Some readers might have been reminded that today is Groundhog Day because their morning news had a live broadcast from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. That’s where the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. For me, I was reminded because my Twitter feed has been nothing but a live blog of quotes from the classic Harold Ramis film.
Either way, today is Groundhog Day and in the 1993 film of the same name, Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again, improving himself a little bit each and every time until he finally gets it right.
In the movie, which many people will be re-visting tonight, there’s no real explanation given for why Connors gets stuck in time. However, someone with knowledge of an early version of the script has revealed exactly why it happened. Read the quote after the jump. Read More »
Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today. It’s coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
No matter if Punxsutawney Phil tells us we’re getting six more weeks of winter or an early spring, we still get to enjoy the magic of Groundhog Day. I’m not talking about the holiday, but the movie starring Bill Murray that was co-written and directed by the late Harold Ramis. It’s a brilliant comedy classic, and it’s the movie everyone uses when trying to describe any kind of narrative with a day or events that keeps happening over and over again.
But rather than watching all the days unfold in sequence in the confines of the film’s timeline, what if we could watch the events of the day simultaneously? One editor has made that possible, and you can watch every day in Groundhog Day at the same time after the jump. Read More »
Update: It’s official: the Groundhog Day musical will open on Broadway at the August Wilson Theater on April 17th 2017, with a start date for previews announced. Casting has also not been announced but Variety expects Andy Karl to reprise the Bill Murray role which has earned him raves in the UK.
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As is so often the case these days, the list of movies and shows departing Netflix next month is full of more quality entertainment than the list of movies and shows arriving on the streaming service. It’s an ongoing problem. Still, at least we have some warning and can plan our movie watching schedule accordingly. We’ve assembled the complete list of what is leaving Netflix in June, 2016 and we’ve collected a few recommendations for what you have to see before it’s too late.
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Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Comedy is no laughing matter, especially when you’re ranking some of the most hilarious movies of all time. The Writer’s Guild of America has released a list of the 101 funniest screenplays ever written, and like any list on the internet, there are plenty of obvious picks, more than a few surprise choices, and handful of selections that are a little baffling. Also like any list on the internet, this ranking doesn’t feel like a definitive statement. It’s more of a window into a larger discussion.
In other words, prepare to read over the list and starting arguing. Check out the full list of the 101 funniest screenplays ever written (according to the WGA) after the jump.
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Max Dalton is an artist we’ve featured on /Film numerous times. He’s done incredible work based on the films of Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers and many others. His style is deceptively simple, but by somehow perfectly evokes a quirky tone that’s either perfectly in line with filmmakers like those, or delightfully polarized from others.
Dalton’s first solo show is called On A Mission From God and it opens at 6 p.m. April 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco. It consists of a wide variety of pop culture influenced art from a small new series called “Greatest Moments in Film,” more traditions limited edition prints brimming with hilarious and unique detail, and even homemade toys and games. Have you ever wanted to play Where’s Waldo, but in the world of Breaking Bad? How about have a poster of your favorite Seinfeld quotes? What would a Groundhog Day board game be like? All of that and more is part of this exhibit.
Below, read more about the first Max Dalton solo show and see a bunch of art from it including several pieces exclusive to /Film. Read More »
We’ve seen many different versions of time travel in movies, but how many of those time travel scenarios are actually scientifically feasible? ScreenJunkies have enlisted University of Southern California physicist Dr. Clifford Johnson and NASA scientist Christina Heinlein to talk about films like Groundhog Day, Back to the Future, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Planet of the Apes, television shows like Quantum Leap, recent movies like X-Men: Days of the Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow. Watch the not-so-serious discussion in the Movie Time Travel Debunked By Scientists video embedded sometime in the past after the jump.
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10,000 years. That’s how long Phil Connors was stuck in Groundhog Day. At least, that’s what writers Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin said in an early draft of the now classic 1993 film. That revelation was later cut out, along with a lot of other things, to make the film we know and love.
But on March 20, Jason Reitman presented that early draft as part of his Film Independent at LACMA Live Read series. On a night dedicated to Ramis, the Groundhog Day co-writer and director, Reitman brought together a small but perfect cast to read through the script. That cast included Jason Bateman as Phil, Elizabeth Reeser as Rita, Jeffery Ross as Larry, Mae Whitman as Nancy, and Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned, the role he originated.
That balance of familiarity from Tobolowsky, coupled with a fresh but perfectly poignant take from Bateman, made Groundhog Day one of the best live reads to come out of the series to date. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Phil Connors is about to find himself reliving February 2 all over again (and again), this time on the stage. Songwriter Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus are reportedly working on a stage musical version of the 1993 Harold Ramis classic Groundhog Day, with a workshop set for this spring.
And if that report is giving you a bit of déjà vu, that may be because we last reported on the show in 2009, though it seems a lot has changed since then. Get the latest details on the play after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by David Chen
I had the pleasure of helping to facilitate a special event at the SIFF Uptown Cinema in Seattle this past weekend: a double feature of Groundhog Day (with itself), featuring an intro and Q&A with Stephen Tobolowsky. Since Seattle’s KUOW was the first major public radio station to air The Tobolowsky Files, we really felt at home here as SIFF sold out the 500-seat theater with many fans of the podcast in attendance.
As usual, Stephen was lively and fascinating with this stories on the making of the film. I cut together a rough video of the event, which you can find after the jump.
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