VOTD: Groundhog Day Video Remix “Bing”

HomeStarRunnerTron has created a video remix of Harold Ramis’s classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. “Bing” took 8-and-a-half months to complete, and features Stephen Tobolowsky (of /Film’s own Tobolowsky Files podcast) as Ned Reyerson front and center. If it seems like something that might have been created by Pogo, that’s because it’s a tribute to Pogo. Here is a note from the artist:

This has been one maddening labor of love for me. This is a remix of a movie that has been near and dear to be since around Third Grade– the 1993 romantic-comedy-fantasy classic, Groundhog Day! It’s comprised entirely– and I mean entirely out of small bits and pieces of the movie, either re-pitched, slowed down, sped up, and sometimes with a slight touch of auto-tune for good measure (or a lot of auto-tune to re-configure chords in some score samples). The piece is completely inspired from my love of all things Pogo (aka the genius remixer from Perth), as well as just my affinity for music itself. I readjusted Jack Conte’s VideoSong medium to show every single one of the parts sampled. I tried to make this song a sweeping medley of emotions, quite in the same way the movie itself is! I do so hope you enjoy its whimsicality. *grins* It’s quite a smorgasbord of sight and sound. Am I right or am I right or am I right or am I right?

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The United States of Movies Map

Subtonix decided to create a map of the United States by pinpointing the movies which best represent each of the 50 states. For example, New Jersey is Clerks and Kansas is The Wizard of Oz. There will likely be some debate over some of these choices (is Fast Times at Ridgemont High the ultimate representation of California?) but it is an interesting concept none the less. It’s also interesting to note that more Coen Brothers films appear on the map than any other filmmaker. Hit the jump to see the whole map, and click to enlarge.

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The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 29 – The Classic


Stephen talks about “Groundhog Day” and reveals some of the story behind the story, behind the story, behind the story.

The Tobolowsky Files is a podcast from the people who brought you the /Filmcast, featuring a series of stories about life, love, and the entertainment industry, as told by legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky. You can always e-mail Stephen at stephentobolowsky(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or you can e-mail David at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com. You can also follow Stephen on Twitter or follow David on Twitter. You can now become a fan of Stephen on Facebook. Please let us know what you think of the show! You can find every episode of the podcast at http://www.tobolowskyfiles.com.

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Cool Stuff: Brandon Schaefer’s Movie Posters

25-year-old Massachusetts-based graphic artist Brandon Schaefer has created an impressive collection of retro-minimal movie posters. The Ghostbusters-inspired posters above have been making the internet rounds recently, but Schaefer has a huge portfolio of posters, some of which can even be purchased as prints on inPRNT.com. Check out some of his posters, after the jump.
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Harold Ramis Dishes On Groundhog Day Musical

Bill Murray in Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is one of those films that just gets better every time I watch it, but I can honestly say that I’ve never imagined the time-skipping antics of  Phil Connors as a musical. Apparently, acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd) fancied the idea a few years ago, but nothing came of that. Now the MTV Movies blog is reporting that the musical is actually closer to reality than we think.

In a conversation with the film’s co-writer/director Harold Ramis, he mentioned that Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, is working on a book for a musical. On Sondheim’s potential involvement, he says the following:

Stephen Sondheim was asked what film he would turn into a musical and he said ‘Groundhog Day… And I said, ‘Wow, that’s pretty cool.’ James Lapine, who directed a lot of Sondheim, actually contacted me and asked if I’d thought about a ‘Groundhog Day’ musical.

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To celebrate the recent release of Groundhog Day on Blu-Ray, /Filmcast co-hosts David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and special guest Stephen Tobolowsky (AKA Ned Ryerson) put together this feature-length commentary for the film. During this commentary, the trio discuss the making of Groundhog Day, its deleted scenes and alternately conceived versions, its legacy, its impact on Stephen’s career, their favorite parts from the film, and the disturbing tale of one man’s missing foreskin. If you have the DVD of Groundhog Day or if you have access to Netflix Watch Instantly, just listen to the audio file for instructions on how to sync it with your copy of the film.

Have any feedback or suggestions for next commentary? Feel free to e-mail us at slashfilmcast(at)gmail.com, or call and leave a voicemail at (781) 583-1993.

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In this episode of the /Filmcast: After Dark, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley talk with legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky about the legacy of Groundhog Day, spend time separating truth from untruth on Stephen’s IMDB Trivia Page, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being known as a character actor.

You can always feel free to e-mail us or call us and leave a voicemail at (781) 583-1993. Join us Monday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page, as we review Taken, starring Liam Nesson.

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Last week I told you about the Christmas Story fan convention which is being held in Cleveland, in and around the original house which was used in the movie which has now been converted to a tourist attraction. This week I have something possibly even cooler. As many times as I’ve watched A Christmas Story over the years, it doesn’t come close to my love and admiration of the Harold Ramis comedy Groundhog Day. It’s one of my very favorite comedies of all time.

Remember the Bed and Breakfast that Bill Murray‘s character stays at in the film? Well its not actually a bed and breakfast, but instead a 114-year-old Queen Anne-Victorian house in Woodstock, IL (The interiors were actually shot on a soundstage).

In fact, most of the film’s exteriors took place in Woodstock, and not Punxsutawney. There is an actual plaque commemorating the puddle that Bill Murray steps in during the movie (photo thanks to 1heckofaguy). And there is a plaque on a wall declaring it “Ned Ryerson Corner”.

As it turns out, a couple from Milwauke bought the house on 344 Fremont St for $435,000 in March, and are planning on doing a $500,000 renovation to transform the house into a five bedroom bed and breakfast inn.

If all goes well, the Martins hope to open the house as the Royal Victorian Manor this summer. Although I wish they would have taken the movie name of The Cherry Street Inn. The owners hope to make the new Inn “an upscale place with a select clientele” but I honestly think they could make a lot more money marketing it as the Groundhogs Day Bed and Breakfast.

Have maps of movie locations around the town for tourists who come and stay at the Inn. Possibly even have a yearly fan convention, and a screening of Groundhog in the town’s square. Hey, if Christmas Story can do it, Groundhogs Day can do it.

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The /Filmcast Interview: Stephen Tobolowsky


The /Filmcast Interviews are a series of interviews with movie stars, directors, and other key figures from the film industry. Last week after Stephen Tobolowsky reviewed The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with us on the /Filmcast, he spent an extra 40 minutes chatting with us about his past and present work, including the greatness of Groundhog Day, working with Christopher Nolan on Memento and what exactly it’s like to be an actor on the show Heroes. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, here is the interview in its entirety for your enjoyment.

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