my pal Jim Wisniewski says, the comradery echoes the days when comic book conventions were social occasions accessible to all… and were actually about comic books.

For the few of you who may be unaware
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Marvel trademark rumoured to herald Squirrel Girl appearance

Marvel Entertainment has filed a trademark for Squirrel Girl, leading to rumours that it has on screen plans for the character.

The comedy hero is the latest to receive the treatment, which has often indicated the company's plans to bring a character to its film or television projects.

The mutant Doreen Green was created by Steve Ditko and Will Murray in 1992, with powers including enhanced, squirrel-like abilities and the ability to communicate with her rodent namesakes.

She has famously bested powerful and dangerous characters including Doctor Doom, Wolverine, Deadpool and Thanos - frequently off-panel.

A screenshot of the trademark was posted by Uproxx.

It is speculated that Squirrel Girl could appear in one of Marvel's many upcoming movies or its upcoming Netflix series.
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Bill Murray Will Voice Baloo in The Jungle Book

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Billy Murray will provide the voice of the laid-back bear Baloo in the upcoming Disney remake of The Jungle Book, according to THR. There are two current Jungle Book movies in the works — one directed by Andy Serkis for Warner Bros., and this one, directed by Jon Favreau. Murray joins the previously announced Christopher Walken (King Louie the orangutan), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela the wolf), Idris Elba (Shere Khan, the tiger bad-guy), Lupita N'yongo (Raksha the nice wolf), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera the black panther), and Scarlett Johansson (Kaa the snake). Will Murray's work as Baloo be able to live up to his previous cartoon-voice high point as Garfield? The world waits!
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With A Roar Of Thunder– The New Blood ‘N’ Thunder Arrives This Labor Day

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The New Issue of Murania Press’ Blood ‘N’ Thunder issue #38 will be available Labor Day Weekend. A few highlights from the upcoming issue:

This issue’s outstanding feature is a lengthy excerpt from Nathan Madison’s recently published book, Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920-1960. In this richly detailed, extensively illustrated piece Nathan explores “Yellow Peril” fiction from the pulps. His exhaustive study complements Bill Maynard’s celebration of Fu Manchu’s centennial from our last issue.

Another book published earlier this year, Will Murray’s Skull Island, pitted Doc Savage against King Kong and aroused much interest not only among the Bronze Man’s fans in general but devotees of Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe in particular. BnT contributor and Wold Newton adherent Rick Lai examines Skull Island and catalogs its deviations from the Universe in an unusually absorbing work of scholarship. In a
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New From Radio Archives

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August 30, 2013

CBS Radio Workshop Volume 4 The CBS Radio Workshop debuted at the end of the Age of Classic Radio, which was a time of innovation and experimentation, especially in terms of radio drama. The ten-hour Volume 4 includes “All Is Bright”, a history of the famous Christmas song; “1489 Words”, which featured the debut of later film composer Jerry Goldsmith’s “The Thunder of Imperial Names”, which was written for a concert band and was based on a text piece by Thomas Wolfe; a two-part adaptation of Frederick Pohl and Cyril M. Cornbluth’s The Space Merchants, which offers a satirical look at rampant consumerism from the viewpoint of an advertising executive; Archibald MacLeish’s “Air Raid”, the series’ only re-broadcast, which had first been written for the 1938 Columbia Workshop. Aired during the Cold War era, it took on a sinister new meaning; Henry Fritch’s “The Endless Road”, about a road
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“Doc Savage vs. King Kong” Pulp Coming In March

Painting by George Chastain

The fifth installment of Altus Press’ Wild Adventures Of Doc Savage will feature a foe unfamiliar to the influential pulp hero , but familiar to all of us: King Kong. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Doc Savage, the special book from Will Murray and Joe DeVito comes out in March. The press release is pulpy in itself, so I’m going to just lay it on you guys:

Eighty years ago in February, 1933 the Street & Smith company released the first issue of Doc Savage Magazine, introducing one of the most popular and influential pulp superheroes ever to hit the American scene. Doc Savage was the greatest adventure and scientist of his era, and while his magazine ended in 1949, he influenced the creators of Superman, Batman, Star Trek, The Man from Uncle and the Marvel Universe—to name only a few.

While that first issue of Doc
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Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga In Semi-Final

Before the start of play on Wednesday afternoon, many held the belief that were Murray to come through his tricky quarter-final tie with Spanish no. 2, David Ferrer, then he would surely be favourite to reach the final. With a comprehensive 6-7 7-6 6-4 7-6 victory over his agile opponent, Murray has now reached his fourth consecutive Wimbledon semi-final, a round in which he has, sadly, never bettered.

The game never swung in one particular direction and both players had their opportunities. The first two sets, as the score suggests, were close, with both players evenly matched up to the tie-breaks which were divulged equally. In the third set, Ferrer lost his serve at 5-4, sending a backhand too far over the baseline, and allowed Murray to serve the set out. After a brief rain delay, the roof was closed and the fourth set continued, again another close-fought encounter with the
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Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray Leaves It Late To Beat Marcos Baghdatis

Andy Murray is through to the second week of Wimbledon once again as he left it late to overcome Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 and book his place in the fourth round.

The tennis match, which broke the record of being the latest finish to a Wimbledon game, began at 19.15 and though it was made clear no play would go on after 23.00, the game finally came to a thrilling climax at 23.02.

With the sun setting on another glorious day of tennis, Murray’s task seemed slightly less daunting as he broke in the eleventh game of the first set before serving out to clinch the set 7-5. With both men hitting it well, the windy conditions wreaked havoc on the serve and Baghdatis then broke twice in the second set to even the match up at 6-3, one set apiece.

With the clock at 21.15, Wimbledon officials decided it
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Latest news on Ghostbusters 3

It looks like Ghostbusters 3 will finally be happening, with or without Bill Murray. We think.

Reporting on the plans for Ghostbusters 3 has become a game of will he-won’t he where Bill Murray is concerned. The rules of the game are this: someone, usually Dan Aykroyd, makes some comments that he thinks Bill Murray will do the film. Bill Murray makes random noises. And then, Murray turns on the idea of the movie altogether. Then go back to step one.

We’ve been through this process a few times now, and it got to the point where the word was that the film wouldn’t press ahead without Murray’s involvement. It might just be, though, that things have changed.

The latest update has come from a new interview Dan Aykroyd has given, in this case to Dennis Miller Radio. This time, he said that “Yes, we will
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