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All 55 of Bill Murray's films ranked by a completely obsessed Murrayologist

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All 55 of Bill Murray's films ranked by a completely obsessed Murrayologist
Let's get one thing straight before we begin. Bill Murray is the King. There are better actors. There are people who have better filmographies. There are even funnier people, although not many. But Bill Murray is, all things, considered, the King. I've dedicated much of the last 45 years working this out scientifically, and I am prepared to finally share the findings with you, free of charge, right here at HitFix. Ostensibly, we're doing this because of this weekend's release of "Rock The Kasbah," but that's just an excuse. The truth is that it's important that we rank all 55 of Bill Murray's film performances, with a special focus on the top 25. We are not including his television work here. There are films on this list we have not seen, but not many. We decided to leave those films unranked, so here is that list: Unranked "The Hat Act" "Pass The Buck: Expo '74
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StreamFix: Pixar favorites, 'Kingpin,' more streaming gems

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StreamFix: Pixar favorites, 'Kingpin,' more streaming gems
StreamFix is your weekly update on the best and weirdest streams happening on Netflix, Crackle, Amazon, and Hulu. You dig it? Check out these happenin' spectacles now. Netflix "Kingpin" This is just a reminder that Bill Murray was up to some weird stuff in the middle to late '90s. "Kingpin" is raucous and watchable, but God, remember "Larger Than Life"? Elephant humor, folks! What about "The Man Who Knew Too Little"? Or "Wild Things"? Or -- oh yes -- "Space Jam"? Thank God he gave us "Rushmore" because that filmography was getting grim. "Babes in Toyland" I command you to embrace the holiday spirit and revisit this 1961 classic with Ray Bolger and Annette Funicello. No, it's not the Laurel and Hardy version, but it features Ann Jillian of the perfect '80s sitcom "It's a Living" as Bo Peep. "Doug Benson: Doug Dynasty" And now, ladies and gentlemen, my
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The Three Stages of Bill Murray's Brilliantly Bittersweet Career

Bill Murray became a movie star 35 years ago this week, upon the release of "Meatballs" on June 29, 1979. His lead role as the head counselor at a sub-par summer camp marked a number of firsts: his first of four movies with director Ivan Reitman (the others were "Stripes" and the two "Ghostbusters"), his first of six movies with writer Harold Ramis (the four Reitman films, plus "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day"), and his first taste of mega-stardom beyond his TV fame on "Saturday Night Live."

Since then, his career has taken on a trajectory unique in the history of film, one in which he's gone from comic goofball to dramatic thespian, from universally beloved to acquired taste, and from manic cynic to soft-spoken spiritual seeker. Through it all, however, there have been a few constants; no matter whether he's a grubby groundskeeper or a morose mogul: Murray's character is always the coolest
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Top 50 underappreciated comedy films of the past 30 years

Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14

They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...

For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.

As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or
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Bill Murray's Best and Worst Movies

With the release of "Lost in Translation" ten years ago, everyone was finally forced to take Bill Murray seriously. Even the Academy finally noticed him and gave him a Best Actor nomination, the only one he's received so far.

By this time, he'd been paring down his craft for 30 years until, with the help of directors like "Translation"'s Sofia Coppola and "Rushmore"'s Wes Anderson, he'd achieved a kind of Zen purity. After that, he could choose to play the smartass clown (as in his early roles) or the serious thespian, or somewhere in between. With no agent and plenty of savings, he could pick and choose projects at whim and do only what he felt like doing. So even his lesser movies seemed like labors of love; after all, there must have been something personally appealing to him in those roles to coax him off the golf course.
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The 38 Roles for Which Bill Murray Was Snubbed by the Oscars

In 2003, William James Murray (better known to those who haven't spent hours reading his Wikipedia page as Bill Murray) starred in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," a poignant, somber romantic comedy that spotlighted the budding relationship between an aging film star (Murray) and the lonely wife of a photographer (Scarlett Johansson) in Tokyo. Murray was nominated for an Oscar for said performance, but he ultimately lost to Sean Penn's turn in "Mystic River."

At one point, he also did the Garfield movies.

But herein lies the massive injustice. Bill Murray should have been nominated for an Academy Award for every other movie he's done. There. We said it. The following is a comprehensive list of Murray movies where the Academy unconscionably overlooked his performance, starting from the very beginning of his illustrious career.

'Meatballs' (1979)

Role: Tripper Harrison

Analysis: We're willing to forgive this one, as the
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Here's Why Bill Murray Turned Down Ghostbusters III, Dan Aykroyd

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Dan Aykroyd confirmed that Bill Murray will not be a part of a movie that's never going to happen, Ghostbusters III. Thank God. Anyone who's actually taken a peek at what Aykroyd had in mind for a third movie knows it isn't pretty. But that's not really the point. The point is that Bill Murray, who knows full well that his involvement would most likely ensure that Ghostbusters 3 would become a reality, passed. Why wouldn't Murray want this to happen? Even just to help out his old pal Aykroyd? The answer is: "Because Bill Murray isn't stupid." Yes, let's, for a few minutes, get into the mind of Bill Murray. Murray, today, enjoys his life as an enigma - gallivanting around the world, while, professionally, only accepting the roles that he happens to find interesting. Yes, this sounds nice. The thing is,
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Sumo Wrestling Comedy To Be Directed by Jon Turtletaub

National Treasure franchise director Jon Turtletaub is about to jump in the directors chair for a sumo wrestling comedy set up at Paramount Pictures called A Matter of Size. The movie is a remake of a 2009 Israeli comedy, and the script will be written by Howard Franklin (The Man Who Knew Too Little).

The movie is described as a character-driven comedy "about a group of overweight people who become sumo wrestlers." Why the hell not? It sounds like there are a lot of fun comedic elements that can be thrown into a story revolving around this plot. I haven't seen or even heard of the original movie, but this remake could end up being something that audiences might enjoy. 

Turtletaub has also directed films such as The Sorcerer's Apprentice, 3 Ninjas, Cool Runnings, and more. It seems like this fits perfectly with the kinds of films he was making earlier in his career.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Big Year

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012

Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $29.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

2011 comedy movie The Big Year has some heavy hitters in the laughs department — Steve Martin (Three Amigos), Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels) and Owen Wilson (Hall Pass) — but failed to wow critics and audiences.

In the film, Martin, Black and Wilson are each facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis. Avid bird watchers, they join a contest to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event, but for them, the quest turns into the ultimate competition.

The Big Year also features TV comedians Joel McHale (TV’s Community), Jim Parsons (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) and Rashida Jones (TV’s Parks and Recreation), as well as Angelica Huston (When in Rome), Dianne Weist (TV’s In Treatment), Brian Dennehy (The Next Three Days), Kevin Pollak
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'Man of Steel' Actress, Cesar Nominee Ink With New Agencies

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German actress Antje Traue, the lead female villain in Warner Bros.' forthcoming "Man of Steel," has signed with UTA. Traue's credits include films "5 Days of War" and "Pandorum." She is also represented by the U.K.'s Troika and attorney Fred Toczek of Felker Toczek Gellman and Suddleson Llp.Jon Amiel, who directed "Creation," which opened the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, has signed with Gersh. Amiel recently directed two episodes of Showtime's "The Borgias." His feature directing credits include "The Man Who Knew Too Little" (1997),  "Entrapment" (1999) and "The Core" (2003). Amiel is also represented by manager Dave Brown of Artist International Management.French actress Louise Bourgoin, who starred in "A Happy Event," which debuted at Toronto, has signed with Wme. She was nominated for the Cesar award for most promising actress for her performance in "The Girl From Monaco" (2008). Bourgoin is represented by Isabelle de La Patelliere and Olivier Kahan of France's Vma.
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The Big Year Movie Trailer, Clip and Posters

Today we have trailer, clip and two posters for director David Frankel‘s (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) upcoming comedy The Big Year. Adapted from Mark Obmascik’s 1998 novel “The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature” and “Fowl Obsession” by Howard Franklin (The Man Who Knew Too Little), The Big Year is about [...]

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Poster and Trailer for The Big Year Starring Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black

The first teaser poster and trailer for director David Frankel's (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) upcoming comedy, The Big Year, have debuted online. Adapted from Mark Obmascik's 1998 novel The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession by Howard Franklin (The Man Who Knew Too Little), The Big Year stars Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black as a trio of friendly rivals going through a "mid-life crisis," a "work-life crisis" and a "no-life crisis," respectively, who decide to shuck their responsibilities and dedicate a year of their lives to racing around North America in a contest to see who can spot the greatest number of bird species.

Next Showing: The Big Year opens Oct. 14

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Jack Black | Owen Wilson | Steve Martin | Howard Franklin | David Frankel | The Big Year
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‘The Big Year’ Trailer: Bird Watching Is Both Wacky & Heart-Warming

Here’s a joke: Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson all walk onto a movie set, working with Marley & Me director David Frankel and The Man Who Knew Too Little screenwriter Howard Franklin on The Big Year, an adaptation of Mark Obmascik’s 1998 book, “The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession.”

The punchline? You get a movie that truly looks like the sum of its parts, if the official Big Year trailer is anything to go by.

Big Year stars Black, Martin, and Wilson as three men in difficult stages of their life: Black is unemployed and has little ambition, Wilson is suffering from a mid-life crisis, and Martin is struggling to figure out how to spend his remaining years, since he is now retired. All three men eventually decide to leave their regular lives behind ...

Click to continue reading ‘The Big Year’ Trailer:
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The Big Year Trailer Starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black

Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson starring in a comedy about bird watchers who compete with each other to spot the rarest bird? I was sold before I even watched the first trailer for The Big Year. Then I watched the trailer... and now, not so much. If you're wondering how a funny cast and quirky premise could be watered down to such boring, bland humour, just take a look at the director's previous credits: David Frankel is the man who gave us The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me. The Big Year is clearly being aimed at an older crowd, but a part of me still hopes that this trailer is not a true indication of what the movie has to offer. It's based on a book by Mark Obmascik and the screenplay was written by Howard Franklin (The Man Who Knew Too Little, Quick Change). With a
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First Look: Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black in ‘The Big Year’

First Look: Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black in ‘The Big Year’
The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me director David Frankel has a new comedy coming out later this year that centers around an energetic subculture: bird watchers. Ok, perhaps not so energetic. The Big Year stars Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black, all of whom are competing in an annual bird-watching event. As a drama it might not be riveting stuff, but as a comedy there's potential. See the first full image of the three leads below. [1] The Big Year has a solid supporting cast: Jim Parsons, Rosamund Pike, Rashida Jones, Joel McHale, and Anjelica Huston. Howard Franklin (Someone to Watch Over Me, The Man Who Knew Too Little) adapted the script from Mark Obmascik's 2004 book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession. Fox will open the film on October 14. Three avid bird watchers compete to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event.
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Netflix Nuggets: Celebrate the 4th of July With a Lot of Movies!

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films being made available by Netflix for instant streaming. Important Note: There may be some films that do not become available on the specified dates. This is merely a report of the most accurate release dates I can find, but is not directly confirmed by Netflix themselves.

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010)

Streaming Available: 06/29/2011

Synopsis: Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks’s legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic’s comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century,
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New Movies Streaming on Netflix Instant Watch: June 27 – July 3

Best Movie to Watch on Netflix This Week:Let Me In (R | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #526

Times Ranked: 8021

Win Percentage: 64%

How Many Top-20′s: 20 Users


Begins streaming on Netflix starting July 1st

Directed By: Matt Reeves

Starring: Chloe Moretz •� Kodi Smit-McPhee •� Richard Jenkins •� Elias Koteas •� Sasha Barrese

Genres: Drama •� Fantasy •� Horror •� Romance •� Romantic Drama •� Vampire Film

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Best TV Show to Watch on Netflix This Week:

A bunch of Star Trek Series come to Instant Streaming on July 1st. Including:

Star Trek (1966-68)Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-93)Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2000)Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-04)New to Netflix Streaming On Wednesday June 29thAmerican: The Bill Hicks Story (Nr | 2009)

Flickchart Ranking: #6383

Times Ranked: 521

Win Percentage: 53%

How Many Top-20′s: 2 Users


Directed By: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas

Starring: Bill Hicks •� Kevin Booth •� John Farneti •� Lynn Hicks •� Mary Hicks

Genres: 2010 SXSW Festival •� Biography •� Comedy •� Documentary

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New to Netflix Streaming On Friday July 1stRubber (R
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Cars 2 review

Can Pixar deliver again, or is Cars 2 the firm's first genuine disappointment? Ron has been finding out...

Cars 2 feels like an exercise in excess and an apology from Pixar to their Disney friends. “Dear Disney, sorry we made a half-silent movie about a robot, and we're very sorry we made a movie about an old man and a fat kid who fly in a house-balloon. I know you love toy sales, and those movies weren't exactly selling tons of dolls. So, to make it up for you, here's Cars 2. It's like Cars, but with even More toy potential!”

This time, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) has just won the Piston Cup again, and now he's ready to kick up his wheels, relax with girlfriend Sally (Bonnie Hunt) and spend his lazy days with his best pal Mater (Larry the Cable Guy).

Unfortunately, after a very-public calling-out from hotshot
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Johnny English Reborn: I spy with my little eye … | Trailer review

There's something beginning with "u" in the trailer for the espionage sequel resurrecting Rowan Atkinson's character from the defunct Barclaycard ad campaign. Is it "unwanted"? "Unwatchable"? Or "unexpectedly hilarious"?

Thank goodness Johnny English is back. His first effort was perhaps everyone's favourite spy spoof. After Austin Powers, of course. And Austin Powers 2. And the first Casino Royale. And The Man Who Knew Too Little. And Get Smart. And The Silencers. And Austin Powers 3. So, to be more accurate, Johnny English was everyone's eighth-favourite spy spoof or – if you're feeling particularly generous – everyone's first-favourite spy spoof starring Rowan Atkinson as a character from an old Barclaycard ad campaign.

And that means this year's Johnny English Reborn is set to go down as everyone's favourite unnecessary and unwanted sequel to a spy spoof starring Rowan Atkinson as a character from an old Barclaycard ad campaign. But what is Johnny English Reborn about?
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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

Friday Night Dinner starts on Channel 4, while Mad Dogs and Marchlands come to an end. Plus lots of films, in our UK TV preview...

We suppose it's fitting, with the Academy Awards airing Sunday, that TV shows should take a back seat and movies should drive the week.

There's only one lone newcomer braving the next seven days of movie mania highway by premiering tonight, Friday, February 25th at 10:00pm. Fans of The Inbetweeners can catch Will (Simon Bird), this time as Adam, one of two sons in the Goodman family in Friday Night Dinner on Channel 4. The first episode is entitled The Sofabed, with Tamsin Geig, as Mum, playing a decidedly different role to her recent work in Episodes (which we reviewed here), and the rest of the cast round out what could be a nice plate of laughs on Friday nights. Well, for six Friday nights,
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