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 »
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.
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The upcoming DreamWorks Animation film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations sounds like an explicitly for-kids combo of Men in Black and Ghostbusters, as it follows two agents in “a ghostly, top-secret government agency devoted to protecting humans from evil hauntings.” Bill Murray is even voicing the villain, Addison Drake, who plots against the bureau. We don’t have a trailer or any footage yet (the film hits next summer) but an early bit of licensing gives the first early look at B.O.O. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bill Murray has no plans to star in Ghostbusters 3, as he’s established many times. But he’s still happy to weigh in with ideas on who should, including Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Now Wiig has responded to his suggestion, and she seems open to the notion — if only because she “will do whatever Bill Murray tells [her] to.” Hit the jump to read her reply in full.
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Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
The idea of an all-female Ghostbusters 3 attracted both enthusiastic supporters and vehement detractors, but you can count Bill Murray in the former camp. “I would go to that movie,” the former Dr. Peter Venkman told press at TIFF this weekend.
In fact, not only is he into the idea, he also has some ideas about whom he’d like to cast. And yes, of course rumored director Paul Feig‘s favorite muse Melissa McCarthy is one of them. Hit the jump to find out who the others are — and why he digs the idea so much in the first place.
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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 »
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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