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Originally posted 12/08/2012 02:15PM
The hectic holidays are almost upon us, which means it's the perfect time of year to head to the movies – provided you don't get stuck with the cinematic equivalent of a fruitcake.
So arm yourself with this handy watch this/skip that weekend movie guide before your Aunt Mildred suggests a Red Dawn/Killing Them Softly double feature. (Seriously, don't even entertain that idea.)
Watch This: Les Misérables
Something about a grand, old-fashioned musical turns me into a swooning, giddy thing. Weeks later, I'm still humming "Master of the House," even though I don't know all the words. But the emotions are what really linger – Hugh Jackman's stirring performance as Jean Valjean, the ex-con who becomes a hero, is only outdone by Anne Hathaway's brief but soulful turn as Fantine, the young mother who sells her body to feed her child. Sure, it's maudlin and manipulative, but let's be honest, musical theater nerds, isn't that what we're paying for?
Originally posted 09/06/2012 10:45AM
The calendar says it's still summer and the kids call it back to school, but I say it's Oscar season.
Yes, already! I know this because on Thursday the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) blows into Canada, with 372 movies in competition representing some 72 countries. Sure, some of the buzzy movies from Cannes and Venice pop up, but Toronto is where everything starts to shake out. As usual, the biggest of the A-listers will be in town, towing their Oscar-bait projects with them.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis open the festivities with the world premiere of their time-travel mind-bender Looper, about a mob hitman (Gordon-Levitt) hired to kill his own future self (Willis). I'm not sure why you'd take that gig if you were Hitman the Younger, but I'll take it on faith that the film offers a convincing explanation.
Originally posted 05/18/2012 12:30PM
Bill Murray seems to be indulging in the local nightlife while in France for the Cannes Film Festival.
Murray, 61, and director Wes Anderson arrived at the Hotel Martinez bar shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday evening. Murray in particular appeared to be thoroughly enjoying himself (and some drinks!), flirting with a woman at the bar and singing along with a piano player.
The actor was heard telling the object of his affection that he planned to give her a kiss at midnight, before realizing it was already the wee hours of the morning.
Around 3:30 a.m., Murray, still in very lively spirits, closed out the evening by paying tribute to his hometown and accompanying the pianist for a rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago." – Mary Green
Originally posted 05/16/2012 01:10PM
Sacha Baron Cohen kicked off the tradition of Cannes publicity stunts Wednesday when he appeared as his latest alter ego to promote his new comedy, The Dictator. Cohen arrived atop his camel, Osama, bringing the iconic Croisette promenade to a standstill in the process.
Four-legged arrivals aside, this year's Cannes Film Festival promises to be one of the most star-studded in years with some of Hollywood's biggest names scheduled to appear. Bruce Willis and Bill Murray were also photographed Wednesday on the red carpet for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which opens the festival.
Others on the list of expected VIP attendees: The reigning king and queen of Cannes, Angelina Jolie and fiancé Brad Pitt (his new crime drama, Killing Them Softly premieres at the festival), though they may have some competition in the supercouple category this year.
Originally posted 04/19/2012 06:40AM
The carpet will be red hot – with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson,Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, and new parents Emma Heming and Bruce Willis, turning this year's Cannes Film Festival into a two-week A-lister date night.
Add in Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban – and the possibility of a Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith sighting – and you might forget they also show movies at the world's most glamorous film event.
The 65th Cannes fest, which will run from May 16 to 27, formally announced its schedule in Paris on Thursday, and organizers haven't stinted on star power.
Originally posted 09/05/2008 08:35AM
Hollywood knew exactly who they were gonna call. And Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd look like they're stepping back into their Ghostbusting gear alongside costars Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson for a third Ghostbusters movie.
Columbia Pictures is planning to reunite the stars and revive the 1980s story of Manhattan's valiant exterminators of supernatural foes, according a report in the trade journal Variety".
Originally posted 07/22/2008 09:25AM
Bill Murray will take a flying leap next month, when he jumps out of a plane at the Chicago Air and Water Show.
But the Windy City native, 57, is aiming for a happy landing on North Avenue Beach following his tandem jump with the Golden Knights skydiving team on Aug. 15.
According to the mayor's office, the Lost in Translation Oscar nominee's special appearance will raise money for the USO of Illinois as part of the show's 50th anniversary.
– Caris Davis
Originally posted 06/26/2008 10:30AM
A month after after his wife sued him for divorce in a shocking filing alleging abuse and infidelity, Bill Murray and Jennifer Butler Murray have worked out an agreement to end their marriage.
According to court documents dated June 13 and obtained by TMZ.com, Butler Murray, 42, has been granted primary custody of their four children and will keep the couple's homes in Hemet, Calif. and Sullivan's Island, S.C. Bill Murray, 57, must pay child support and will keep other property in California, New York and Massachusetts.
Bill Murray must also pay Jennifer a lump sum. The Murrays signed a prenuptial agreement in which Bill would pay his wife $7 million in a divorce, and, according to court documents, it is still valid.
Originally posted 05/29/2008 11:40AM
Oscar-nominated Bill Murray should take solace from the title of his 1984 movie Nothing Lasts Forever: His wife is suing him for divorce in South Carolina after over 10 years of marriage.
Jennifer Butler Murray, 42, is seeking to dissolve her union with Murray, 57, on the grounds of drug addiction, physical abuse, adultery and abandonment, according to a May 12 family-court filing in Charleston County. Jennifer Murray is also requested a restraining order against her husband.
Originally posted 10/24/2007 09:05AM
Thousands have impersonated Elvis Presley over the years. Now, Bill Murray offers his own indelible tribute to the king of rock 'n' roll – on the cover of Condé Nast's new music/movie magazine, Movies Rock.
The magazine, which covers music and its impact on filmmaking, launches in November as a supplement in the December subscriber issues of 14 Condé Nast publications. It will showcase stars, directors, and musicians who "create the movies we love, and the music we can't forget."
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