I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?
As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
The first piece of concept art from Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book revealed what the project might look like once it is done. A new batch of behind-the-scenes images show what it looks like now, while it’s still in progress.
Favreau himself shared these casual snaps, showing actors like Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and Scarlett Johansson at work. See the Jungle Book behind the scenes photos after the jump. Read More »
2014 marked the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters and we’ve been celebrating like Gozer in New York City. The original 1984 film was rereleased, and there were traveling art shows, tons of new merchandise and events. For a while, almost every single week it seemed like something Ghostbusters was going on. That culminated last month as director Paul Feig revealed he was going to make a new Ghostbusters movie, something fans have been waiting on for 25 years.
Or maybe that wasn’t the culmination. Maybe the culmination is actually the cover of this week’s Enteratinment Weekly, which reunites four living stars of the film: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. Harold Ramis passed away earlier this year, and there’s no appearance from Rick Moranis. But Annie Potts and director Ivan Reitman do take part. Below, check out the Ghostbusters reunion photo.
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When a TV series is canceled, that’s usually the end. It’s only on rare occasions (Arrested Development, The Comeback, etc.) that it gets a second chance as a series and it’s even more rare that a canceled show gets turned into a movie (Firefly being the big, obvious example). Now, the Starz show Magic City is getting that elusive chance.
Series creator Mitch Glazer has written and script and will direct a big screen version of the 1960s Miami based mob series. All the regulars will return - Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Kelly Lynch etc. – and they’ll be joined by Bruce Willis and Bill Murray. This is pretty awesome news. Read more about the Magic City movie below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
For a while now, the one constant about the third Ghostbusters has been Bill Murray‘s complete lack of interest. But now, as Paul Feig cues up his all-female reboot, it seems Murray is ever so slightly opening himself up to the possibility again. Hit the jump to see what he said, plus candid explanations of why he wasn’t involved with other incarnations of the project.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Count on Bill Murray to keep us guessing. The acclaimed actor / walking urban legend has revealed plans to star in a Christmas TV special which will have him performing classic holiday tunes. And to make it even more exciting, it’ll be helmed by his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola. Hit the jump for more details on the Bill Murray Sofia Coppola Christmas TV special.
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Howard Stern has built a career out of getting people to talk, and this week he had a great hour-long conversation with Bill Murray. The actor is famous for being difficult to pin down for a role, with only an elusive 1-800 number as the means to contact him, and status as almost an urban legend who will crash your wedding or karaoke party if the spirit moves him to do so.
Murray is far more restrained and thoughtful in conversation than his public image might suggest, and this talk with Stern is a wide-ranging discussion about life and work. Murray goes into his days on Saturday Night Live, his unorthodox working methods, his approach to fame and living partially in the public eye, and many other topics. You can listen to the full Bill Murray Howard Stern interview below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Mainstream cinema isn’t exactly brimming over with meaty leading roles for women over 40, but we’ve seen a lot of fine actresses find exciting work on TV. Add to that list Frances McDormand, who appears to deliver another stunning turn in the upcoming HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.
Directed by Lisa Cholodenko and based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge centers on an abrasive teacher living in a small New England town. Okay, so that’s not the most exciting premise on paper — but strong reviews out of Venice and a top-notch supporting cast that also includes Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins suggest it’ll be worth a look.
Watch the Olive Kitteridge trailer after the jump. Read More »