Today is Groundhog Day, which naturally leads film fans to thoughts of the classic 1993 comedy from Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray in one of his most effective comic performances. (One which, like a lot of the essential comic performances, is really a dramatic one at heart.) One of the core questions for many fans of the film is: just how long was Phil Connors (Murray) stuck reliving the same day in Punxsutawney, PA during the events seen in Groundhog Day?

One article estimated about nine years. Harold Ramis originally estimated ten years on one DVD commentary, then in response to the nine year computation revised that number to be much higher. Now Obsessed With Film has put together a detailed estimation that might not be correct, but makes for a fun read, and leads to some thoughts about the film. Read More »

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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?

Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Dan Aykroyd Working on ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Script

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Will there be a Ghostbusters 3, or will there not be? According to everyone but Bill Murray, the project is definitely happening. Mr. Murray has called it a crock, a myth, and just about every other unkind word a gentleman might use. More specifically, he has disparaged the talents of The Office writer/producers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who penned the first Ghostbusters 3 draft after writing the bomb Year One.

Dan Aykroyd was recently asked about his reaction to Mr. Murray’s comments, and in his answer he offered not so much a defense of Msrs. Stupnitsky and Eisenberg, but a defense of the script, which he’s now working on directly. Read More »

What is going on with Ghostbusters 3? Will it ever happen? And if so when? Pick a Ghostbuster, get a completely different answer. Last month Bill Murray dismissed the sequel as “just a myth,” and that “all this talk is just talk.” Over the past couple days Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd weighed in, and one thing is clear — no one is on the same page.

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Harold Ramis Promises Ghostbusters 3 For 2011

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I propose a new policy for 2010: let’s not be even vaguely ready to buy into every little Ghostbusters 3 statement that passes the lips of Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd. Especially Dan Aykroyd. But the thing does seem to be happening, for better or worse, and while we’re lodged in the last days of 2009 I’ll stick with this year’s policy of delivering every shred of haphazard promise about the upcoming film. The latest is from Harold Ramis, who promises a summer 2010 shoot for a 2011 release. Read More »

7 Minutes Of Harold Ramis Talking Ghostbusters 3

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For months and months we’ve been reading snippets from interviews with the original Ghostbusters cast and crew talking about Ghostbusters 3, which is in development. But our friends at MakingOf have director Harold Ramis (who played Egon in the original films) talking about the possibility of making a third film for almost seven minutes. He talks about how the effects might be transformed in this new computer generated world, making it look low-tech, the unproduced draft of Ghostbusters in Hell script, and how the project is developing, and the danger of making sequels. Watch the interview after the jump.

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In the wickedly underrated David Wain comedy Wet Hot American Summer, there is a sequence where Michael Showalter, in character as a stand-up comic geezer, entertains a bunch of kids at camp with awful jokes about the Stone Age. The joke isn’t his routine, but that the kids are laughing at these terrible, stale caveman gags. Thinking along those lines, I’d be happier (though unconvinced) if Harold Ramis argued that his new movie Year One was a full-length meta comedy about terrible jokes, though I know it’s just a bad, ramshackle movie that assumes its audience is comprised primarily of children. Read More »

Interest in Ghostbusting is at fever pitch, and the imminent launch of the original Ghostbusters film on Blu-Ray and the tie-in videogames must have something to do with it. All the same, genuine interest in the franchise is as high as any time in the last 20 years, at least, and stories revolving around the upcoming third installment are piling up thick and fast. After the break, a few bullet points that should bring you up to speed and, most excitingly, a look at what appears to be the first dialogue exchange from the next movie to become public knowledge. I’ll also toss in a fantastic rumour I’ve been hearing, but haven’t been able (yet) to substantiate. What fun would leaving it out be, though?

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