21 March 2014 8:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film Independent at Lacma’s Live Read performances are always special – cold recitations of classic screenplays, the readings are never rehearsed, recorded, or repeated. But Thursday night’s live read of the existentialist comedy “Groundhog Day,” directed and co-written by the late Harold Ramis, had a particularly special, melancholy tinge.

After a short introduction from Film Independent at Lacma curator Elvis Mitchell, who called the pic “the closest we’ve come to having a Frank Capra film for the modern era,” director and series creator Jason Reitman spoke of his admiration for Ramis, who collaborated with his father Ivan Reitman on five projects.

“I was 12 days old on the set of ‘Animal House,’” Reitman recalled. “Think about that.”

Following his brief remarks, Reitman introduced the night’s cast, which included Jason Bateman in Bill Murray’s Phil Connors role, Elizabeth Reaser as Andie MacDowell’s Rita, Jeff Ross as Chris Elliott’s Larry, »


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