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Even when a the focus of a film or TV show is on its star humans, cameos and small parts by animals often grab attention away from headlining actors. Click through to see our list of scene stealing animals: Billy Crystal‘s character in the 1991 comedy “City Slickers” adopts a calf and names him Norman. Once Punxsatawny Phil poked his head above ground, all hell broke loose — at least in one of the seemingly infinite amount of days Bill Murray endured in the 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day.” The appearance of the cat in the season finale of HBO crime drama “The Night Of” was one of. »
- Meriah Doty
MaryAnn’s quick take…
Relentlessly dull. A tour of a strange world and “characters” little more than their “peculiar” abilities isn’t enough to whip up fantastical excitement. I’m “biast” (pro): I was a peculiar child, and I remain a peculiar adult; love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): mostly disappointed by Tim Burton lately
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
So it’s Harry Potter Lite. Very lite. No, wait: It’s X-Men Babies. In the land of Groundhog Day, or maybe in a Doctor Who-ish timey-wimey chronic hysteresis. Where they’re haunted by Slenderman. Later, there is a Bill & Ted reference. Remember the days when Tim Burton made movies that took your breath away with their originality? Where has that Tim Burton gone?
Okay, so lots of things are derivative. That’s not necessarily a dealbreaker. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Tim Burton is a wizard of odd. The best of his films take us into a world where anything is possible ... but the impossible is even better. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based on Ransom Rigg's 2011 young-adult novel, is so crowded with incident that it sometimes seems in danger of imploding. But Burton has always had an affinity for the peculiar. so how could he resist Miss Peregrine? As played by the bracingly eccentric Eva Green (the Penny Dreadful star who worked with Burton in 2012's Dark Shadows), Miss »
Bill Murray is one of the most legendary comedic actors in Hollywood, which means that along with making us laugh time and time again over the years, he's also provided us with a wealth of Halloween costume inspiration. Between his more recent collaborations with Wes Anderson and classic roles in movies like Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, get ready to blow your friends away on Oct. 31. Related Stories:Over 50 Fabulous Pop Culture Halloween Costume Ideas For GroupsThe Ultimate Guide to 2016's Hottest Pop Culture Halloween Costumes23 of the Coolest Halloween Costumes For Couples Inspired by 2016 Pop Culture »
- Quinn Keaney
Late in the second episode of HBO's Westworld, set in a theme park where visitors act out Wild West fantasies with the help of lifelike robots, the park's visionary co-founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) dresses down Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), a screenwriter who has planned a new storyline for the guests that leans heavily on blood and guts to dazzle them. The guests, an irritated Ford explains, don't return for the graphic violence, or any of the other obvious things the park's creative team shows them. Instead, he insists, "They come back because of the subtleties, the details. They come back because they discover something they imagine no one had ever noticed before — something they've fallen in love with. They're not looking for a story that tells them who they are. They already know who they are. They're here because they want a glimpse of who they could be. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail knows good TV: His USA hacker-thriller is an Emmy-winning hit and one of TV's few big watercooler-conversation starters; it's turned its lead Rami Malek into a bona fide star and made the 39-year-old showrunner a major player. So when it came time to solicit opinions for our 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list, Esmail was naturally one of the first voters we reached out to. We asked the writer-director about his ballot, his top choices and what makes a near-perfect television series.
You put »
The title may read “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,” but there can be no doubt for anyone buying a ticket: This is really Tim Burton’s Home for Peculiar Children. Not since “Sweeney Todd,” and before that all the way back to “Sleepy Hollow,” have the studios found such a perfect match of material for Hollywood’s most iconic auteur. It’s gotten to the point where the mere addition of Burton’s name to a movie title can justify an otherwise iffy prospect: You don’t want to see a “Planet of the Apes” remake? Well, how about a Tim Burton “Planet of the Apes” remake? Now you’re interested! Here, there’s nothing forced about the coupling of Ransom Riggs’ surprise best-seller with Burton’s playfully nonthreatening goth aesthetic and outsider sensibility, which should put the director back on the blockbuster charts.
One of the kid-lit sphere’s freshest recent surprises, »
- Peter Debruge
That this adaptation is highly stylish is hardly surprising; that it’s quite so charming and funny is. Plus, Samuel L Jackson eats a whole bowl of children’s eyeballs
Film-goers have endured such a punishing onslaught of young adult adaptations, it’s enough to make you want to sulk and dream of escaping into some sort of fantasy realm. Think back, if you can, to recent duds like The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials or, Rowling help us, that second Twilight film, before they wised-up and added a bit of intentional camp. Survivors of this cinematic drudgery (and there ought to be support groups) have been wondering just what would happen if you took one of these wholly by-the-numbers affairs and hired a director who at least had a little bit of style. With Tim Burton behind the camera, and the always-sharp screenwriter »
- Jordan Hoffman
Edward Albee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” has died at the age of 88. According to the Associated Press, Albee died at his home in Montauk, New York. Albee’s groundbreaking play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” was selected for the Pulitzer Prize in 1963, but was denied by the selection board due to its vulgarity. He later went on to win three Pulitzers throughout his career for “A Delicate Balance” in 1967, “Seascape” in 1975 and “Three Tall Women” in 1994. Also Read: Bill Murray's 'Groundhog Day' to Become Broadway Musical This Spring The »
- Reid Nakamura
The mighty reign of Hamilton may soon be coming to an end, because Broadway has lined up a new production that features significantly more weather-predicting rodents, funny suicides, and Ned Ryersons than Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hip opus. According to Variety, the Groundhog Day musical that’s recently been delighting audiences in London will be making its U.S. debut in April when it premieres on Broadway at the August Wilson Theater. Before arriving in London, the Groundhog Day musical was actually in the works for several years and finally got its act together when Danny Rubin—who co-wrote the original Bill Murray-starring film with Harold Ramis—was brought on board to write the show’s book.
- Sam Barsanti
In her new post, Vollack, previously president of worldwide music for Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group as well as exec vice president of theatrical for Spe, will develop and produce original theater productions and work with the Sony catalog to create stage properties for Broadway and beyond. She’ll report to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.
Columbia Live Stage already has a strong player in the Broadway game with the just-announced New York transfer of “Groundhog Day,” the new musical based on the 1993 Columbia Pictures comedy. With a creative team led by “Matilda” collaborators Matthew Warchus (director) and Tim Minchin (songwriter), “Groundhog Day” earned rave reviews in its world premiere at London’s Old Vic, and has just locked in a Broadway run opening in April and »
- Gordon Cox
Update: It’s official: the Groundhog Day musical will open on Broadway at the August Wilson Theater on April 17th 2017, with a start date for previews announced. Casting has also not been announced but Variety expects Andy Karl to reprise the Bill Murray role which has earned him raves in the UK. Angie Han’s original […]
The post ‘Groundhog Day’ Musical Coming to Broadway in 2017 appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
A stage musical adaptation of Bill Murray‘s 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day” will open on Broadway this spring, producers announced Tuesday. The show, with music and lyrics by Australian composer Tim Minchin (“Matilda the Musical”), is scheduled to begin previews in March with an official night set for April 17, 2017 at the August Wilson Theatre — where “Jersey Boys” is scheduled to end its long run in January. Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the screenplay with the late Harold Ramis, collaborated with Minchin on the book for the musical, which had its world premiere last month at The Old Vic in London. Also »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Groundhog Day is the kind of rare movie that's embedded itself so deep into pop culture that people who haven't even seen the movie still know what it's about. Comparing something to Groundhog Day is shorthand for any story about a person experiencing the same moment over and over again. It's not even a concept that the 1993 Harold Ramis movie created, but it's earned its spot as the go-to comparison point any time a vaguely similar movie comes up. That's why it's so hard to not think of the Bill Murray classic when watching the first trailer for Arq. Superhero TV show regulars Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Rachael Taylor (Jessica Jones) star in the film as a couple who get stuck in a time loop right as a group of masked people break into their...
- Peter Hall
"You don't have to believe me, but I need you to trust me." Netflix has debuted the first trailer for a sci-fi film called Arq, produced by Netflix as one of their smaller productions (similar to Christopher Guest's Mascots). The film is about a unique technological device called the "Arq", which an engineer invents and keeps in his own house. Apparently it can "deliver unlimited energy and end the wars that have consumed the world", but one day he wakes up and finds masked men in his house. They shoot him and leave him to die, but he wakes up alive repeating the same day, like Groundhog Day (the clock is an obvious reference). Robbie Amell stars with Rachael Taylor and a cast including Gray Powell, Jacob Neayem, Shaun Benson and Adam Butcher. This actually looks pretty cool, I'm very curious about checking it out. Enjoy. Here's the first »
- Alex Billington
Don't you just hate waking up in the morning and getting smacked around by masked intruders? That's what happens to poor Robbie Amell in this sci-fi scenario that has more than a whiff of Groundhog Day in the time-looping element. But it's been given a hard shove into dangerous thriller territory. I watched Amell in a multi-episode supporting role on TV's The Flash a while back, and this seems like a good fit for him. Amell stars opposite Rachael Taylor, who was great as the 666 Park Avenue lead and in a key supporting part in Jessica Jones. So the actors bode well. What about the premise? Synopsis: In a future where corporations battle against sovereign nations over the last of the world's energy supplies,...
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Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016
Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?
In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.
Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...
Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures
Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and »
As Evans County residents sipped their coffee while the sun spilled over the horizon and onto their small Pennsylvania town one April morning in 1966, they could not have had the slightest idea that over the next 24 hours, they would be faced with the ravenous zombies, aliens from the far reaches of space, and worms that like to wriggle into your ears once your pulse peters out.
The remarkable stories of these eclectic townspeople have made for some damn fine reading over the previous four issues in Double Take’s Night of the Living Dead: Revival series, and with the #5 issues out today, readers can witness the first phase of these incredible story arcs come to their conclusions. But the end is really a new beginning for these stories and their characters, and what happens in these final issue #5 panels will surprise (and likely delight) readers, including both those who »
- Derek Anderson
There are few comedians, or entertainers of any kind really, that get the amount of love that Bill Murray does from people of all ages. He has had a massive impact on comedy for more than three decades, and he is about to receive a very big honor for his accomplishments. The Ghostbusters actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member will be receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this year, becoming the 19th recipient of the award.
The Kennedy Center recently made the announcement that Murray will be this year's recipient of the award, which is meant to honor people who have made a significant impact on American society, through the medium of comedy. Murray will be receiving the award during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on October 23, which will feature a lineup of entertainers to salute him and his accomplishments. Murray responded to »
Stories that started when the dead began to rise come to the end of their first arcs this Wednesday with Double Take’s release of Night of the Living Dead: Revival‘s #5 issues, but it’s only the dawn of a new beginning for many of the characters readers have fondly followed since last fall. To get an idea of what to expect in the #5 issues and beyond, we caught up with Sr. Story Editor and writer Michael Coast, who discussed the future for Evans County’s resilient residents.
Thanks for once again taking the time to answer some questions for us, Michael, and kudos to you and the creative crew for a stellar round of #5 issues in the Night of the Living Dead: Revival universe. These fifth issues mark the end of the initial story arcs across all ten series. How did you decide where to leave »
- Derek Anderson
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