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Bill Murray Stories Documentary: Understanding Murray's Motives

Joseph Baxter Jan 18, 2019

The new documentary The Bill Murray Stories, showcasing real-life sightings of the eccentric comedy legend, is on Netflix now.

When thinking of the legend of Bill Murray, films like Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and Lost in Translation come to mind.

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man, the 2018 documentary which was recently released on Netflix, tells a different story. The film evokes an approachable-but-eccentric celebrity who tends to pop up in the weirdest, most random places. Filmmaker Tommy Avallone directed and wrote this poetic paean to the extracurricular activities of Murray; a tale strung together with sporadic accounts from ordinary folks across the country showing the most wonderfully random run-ins with the entertainment icon. Whether it’s joining someone’s ball game at the park, photobombing wedding shots, crashing parties, to just showing up at a doorstep, Murray’s curiously arbitrary thrill-seeking exploits have become the stuff of legend,
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Blu-ray Review: Starman Resonates Even More Today

Starring Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen, John Carpenter's science-fiction romance Starman hit the screens in 1984. In Starman, an alien crash lands to Earth, and to survive and blend in, takes on the form of the first human image in its periphery -- in this case, the image of Jenny Hayden's (Allen) sadly deceased young husband (Bridges). The alien convinces Jenny to drive him several hundred miles to a pick-up point in Arizona, where he must meet up with his brethern before the atmosphere here on Earth sickens him to death. Of course, this walking, breathing doppelganger of her dead husband scares and shocks Jenny, but she eventually...

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Corpse Club Member-Exclusive Audio Commentary Celebrates Christmas Evil

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As a special holiday treat for those in our Corpse Club membership system, we're celebrating Christmas Evil with a new audio commentary!

Recorded by Corpse Club podcast co-host Scott Drebit and Daily Dead columnist Bryan Christopher, the new audio commentary to Lewis Jackson's Christmas Evil is an exclusive gift for Corpse Club members to enjoy! The next time you watch Christmas Evil (which is now available to stream on Shudder), you can listen as Scott and Bryan take a deep dive into the 1980 holiday horror film, unwrapping its festive backdrop, Christmas-themed kills, and intriguing psychological elements.

Corpse Club members are being sent an audio file of the new commentary, so the next time you watch Christmas Evil, all you have to do is press "play" to listen to Scott and Bryan's new audio commentary. It’s like watching a movie with the Corpse Club—just make sure to save us some eggnog!
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NYC Weekend Watch: Jacques Tourneur, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ Rated X, Charlie Chaplin & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The peak-genre filmography of Jacques Tourneur is given a massive retrospective in “Jacques Tourneur, Fearmaker,” running now through January 3.

Metrograph

“In the Year of the Grifter” keeps going with movies by Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Brian De Palma, while two by Miyazaki have showtimes.

Alexei German’s truly sui generis Khrustalyov,
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Blu-ray Review – When a Stranger Calls – Limited Edition Box Set

When a Stranger Calls – Limited Edition Box Set

Directed by Fred Walton.

Starring Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda, Charles Durning, Tony Beckley, Gene Lythgow, and Jill Schoelen.

Synopsis:

Limited edition Blu-ray box set featuring the original 1979 When a Stranger Calls and its 1993 sequel.

This year in the horror genre it’s all been about Halloween and Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode, the intended target of a killer with no real motive other than his own impulses, in a belated sequel that tweaks a few details but basically tells a similar story. That’s all well and good but Halloween 2018 returning to the well comes 25 years after When a Stranger Calls Back did the same thing to its source material, 1979s When a Stranger Calls, a suspense thriller with slasher tropes that came a year after John Carpenter’s original babysitter stalker and five years after Black Christmas,
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The Art of the Christmas No. 1

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With the holiday season fast approaching movie-mad readers may well be plundering the dustier sections of their DVD shelves, or flicking through the carefully curated offerings of their streaming service of choice, for the perfect Christmas movie. While many of you will find festive fun in Home Alone, Elf, Die Hard (yes… of course it is), Scrooged and so on there will be a hefty subset who turn to Richard Curtis’s 2003 sugar high of a film, Love Actually.

Time seems to be impervious to the perennial seasonal cheer of Curtis’s film. It is mawkish perhaps, ludicrously well-off certainly, but utterly charming nonetheless. One of the stories Curtis and his team follow in the film is that of faded rock star Billy Mack (a phoenix-like performance from national treasure Bill Nighy), whose seemingly disastrous final shot at fame all comes good with his ultimate triumph – a Christmas No. 1.

The
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A Not So Holly-Jolly Christmas: Why are the mean spirited festive films so enjoyable?

Tom Jolliffe looks at mean spirited Christmas films, and why we enjoy them so much…

We all love a bit of Christmas cheer. Okay, some of us do. There are plenty of warm hearted Crimbo films to enjoy. Injected with pure unadulterated saccharine. Any mean spirited film of course, will inevitably turn back into festive cheer by the end, but even though I’m not anti-Christmas by any stretch, the most enjoyable Christmas films for me, tend to be the first three quarters of those mean spirited films. Or to put it another way, every riff on A Christmas Carol that’s ever been made.

Even the warmest, gooiest Xmas films have their darker moments. It’s A Wonderful Life is pretty grim for a large portion, dealing with constant setbacks before Jimmy Stewart gets close to suicide. People think back to the end, a warm, hopeful, optimistic ending, but prior to that,
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Heather Wixson and Scott Drebit Discuss Scrooged on a New Corpse Club Member-Exclusive Bonus Episode

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As a special seasonal treat for those in our Corpse Club membership system, Heather Wixson and Scott Drebit celebrate the imaginative and spooky 1988 Christmas movie Scrooged (which can be viewed as a horror film as well as a comedy) on a new bonus episode!

Although it's widely considered a Christmas comedy, there are many horror elements to be unwrapped in Scrooged, starring Bill Murray. With that in mind, Heather and Scott embrace the supernatural side of the season by discussing Richard Donner's 1988 adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story, including Murray's unforgettable performance as Frank Cross, the eerie elevator scene that continues to stuff stockings with nightmare fuel, the film's fright-filled take on the holiday season, and much more!

So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, throw another log on the fire, and relax with a new bonus episode of Daily Dead’s official podcast!

There's more bonus content to come.
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The Cast of 'Scrooged,' Then and Now

The Cast of 'Scrooged,' Then and Now
Deck the halls — Scrooged, the holiday classic starring Bill Murray, turns 30 this month. And Murray isn't the only actor who continued an illustrious career years after the workplace take on Charles Dickens' Christmas tale premiered Nov. 23, 1988.

With its initial release, Scrooged scored more than $60 million at the U.S. box office and a 1989 Oscar nomination for makeup. From overworked executives to ghosts of Christmas past, the dark comedy's cast features Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Robert Mitchum, Alfre Woodard and more.

In the spirit of the holiday season and the film's ...
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Surviving Christmas with the Relatives Premiere Interviews: Gemma Whelan, Joely Richardson & more

For a slice of festive family fun there’s no better time than a Family Christmas Movie. This year, along with your Scrooged, Muppets Christmas Carol and Elf, a new comedy is trying its luck for a place under the Christmas Tree. Surviving Christmas with the Relatives came to the capital yesterday evening for its premiere and stars Gemma Whelan, Michael Landes, Patricia Hodge and Ronni Ancona walked the red carpet along with writer/director James Dearden.

The film also stars Joely Richardson, Julian Ovenden, Sally Phillips, James Fox, Sophie Simnett from Disney’s The Lodge and Jonas Moore.

With George R. R. Martin’s HBO series coming to an end Whelan talked about the fact that she knows the ending of the whole series, and how good it is that it’s coming to an end. The cast talked about their own Christmases fed into the chaos of the film.
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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema to Re-Open on Dec. 1

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema to Re-Open on Dec. 1
Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema, which was closed in January for remodeling, is re-opening on Dec. 1 with a matinee showing of “Batman Returns.”

The New Beverly will then offer a double feature that day of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Butch and Sundance: The Early Days.” There will also be a midnight showing of Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused.”

The 300-seat revival theater, which was opened in 1929 on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, has been owned and operated by Tarantino since 2007. He has continued the double-feature programming format during his tenure with 35mm screenings.

The theater revealed its re-opening and December lineup on Twitter on Tuesday. Tickets are not yet on sale. There are several holiday double features including a pairing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” with “Scrooged” and “Black Christmas” with “Silent Night, Deadly Night.”

Tarantino bought the building to save the property from
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Giveaway: Win a Copy of Scrooged on Blu-ray!

Spencer Mullen Nov 23, 2018

We're giving away three Blu-ray copies of the Bill Murray classic Scrooged (along with a rare ornament) in time for the holidays!

Just in time for the holidays, we're giving away three Blu-ray copies of the 1988 Bill Murray classic Scrooged for the movie's 30th anniversary! Featuring an all-star cast including Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, and Alfre Woodard, the perennial holiday favorite is more uproarious and touching than ever. Each lucky winner will also receive an ornament that goes along perfectly with the film!

From the home release's synopsis...

"Frank Cross (Murray) is an uncaring, and unforgiving television executive whose live production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is more important than any true meaning of Christmas. Before the night is over, he'll take a hilarious journey through his past and into the future to find redemption and put a little love in his heart.
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'I’m nothing but compost’: Bill Murray on good friends, bad bosses and Harvey Weinstein

The actor talks about loneliness, big families, his temperamental reputation – and why he loves to live in the moment

The last time I met Bill Murray things got rather physical rather quickly. It was the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars party and I was about to leave, bloated with celebrity sightings and starting to suffer from indigestion. But as I walked out I saw a man arrive who made me turn around and go right back in.

By now, Bill Murray has long bypassed mere celebrity status to become something close to a spiritual symbol, a guru of zen, and his frequent appearances among the masses (in a karaoke bar! In a couple’s engagement photo!) are reported on the internet with the excitement of sightings of the messiah. Ever since his pitch perfect performances in 90s classics Groundhog Day and Rushmore, he has enjoyed a career renaissance, shucking off his well-hewn
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Impressions: Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror On Film And Television

While we may already be a few months past the Christmas season, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of gifts to unwrap in the recent book Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television, which features essays and interviews from an authoritative collective of writers who dig deep into everything we love about festive frights and seasonal scares. There are definitely several expected titles featured in Yuletide Terror, like Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night, but there are quite a few surprising topics that are included here as well that I really enjoyed because I knew little to nothing about them, resulting in a reading experience that was highly enjoyable and informative to boot.

Yuletide Terror starts off with the proverbial one-two punch of essays on the two aforementioned Christmas-themed horror films (I’d argue that both Bob Clark’s original Black Christmas and Silent Night,
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The Test of Time: Why Groundhog Day is a Comedy Classic that will never age

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Author: Matt Rodgers

As our own radio alarm clock ticks over to 2018, with its digital display and the latest tune from an interchangeable pop star blaring from the speakers, it’s worth taking stock of the comedy landscape. A baron wasteland full of recycled formula and man-child shtick, in which admittedly there have been genre-defining breakouts, such as The Hangover, that have inspired limp sequels and imitations, or rare gems in the form of What We Do in the Shadows and 21 Jump Street.

In order to find some genuine laughs, here at HeyUGuys we’re turning back the clock to 1993, setting our alarm for 6:00am, and getting ready to be driven to breaking point by Sonny & Cher with comedy masterpiece Groundhog Day, which is released on 4K Ultra HD today. Altogether now, “They say we’re young and we don’t know, we won’t find out until
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Lights, Camera, Christmas

With X-Factor, Strictly and BBC Sports Personality of the Year all done and dusted, it’s time to shine the limelight on movies once again. That’s right, it’s the return of Roobla’s festive film guide! As with last year, we’ll just be looking at channels 1-5 (as we don’t want to be here until next Christmas) and, also like last year, Harry Potter fans look away now…

Saturday, December 23

Easy to forget that it’s not just Christmas round the corner, but the Winter Olympics too. So to remind us of this fact, the BBC have decided to christen the day with factual comedy Cool Runnings. If snow isn’t your bag, there’s always Despicable Me, Crocodile Dundee and Gladiator to get you going.

Top of the Tree: Crocodile Dundee (1986) C4, 6.10pm – Paul Hogan scored one of the most impressive debuts in history with this comedy gem.
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Lethal Weapon 4: a retrospective

Guy Buckland Dec 14, 2017

Guy takes a belated look at the fourth (but possibly not final) film in the Lethal Weapon franchise…

Spoilers lie ahead for Lethal Weapons 2 to 4.

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At the beginning of 2016, Den of Geek gave me the opportunity to rank the Lethal Weapon films in order of merit and then write about each one individually. This made me very happy, as it is a franchise for which I have a great deal of passion – both positive and negative. But like a reluctant hit man stuck in a clichéd redemption arc, I just couldn’t finish the job.

By the time I had produced a well-reasoned account of why the third in the series was objectively the worst – an assertion I still stand by, despite what you’re about to read
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Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey

Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What are your winter holiday season viewing habits (that are not for work)? Do you have traditional go-to shows or movies? Are you looking forward to anything in particular?

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

As I have written in the past, I’m not the kind of critic who loves holiday specials. Too often, they’re too hokey, too commercial, too weird (yes, Bill Murray, I still don’t get “A Very Murray Christmas”) or, in the case of countless Hallmark Channel movies, way too white. But I do have a few holiday media traditions, starting with my Spotify Holiday Tunes playlist, which gets fired up as
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Karen Allen talks Indiana Jones, Scrooged and more classic movies

Karen Allen’s new movie, Year by the Sea, is now available to watch on VOD. Speaking with Allen gave us a chance to ask about all her classic movies too, from the Indiana Jones films to Scrooged at Christmastime. Raiders of the Lost Ark has some famous music, most notably the Indiana Jones theme that recurs in all four movies. Allen has her own theme too. John Williams even expanded “Marion’s Theme” to be a full orchestral piece. “I burst into tears [when I heard it],” Allen said. “He played it for me at Tanglewood in Western Massachussets with the...read more
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Slideshow, Audio: Black Perspectives Red Carpet at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextAlfre Woodard at her tribute at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.

Chicago – It was an evening to celebrate the Black Perspective in filmmaking at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, and also to celebrate one of the great African American actors with a tribute to Alfre Woodard. Woodard walked the Red Carpet on October 21st, 2017, with fellow actors Regina Taylor (“I’ll Fly Away”) and Jussie Smollett (“Empire”).

Alfre Woodard was born in Oklahoma, and studied drama at Boston University. Her breakthrough stage role was in 1977, with “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” and her film debut came a year later with “Remember My Name.” After winning an Emmy for a three episode run on TV’s “Hill Street Blues,’ she was hired by the same production team to portray Dr. Roxanne Turner on “St. Elsewhere” from 1985-88. Her film
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