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Last week I attended a footage reveal for the upcoming sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow. I don’t usually do these things, because they’re pure PR and I try not to whore for the studios. I mean, you can’t even pretend to offer anything like an honest review of a movie when you’ve seen only a small part of it, so everything I can offer here, positive or negative, must be hedged with “but I could be wrong; we’ll know when we see the actual film” and “I can’t say for sure without seeing the whole movie.”
So why did I attend this event? Well, I’m really hopeful for this one: it’s from director Doug Liman, who makes action movies for people who don’t want to have to turn their brains off, which is a rare thing. And I’m such »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney” — This intimate piece from Ron Suskind at The New York Times Magazine may as well have been sponsored by Kleenex. Poignant, personal and vulnerable, it’s a beautiful story told with endless compassion. If you only read one of the links today… “Somewhere it’s always Groundhog Day” — Kristin Thompson shares a letter from Harold Ramis and some thoughts/quibbles with film analysis. “What if Lupita Nyong’o got the same roles as Jennifer Lawrence” — Monika Bartyzel at The Week charts an imaginary, role-diverse future for the newly crowned Oscar winner. A future that feels a little fantastical to those of us who are more cynical. “Thinking as Historical Spectators” — Peter Labuza at To Be Cont’d makes a shrewd case for letting films of the past »
- Scott Beggs
These Andie Macdowell photos may appear to have a "Groundhog Day" similarity -- but believe it or not they're not the same... can you spot the subtle differences between the two?**Hint -- There are Three differences in the above photographs!** Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Have you ever dreamed about what it might be like to relive the same day over and over again in an endless search for the perfect 24 hour period of existence? Of course you haven't, for that is the plot of much-loved Bill Murray/Harold Ramis comedy classic Groundhog Day, and each and every possible hilarious scenario has already been played out for you via one of the sharpest and most intuitive scripts of all time.
Edge of Tomorrow, 20 minutes of which was screened for bloggers and film journalists at an event in London earlier this week, is like Groundhog Day with stringy aliens and Tom Cruise. Admittedly, there are a few other minuscule differences between Doug Liman's upcoming sci-fi piece and its forebear: Cruise is using his unusual predicament »
- Ben Child
In most cases, when conducting an interview with one of the world’s most renowned movie stars, you expect a suave, somewhat refined figure, to look as they do in your favourite movies, or as they walk down the red carpet, often with a young, important looking personal assistant, holding a clipboard and a “if you ask anything about their personal life I’ll smack you” look right across their face. In Bill Murray’s case, who we had the immense pleasure of interviewing in Berlin at the annual film festival, he casually strolled in, all alone, wearing a wooly hat and hoody. Here’s a man evidently not fazed by his stature and prominence, paving the way for a somewhat fascinating discussion.
- Stefan Pape
Let's face it, we watch comedies to laugh. Plot, editing, and camerawork could fall by the wayside and people would still like it as long as it's funny. Even movies considered comedy classics aren't without their faults. Iconic movies like "Groundhog Day" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" prove that it's really, really hard to avoid a mistake -- even one as simple as a continuity error.
Check out the gallery of comedy movie blunders below. As usual, all photos are courtesy of MovieMistakes.com »
- Jonny Black
Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) wakes up in Heathrow airport, which is now a military base on the frontline in the war against alien invaders known as Mimics. He’s about to be shipped off to France in one final push against the ever-growing extra-terrestrial threat. He feels like he’s been here before though, and that’s because he has. An encounter with the “Omega” Mimic has left Cage in a time loop, waking him up back at the base a day earlier every time he dies.
That’s the pitch for Edge of Tomorrow, a bonkers mix of Starship Troopers and Groundhog Day that’s based on a Japanese novel fantastically titled All You Need is Kill. Earlier this week, we had the chance to preview about 20 minutes of the film and we’re happy to report that there’s a lot to be excited about.
We’re first »
- Dominic Mill
Abdi, 28, a Somali refugee, fled Somalia with his family when he was just seven-years-old and finally moved to the U.S. when he was 14. Abdi has said that he was just about to start school in Somalia when the war broke out and he and his family were forced to leave.
“I remember I had my uniform and everything, like, finally I get to start school tomorrow. That afternoon, I started hearing gunshots. And, I remember… I wasn’t allowed to play outside anymore. The next day, it was war,” Abdi recounted in an interview with CBS News.
Abdi and his family settled in Minneapolis surrounded by a strong Somali community. Thrust into a whole new American world, Abdi struggled to learn English and assimilate. After high school, »
How does a film combine elements of science fiction and blockbusting action with the basic conceit of Harold Ramis’ comedy classic, Groundhog Day? That’s the most pressing question director Doug Liman has to answer with his latest film, Edge of Tomorrow, which adapts Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s 2004 light novel All You Need is Kill. Harmonizing multiple genres can be enough of a challenge on its own, after all; that Liman’s borrowing from another source for his story presents a whole other hurdle for him to overcome.
The earliest glimpses viewers have gotten of Edge of Tomorrow don’t quite hint at how he’ll strike the right balance between each of the film’s ...
- Andy Crump
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 »
HeyUGuys were fortunate enough to be in attendance at a special preview screening of Doug Liman’s forthcoming sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow, as we witnessed close to twenty minutes of footage. On first impressions, it’s safe to say we’re mightily impressed with the Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt starring picture, and while the preview came to an abrupt end, our intrige in the project certainly didn’t, as a Q&A with Liman himself took place.
Cruise plays Bill Cage, a public relations worker suddenly thrust into the middle of an epic war between mankind and extraterrestrial beings, where he meets the courageous Rita Vrataski (Blunt). He soon discovers that he has a unique power whereby he can replay one particular day over and over again, caught up in a time loop that allows him the chance to become more skilled on the battlefield, and more wise to »
- Stefan Pape
Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 OscarsPhoto: Aaron Poole / ©A.M.P.A.S. "Tonight, there are so many different possibilities, possibility number one, 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture; possibility number two, you're all racists. Now, for our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway!" -- Ellen DeGeneres Covering the awards race has the ability to turn you jaded and cynical on the entire movie industry. You know, or at least think you know, the ins and outs and the shady backdoor dealings. Or, at least you know they exist even if you don't have physical evidence. I've seen many write about the 2014 Oscars calling it one of the closest races in years, citing the possibility for 12 Years a Slave, Gravity or American Hustle to win Best Picture and supporting the claim by Gravity's seven Oscars compared to only three for Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave. Such evidence and an immense amount »
- Brad Brevet
The title is terrible: it’s so generic, and wasn’t there a TV soap called Edge of Tomorrow years back? (It was two soap operas, in fact: Search for Tomorrow and The Edge of Night.) And I keep wanting to call it Welcome to Yesterday, which also would appear to apply.
Also, my boyfriend Bill Paxton is in this, according to the IMDb.
I’m attending a footage reveal tomorrow morning, which won’t be embargoed, so I’ll have some more to say asap afterward.
- MaryAnn Johanson
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, »
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