Jon Favreau just bagged a white whale while casting his Disney remake of The Jungle Book. Or, maybe more to the point, a great big bear. Bill Murray will provide the voice of Baloo, the second lead, in Favreau’s CG live action hybrid. He joins an already rich voice cast that includes Scarlett Johnasson, Idirs Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken and Ben Kingsley. The film is scheduled for release October 9, 2015. Read More »
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Bill Murray makes a return of sorts to the sort of character he played decades ago, in St. Vincent. The film casts Murray as a grouchy old dude whose life is invaded by new neighbors: Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son Oliver. Murray ends up babysitting for the kid, and teaches him the rules of life. Or his character’s own version of the rules of life, anyway. He dispenses pearls of wisdom such as ” You work, you get paid, and you drink.” And then there’s his association with a Russian “lady of the night” played by Naomi Watts. Check out the St. Vincent trailer below.
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For all his public antics Bill Murray can be a reclusive personality, who doesn’t give many lengthy interviews. Murray started his career as a comedic goofball, grew into a major superstar, then dialed it back and became one of our best dramatic actors. Along the way, Murray decided he didn’t want to live life in the public eye and all but removed himself from the Hollywood system. No manager, no publicist, just a special 800 number only people like Wes Anderson have. He only does things he really wants to do. Things like his latest film, George Clooney’s The Monuments Men.
Despite the critical response, it’s obvious Murray likes the film because he’s done so much press for it. He was on Jimmy Kimmel, and The Late Show, and did a one hour sit down with Charlie Rose. That last interview is embedded below and well worth a look, as we so rarely get to hear Murray speak candidly.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
I don’t care who you are — if Bill Murray skids his car to a stop right in front of you and demands that you “get in,” just do as the guy says. That goes double if you happen to be a hotel concierge and a lobby boy on the run, like the ones played by Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
That’s the basic gist of this latest clip from the movie, which looks super Wes Anderson-y in all the right ways: pretty and precise, with a sly sense of humor. Hit the jump to see it for yourself.
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After 40 years in television, it takes a lot to confuse David Letterman. But that’s exactly what happened last week when frequent guest Bill Murray flew onto his set as Peter Pan, singing and everything. Check out the video below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
So much for retirement. Just three weeks after his dramatic announcement that he would “#stopcreating” in the wake of the Daniel Clowes plagiarism scandal, Shia LaBeouf has booked a new movie.
LaBeouf has just joined Bill Murray in Barry Levinson‘s Rock the Kasbah, along with Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, and Zooey Deschanel. The indie comedy follows a music manager in Kabul. Hit the jump for more details.
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I think it’s a pretty well-known bit of info by this point that Bill Murray agreed to voice the title character in Garfield because he thought the script was by Joel Coen, aka one half of the Coen Brothers. (Or that’s how he always tells it.) In fact, the script was by Joel Cohen, which is an important difference. Murray did the film, and the sequel, and we know how those turned out.
Murray recently took place in a Reddit AMA, and there he talked more about Garfield. The interesting bits were not the repeat of the Joel Coen story, but the fact that Murray tried to do something that is generally not done by actors voicing digital characters: he rewrote the film, inasmuch as possible. Read his explanation below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
SNL alum Bill Hader has been a top-billed voice performer in the past, as for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and he’s physically shown up in cameo roles here and there, too. In one current film, however, Hader has a super-brief vocal appearance. Hit the jump for more about his tiny appearance in the film in question, plus details on Anthony Weiner’s impending cameo in Alpha House and some of the surprises 22 Jump Street has in store for us.
Potential spoilers for all three films follow.
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