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‘Hamilton’ Actor Javier Munoz to Star in Comedy ‘Monuments’

  • Variety
Hamilton” actor Javier Munoz, David Sullivan, and Marguerite Moreau will star in the independent comedy “Monuments,” which has started shooting, Variety has learned exclusively.

David Pasquesi, Joel Murray, and Shunori Ramanathan round out the cast.

The movie marks Munoz’s first film role since departing the Broadway production of “Hamilton.” He stepped into the title role following Lin-Manuel Miranda’s exit and played Alexander Hamilton from mid 2016 until early 2018.

Jack C. Newell is directing “Monuments” from his own script about a separated couple, played by Sullivan and Moreau, whose relationship is getting back on track, when she’s killed in a freak accident in Colorado. Determined to scatter her ashes in the place where they first fell in love, he steals her urn and hits the road back to the Midwest with her family and relentless ex-boyfriend, portrayed by Munoz, in hot pursuit.

The production company is Chicago-based Zaxie and
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Bill Murray Stories Trailer Shares Life Lessons from a Mythical Man

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Bill Murray Stories Trailer Shares Life Lessons from a Mythical Man
We've all heard the stories. A boring party turns into a blast with the mysterious sudden appearance of comedy legend and SNL icon Bill Murray. He loves interacting with fans, and is known to pop out of the ether at any given moment, offering selfies and jokes before disappearing into the darkness. The actor has become his own myth, and that idea is explored in the new documentary The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man.

This comedy documentary is arriving from Gravitas Ventures. The studio has released the first trailer and poster. Here, we get to not only hear about some of these mythical Bill Murray sightings, but we also get to see the elusive creature captured in various home videos. It's quite captivating in its own right.

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man will make its way to theaters on October 26th,
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 17)

1967: Barnabas Collins first appeared on Dark Shadows.

1978: Ryan's Hope's Pat was furious with Delia.

1985: Guiding Light's Beth and Lujack made love.

2009: One Life to Live's Talia was murdered."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1942: The final episode of Frank and Anne Hummert's Orphans of Divorce aired on the Blue Network.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Jason confronted Willie (John Karlen) about his suspicious interest in the Collins family history.
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Futile and Stupid Gesture Trailer Charts the Rise of National Lampoon

Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming biopic A Futile & Stupid Gesture, starring Will Forte as comedy wunderkind Doug Kenney. While this icon might not necessarily be a household name, he co-created the National Lampoon magazine, along with co-writing comedy classic movies Caddyshack and Animal House. Kenney was at the center of the 70's comedy counter-culture which gave birth to Saturday Night Live and a whole generation's way of looking at the world. The trailer hints that the movie will take quite a unique approach, with Will Forte playing Doug Kenney in the 1970s, and Martin Mull playing the "modern-day" Doug Kenney... even though he's been dead for 37 years.

The trailer begins with someone asking Martin Mull, in character as "modern-day" Doug, who is asked by his interviewer if he could introduce himself as, "the man who changed comedy, but couldn't change himself," which lead Mull to respond with,
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Slideshow, Audio: Red-Carpet Portraits from The Second City Roast of George Wendt

Previous | Image 1 of 12 | NextHonoree George Wendt gets ‘roasted.’ Norm!

Chicago – On September 9th, 2017, it seemed like the whole of The Second City theater on Wells Street in Chicago let out a collective cry of “Norm!” The favorite barfly of TV’s “Cheers,” George Wendt, came back to his old comedy stomping ground at The Second City to participate in “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt.”

The roasters included the hottest current TV and movie stars, including Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”), along with The Second City alumni and celebs Julia Sweeney, Betty Thomas and Joel Murray. The roast was a benefit for Gilda’s Club Chicago, the cancer support community named for the late comic legend, Gilda Radner.

In Part One of the Red Carpet interviews, honoree George Wendt does some reminiscing with Jason Sudeikis,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Joel Murray

Most of us are familiar with Bill Murray, the notoriously funny actor, but did you know that he has a brother in the entertainment business? It’s Joel Murray! He’s a funny guy in his own right and has been as successful as his brother, but in many circles, not as well-known. He’s set to appear as a part of the cast in the new television show, “Whose Live Anyway?” You’ll get to see an example of his improv skills when the show hits the air. Here are five things that you need to know about him. 1. He comes from

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Joel Murray
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Recreation Media scores sales on family animations in Cannes

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Exclusive: First look at Two Tales, which sells to Italy among other territories.

Los Angeles-based Recreation Media has struck a number of deals here on its family animations Two Tails and Princess In Wonderland led by a deal with Eagle Pictures in Italy.

Both films are currently in production and are being produced by Moscow-based animation studio Licensing Brands.

Recreation handles worldwide rights excluding Cis and Baltics and has licensed rights in Cj and CiMax (South Korea), Bir (Turkey), Empire (Middle East), Ideal (Iran), Green Media (Vietnam), Akson (Poland), Dexin (former Yugoslavia), One Vision (Indonesia), and Pro Films (Bulgaria).

Negotiations are underway for China and additional territories that are expected to close in the coming days.

Victor Azeev directed Two Tails (pictured, which centres on best friends, a beaver and a cat, who attempt to free their pals from alien abductors.

Marina Nefedova directed Princess In Wonderland about a young girl who discovers a magical book on
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American Gods gets a new banner, promo, featurette and character descriptions

Starz has ramped up its promotion for American Gods with the release of a new banner, a character promo for Bruce Langley’s Technical Boy, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a huge batch of character descriptions; take a look below…

Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle)

Shadow Moon is released from prison to a life turned upside down — no wife, no job, and no bearings. He is offered a job by Mr. Wednesday as a bodyguard, and as they journey across America, Shadow finds himself questioning a world where gods exist and magic is real.

Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane)

Mr. Wednesday, a crafty and endlessly charismatic con man, is full of perverse wisdom, curious magic, and grand plans to unite the Old Gods in a battle for power against the New Gods.

Laura Moon (Emily Browning)

Laura Moon is Shadow Moon’s ethereal wife. She dies unexpectedly just before Shadow’s release from prison.
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Dharma & Greg: What Jenna Elfman Thinks of a Sitcom Reunion

Would you watch a Dharma & Greg reunion? Recently, star Jenna Elfman spoke with Access Hollywood about a possible revival for the ABC TV series.From Chuck Lorre and Dottie Dartland, the sitcom followed Dharma Finkelstein (Elfman), a free spirit who marries Greg Montgomery (Thomas Gibson), an uptight lawyer. The cast also included Joel Murray, Mimi Kennedy, Alan Rachins, Mitchell Ryan, and Susan Sullivan. The series premiered in 1997 and ran for five seasons before ending in 2002.Read More…
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15 Good Dark Comedies to Watch on Netflix in April 2017

This is no festive prank, these movies are hilarious.

Let’s face it, the world is a wreck. Every day things look bleaker than they did the day before. It’s gotten to the point where, if you can’t learn to laugh at our misery, you’re finished. If you need some help figuring out how to find humor in even the worst bits of the human experience, dark comedies work, Netflix has them, and we’ve made a list of the good ones. Click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.

Pick of the Month: This Must Be the Place (2011)

I can’t think of another movie in recent times that’s been so good and gotten so little love and attention in return. Maybe that’s because the concept of a former 80s glam rocker who still wears his makeup (Sean Penn) tracking down the Nazi concentration camp guard who
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The Weekend Warrior 1/27/17: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, A Dog’s Purpose, Gold

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

As per my Thursday update, M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split ended up winning the weekend but with way more than anyone, including myself, predicted, with more than $40 million for its opening weekend. That’s pretty impressive, and his first movie to open at that level since 2010’s The Last Airbender. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel’s sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage ended up making around where I predicted, taking second place with $20.1 million, not a great sign for the continuation of that franchise. Michael Keaton’s The Founder ended up right around where I predicted with $3.4 million, ending up just outside the Top 10. Hidden Figures, La La Land and Sing continued to do well with minimal drop-offs.

This
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‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Exclusive Clip: WWII Interracial Romance Faces Conflict In Small South Carolina Town

‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Exclusive Clip: WWII Interracial Romance Faces Conflict In Small South Carolina Town
Maggie Greenwald’s romantic drama “Sophie and the Rising Sun” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and just over one year later, it will be released in select theaters nationwide. Based on the Augusta Trobaugh novel by the same name, the film follows the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the fervor of World War II that has hit Salty Creek, South Carolina. Salty Creek native Sophie Willis (Julianne Nicholson) falls for the mysterious stranger Mr. Grover Ohta (Takashi Yamaguchi), but as their secret relationship evolves, the war escalates and bigotry threatens Ohta’s life. The film co-stars Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), Lorraine Toussaint (“Selma”), Diane Ladd (“Chinatown”), Joel Murray (“Mad Men”) and more. Watch an exclusive clip below.

Read More: ‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Interracial Lovers Combat Prejudice In Rural South Carolina During WWII

The film is written and directed by Maggie Greenwald.
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Bill Murray Is Opening a Caddyshack Bar Near Chicago

Bill Murray Is Opening a Caddyshack Bar Near Chicago
Movie and TV show themed restaurants have really hit their stride over the last couple of years, but these fine dining establishments are usually set up by fans or corporations associated with the studio responsible for said movie or TV show. Now, one comedy legend is getting in on the act with his own restaurant and bar, and it will pay homage to what some consider his greatest comedic creation.

Yes, it's true. Bill Murray and his less famous brothers have united to open a Caddyshack themed bar and restaurant just north of Chicago, birthplace of Murray as a comedian. Murray's role in Caddyshack was one of his first, and now he is paying tribute to his memorable groundskeeper with this fine dining establishment.

Murray is opening the eatery alongside one of his many brothers, Brain Doyle Murray, who co-wrote Caddyshack along with Harold Ramis and National Lampoon writer Douglas Kenney.
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‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Interracial Lovers Combat Prejudice In Rural South Carolina During WWII

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‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Interracial Lovers Combat Prejudice In Rural South Carolina During WWII
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, many Japanese-Americans faced extreme prejudice in their own neighborhoods and were routinely made to feel unsafe. The new film “Sophie and the Rising Sun,” based on the 2001 novel Augusta Trobaugh by the same name, follows a romance between Sophie Willis (Julianne Nicholson), a native of Salty Creek, South Carolina, and the mysterious wounded stranger Mr. Ohta (Takashi Yamaguchi). As their secret relationship evolves, the war escalates and soon bigotry and violence sweep through the town, but just then Sophie and her two compatriot risk their lives to protect Ohta. The film co-stars Character Margo Martindale (“The Hours”), Lorraine Toussaint (“Selma”), Diane Ladd (“Chinatown”), Joel Murray (“Mad Men”) and more. Watch an exclusive trailer below.

Read More: Seville International Secures Worldwide Rights to ‘Sophie and the Rising Sun

The film is written and directed by Maggie Greenwald and is largely produced by women. On
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First Trailer for Sundance Film 'The Last Word' with Shirley MacLaine

"Is there just one thing you can say about her that is 'nice'?" Bleecker Street has released the trailer for an amusing indie drama titled The Last Word, from director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, Mothman Prophecies,Henry Poole Is Here), starring Shirley MacLaine as an aging business woman who decides to craft her obituary before her death. MacLaine confronts Anne Sherman, played by Amanda Seyfried, but is not happy with the results. The two start up an unlikely friendship, and learn even more about life as they work together. The cast includes Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski, Alanna Ubach, Adina Porter, Tom Everett Scott, Joel Murray and Sarah Baker. This is premiering at Sundance in early 2017. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Mark Pellington's The Last Word, direct from YouTube: In The Last Word, Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control
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‘The Last Word’ Trailer: Amanda Seyfried and Shirley MacLaine Form a Friendship Over an Obituary

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‘The Last Word’ Trailer: Amanda Seyfried and Shirley MacLaine Form a Friendship Over an Obituary
The Sundance Film Festival has already released its full lineup of films for next year’s festival, including a new film by Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”), directorial debuts from Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario”) and Macon Blair (“Blue Ruin”) and more. One of the films that will make its world premiere at the festival will be “The Last Word,” starring Shirley MacLaine as a controlling retired businesswoman who wishes to write her own obituary before she dies. She enlists the help of a young journalist (Amanda Seyfried) who ends up searching for the truth, only to be surprised by their burgeoning friendship. The film co-stars Anne Heche (“Hung”), Thomas Sadoski (“John Wick”), Joel Murray (“Mad Men”), Philip Baker Hall (“Hard Eight”) and more. Watch a trailer for the film below.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

The film is directed by Mark Pellington.
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‘Open Tables’ Exclusive Clip: Intertwining Stories of True Love Over Many Dinner Courses

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‘Open Tables’ Exclusive Clip: Intertwining Stories of True Love Over Many Dinner Courses
Sometimes a good meal is the perfect setting for love stories. Shot on location in some of the top restaurants in Chicago (Longman & Eagle and Publican) and Paris (Bistrot Paul Bert and Au Bon Accueil), the new film “Open Tables” explores true love over the course of delicious main courses.

Read More: ‘You’re the Worst’ Season 3: Edgar’s Ptsd & ‘Loaded’ Love Language Take Center Stage

The film follows couple Sam and Kate (Keith Kupferer and Kate Duffy), who host a group of friends for dinner in the hopes that sparks will fly between Kate’s younger sister Cassie (Caroline Neff) and their friend Ryan (writer/director Jack C. Newell). They’re joined by seemingly perfect couple Jon (Desmin Borges) and Dana (Colleen Doyle) and soon the conversation opens up about love, loss and regret. The film also co-stars David Pasquesi (“Veep”) and Joel Murray (“Mad Men”). Watch an
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Interview: Director Jack C. Newell on Digital Release of ‘Open Tables’

Chicago – Local filmmaking has always gotten a boost through director Jack C. Newell. His 2015 film “Open Tables,” shot in Chicago and Paris, will get it’s digital release on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, on iTunes and Video-On-Demand. This coincides with his art project “The Wabash Lights,” and his continued production work.

Open Tables” features couples and groups meeting in restaurants, talking about their lives and relationships. Although the centerpiece is food, the meal is the conversation, including a story about a sojourn into Paris – shot in black and white. Newell directed the film in the improvisation style rooted in the Chicago comedy scene, much like his first narrative film, “Close Quarters,” which featured many local improvisation artists. He also takes on the lead role as Ryan, who defines himself through the adventure in Paris. The film explores and provides perspective on the elusiveness of relationships.

Jack C. Newell in a Scene
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Would Bill Murray Pass on Accepting the Mark Twain Award to Cheer on His Beloved Chicago Cubs?

Would Bill Murray Pass on Accepting the Mark Twain Award to Cheer on His Beloved Chicago Cubs?
Sunday is already a big night for Bill Murray, as he’s set to a receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

But if the National League Championship Series keeps on going to game seven, then it’ll be an even more important date in Murray’s calendar. A seventh game in the series will decide whether or not the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series for the first time since 1945.

The series is currently tied 2-2, with the Cubs challenging the
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Killing Reagan (2016) TV Movie Trailer: Reagan Survives Murder Attempt [National Geographic]

Killing Reagan Trailer Rod Lurie‘s Killing Reagan (2016) TV movie trailer stars Joe Chrest, Cynthia Nixon, Tim Matheson, Joel Murray, and Gary Weeks. Killing Reagan‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, “A look at John Hinkley’s 1981 assassination attempt against U.S. President Ronald ReaganKilling Reagan charts the events that led […]
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