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We love to spend the holidays with Bill Murray. There's Ghostbusters II on New Year's Eve, Hyde Park on Hudson on President's Day, Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day and, of course, Scrooged at Christmas*. Now we're going to have more of the actor to watch on that last holiday, because he's starring in a special called A Very Murray Christmas, which will debut on Netflix this December. Fans of Scrooged should be happy with the program, as one of that movie's screenwriters, Mitch Glazer, is now co-writing this with Murray and Sofia Coppola, who is also directing the special. Coppola worked with both Murray and Glazer on Lost in Translation, the former starring and the latter an associate producer on the...
- Christopher Campbell
Life is Strange: Episode 3–Chaos Theory
Developed by Dontnod
Published by Square-Enix
Available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
The latest episode of Life is Strange, Dontnod’s coming-of-age odyssey of a girl who discovers she can time travel, has dropped today, and it may have just changed gaming forever. Nobody saw that twist coming, and I would be amazed if anyone didn’t gasp audibly at the final curtain reveal. Chaos Theory is going to be talked about for the rest of the year as easily one of gaming’s most jaw-dropping moments…but let’s start back at the beginning, shall we?
Coming fresh off the heels of the second episode, an experience that left roughly half of us traumatized with good reason, one would have thought that Episode 3 might have been content to spin its wheels off of that traction alone, and milk a whole episode »
- Mike Worby
Being stranded in Kabul never looked so cool. Get your first peek at Bill Murray as a burned out, but still totally awesome looking rock manager in Rock The Kabah. Check it out below. Bill Murray is back in action, and this time the comedian is playing a washed up tour manager in Barry Levinson’s Rock The Kabah, which is currently in post production. The Hollywood Reporter debuted an exclusive look at Murray as a music manager, and, as always, the Groundhog Day actor doesn’t disappoint. The telling photo gives away a lot, but perhaps most importantly provides more clues about Murray's character, too. In the first look at Murray in Rock The Kabah, we can tell a couple of things about his personality. First off, he is one cool somebody. Check out the aviator glasses the actor is sporting while in character. You »
As media coverage of the unrest in Baltimore over Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody raged for the last week, it was “Déjà vu all over again as anchors, pundits and columnists spoke about the need for a “conversation” on racial and income divisions in America. It was a refrain in Ferguson, Missouri in the case of Michael Brown; Staten Island, New York in the case of Eric Garner; Sanford, Florida in the case of Trayvon Martin and hundreds of other overlooked communities across the country. “Whenever we go through these things, it’s like Groundhog Day,” Hub Brown, »
- Jordan Chariton
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Before it heads to Broadway for a March 9, 2017 bow, Groundhog Day, the upcoming musical based on the classic 1993 Bill Murray comedy, will have its world premiere in London. Beginning in June 2016, the tuner will play the Old Vic where Artistic Director Matthew Warchus has just taken over from longtime resident Kevin Spacey. The new spin on the time-loop movie was announced earlier this month with Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the script for the film, writing the book. The… »
Rome – “Parenthood” is being transposed from Berkeley to Rome in the first international adaptation of NBC’s hit TV show.
NBCUniversal Formats has brokered a deal with Italy’s Cattleya to produce the remake of long-running U.S. family drama which will air on state broadcaster Rai’s flagship Rai Uno station.
The Italian version, titled “Tutto Può Succedere” (“Anything Could Happen”) marks Rai Uno’s first ever U.S.-scripted remake and a major coup for Cattleya, which is expanding its TV activity after scoring a global hit with naturalistic crimer “Gomorrah,” produced for Rupert Murdoch’s Sky paybox and sold to more than 100 territories.
- Nick Vivarelli
The Groundhog Day stage musical will receive its world premiere in London.
The production will open at the Old Vic in June 2016 ahead of its Broadway transfer.
Matthew Warchus has included the musical in the lineup for his first season as the Old Vic's artistic director.
Speaking about the musical, Warchus told BBC News: "It needs a large audience and a large stage, and I wanted to start it in this country, so it's the perfect match."
He is forced to relive the same day over and over again, while having to report on »
When a DVD gets a reissue, its distributor tends to change the artwork. Er, not always for the better...
Movie studios love having large catalogues of older movies. They guarantee a revenue stream after all, through TV sales, streaming services, and the occasional repackaging of a DVD and/or Blu-ray edition.
But new packaging means new artwork, and a star who was hot when the film first came around may have faded since. Plus, audience trends change. Plus, there's the added bonus of luring people to buy two copies. Marvellous!
Most of the time, artwork updates go without a hitch. But in recent times, particularly with 90s movies we've noticed, some of the updates, er, 'dumb things down' slightly. Most of these exhibits are from the UK, we should note. If we broadened it more than we had into the Us - which we may do in a future piece »
A cast of eclectic characters come together with bloody results in the official trailer for Bastard. Also featured in our latest round-up are release details on Joe Kelly's graphic novel, Bang!Tango, as well as four new T-shirts from Fright Rags, including one that showcases Dr. Decker from Clive Barker's Nightbreed.
Bastard follows newlywed, hitch-hiking serial killers, a brother and sister on the run, and a trigger-happy suicidal cop as they get caught in an increasingly bizarre series of murders committed by a masked killer near a mountain-town bed and breakfast."
Bang!Tango: Press Release - "Vinnie’s years in the mob have him constantly looking over his shoulder, on the run from The Jock, a sadistic mob boss, and his gang. Vinnie has finally »
- Derek Anderson
Sci-fi anime space opera Space Dandy is on UK Netflix now. Ryan explains why it’s essential viewing, and shares his favourite episodes...
Continuity. Character arcs. Sub-plots and cliffhangers. They’re the bones on which a lot of great TV’s draped - the elements that have us rushing back to our favourite shows week after week, whether it’s House Of Cards, Attack On Titan or Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
But can a TV show blithely shun things like continuity and recognisable character arcs and still provide something reliably amusing, thrilling, even moving? Space Dandy, the animated series from Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Shamploo director Shinichiro Watanabe, plays fast and loose with the episodic TV format, frequently giving continuity short shrift, yet the result is one of the most fascinating anime shows I’ve seen in years.
To quote the opening credits sequence, Space Dandy is a dandy in space: a preening, »
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new poster and three new images for Magic Mike Xxl, the sequel to 2012’s box-office hit. Check them out here…
Channing Tatum stars and co-writes the sequel, joined by fellow returning stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias and newcomers Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Donald Glover (Community), Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham). Emmy Award winner Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra) directs the film, while original director Steven Soderbergh serves as executive producer, editor and director of photography.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey does not return for the sequel.
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike Xxl finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they »
- Scott J. Davis
Fantasy adventure from Muppets creator Jim Henson, in which a Gelfig embarks on a quest to restore order to his world by retrieving the missing shard of a magical crystal.
Groundhog Day - 2.45pm, Gold
Cynical weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, gets trapped in a time loop that causes him to live the same day over and over.
10 Things I Hate About You - 7pm, Film4
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 8.10pm, BBC Three
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) travels the globe »
The Important News Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine in just one more movie. Meanwhile, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Killer Croc in Suicide Squad. Ryan Reynolds brilliantly revealed that Deadpool is aiming for an R rating. Paramount is turning the Transformers movies into a mega-franchise. And Disney is naming its third Tron movie Tron: Ascension. Disney is also making a live-action Mulan movie. And they're making a live-action Winnie the Pooh movie. Groundhog Day is going to be a Broadway musical. Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig made a Lifetime movie. And Fox is making a Play-Doh movie. It Follows broke a box office record. Colin Trevorrow will direct Book of Henry. And Clint Eastwood will direct the Atlanta Olympics bombing...
- Christopher Campbell
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 »
Punxsutawney Phil finally has a chance at stage stardom, because the movie Groundhog Day is coming to the Great White Way. In 2017, the 1993 comedy classic will open as a Broadway musical with help from the team behind the hit stage production of Matilda. Starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, the film told the story of a grumpy news reporter stuck in a time loop that left him reliving the same Feb. 2, over and over again. The cast has yet to be announced, but that hasn't stopped us before from making predictions. While you wait to find out who is going »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
When you think of movies that would make good stage musicals, we're guessing most people don’t immediately think of Groundhog Day. The 1993 film stars Bill Murray as a man forced to live the same day over and over in the small town of Punxsutawney, and has gone on to become a minor cult classic. Now it's set to become a hit on the stage, with the musical set to debut on Broadway on March 9, 2017 (previews will begin on January 23). Tim Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics, explained early last year why he thinks it’s a viable candidate for the stage: “The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theatre, in my opinion. In fact, I think many of its ideas could be enhanced by the stage. It has the potential to be complex, dark, visually...
Ready for some déjà vu? The 1993 Sony Pictures film Groundhog Day is being revisited. But this time, the classic is coming to Broadway! For those of you movie buffs, you'll recall Bill Murray starring in the original film as a TV meteorologist who repeatedly experiences the same day—yep, Groundhog Day—over and over again. The movie-turned-musical will be created by the team behind the Broadway adaption of Roald Dahl's Matilda, including director Matthew Warchus and choreographer Peter Darling. Tim Minchin will compose the songs, and the set and costume design will be by Rob Howell. Matilda the Musical had a successful Broadway run, generating a whopping $117 »
Why does Hollywood keep mining the smallest nooks and crannies of my childhood? This week, two major children’s film projects are reportedly in development.
The first is Disney continuing to pile on to their live-action reboot slate with a reimagining of none other than Winnie the Pooh. How they intend to do this without sending one of the most classic children’s’ characters of all time into seriously uncanny valley territory boggles my mind beyond even singing jungle animals, a flying elephant, or CGI candlesticks and dining sets. Disney didn’t even wait a full week after announcing their previous live-action project, a reboot of Mulan.
Deadline reported Thursday evening that Alex Ross-Perry, director of the indie from last year Listen Up Philip, would be writing the story, in which a fully grown Christopher Robin would return to his old friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. I guess »
- Brian Welk
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