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Stephen King's always been open about his improvisational writing style, and the way he lets his stories tell him where they need to go. Even if he never said a word about his process, though, longtime King readers could probably tell, not just because his endings tend to feel rougher than his beginnings, but because sometimes his stories will take unusual detours as King becomes fascinated by a plot device he obviously didn't expect to find so interesting when he started. Case in point: 11/22/63, his 2011 thriller about Jake Epping, a Maine schoolteacher who goes back in time to try to prevent the JFK assassination. Because the time travel method (a portal in the back of his favorite local diner) deposits him in the past years ahead of schedule, Jake has to fill his days when he's not shadowing Lee Harvey Oswald to confirm that he was acting alone on that fateful day. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Marco Rubio is giving the phrase “breaking news” a whole new meaning. The Gop presidential candidate made headlines on Thursday for cracking a tooth. The incident happened aboard a flight to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, when Rubio chomped on a frozen Twix bar. “I just bit into a Twix bar and I go, ‘man this Twix bar’s got something really hard in it,'” Rubio told The Wall Street Journal. “And I go, ‘Oh my gosh, I cracked my tooth.'” Also Read: 'The View': Joy Behar Tees Off on Marco Rubio's Debate Performance: 'Wasn't Groundhog Day Last Week? »
- Itay Hod
The late Second City alumnus Ramis is most known for his roles in “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes,” directing “Caddyshack” and writing the screenplay for “Animal House” and “Groundhog Day.” Second City’s new Chicago-based school plans to build on Ramis’ legacy as a writer, director, producer and performer, while utilizing Second City’s comedy approach to teach improv and content creation.
“Harold Ramis was the quintessential Second City writer-performer — intelligent, funny and devoted to the spirit of ensemble,” said Andrew Alexander, CEO and executive producer of Second City. “His early mentoring of the Second City TV cast set the template for how that show would operate for eight seasons. His unselfish and generous spirit dominated the many wonderful films that he directed and wrote. »
- Jacob Bryant
Marco Rubio’s critics have dubbed him “Marco Roboto” because of his repeated sound bites in the last Gop debate — and they got more to mock Monday when he repeated himself again in New Hampshire. A Washington, D.C. speech language pathologist told TheWrap there seems to be a simple explanation for all the repetition. “He must be exhausted,” said Dr. Susan Miller, a communication consultant at VoiceTrainer LLC. She has worked with politicians of both major parties, but declined to name her clients. Also Read: 'The View': Joy Behar Tees Off on Marco Rubio's Debate Performance: 'Wasn't Groundhog Day Last Week? »
- Tim Molloy
The Second City is raising the comedy bar by opening the first film school dedicated to making people laugh. The Harold Ramis Film School is set to open its doors in September 2016 and welcome students interested exploring where media, improvisation, and comedic timing intersect. The school is now taking applications. Created in honor of the mind behind “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Animal Farm,” students will be “immersed in comedy training, film history, storytelling, and film production classes to give them the context in which to create,” according to a statement from the Chicago-based training grounds. “Harold Ramis was the quintessential Second City writer/performer—intelligent, funny and devoted to the spirit of ensemble,” said Andrew Alexander, CEO and executive producer of Second City. “His early mentoring of the Second City TV cast set the template for how that show would operate for eight seasons. His unselfish and generous spirit dominated »
Not so long ago, January was literally full of drama.
Network TV development execs typically spent the December holidays reading 60-plus scripts for prospective drama series. The following month would be dedicated to debating and strategizing on the best dozen or so to order to pilot. And then, as Groundhog Day approached, they’d do it all over again with comedies.
This year, the broadcast networks were nearly done handing out all of their pilot orders before January wrapped. They have no choice: The chase for top talent and material is now so fierce that the pilot-season timetable might as well be measured in warp factors. No one can afford to dawdle: The traditional broadcast development cycle has to barrel into a marketplace already humming year-round with deal-making for cable and digital shows.
“All the networks are just trying to get out in front of each other — basically, everyone is racing, »
- Cynthia Littleton and Elizabeth Wagmeister
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? We have an honest trailer for the 007 action-thriller Spectre, the classic comedy Groundhog Day re-imagined with a Donald Trump twist and Winnie the Pooh posters for this year's Oscar nominees. But wait, there's more! Find out how to make your own Diy version of Harry Potter's quidditch snitch and watch teens react to Fuller House. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Fine Brothers Entertainment is back with a new video in their React series, where groups of teens or elders are shown reacting to various TV shows, movies or video games. Today, we have a group of teens who react to the trailer for Fuller House, »
What's not to love about Bill Murray as an ill-fated weatherman who is forced to relive the same day over and over in Groundhog Day? Comedy gold. If you've ever wondered the real reasons why Murray's sourpuss meteorologist was chosen to repeat the same sadistic time loop, voiceover artist Eddie Deezen has your answer. He ponders why Murray's Phil deserved such a hefty punishment and points to the second draft of the script for an explanation. Apparently it has to do with a curse that Phil's ex-girlfriend put on him. "Literally, she opens a book of magic spells and does a little ritual that causes him to get stuck in time…. There is no 'higher purpose' given, just an angry, embittered ex-girlfriend with a little book,"...
It’s Groundhog Day, so it feels appropriate that NBC is once again the No. 1 ranked network in the key 18-49 demographic. The last time NBC wasn’t on top was just after the 2013-14 TV season’s Super Bowl, which aired on Fox. Even back then, though, NBC worked back into a first-place tie within a week and reclaimed the top slot outright after two weeks, thanks to the Sochi Winter Olympics. Before that, the last time NBC wasn’t leading the season for a significant period was February through September of the 2012-13 season, when CBS got a Super Bowl boost. »
- Tony Maglio
Opinion surveys got the Republican caucus winner wrong and were way off with the Democrats too. If you want predictions better turn to an overweight squirrel
For pollsters trying to figure out just how they got Iowa caucus numbers so wrong – again – the night before, Tuesday felt like Groundhog Day.
Related: On the campaign bus with Bernie Sanders: 'I am moved by the passion'
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- Amber Jamieson in New York
With over 130 appearances as the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS under his belt, OBE honored actor and comedian James Corden has begun cementing himself into the iconography of late night talk shows. And what better way to continue that trend than by adopting American-Germanic folklore into a talk show that is most frequented by people who fell asleep watching "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Read More: Watch: Matt Damon Reenacts His Most Memorable Roles With James Corden on 'The Late Late Show' Corden begins as any talk show host would in his opening monologue: Make a few jokes about Los Angeles' version of Groundhog Day along with other typical jokes. But then things... get weird. The night's guests -- Randall Park, Nathan Fillion and Cirque du Soleil's Kurios -- join in on an homage to the Bill Murray-starring film "Groundhog Day," making sure that Corden »
- Riyad Mammadyarov
What's not to love about Bill Murray as an ill-fated weatherman who is forced to relive the same day over and over in Groundhog Day? Comedy gold. If you've ever wondered the real reasons why Murray's sourpuss meteorologist was chosen to repeat the same sadistic time loop, voiceover artist Eddie Deezen has your answer. He ponders why Murray's Phil deserved such a hefty punishment and points to the second draft of the script for an explanation. Apparently it has...
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Today is Groundhog Day, where the myth lives on that a groundhog who sees his shadow will doom us to a longer winter than we deserve. As interesting as this concept is, what really made Groundhog Day as legendary as it is, isHarold Ramis’ Groundhog Day, the film in which Bill Murray’s weatherman Phil mysteriously finds himself living the same day over and over again.
Groundhog Day in a traditional sense is a comedy, but the film actually touches upon some really dark philosophical themes, one idea being Nietzsche’s eternal recurrence, in which we’re doomed to live the same life over and over again. It’s estimated by the filmmakers that Phil lives the same day for 10 years. Arguably, no film has taken this concept as it is presented in Groundhog Day to as absurd of lengths.
In honour of Groundhog Day, and since we’re feeling metaphysical, »
- Adriana Floridia
Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, predicting that we will have an early spring in 2016. Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Predicts Early Spring The groundhog, a native of Pennsylvania, was gathered from his habitat in Gobbler’s Knob this morning by the top hat-wearing Inner Circle. At sunrise (7:30 a.m.) Tuesday, it was determined […]
- Chelsea Regan
The Vampire Diaries delivers one of the strongest episodes not just of season seven but of recent years...
This review contains spoilers.
7.10 Hell Is Other People
Well this is timely. It's groundhog day in the real world and The Vampire Diaries has finally resorted to doing its own time-loop episode. It's taken the show seven whole years to actually do it, which is laudable on its own, but somehow it also managed to take that trope and craft the strongest episode of its current season. I'd even go so as far as to say it's one of the strongest episodes the show has done in recent years.
Some of that's to do with how focused it is, showing us the world from only one perspective for all but a single scene. For a show that usually burns through plots and revelations faster than is definitely advisable for a serialised drama, »
You really know a movie is a classic and has become a pop culture touchstone when it is endlessly referenced and quoted and, ultimately, ends up becoming the go-to term for a universally recognized life experience. And such is the case with the practically-perfect-in-every-way 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray as a weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over until he finally gets it right. Saying something is "like Groundhog Day"—which is today, Feb. 2, cheers!—has become a much-used phrase, used to describe any repetitive experience, whether it bears any resemblance to the goings-on of the film or not. Because people surely don't mean actual Groundhog Day, »
Bill Murray starred in "Groundhog Day" 23 years ago, and the place his character called home continues to cash in ... especially today, February 2nd. Royal Victorian Manor in Woodstock, Il was the site of Punxsutawney's Cherry Street Inn -- the joint Murray's character inhabited. The owners tell us the 5 bedroom B&B sold out weeks ago to celebrate the day. In the spirit of capitalism, the owners hiked the room rates 15% for the occasion. Everyone wants to stay in Murray's room, »
- TMZ Staff
Whether or not Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, Fox executives must retreat to the nearest conference room, blast audio of Mary Murphy’s “Hot Tamale Train” battle cry on repeat loop, and not emerge until they’ve sent their blueprint for Season 13 through a cross-cut shredder.
The show’s tweaked title — So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation — seems studiously designed to trick longtime viewers »
Is everyone on The Vampire Diaries dead?! Well, technically half of them are already, since half of the show's major characters are vampires. But you're probably wondering Wtf is happening after the brutal ending to the show's first Friday episode, "Hell Is Other People," in which Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) finally escaped his personal hell after being trapped in the Phoenix Stone for three months—and then proceeded to kill all of his friends. Oops! You can't really blame him, since he thought it was another reset of the horrible Groundhog Day-esque experience he had while reliving the worst day of his life repeatedly until he was reduced to the most raw, vulnerable state he's »
One of the trailers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the latest to ignite grumbles about just how much is given away in promos for movies.
This list looks at 25 films where the trailer has given away more than it really should in its promos - and it goes without saying that spoilers lie ahead for each of the movies. Don't read or click on individual entries of films you've not seen if you don't want to be spoiler sullied!
25. Jurassic World
Director Colin Trevorrow was amongst those who expressed disappointment at this one particular promo for Jurassic World. In it, we see Chris Pratt riding on his motorbike, alongside velcoraptors that surprisingly don't appear to be eating him. Presented out of context, the scene just looked a little daft. But »
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