Beloved actor Bill Murray surprised a group of locals in Los Angeles on Tuesday (22Jul14) by showing up unannounced at an ice cream party held in his honour. The owner of CVT Soft Serve hosted an impromptu Bill Murray Ice Cream Social at his store to share his love of the Ghostbusters star, and he extended an invite to the cast and crew of Murray's new movie after rumours emerged suggesting they were shooting in the neighbourhood.
The businessman tells Gawker.com, "Long story short, the guest of honour made it to the party and the rest is history. Like my dad always says, 'You'll never dance with the pretty girl unless you ask'."
He also shared a number of photos of himself posing with his hero as the veteran actor enjoyed one of his sweet treats on Instagram.com.
Murray, 63, has made it a habit to make unexpected appearances at special events - in May (14), he crashed a bachelor party in South Carolina and shared his advice on marriage, and last month (Jun14), he surprised a couple in Charleston, South Carolina by joining the pair for its official engagement photos.
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Whether they're battling for survival, the planet, or just the God-given right to boogie down at the local country club, man and nature have always been at each others throats at the movies. Across the cinematic landscape, a great many battles have been waged between humans and animals, and as viewers, our sympathies often shift between the species. With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters tomorrow, here are our favorite man versus animal films, and who we side with in each expedition.
The GreyWhat's it about? After crash-landing in the Alaskan wilderness, a group of men must survive the elements and a pack of feral wolves.What are the humans fighting for? Surviving 'til the end credits.What are the animals fighting for? Tasty chunks of Liam Neeson.Who do we root for? Once Neeson strapped those tiny booze bottles to his knuckles, we were firmly on team Liam.
The BirdsWhat's it about? Swarms of birds begin attacking a sleepy California town.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety, clean cars.What are the animals fighting for? It's never explained, but we're guessing tastier bread crumbs.Who do we root for? The birds... hey, it's a Hitchcock movie, so we just root for mayhem.
Once Upon a Forest What's it about? Three young forest animals try to save a friend, who is wounded by chlorine gas from a human truck accident. What are the humans fighting for? Nothing in particular. What are the animals fighting for? Survival, their friend, their home. Who do we root for? Since the humans accidentally orphan a tiny woodland creature, it's obvious we're rooting for the animals.
CaddyshackWhat's it about? Bill Murray tries to kill a pesky gopher terrorizing Bushwood Country Club.What are the humans fighting for? The golf course, their sanity.What is the animal fighting for? The gopher just wants to cause as much chaos as possible and dance like crazy.Who do we root for? Definitely the gopher. He's all right. Don't gotta worry 'bout him.
How to Train Your DragonWhat's it about? On the Island of Berk, a young boy befriends a dragon in the midst of a human/dragon feud.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety and their livestock.What are the animals are fighting for? Sheep. Freedom. Mostly sheep.Who do we root for? The dragons, obviously. Vikings are cool, but... c'mon. Dragons.
JawsWhat's it about?: Three men try to take down a gigantic shark that's been terrorizing a beach town.What are the humans are fighting for? Survival, pride, and shark teeth to sell to tourists.What is the animal is fighting for? The right to eat silly beach-goers.Who do we root for? After all that male bonding, how could we not root for Richard Dreyfuss and co?
King Kong What's it about?: A mythical gigantic ape is captured and forced to move to New York City. What are the humans are fighting for?: Money, fame, a dangerous circus exhibit that will totally never backfire.What is the animal fighting for? Freedom, his human woman, a chance to see that Empire State Building that everyone's been talking about. Who do we root for? King Kong, because no one should be forced to live in Midtown.
Rise of the Planet of the ApesWhat's it about? James Franco starts humanity down the slippery slope of extinction by making apes really smart.What are the humans fighting for?: Some for tyranny, some for survival.What are the animals fighting for?: Respect, dominance, way more bananas.Who we rooted for: The writing is on the wall. Let's embrace our ape overlords.
Country singer Jewel reunited with her estranged husband Ty Murray this weekend (04-06Jul14) to celebrate America's Independence Day holiday with their young son. The musician announced on Wednesday (02Jul14) that she and rodeo star Murray are heading for divorce after almost six years of marriage, but insisted they would continue to be "the best partners" to raise their boy Kase, who turns three on Friday (11Jul14).
They made good on the promise over the weekend as they came together to attend the 4th July parade in Colorado and Jewel showed fans there was no animosity between the former couple by sharing a picture of the trio on her Instagram.com page.
In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "Happy fourth everyone! @typbr (Murray) Kase & I enjoyed the parade here in CO."
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Bill Murray is basically playing Royal Tenenbaum in the new film St. Vincent, and it's as spectacular as any Royal Tenenbaum fan might expect it to be.
See what we mean? It's basically this scene, but for a whole movie:
Throw in a little Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd and Naomi Watts (who just played Diana, Princess of Wales) as a woman of the night, and you have a possibly epic production. St. Vincent hits theatres October 24, 2014.
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Singer Jewel and her rodeo star husband Ty Murray have split after almost six years of marriage. The country star announced the break-up on her official website on Wednesday (02Jul14), revealing she and Murray have decided to get a divorce.
She writes, "It is infinitely strange to write those words, especially considering the personal nature of the topic, which is the purpose of my writing today. But the truth is I have lived my life in the public eye since I was nineteen. And while it is intimidating to live a life in the public, it has also been a privilege to make a living with my words, my thoughts, my feelings.
"Which brings me to this highly personal announcement today. My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce.
"Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together. For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves..."
She continues, " Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son. Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents - as we wish only what is best for our son."
The couple wed in the Bahamas in August, 2008 and welcomed son Kase in 2011.
Michael Jackson's friends, family and fans joined together on Wednesday (25Jun14) to mark five years since the King of Pop's death. The Thriller hitmaker passed away on 25 June, 2009 after suffering an overdose of anaesthetic administered by his doctor, Conrad Murray, who served two years in jail on an involuntary manslaughter charge for his role in the tragedy.
The fifth anniversary of Jackson's death prompted a flood of tributes on social networking websites, with fans across the world sharing their memories of the pop superstar and making #MichaelJackson a trending topic on Twitter.com.
A number of stars also took to the website to mourn the loss of the singer five years on. British supermodel Naomi Campbell shared a picture of herself posing with Jackson with her hands on his face, adding, "I miss you #MJ #RIP with #angels #kingofpop #loyalfriend #legend# #Icon #MichealJackson in our hearts... (sic)."
Rapper/actor Ludacris adds, "R.I.P. The King Of POP M.J."
Jackson's pop star nephews, Taj, Taryll and TJ Jackson, of 3T, were stranded in Europe on the day of the anniversary due to a strike by French air traffic controllers, but they managed to add tributes to their late uncle before boarding a plane back to California to be with their family. Taryll writes, "To my idol, teacher, uncle and best friend... 'I love you more'. #alwaysinmyheart #love #foreverMJJ #bestofalltime (sic)," while his brother TJ, adds, "Not a day goes by where I don't think about him. And today even more so... His smile, his laughter, his walk, everything. Love you, Doo Doo."
The co-executors of Jackson's estate, John Branca and John McClain, also released a statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the singer's passing. The message, posted on Jackson's official website, reads, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's loved ones today as we remember the kind, gentle and giving spirit who generously shared his amazing artistic gifts with the world along with a limitless empathy for those in need. Time has shown that with each passing year the world's appreciation deepens not just for Michael's talent but also for his lifelong passion to spread peace, unity, love and hope across every culture and society. Michael's friendship, kindness, humour and joyful warmth will always be missed. The world is a far better place for having known him."
A number of memorial events are planned around the world on Wednesday - American fans are set to come together for a candlelight vigil around his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, while other gatherings are planned in countries including Spain, Holland and the U.K. Fans are also expected to visit Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana.
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The Hunger Games stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and Sam Claflin bid an emotional farewell to the franchise as filming on the final installment came to an end on Friday (20Jun14).
The cast of the blockbuster movie series shot their final scene for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 in Europe and producer Nina Jacobson photographed a group hug between castmembers Lawrence, Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as the foursome said their goodbyes.
Jacobson published the snap on Twitter.com and added, "That's a wrap. Thank you Suzanne Collins (author of the original book series) Thank you (director) Francis Lawrence. Thank you HG Fans. Other than that, I'm speechless."
Claflin, who joined the cast for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last year (13), also took to the microblogging website to express his thanks to his co-stars and fans of the book-to-big screen franchise.
He wrote, "I just want/need to express my many thanks to everyone (cast, crew & fans) who have worked so hard for so long to make The Hunger Games experience what it is. "But for also trusting me enough to let me be part of it. I feel privileged, honoured and so very lucky to have shared this opportunity with so many passionate & talented people. #dreamjob"
The final book of Suzanne Collins' dystopian series, Mockingjay, has been split into two films, with the first premiering this November (14), and the fourth and final movie debuting in November, 2015.
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We're of the mentality that you should never write off a project on concept alone. Who'd have thought that some of this past Oscar season's best material would include a guy falling in love with his smartphone, Will Forte dragging an old man around the American Midwest, or a woman floating aimlessly around in space? So we're really trying to find the hope in your plans for Ghostbusters 3, Dan Aykroyd, but it's not a good sign when even Max Landis, the son of your longtime pal and frequent collaborator John Landis, is turning down the opportunity to direct.
Rumors began circulating that li'l Max, writer of Chronicle and Daniel Radcliffe's upcoming Frankenstein picture, was attached to helm Aykroyd's widely lamented attempt at a third go. But the heir to the Landis throne denied these reports on Twitter (via Cinemablend), citing an already stocked foreseeable future: "Zero truth to the Ghostbusters report," he said on Tuesday. "Frankenstein, Me Him Her, American Ultra and Mr. Right come out next year. Working on things at Uni and Sony, and indies. GB3, sadly, no."
This must be a letdown for Akyroyd, who must have really been banking on the "But your pa and I did Blues Brothers together! We made history!" speech to take weight. But it's not like the man doesn't have plenty of other pals with up-and-coming offspring to take the reins on this new project. Jason Reitman's got to be looking for a way to make up for Labor Day, right?
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Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has followed pal Daniel Radcliffe onto the Broadway stage. The British actor will make his debut on the New York stage as acclaimed director Frank Finger in the star-studded Broadway production of Terrence McNally's comedy, It's Only A Play.
Grint says, "I'm thrilled to be making my Broadway debut alongside this amazing cast and creative team."
The play will reunite The Producers stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick and will also feature Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham and Stockard Channing.
It's Only a Play is scheduled to premiere at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 9 October (14).
Radcliffe is currently starring in a Broadway production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, while he has also previously appeared in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
A host of famous fathers including Nathan Followill, Rob Lowe and Mark Ruffalo have taken to Twitter.com to mark Father's Day (15Jun14). The stars uploaded moving messages to their own dads, and their kids, in celebration of the international day which honours fatherhood.
Kings of Leon rocker Followill, who is dad to daughter Violet, enjoyed breakfast with the tot ahead of his set at Britain's Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday night (15Jun14).
He tweeted: "Happy Fathers Day. Breakfast & lunch with Violet, dinner with a few thousand friends at Isle of Wight. See y'all soon."
Actor Lowe, who is currently in London, reveals he will celebrate Father's Day by watching tennis star Andy Murray on the court, writing, "Father's day in London. Off to Queen's Cup. Go Andy!"
Father of three Ruffalo adds, "Happy Fathers Day , brother Dads!", while British pop star Marvin Humes writes, "Happy Father's Day to my amazing Dad Colin Humes... you are now and will always be The Man! See u (sic) tonight!"
Humes' singer wife Rochelle also tweeted a sentimental message to mark the day, writing: "Happy Father's Day to my one and only - MarvinHumes The best dad our baby girl could ever ask for. We love you soooo (sic) much."
The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin added a tribute to his own dad, tweeting, "Happy Father's Day to the big man @markclaflin. Wish England (soccer team) could've have worked some magic for you last night (at the World Cup)... Have a great day mate."
The England team was beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening World Cup game.
Meanwhile, Limp Bizkit star Fred Durst provided his own rock 'n' roll Father's Day message, writing, "Happy Father's Day to the present and loving fathers out there. The rest of ya loser dads can suck it (sic)."
And Rihanna tweeted, "Happy Father's Day Pops! I love you deeply and unconditionally! You've taught me so much about myself!"
She later added, "Happy Father's Day to the step fathers who step up for the fathers who cant! And especially to the Mothers who have to be both, we adore you."
Actress Eva Longoria also tweeted, "Happy Father's Day to all the dads in the world but especially mine!! I love u daddy!" And Sharon Osbourne paid tribute to the men in her life - husband Ozzy and son Jack, writing, "Happy Father's Day to my Husband @OzzyOsbourne and my Son @JackOsbourne. I’m so proud of you both. You’re both crazy f**ks, but I love you."
Glee star Lea Michele completed the collection of celebrities remembering their dads - she posted a picture of herself in an American football costume with her father and the caption, "Happy Fathers Day to the greatest dad in the whole world! Thank you for always making me and mommy laugh we love you!"