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Forget 'Ghostbusters 3,' Bill Murray Needs To Get Serious About Being Funny Again

Forget 'Ghostbusters 3,' Bill Murray Needs To Get Serious About Being Funny Again

I just finished reading Brett Martin's profile of Bill Murray for the January issue of GQ, and while the story and Murray are highly entertaining, I'm tiring of reading profiles in which Murray simultaneously demonstrates how funny and how aimless he is.   more »

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Ghostbusters 3 Is 'Closer Than Ever'

Ghostbusters 3 Is 'Closer Than Ever'

Ghostbuster fans have waited for what seems like an eternity for a follow-up, but the spooky adventure comedy is on track for a third apparition 23 years after Ghostbusters II hit the big screen.

Speaking with Esquire, Dan Aykroyd said that he and director Ivan Reitman are "closer than we ever have been" to getting the project underway, he noted via Yahoo U.K. One obstacle though is that Ghostbusters I & II star Bill Murray may be a no-show, though Aykroyd and Reitman are holding out that he may just come on board in the end.

"I'm not sure Billy [has to sign on] anymore, since he abrogated his rights by sort of saying, two years ago, 'I don't want to be involved,'" Aykroyd said according to Yahoo Movies U.K. "The picture company I think had some clause in there that if he actually passed on the third of fourth offer, he no longer has a view of the franchise."

But a Ghostbusters III sans Murray will not be a mortal wound should the likely re-do go ahead. The creative team, he notes, will even leave a space should all work out in the end.

"We have to move on, but we’ll always leave a hole for him. He’s always there. He can always come back at any time and be rebuilt into it, as far as I’m concerned. That’s up to his lawyer and the picture company to work out, but creatively, he will always be a part of it."

Continuing Aykroyd added: "If it does not happen, the life of Dan Aykroyd and his family and friends will be quite full without Ghostbusters 3."

[Source: Yahoo U.K.]

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REVIEW: FDR Gets A Handy In Dismal 'Hyde Park on Hudson' − And Moviegoers Get Hosed

REVIEW: FDR Gets A Handy In Dismal 'Hyde Park on Hudson' − And Moviegoers Get Hosed

A dismal misfire, Hyde Park on Hudson could have been a spoof of a period prestige film, had it a little more energy and humor. more »

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The A-List Goes Indie: Spirit Awards Nominations Heavy On Hollywood Alpha Males

The A-List Goes Indie: Spirit Awards Nominations Heavy On Hollywood Alpha Males

When the Independent Spirit Awards take place in Santa Monica on the Saturday before the Academy Awards next February,  there should be plenty of A-list testosterone coursing through the event tent.  The slate of nominations for the 2013 honors, which celebrate independent film, is studded with box-office friendly male actor who've carried studio films. And Jennifer Lawrencemore »

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5 To Watch From Telluride: Marion Cotillard, Argo, Bill Murray, A Royal Affair & Amour

5 To Watch From Telluride: Marion Cotillard, Argo, Bill Murray, A Royal Affair & Amour

Bill Murray, Photo copyright Pamela Gentile
Ben Affleck's look at a hidden story from the Iranian hostage crisis, Bill Murray as FDR, Marion Cotillard playing a woman whose life is dramatically altered in an instant, as well as a pair of acclaimed foreign language films are just a few of the most buzzed about movies coming out of this year's Telluride Film Festival. Over the course of just four days here in this Colorado mountain town, attendees got a head start peek at some of the best movies of the year. Films and performance that will have moviegoers talking this fall.
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39th Telluride Film Fest Lineup Announces Haneke, Baumbach, Hyde Park On Hudson, More

39th Telluride Film Fest Lineup Announces Haneke, Baumbach, Hyde Park On Hudson, More

The Telluride Film Festival offers a bright spotlight, showcasing a small selection of films over Labor Day weekend just as summer movies give way to a more serious season of cinema. Later this year, moviegoers will be talking about Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Marion Cotillard as a woman who loses her legs to a killer whale and even a small town story starring Zac Efron as an aspiring NASCAR racer and Dennis Quaid as his father, an Iowa farmer. Those three films - Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson, Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone and Ramin Bahrani's At Any Price - lead a roster of acclaimed and anticipated new movies that will screen at this weekend's tony Telluride Film Festival. 
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No Ghostbusters 3 for Bill Murray; Matthew McConaughey Joins Martin Scorsese Pic: Biz Break

No Ghostbusters 3 for Bill Murray; Matthew McConaughey Joins Martin Scorsese Pic: Biz Break

Also in Thursday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Lynn Cohen joins the cast of the next Hunger Games, while Lucas Till takes on an action-thriller. Doc NYC releases some highlights for its November documentary festival. Drew Barrymore has a new directing gig. And Octavia Spencer joins a new Fox Searchlight comedy.
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Wes Anderson on the Fantasy of Moonrise Kingdom — and the Myth of His 'MO'

Wes Anderson on the Fantasy of Moonrise Kingdom — and the Myth of His 'MO'

A week and a half after its world premiere kicked off the 65th Cannes Film Festival, Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom arrives Stateside this weekend in limited release. Starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban, acting novices Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward steal the show kids on the cusp of their teens who fall in love on an island off New England in 1965. To stay together, the couple make a pact to make a dash for the wilderness, but the authorities are on their trail.
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REVIEW: Moonrise Kingdom — Attractive and Meticulous, Yet Lacking the Indefinable Magic of Moonlight

REVIEW: Moonrise Kingdom — Attractive and Meticulous, Yet Lacking the Indefinable Magic of Moonlight

Whenever I throw away one of those large round plastic lids from an orange-juice jug, in my head I hear my mother saying, as she would have said to my 8-year-old self, “That would make a great table-top for a doll’s house.” As an adult I don’t have a dollhouse, but I still have a hard time throwing away those orange-juice lids; the mentality dies hard. So why — with one luminous exception — can’t I love the movies of Wes Anderson, the most dollhousey of all filmmakers? Why, specifically, can’t I love Moonrise Kingdom, a sweet-natured picture set in 1965 on a mythical New Englandy island, in which two oddball kids run away together and pledge undying love?
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Take the Bill Murray Tour of the Moonrise Kingdom Set

Moonrise Kingdom Behind the Scenes Bill Murray

After debuting at Cannes, Wes Anderson's latest offering Moonrise Kingdom hits limited release in New York and Los Angeles this week. You've seen the twee snippets previewing the tale of young puppy love in flight, circa 1965. You've pored over the visual charm assault that is its poster. Now let co-star Bill Murray be your guide — wearing patchwork madras pants, with a little bit o' rum in his belly — through the New England set of Moonrise Kingdom.
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Bill Murray and the Moonrise Kingdom Cannes Tween Dance Party

Cannes - Bill Murray

Ain't no party like a Bill Murray dance party? Vulture had a front row seat at Cannes: "At the request of [Moonrise Kingdom co-star Jared] Gilman, who just had his bar mitzvah and has a taste for dub-step, Bill Murray led the troop onto the dance floor, where the four kids and their accompanying man-child wiggled and jumped around with abandon. It was a scene of such next-level adorability that nearly everyone in the immediate vicinity pulled out a camera phone. 'We're just chilling! We're just chilling!' Murray shouted out as he put the kibosh on each video in turn. Then he'd go back to more happy wriggling to songs like 'I'm So Excited.'" [Vulture]

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Great Moments in Baseball: The Ring's Sadako Throws First Pitch at Japanese Game

Ringu Baseball

This is officially the most brilliant ceremonial first pitch gimmick ever staged, just narrowly beating out that time Bill Murray ran the bases and slid into home at Wrigley Field: Yesterday at Japan's Tokyo Dome, Ringu/The Ring villainess Sadako (who's coming back for more in Sadako 3D, in Japanese cinemas this May) trudged to the mound to throw the first pitch before the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters battled the Chiba Lotte Marines. Somehow she managed to see through her signature wall of scary horror hair to toss a decent looper before the ghostly spirit took over and...well, just watch for yourself.
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Moonrise Kingdom Cast Gathers For Frowny 'Vintage Team Photo'

Moonrise Kingdom Cast Gathers For Frowny 'Vintage Team Photo'

You've seen the trailer. You've parsed the poster. Now study in the stern countenances awaiting you in Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson's Cannes-opening reverie for which a new "vintage team photo" is making the rounds.
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Here is a Trailer For a New Wes Anderson Movie

Here is a Trailer For a New Wes Anderson Movie

It is called Moonrise Kingdom and I have nothing to really say about it except that I'm somewhat intrigued by Anderson's discovery of the handheld camera and the unusual (for Anderson, anyway) 1.85:1 aspect ratio and that I wish it were Meryl Streep with that bullhorn instead of Frances McDormand; she was so infectious in Fantastic Mr. Fox and I want to see her and Anderson collaborate in live-action. And... and... Cool treehouse? I don't know. Your turn.
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Rumor: Bill Murray Reportedly Shredded Ghostbusters 3 Script In Brilliant Act of Defiance

Bill Murray
Premiere of 'The Lost City'
held at the Arclight cinema
Los Angeles, California - 17.04.06 
Credit: Dimitri Halkidis / WENN

Presenting the best-worst Bill Murray rumor of the week: The National Enquirer (I know, I know) reports that the actor has finally gotten around to that Ghostbusters threequel script he had been avoiding for months -- by shredding it and sending the carnage to Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis along with a note that read, "No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!" Fictional tabloid Bill Murray kind of has a point. [The Playlist]