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Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel rolls out into more markets this week after debuting at just four theaters last weekend. Bill Murray only has only a brief cameo, but he made the most of it and was absolutely hysterical.
Now we have a question for you: What is your favorite Bill Murray movie? Feel free to vote for one of his legendary comedies like Ghostbusters and Caddyshack, one of his more serious films like Lost In Translation and »
As ever, Galifianakis plays a ruddy-faced, quietly boiling version of himself, prodding his guest's most obvious pressure points with self-hating irritation at the whole chatshow charade. It fits into the outsider online comedy realm of Tim and Eric, with whom he memorably made the masterclasses in deadpan surrealism A Vodka Movie and Just 3 Boyz – and as such it's a very odd place to find the commander-in-chief.
This is Cool Dad Obama, the guy who doesn't quite get pop culture but whose game attempts and charisma mean we fawn over him anyway. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
A tribute to hometown boy (not really, but kinda sorta) Harold Ramis, a Hayao Miyazaki classic from 1988, and a handful of standards make up the roster for the Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series which starts up again April 4th. No black and white classics or anything pre-1977, which is not surprising since Vertigo and even Casablanca were poorly attended last year. This is a solid line-up though and I’m glad to see the return of Repo! With its live shadow cast – it’s always a good time.
Reel Late at the Tivoli takes place every Friday and Saturday night and We Are Movie Geeks own Tom Stockman (that’s me!) will be there each night with custom trivia questions about the films and always has DVDs, posters, and other cool stuff to give away. Ticket prices are $8. We hope to see everyone late at night in the coming months. »
- Tom Stockman
Much like a nasty cold, the '80s just won't go away. The latest franchise getting a 21st Century reboot is "Fletch," based on the novels by Gregory McDonald. Jason Sudeikis is in talks to take on the role of journalist I. M. Fletcher, a character made famous by fellow "SNL" alum Chevy Chase in "Fletch" and "Fletch Lives."
Chase was in the prime of his comic career when "Fletch" came out in 1985, with "Foul Play," "Caddyshack," and "National Lampoon's Vacation" already under his belt and "European Vacation," "Spies Like Us," and "Three Amigos" yet to come. Similarly, Sudeikis has been enjoying a string of box office hits like "Horrible Bosses" and "We're the Millers," which are both getting sequels. (He's also engaged to the super-cool Olivia Wilde, so he's got that going for him.)
"Fletch Won," which is being positioned as the first in a franchise, is being touted »
- Jenni Miller
Now playing in theaters is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire. In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan. I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass. The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission. It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February. While many might have wondered if we needed »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Bill Murray notably gave a shout out during the 2014 Oscars earlier this week to Harold Ramis, with whom he starred with in a number of films. Yet, up until shortly before Ramis' recent illness and death, Murray and Ramis hadn’t spoken for years.
While filming Groundhog Day in 1993, Murray and Ramis got into a dispute that would see them cut each other out of their respective lives for years. According to Ramis, Murray had been nearly impossible to work with during the film, which was shot in the midst of the actor’s marriage troubles with Margaret Kelly.
"At times, Bill was just really irrationally mean and unavailable; he was constantly late on set," Ramis told the »
When a comedy has enjoyed some longevity, a long-running gag can either get tired or crescendo triumphantly to an ultimate payoff. On tonight’s Archer, that time where all of the nods to “Danger Zone” came to a head as Kenny Loggins, yes, that Kenny Loggins made a guest appearance as himself as Archer (H.Jon Benjamin) asks him to do a favor. The singer-songwriter has songs that played a big part three of the biggest cult classics in Caddyshack, Footloose and of course, Top Gun.
Currently recording with his new band, Blue Sky Riders (with Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman), Loggins has gone back to creating country rock music like when he started his career with Jim Messina. He described himself as a “total badass,” in the episode and we would concur. “Baby Shower” is one of the season’s funnier episodes and contains another two musical performances by »
- Ernie Estrella
(Cbr) Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself. Best known for his ‘80s chart-topping soundtrack tunes “Footloose,” “I’m Alright” and “Danger Zone,” he’s now playing a parody of himself on the FX animated series "Archer". Airing tonight, the episode finds former super-spy Archer “recruiting” Loggins to perform at Lana’s baby shower. The event takes an unexpected turn when the singer teams with Charlene for a country rendition of his "Top Gun" hit. During a conference call to promote his "Archer" cameo, Loggins spoke about his musical legacy, working on the animated comedy and going country. How did this guest appearance come about? Kenny Loggins: As you know, "Archer" has been referring to “Danger Zone” for quite a while. I have five kids. My oldest is 22, and he thinks it was inevitable that they would call and say, “Would you like to »
- Bryan Cairns, Comic Book Resources
Bill Murray gave a poignant shoutout to his old friend Harold Ramis while presenting the Oscar for Best Cinematography Sunday night. After announcing the nominees with Amy Adams, Murray added, "Oh, we forgot one: Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day."The audience roared their approval when Murray mentioned the late comedy legend. When the applause quieted down, Murray politely apologized for stealing the moment, and then handed the prize to Gravity's Emmanuel Lubezki. Murray and Ramis were longtime friends and collaborators who came up together in the Chicago comedy scene before heading to Hollywood. They teamed up on films like Meatballs, »
- Melissa Locker
I’m just about conscious following last night’s epic live-blogging of the greatest show on Earth. If you weren’t around to catch the Academy Awards ceremony live, then take a look at one of the best moments from then night; Bill Murray’s touching tribute to his late colleage, Harold Ramis. Taking to the stage with Amy Adams to present the Best Cinematography award, Murray, clearly emotional, used the opportunity to tip his hat to the late actor and director.
Here’s that moment once again. We love you Bill Murray.
- Paul Heath
After Murray and his co-presenter Adams listed off Best Cinematography nominees Gravity, The Grandmaster, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and Prisoners, he added a sixth.
While Murray gave his shoutout to the late actor and filmmaker, Adams looked on with a smile. The audience, familiar with Ramis’ groundbreaking work in comedy cinema, enthusiastically applauded the impromptu addition.
Over the last two decades, Murphy and Ramis – once close friends – were estranged. Before their falling out due to onset drama while filming Groundhog Day in 1993, they’d teamed up to create a number of iconic movies and characters. Murphy, who reconciled with Ramis before his death due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, »
Bill Murray went off-script while handing out the Academy Award for “Achievement in Cinematography” on Sunday to remember his old collaborator, the late Harold Ramis. After rattling off names of the actual nominees for Achievement in Cinematography, Murray turned to camera, saying, “Oh, we forgot one: Harold Ramis for ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day.’” The two worked together on those films, but had a long falling out on “Groundhog Day.” Also read: Harold Ramis and Bill Murray: Inside The ‘Groundhog Day’ Duo’s Decade-Long Feud Co-presenter Amy Adams was on-board with the improv moment, smiling widely and applauding feverishly — the Dolby Theater audience followed. »
- Tony Maglio
Bill Murray, making a rare Oscar appearance less than a week after the death of Harold Ramis, made a poignant shout-out to his old friend while presenting the award for Best Cinematography. After announcing the nominees, Murray added, “Oh, we forgot one. Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.”
The audience applauded warmly, Murray apologized — needlessly — for stealing the moment, and then the prize was awarded to Gravity’s Emmanuel Lubezki, who won for the first time after six nominations.
Murray and Ramis knew each other before they were famous, coming up together in the Chicago comedy scene and »
- Jeff Labrecque
Us actor and director, who died in February, remembered by longtime collaborator and friend at Academy Awards ceremony
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
Billy Murray paid tribute to Harold Ramis, the leading light of American comedy who died last week at the age of 69, while presenting the best cinematography prize at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony.
Born and raised in Chicago, Ramis teamed with Murray and John Belushi for the National Lampoon Radio Hour in the early 1970s, later branching into film with 1978's successful National Lampoon's Animal House. Following Belushi's death, Ramis and Murray partnered with Dan Aykroyd to play squabbling paranormal experts in the 1984 hit Ghostbusters.
Ramis made his directing debut with Caddyshack in 1980, although his best-loved picture was Groundhog Day, the 1993 comedy classic that starred Murray as a self-absorbed TV weatherman grappling his way towards an eventual redemption. His other films included Stripes, »
- Xan Brooks
Good evening, Digital Spy readers, and welcome to the 86th Academy Awards!
The biggest event in the film industry calendar is upon us again, and we'll be bringing you up-to-the-minute commentary throughout the evening, from the first red carpet arrivals through to the bitter end.
If you need to brush up before the ceremony begins, here's the full list of this year's nominees and this year's presenters.
05:11And that's a wrap on this year's Oscars. As ever, things became rushed and chaotic towards the end as the ceremony was clearly overrunning, but Ellen was exactly the right kind of deadpan presence to hold it all together.
05:01"Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup, »
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
This week the film world lost a real legend. Harold Ramis, who passed away on Monday, had a hand in some of the greatest comedies of the last half century, including Stripes, Groundhog Day, and Caddyshack, but arguably his most influential movie was the 1984 classic Ghostbusters. Paired up with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, Ramis helped create a pop culture monument that will live on forever - and it is the vehicle with which a Los Angeles museum is honoring the actor/writer/director's passing. The news outlet Curbed Los Angeles has discovered that the Petersen Automotive Museum has inflated a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on its roof that has been paired with a banner that reads "You came, you saw, you kicked its ass/Thank you Harold Ramis" (the banner wasn't up before the photo you see above was taken). Before you start thinking that this »
Actor, filmmaker and comedy legend Harold Ramis, who passed away earlier this week, gave the world classic films like "Caddyshack," "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Ghostbusters." He began his career at Chicago's Second City improv troupe, eventually becoming one of the original writers and performers on the much-loved "Second City Television" -- aka "Sctv," a sketch comedy series born from Second City's Toronto troupe that also featured John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara and Dave Thomas. In honor of Ramis, Second City has put together a video featuring Ramis at The Second City 50th anniversary, remembering his early days in comedy and explaining his determination to do something he loved. His words of wisdom ring true, carrying with them as big a significance as his movies have on all those who cherished him. Check out the video below: »
- Ziyad Saadi
Actor, filmmaker and comedy legend Harold Ramis, who passed away earlier this week, gave the world classic films like "Caddyshack," "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Ghostbusters." He began his career at Chicago's Second City improv troupe, eventually becoming one of the original writers and performers on the much-loved "Second City Television" -- aka "Sctv," a sketch comedy series born from Second City's Toronto troupe that also featured John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara and Dave Thomas. In honor of Ramis, Second City has put together a video featuring Ramis at The Second City 50th anniversary, remembering his early days in comedy and explaining his determination to do something he loved. His words of wisdom ring true, carrying with them as big a significance as his movies have on all those who cherished him. Check out the video below:
- Ziyad Saadi
Ramis died at the age of 69 earlier in the week from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.
"I've never seen anybody as happy as he was," she wrote. "He was always in a good mood, always had a smile on his face. He treated everybody kindly and with respect."
The actress continued: "He was super smart, always doing The New York Times crossword puzzle and timing himself - but with a smile on his face! He didn't take himself real seriously."
MacDowell also credited the filmmaker with always making her feel "extremely comfortable" on set. »
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