Actor Bill Murray treated fans in Florida to a special performance as he took to the stage on Friday (28Mar14) to sing a series of cover songs. The Ghostbusters star had been taking part in his annual Murray Brothers Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament, in which he is pitted against his siblings and other putters on the golf course to raise funds for good causes.
After the event, he headed to the Caddyshack Restaurant in St. Augustine, which he co-owns with brothers Brian, Joel, John Andy and Ed, and decided to provide the night's entertainment.
Murray belted out classic hits including Gloria by Van Morrison and House of the Rising Sun by The Animals in front of the cheering crowd during a 45-minute performance.
Shia Labeouf has exited Barry Levinson's new movie Rock The Kasbah, according to a U.S. report. The Transformers actor joined the star-studded cast last month (Feb14), but is now no longer part of the comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Reasons for his departure have not been revealed, but sources tell editors at the industry publication that it was an "amicable parting."
Rock The Kasbah stars Bill Murray as a washed-up music manager who lands a career boost when he takes on a pop wannabe from Afghanistan. The movie's cast also includes Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel.
Matthew McConaughey is suddenly a role model. While the McConaissance exploded into full view at the Academy Awards with the actor taking home the Best Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club (and providing a gift to late night comedians everywhere with his rambling speech), the truth is that was a clear build-up to that moment.
Starting with 2011's The Lincoln Lawyer, McConaughey crafted an impressive run of characters, going from the psycho cop of Killer Joe to the fugitive in Mud and then onto the cocksure trader in The Wolf of Wall Street. Buyers Club’s AIDS-stricken Ron Woodruff was just the icing on the proverbial cake.
Just before that run, however, McConaughey had fallen into a rut of starring in lightweight fare like Failure to Launch and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, after showing promise early in his career in films like Lone Star and Armistad. The Texas-born actor never went away for very long, yet he managed to reinvent his image by choosing roles that offered a challenge… while still mixing in projects like Magic Mike to pay the bills. Loopy as he may be, there's a method to the madness.
That's a lesson that some of McConaughey's contemporaries should take to heart, even ones that are cashing nice paychecks for their work. Here's a look at some of his peers (in pairs) that could do with a little bit of that McConaissance magic.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn
The Internship and Wedding Crashers costars both have a tendency to cash a check for any role that's thrown their way. There's nothing wrong with that — Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep aren't always choosy either — but there comes a time when an actor needs to commit to doing some strong work the way that McConaughey did. Wilson, thanks to his association with Wes Anderson, always has the opportunity to put a run together. It's even possible that he's already started after earning an Oscar nomination for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Just like with his work with Anderson, however, the performance was credited more to Allen than Wilson. He needs to step away from the persona that audiences have come to expect from him and find a small movie to dazzle in.
Vaughn came through the indie ranks early on same as Wilson, so we know that he's capable. With his slightly dark manic streak, he could shine in supporting roles as McConaughey did in The Wolf of Wall Street. It also might not be a bad idea to get his buddy Jon Favreau to direct him in something hand-picked to let him flex some different acting muscles.
Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell
Much like Sandler and Ferrell's sophomoric comedies, McConaughey's various lukewarm romantic comedies weren't exactly high art, and both funnymen have shown something more than their usual silly humor on occasion: for Sandler, and Punch Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, and Ferrell, Stranger Than Fiction, and Melinda and Melinda. Though the SNL keep primarily to broad comedy, both are smart and capable. Even though there are millions to be made by sticking to what audiences want, there are legacies to be had if they can find time to jump on roles that let them be funny in a more natural way, like McConaughey's dying schemer in Dallas Buyers Club. Being at turns oblivious and self-loathing is what comedians do on a regular basis for laughs. Letting the audience see the actual pathos that it comes from isn't the most comfortable thing in the world, but start doing it consistently for a while and they start giving you awards.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
You might argue that Damon gets plenty of kudos for his acting and Affleck has turned into a respected director and producer with an Oscar to show for it. They don't need a career renaissance. In some respect, that's true. The Good Will Hunting wunderkinds have become Hollywood elite. That said, Affleck's track record as an actor still has as many misses as hits on it (Gigli, anyone?) and Damon falls back on familiar ground more often than not. How often do you watch either of their performances and think, "Man, he's really showing me something new!"? The beauty of what McConaughey has done is that in challenging himself, he challenged our expectations for him. Damon and Affleck could both use some of that. Taking the role of Liberace's lover, opposite Michael Douglas, in HBO's Behind the Candelabra was a nice departure for Damon, but he needs to put himself to the test on a bigger stage and with more at stake. Just as McConaughey found another type of character from his native Texas to play, it might be time for Damon to find a character from Boston that can't be described as "street tough."
As for McConaughey's Dazed and Confused costar, Affleck really just needs to put himself in the hands of directors other than himself that are interested in making him work, the way that McConaughey did with William Friedkin and Martin Scorsese. He doesn't have to lose 47 lbs. for a part like McConaughey, but he needs to lose the self-awareness and fully immerse himself in a character. How great would it be to see Affleck go "all in" on a character like McConaughey did in Friedkin's Killer Joe? He is proven he's a good director… it would be nice to see him live up to the same standard as an actor.
We all know, thanks to that acceptance speech, that McConaughey looks up to his future self. His peers would do well to use the Oscar-winner's past to come up with a whole new future of their own.
Emile Hirsch's John Belushi has finally found his life partner... and we're not talking about Dan Aykroyd. Ellen Page is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming biopic Belushi, as the late comedian's wife, Judith. The film, which the real Judith is producing alongside Belushi's good friend and former co-star, will follow the rise of Belushi's career as a cast member on Saturday Night Live through the making of several cinematic classics and his untimely death in 1982. Thus far, Hirsch and Page are the only two actors to have been lined up for the project, which is set to start production later this year.
However, it wouldn't be possible to accurately depict the colorful life that Belushi led without including some of the talented and hilarious characters that he surrounded himself with. In the interest of helping the team behind Belushi move the project forward, we've come up with some casting ideas of our own, based on the actors, directors and writers that we expect to see onscreen. From his former co-stars to the directors who helmed his iconic films, we've picked out an actor for everyone you'd need to fill out a Belushi biopic. Except Bill Murray, as he is truly one of a kind and the only person who could ever do him justice is Bill Murray himself.
Click through to the gallery below to check out our picks for the rest of the Belushi cast.
GALLERY: Dream Casting the John Belushi Biopic
The Lego Movie filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are in talks to replace Ivan Reitman as the directors of Ghostbusters 3 . Reitman, who directed the two original films and helped co-write the script for the latest project, dropped out the movie earlier this week (17Mar14) following franchise star Harold Ramis' death last month (Feb14).
The 67 year old will stay on as a producer for the film, which is expected to start shooting early next year (15).
Sony movie studio executives have declined to comment on the news, according to TheWrap.com.
Original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd is slated to return for the sequel, but his co-star Bill Murray is not.
Director Ivan Reitman has stepped down as the brains behind the latest Ghostbusters movie. The 67 year old, who directed the 1984 spook-chasing film and its 1989 sequel, helped co-write the script for the latest film and had to tweak the storyline when Harold Ramis, who was set for a small role in the movie, died last month (Feb14).
Reitman will stay on as a producer.
The film is finally expected to start shooting early next year (15). Original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd is slated to return, but his co-star Bill Murray is not.
Apollo 13 star Bill Paxton and Brendan Fraser have joined the all-star cast of new mini-series Texas Rising. The two actors will team up with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ray Liotta, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez and Chad Michael Murray, among others, in the Roland Joffe epic TV drama, which will air on America's History Channel next year (15).
The eight-hour series reteams Paxton with the producers of his hit drama Hatfields & McCoys, which earned the actor an Emmy Award nomination.
The project will chronicle the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the Texas Rangers law enforcers.
Paxton will play Sam Houston, the man known as "the father of Texas", while Fraser will portray Texas Ranger Billy Anderson.
History Channel bosses have released a statement detailing the new TV project. It reads: "In 1836, if west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West then Texas was hell on earth.
"Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna (Martinez).
"From General Sam Houston, to rag tag Rangers to the legendary Yellow Rose of Texas, this is a story of the human spirit rising in the face of insurmountable odds and claiming a piece of history for all eternity."
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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"It certainly felt surreal to sit down every night for dinner with Wes (Anderson) at the head of this big table with people like Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton sitting around with you... Wes also made us stay at the same hotel together rather than people having their own separate trailers and that created this special atmosphere." Saoirse Ronan had a fun time filming The Grand Budapest Hotel.
I think we can all agree that the last two episodes of Lost Girl have been a little lackluster. A bird Fae and a weird French flashback are not the best adventures for our favorite supernatural crew. Luckily, this week marks a return to the funny, frisky, and Fae-tastic (not quite Buffy-ish) fantasy. There’s an appearance by Krampus, who is a blend of Tim Allen’s character in The Santa Clause and the Robot Santa on Futurama. He punishes the naughty with death but is still a sweet old man. But quite horny... literally, with two ram horns.
This episode begins with Bo channeling her inner sorority girl by washing her car in the most gratuitously sexual way. After all, nothing gets the grime like water freshly fallen off boobs. Check your car manual, it’s true. As per usual, Lauren and Dyson hope desperately to be her number one. They are really starting to bond. Given the sexual fluidity of the show, could they end up hooking up?
The gang is celebrating Yule. It’s like Fae Christmas, only they celebrate by getting utterly smashed and the only present is not getting killed. The gang seems to be overcompensating to show Bo they appreciate her. And yet, they ignore her.
Bo & Tamsin
Bo realizes she’s in a time loop because she keeps waking up in the car alone. At the party, a creepy Toad Fae with hallucinogenic sweat keeps hitting on her. She catches up with Bruce (Rob Archer), the best new character on the show by far. Tamsin plants a wet one on Bo and they realize they’re both Bill Murray in this scenario. They decide to enjoy a break from their usual brooding, until people start getting sucked into the 1970s wallpaper. It’s strange Bo isn’t defaulting to her instinct to run to Lauren, Dyson, or Kenzi. Instead she’s acting passive aggressive and wounded over the worry that they are ignoring her. This isn’t the self-assured, devil may care Bo we’ve grown to love. Tamsin gets sucked into a wall and Bo has to save her.
Kenzi & Hale
Meanwhile, Hale is taking advantage of time loop because he’s nervous about his first time with Kenzi. Hale needs it because he really has no game. He puts the dread in double entendre. Kenzi finds out he’s been taking advantage of the time loop but luckily he makes amends. This does not bode well. This relationship with Kenzi is softening the hard-ass we’ve seen in prior seasons. Is Hale losing his edge?
Lauren, Dyson, & Vex
Lauren shows Dyson a box she finds in the Dark Fae archives. It’s addressed to Bo and in her handwriting. They spend the entire party drunkenly fighting over who loves her the most to decide what to do with Bo’s box. Insert dirty jokes here. It is great to see Dyson and Lauren bonding because they love Bo but can’t really have a relationship with her. The only issue is this entire idea of their making decisions for Bo goes against her whole feminist superhero persona. It also seems like Bo would be super pissed to find out this debate even happened. All the same, drunk hijinks with Dyson, Lauren, and a corseted Vex are worth watching.
In Deep Krampus
With Tamsin in the clutches of Krampus, Bo and Hale are released from the time loop. Apparently, Krampus likes to trap yule fools in Groundhog Day to feed off their regrets. Who has more regrets than the now reformed Tamsin? Bo tracks down his lair, a candy factory in a gas station. Props to Krampus for taking advantage of rising gas prices. He is channeling Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka because he’s creepy, colorful, and very off-putting. Bo sacrifices herself to save Tamsin. She’s released when she embraces her fear about The Wanderer. Suddenly, the needy, co-dependent Bo makes sense. Tamsin confesses that she was part of Bo getting kidnapped and that The Wanderer is hardcore Bo gets home to find out she’s not allowed at a Light Fae party after midnight. This seems weird because it’s her apartment. She ends up alone with the mysterious box. Inside, it has the same dark smoke that kidnapped her.
Succu-Best Lines of the Night
"Bitch, I am the naughty list." –Bo’s free advertising.
"Enough, Stephenie Meyer!" –Kenzi’s response to Trick’s storytelling
"My Kenzi sense is tingling... it’s probably just gas.' –Kenzi’s idea of pillow talk
'She’s a sasquatch. She’s probably eaten like a thousand kittens." –Tamsin describing a party guest.
"Let’s figure out what to do with this package... and settle the enigma of the most boring threesome ever once and for all." –Vex’s take on Lauren and Dyson
"You’re my grandubbus. My succudaughter." –Drunk Trick