Ghostbusters 3 will start shooting next year. But does anyone care anymore? And will it work without Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis?
The Ghostbusters theme song is a ubiquitous facet of popular culture, instilled in the minds of multiple generations to whom the opening strains of Ray Parker Jr’s unmistakably 80’s smash-hit is as instantly recognisable as the theme from such definite works of mass entertainment as Top Gun or Baywatch. In fact, amongst the younger generation, the song is probably more recognisable and iconic than the films themselves as today’s youth remain largely unaware of the context surrounding Ghostbuster’s initial impact upon popular culture itself. With that in mind, is a new Ghostbuster’s film that will arrive over a quarter of a decade after its predecessor really an informed move on the part of the producers that are behind yet another re-boot of a classic Hollywood franchise?
Bill Murray seems more interested in crashing weddings than appearing in the new Ghostbusters film.
Continue reading: Does Anyone Still Care About Ghostbusters 3?
As Freddie Prinze Jr explains his dislike of Kiefer Sutherland, which other co-stars have struggled to get on?
Recently, Freddie Prinze Jr. revealed that he thought Kiefer Sutherland was ‘the most unprofessional’ person he’d ever worked with during his time on the hit show 24 in 2010. While promoting his new Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels at the San Diego Comic-Con, the 38-year-old explained that he took a hiatus from Hollywood as a result of his difficulty playing Cole Ortiz on 24.
It would seem, then, that actors are often a lot better at their profession than we give them credit for. While viewers watch scenes of love, tenderness, friendship and camaraderie, backstage, certain actors have all sorts of problems with each other.
Continue reading: Actors That Just Can't Stand The Sight Of Each Other
Robert De Niro crashed a soccer party in Brooklyn.
Bill Murray, sir, you have competition. It turns out Robert De Niro is a pretty keen party crasher himself and during a visit to Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighbourhood to shoot new movie The Intern this week, the man himself made himself at home at a random house to watch the United States and Germany game.
Robert De Niro crashed a World Cup party this week [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Dimitrios Kambouris]
A neighbour told Business Insider that their apartment building got an email from Warner Bros asking if they could help De Niro see the game.
Continue reading: Robert De Niro Crashes World Cup Party In Brooklyn. Internet Explodes
Bill Murray's been causing mischief all over Charleston. This time he's crashed a young couple's engagement photo shoot.
When you’re Bill Murray there’s no such thing as boundaries! The Lost in Translation actor was recently strolling around downtown Charleston, South Carolina, when he came across a young couple having their engagement photos taken. When photographer, Raheel Gauba of Fia Forever Photography, noticed that something was up he turned round to find Bill Murray up to his old tricks.
Bill Murray agreed to pose in photos with the happy couple after initially trying to distract them
Gauba explained: “I turn around and I see Mr. Murray standing here with his shirt pulled up and belly proudly on display which he is patting loudly in an attempt to make the couple laugh - Needless to say I was stunned and I invited Mr. Murray to join the couple for a quick shot - He obliged and congratulated them and went on his way…”
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Up to his old tricks: Murray crashes another special moment.
fBill Murray strikes again in Charleston! The actor and comedian has recently been making a bit of a habit out of crashing celebrations and appearing unexpectedly in public. This time, it appears Mr. Murray managed to weasel his way into the official engagement photoshoot of a bride and groom to-be.
Ashley Donald & Erik Rogers were posing for Raheel Gauba of Fia Forever Photography on the streets of Charleston for a set modern and romantic engagement shots to share with friends. Suddenly, the Ghostbusters actor apparated out of nowhere and gave the loved-up couple a memory they'll never want to forget.
We'll let Gauba tell you the rest: "It all started with an innocent little engagement shoot in downtown Charleston with our lovely couple Ashley Donald & Erik Rogers. We were roaming the streets of downtown Charleston ... doing their engagement pictures. and most of the time when I have an attractive couple, you get to hear all sorts of noises around you - from whistles, to 'you look hottttt' to "congratulations!'"
Continue reading: Again?! Bill Murray Invades Couple's Engagement Photoshoot
We're headed towards the 30th anniversary of 'Ghostbusters,' but what exactly is it about the film that makes it so great?
The 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters is speedily approaching. Can you believe that the iconic movie is nearly 30 years old? It’s hard to because it’s one of those comedies in which the humour just doesn’t date at all, but what else is it about Ghostbusters that makes it so great?
Forget the 15th Anniversary, we're headed for the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters
The General Idea
Continue reading: What's So Great About 'Ghostbusters'? Erm, How About Everything?
Bill Murray crashed a Charleston bachelor party this week - but we should remember this guy is one of Hollywood's best actors.
Bill Murray's sheer existence nowadays seems to be to enable people like me to go, "Hey, Bill Murray is probably the coolest guy in Hollywood. He doesn't give a sh*t". Hell, you've read tons of "Best Bill Murray stories" articles and that list became longer this week after the Ghostbusters star crashed a bachelor party in Charleston and began dishing out some sage advice to the groom and his pals.
Bill Murray Was Robbed of an Oscar
So, it's probably worth remembering that Bill Murray is actually one of Hollywood's best actors. He is. Just ask anyone her worked with on Broken Flowers, or Lost in Translation. It was for his career best performance in Sofia Coppola's classic that Murray should have walked away with the Oscar for Best Actor in 2007. He was nailed on. He couldn't be beaten. And then he was beaten.
Continue reading: Bill Murray's Funny, But He Was Once Robbed Of An Oscar, You Know
When will we next see Bill in a movie?
This week, Bill Murray cemented his status as one of Hollywood's most likeable and interesting stars by crashing a stranger's bachelor party and giving the groom marriage advice before hoisting him over his shoulder. The 63 year-old actor was dining at the same South Carolina steakhouse as the bachelor party on Memorial weekend.
It was the groom's friends who spotted the actor and requested that he impart a few words of advice upon the husband-to-be. After an initial reluctance, Murray agreed and made a few jokes about the bride before he offered some wise words about love and marriage that soon went viral.
It should come as no surprise that Bill Murray is awesome, which is why we're excited to look ahead to his upcoming projects so that we can get a bunch of Murray movie dates down in the diary to look forward to.
Continue reading: The 4 Upcoming Bill Murray Movies You Need To Know About
Bill Murray gatecrashes a bachelor party and gives advice to the groom, yes this one definitely happened.
Of all the actors you could want to crash your bachelor party, Bill Murray’s got to pretty high on that list. Well for EJ, a student celebrating his impending wedding in Charleston over Memorial Day weekend it happened. Yes Bill Murray became the unexpected star guest of the party when he crashed the festivities and offered some helpful advice.
Bill Murray, you never know where he's going to show up next
There are many amazing stories of random Bill Murray encounters out there, we even once complied a list of our ten favourites. But the latest tale of Murray randomness ranks pretty high on the awesome scale. In the video, first published by Deadspin, Murray can be seen dishing out some helpful advice to the awestruck groom-to-be whilst his ecstatic buddies cheer him on.
Who needs an acting agent? Certainly not Bill Murray, who instead has an 0800 number.
Want to hire Bill Murray to star in one of your movies? It’s actually not as hard to get in touch with him as you might think! Sort of. Whereas with most actors you’d have to go through the gruelling process of getting in touch with their agent and then pitching a film idea which they may or may not want to pitch to their client, it’s a lot less complicated with Bill Murray.
Who needs an acting agent? Not Bill Murray! All he needs is an 0800 number.
Reflecting his idiosyncratic style and personality, Bill Murray has a rather unusual way of going about business. Instead of hiring an agent (something he hasn’t done for quite a long time now), the actor opts to have an 0800 which anyone can call up. Seriously? Yep, all you have to do is dial up the number and, in Murray’s own words, “talk.” And what does he do? “I listen,” the comic actor told GQ journalist Dan Fierman, back in 2010.
Popstar Lady GaGa, actor Bill Murray and chat show host David Letterman confuse awaiting paparazzi as they run towards the studios for their appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' in New York. The unusual trio certainly looked to be in high spirits for their TV arrival.
Lady Gaga and David Letterman helped Bill Murray tick two items off his bucket list on Wednesday night.
Lady GaGa, Bill Murray and David Letterman are perhaps some of the most unlikely people you'll find taking a selfie together yet that's just what happened when Murray and Gaga joined the talk show host on The Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday (2nd April).
Lady Gaga outside the Roseland Ballroom in New York.
Murray arrived on the show and attempted to usurp Letterman from his desk at the New York studio. Carrying a clipboard, Murray announced it was on his bucket list to host the Late Show and meet Lady Gaga. Fortunately, he was able to tick the two off his list at the same time.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga, David Letterman, Bill Murray Pose For 'Late Show' Selfie
Now American audiences will be able to enjoy the critically lauded delight that is Wes Anderson's new movie.
Today, audiences all over America will be savouring their first taste of Wes Anderson's new movie, the delectable The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson fans who know the score will be prepared for the Fantastic Mr. Fox director's idiosyncratic, quirky and sumptuous stylings of the world's most distinctive director. However, even newcomers will find something to love in this most lively tapestry.
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Sees Wes Anderson Up To His Old Tricks In A Film More Inviting Than Ever.
Budapest received its premiere at the Berlinale a few weeks ago where early critics bathed the movie in a warm glow of praise, loving the kitsch details, kooky plotline, and star-packed cast, which includes, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Harvey Keitel.
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is one of Wes Anderson's finest movie yet, if not his best.
You can never mistake a Wes Anderson movie: his colourful visual style and quirky wit infuse every frame of his movies, whether they're set underwater (The Life Aquatic), on an Indian railway (The Darjeeling Limited), in rural America (Moonrise Kingdom) or in a stop-motion countryside populated by furry critters (Fantastic Mr Fox).
The Grand Budapest Hotel Features a Stunning Comedy Performance from Ralph Fiennes
The Grand Budapest Hotel, his eighth feature, is set in a fictional Middle European country in the 1930s (it's his first period piece). But it clearly fits into Anderson's stylised universe with its vivid colours and mythical settings. It also reunites him with regular cast members such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban.
Wes Anderson's entertaining filmmaking style clicks beautifully into focus for this comical adventure. Films like The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom are packed with amazing detail and terrific characters, but this movie is on another level entirely: fast, smart and engaging, packed with both silly slapstick and intelligent gags. And the sprawling cast is simply wonderful.
It's a story within a story within a story, as an author (Wilkinson) narrates the tale of his 1968 conversation as a young writer (Law) with ageing hotelier Zero (Abraham), who in turn recounts his life as a lobby boy in 1932. Young Zero (Revolori) learned his craft alongside legendary concierge Gustave (Fiennes) at the Grand Budapest Hotel somewhere in Middle Europe, and stuck by Gustave's side when he became embroiled in an inheritance battle with a spoiled heir (Brody) and his evil henchman (Dafoe). As things get increasingly nasty, Zero and his baker girlfriend (Ronan) help Gustave fight for justice, and when that doesn't work he helps orchestrate an elaborate prison escape. Meanwhile, war breaks out twice across Europe.
The double flashback structure makes this a film about the power of storytelling itself, and even more potent is the reminder that we need to remember the old ways, especially as the world changes around us. This simple idea is woven so cleverly into the DNA of the script that it continually takes our breath away, conveying the true importance of history and nostalgia. At the centre, Fiennes gives his best-ever performance, showing a real gift for comedy (who knew?) as he makes the bristly Gustave deeply likeable. His camaraderie with newcomer Revolori is priceless, as are the cameos from an array of Anderson veterans including Murray, Wilson and the always astonishing Swinton.
Continue reading: The Grand Budapest Hotel Review
Bill Murray, who plays the character of M. Ivan in Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', talks about the movie's 'dazzling' script in a red carpet interview at the premiere, and muses over the concept of the 'bigger picture'.
'20 Feet from Stardom' won the Oscar for Best Documentary.
20 Feet From Stardom - Morgan Neville's stunning examination of the lives and experiences of backing singers in the music industry - was named Best Documentary at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2, 2014). The movie has featured strongly on the festival and awards circuit, though it's safe to assume even the producers didn't expect to beat the visceral The Act of Killing to the Oscar.
Darlene Love Performing on '20 Feet From Stardom'
20 Feet From Stardom, the highest-grossing documentary of 2013, was certainly a popular winner inside the Dolby Theatre and the legendary Darlene Love gave an a cappella performance to the delight of the star-studded audience, including Bill Murray, who kicked off a standing ovation.
Continue reading: Is Oscar Winner '20 Feet From Stardom' The Perfect Music Documentary?
Bill Murray remembered Harold Ramis at the Oscars on Sunday.
Bill Murray, the American actor who lost out on the Oscar for best actor for Lost In Translation all those years ago, paid tribute to his late friend and colleague Harold Ramis while presenting the Academy Award for best cinematography last night.
Bill Murray Paid Tribute To His Late Friend Harold Ramis at the Oscars
After the nominees were announced, Murray - presenting with Amy Adams - looked on with a wry smile and added, "We forgot one. Harold Ramis, for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day."
Continue reading: Bill Murray Remembers Harold Ramis During Oscars Presenting Slot
Bill Murray has paid tribute to his late friend and co-star.
Bill Murray has led the influx of celebrity tributes to the actor and director Harold Ramis, who died aged 69 on Monday. Murray most memorably starred alongside Ramis in the 1984 supernatural comedy Ghostbusters in which they played a team of contract ghost hunters.
Bill Murray Has Added His Voice To The Tributes For Harold Ramis.
Ramis had been suffering for some time with an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, though his death has still shaken the Hollywood community and has saddened the talented filmmaker's fans across the globe.
Continue reading: Bill Murray On Harold Ramis: "He Earned His Keep On This Planet"
The actor and director justifies making 'The Monuments Men.'
World War II movies: haven't we had our fill of them yet? Apparently not, according to George Clooney who is currently watching his new war film, The Monuments Men, open across the world after months of anticipation. For every soldier there are a thousand stories and millions fought across all of the nations involved in the Second World War. If that's the case, we've barely scratched the surface.
George Clooney Assembled A Truly Fine Cast For His WWII Movie, 'The Monuments Men.'
The Berlin Film Festival premieres a series of big titles, including Nymphomaniac, The Monuments Men and Yves Saint Laurent. A new trailer stirs buzz for the teen comedy G.B.F. in the UK. And two horror films tease us with trailers promising blackly comical grisliness in Cheap Thrills and more violent nastiness in The Purge 2...
The main global cinematic event this week is the Berlin Film Festival, which showcases high-profile films like Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac and George Clooney's The Monuments Men. After their starry New York premiere last week, Clooney and his gang of costars - including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin - have been dashing around Europe this week. Here's video footage from The Monuments Men Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York including the arrival of Director and Star George Clooney as well as appearences from other A-List cast members like Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Bill Murray. Incase you missed Shia LabBeouf's Paper bag stunt take a look here.
Another Berlin premiere debuted its first trailer this week, giving us a look at the biopic Yves Saint Laurent. Pierre Niney (Romantics Anonymous) plays the eponymous designer in the film, which traces his rise to fame and romantic liaisons with both men and women in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Unsurprisingly, the film looks stylish and achingly cool. It opens next month in Britain. Watch 'Yves Saint Laurent' trailer here.
George Clooney suggested the Elgin Marbles should be returned to Athens.
Travelling around Europe on the premiere circuit, the cast and crew of The Monuments Men hit London this week to talk about art history. The press conference was held, appropriately, in Britain's National Gallery, and focussed on the threat to Europe's heritage during World War II.
George Clooney [L] and Hugh Bonneville [R] in 'The Monuments Men'
"Hitler wasn't just trying to kill people and take their land," said writer-director-star George Clooney, "he wanted to destroy their culture. So he stole their art and destroyed a lot of it. He wanted to say that Picasso and Dali never existed. And the Monuments Men and Women went to get it back. This was the first time in the history of war that the victor didn't keep the spoils." Check out our Monuments Men review.
Bill Murray is the coolest actor in Hollywood and here's ten stories to prove it
Over the years myths and legends have grown around 'The Monument's Men' star Bill Murray. From doing dishes at a house party to serving at a tequilla only bar, Murray has become Hollywood's most mythological figures. With that in mind here's ten awesome Bill Murray stories that have become the stuff of legend. Whether they're all accurate, you decide, but there's plenty of evidence...
Bill Murray, his real life is much more exciting than 'The Mouments Men'
1. Bill Murray comes to your party and does the dishes
Continue reading: The Man, The Myth, The Murray Legend: The Ten Best Bill Murray Stories
For an amazing true story performed by such a strong A-list cast, this is an oddly uninvolving film. Fragmented and uneven, it shifts from comedy to drama to romance to adventure, never letting us get the feel of any sequence. In other words, the episodic structure would have been much more suitable to a longer-format TV series. Even so, this is a fascinating chapter of history that we haven't heard nearly enough about. And the actors are good enough to keep us entertained.
It takes place as the tide begins to turn during World War II, and art historian Frank (Clooney) recruits a team of experts to protect Europe's most important paintings, sculptures and monuments from both Allied bombing and Nazi plundering. He recruits a handful of Americans (Damon, Murray, Goodman and Balaban) to work with a Brit (Bonneville) and a Frenchman (Dujardin), and as they spread out around the continent, they discover that the real problem is that Hitler is stealing art on a massive scale and hiding it somewhere. Working with a resistance-minded French museum curator (Blanchett), they are able to find where some 5 million stolen pieces are stashed.
The central theme is whether art is worth risking your life to save. And if Clooney and Heslov had allowed this idea to seep through the pores of the script, it might have carried a real wallop. But they announce it over and over again, never giving us a chance to think about it ourselves. Everything about the movie is just as unsubtle, with each sequence played for laughs, thrills, drama or romance, as required. Which means that nothing emerges as organic for these simplistically defined characters, who are a composite of some 350 Monuments Men and Women who did a job no one thought was possible. Even so, it's fun to watch these actors play with the material, stirring in snappy details here and there and of course playing on their strong chemistry.
Continue reading: The Monuments Men Review
'The Monuments Men' fails to hit the mark, but Clooney will be back.
There was a period - late October, early November - when bookmakers were terrified of George Clooney's The Monuments Men, and for good reason. The heavily financed historical-drama had a superb story to work from, it had a script from Clooney and Grant Heslov and a supporting cast that included Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville. It was the favorite to win Best Picture at the Oscars with very little value to be had.
George Clooney in 'The Monuments Men'
Clooney eventually pulled the plug on the movie's Oscar-bait release date, owing to concerns about the special effects, however, rumors from the production suggested the director was struggling with the movie's tone and the trailers certainly didn't give any clues as to whether this was a serious historical drama, a comedy, or something else.
Continue reading: What The Hell Happened To 'The Monuments Men'?
Gustave may be aloof and snobbish in many ways, but he's also extremely charming with a good heart and a titanic personality. As result he makes for a highly popular concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel, who regularly entertains guests in more ways than one. He is charged with training up an inexperienced young lobby boy named Zero Moustafa who he soon bonds with. When one of his one night stands, the elderly Madame D, is found murdered in her hotel room, Zero is first by his side to defend him against her family and the authorities who are quick to accuse Gustave of the crime. Things become more intense when her will reveals her wish to bestow a valuable painting to her lover, entitled Boy With Apple, and Gustave and Zero are forced to flee. However, they are not alone as Zero falls for an attractive guest named Agatha who helps them hide the painting while Gustave protests his innocence.
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The Monuments Men hits cinemas tomorrow, with a whole week of events to promote it.
The Monuments Men, the film that is predicted to keep the box office afloat during the generally slow month of February, is out in cinemas tomorrow. With an all-star cast, including Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray among others, the Clooney-directed film tells the story of a special platoon, created during WWII at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to rescue culturally important artwork from the Nazis. It’s based on a true story and a very new and different kind of war film.
The Monuments Men marks Clooney's fifth time in the director's chair.
Timed to match the movie’s release, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting a series of events, online and off, based on the heroic work of the Monuments Men during World War II and their lasting impact on the Museum and its collection. The programme features a new gallery itinerary, display, a blog post and Sunday at the Metlecture event, Broadway World reports. The role of James J. Rorimer, a Monuments Man who became the Met's director after the war, is highlighted. Several individuals on the staff of the Metropolitan Museum-some of whom joined the Museum after the war-served as Monuments Men.
Continue reading: Matt Damon And The Met Prepare For "The Monuments Men" Release
George Clooney divides critics with his unconventional wartime film, The Monuments Men .
Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel,The Monuments Men centres on an Allied group named the 'Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Program', tasked with saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II. Directed by George Clooney, it marks the actor's fifth directorial endeavour. Aside from Clooney, Mouments Men boasts an impressive cast including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.
George Clooney [R] during the filming of The Monuments Men
Critics have so far been divided on this unusual wartime drama. Kam Williams writing for Baret Newswire called it “a history lesson about an obscure chapter of World War II successfully turned into entertaining Hollywood fare.” Whilst Variety’s Scott Foundas enjoyed the subject he felt Clooney’s adaptation did not do it justice, saying “Clooney has transformed a fascinating true-life tale into an exceedingly dull and dreary caper pic cum art-appreciation seminar - a museum-piece movie about museum people.”
Indeed the exact subject matter of The Monuments Men means it just doesn't have the amount of action you’d expect from a wartime drama, “Escapism junkies may feel betrayed,” wrote Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers before adding “Clooney has crafted a movie abort about aspiration, about culture at risk, about things worth fighting for. However Todd McCarthy writing for the Hollywood Reporter said, “Too much of the time, The Monuments Men falls into a compromised middle zone, not urgent and only mildly amusing.”
Continue reading: 'The Monuments Men' Is FINALLY Here. But Is It Any Good?
Seems like the actor's retirement threat was an empty one
Shia LaBeouf’s antics over the past year have been attributed to a wider ideal: a performance art piece produced with the help of several other artists. Whether that’s true or not, the mercurial actor claimed he was retiring ‘from public life’ – a claim that has just been confirmed as boohocky with the announcement of his role in Rock The Kasbah. (Casbah? Some say K, some say C)
Shia LaBeouf doing some sort of work - proper work
LaBeouf – who made his name as a child-star in Even Stevens, and enjoyed a successful turn in Holes - will star alongside Bill Murray in Barry Levinson's Rock the Kasbah. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel also share the screen. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are stepping in to exec produce Kasbah, while QED International will be looking for buyers at Berlin's upcoming European Film Market.
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'The Monuments Men' will show at the Berlinale this year.
Wes Anderson and George Clooney will both take their latest movies to the Berlin International Film Festival this year. Organizers of the Berlinale, the first of the year's major European film festivals, have released the list of films set to show in and out of competition at the 64th annual event which will take place between the 6th and 16th of February in the vibrant German capital.
Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Will Show At The Berlin International Film Festival.
Of the 23 films set to screen at the Berlinale, 20 will compete for the top prize, the prestigious Golden Bear Award. Amongst a host of intriguing foreign titles, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and George Clooney's The Monuments Men stand out as the big-name movies of the event. Anderson's whimsical new comedy, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, will open the festival. Set in the 1920s, The Grand Budapest Hotel is based partly on the writings of Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig who, after the war, lamented the destruction of Europe.
Bill Murray revealed, in a 'Ask Me Anything' Reddit session, that he took the 'Garfield' voice role, in 2004, believing Joel Coen, of the Coen brothers, had wrote the script...he was wrong.
Bill Murray was the voice actor behind 2004's live-action film 'Garfield: The Movie', but only by one epic error.
The 63 year-old took part in an 'Ask Me Anything' Q&A Reddit session this past Friday (Jan 17th), and revealed to the audience members his huge blunder when being cast as the voice of the comic-book cat.
Murray said, "I only read a few pages of [the script], and I kind of wanted to do a cartoon movie, because I had looked at the screenplay and it said 'Joel Cohen' on it."
Continue reading: Bill Murray Landed 2004 'Garfield' Voice Role Purely By Mistake
The hilarious new clips have gotten us excited for Wes Anderson's new film
Despite his relatively young age, Wes Anderson has carved out a niche style of filmmaking recognisable to both aficionados and casual purveyors of cinema alike. His latest effort, The Grand Budapest Hotel, sees his perennial working relationship with many stars hit the big screen once more.
A hotel manager and a lobby boy
The trailer hit town in October last year, when we got a good look at the huge cast. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton and Bill Murray all return to work with Anderson, while big names, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe and Harvey Keitel all feature.
Charismatic but somewhat aloof concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel, Gustave H, is less than impressed when a seemingly inexperienced new lobby boy named Zero Moustafa is hired for a trial period without his knowledge. However, the pair become thick as thieves when Gustave finds himself wanted by the authorities after the murder of his elderly one night stand Madame D. He does what any honourable hotelier would do under pressure. and runs. When it is discovered that the woman had left a priceless painting behind for Gustave in her will named Boy With Apple, her family is furious and Zero helps to the keep the painting hidden with the help of a charming young girl named Agatha as Gustave attempts to protest his innocence. With enough people despising Gustave for his often inappropriate professional conduct, it becomes harder than expected to clear his name and find out the truth about the death of Madame D.
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Gustave H is a charismatic and over-friendly concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel whose conduct has been far from professional over the course of his career, regularly engaging in one night stands with his deeply charmed guests including the elderly Madame D. So enamoured was Madame D about Gustave's interest in her, that she leaves him a priceless painting behind in her will named Boy With Apple. However, following her suspicious death, her maddened son Dmitri accuses Gustave of her murder and attempts to frame him for it, angered by his illicit involvement with her. Meanwhile, Gustave is attempting to train up an enthusiastic young lobby boy named Zero Moustafa who warms to him easily and helps to defend him as Gustave makes a break for it. Moustafa is also becoming very fond of a girl named Agatha, who he enlists to help hide the painting from Madame D's furious family.
'The Monuments Men' is based on the true story of seven unlikely museum directors, curators and art historians who were tasked with the virtually impossible mission of rescuing artistic masterpieces from the prevailing Nazi thieves during World War Two.
Directed by Academy Award Winning Actor, George Clooney (Ocean's Eleven) The Monuments Men must risk their lives behind enemy lines as they fight against time in order to save hundreds of years of artistic history and man's greatest cultural achievements which are due to be destroyed by the Reich in this action comedy drama that encapsulates the triumphs and heroic deeds of the unsuspected heroes of World War Two.
The Monuments Men aims to avoid the cynicism of War and bring a new approach to this previously reclusive story based on the Monuments Men book by Robert Edsel.
Gil John Biggs, Robert Bettencourt, Louis Laffer and Andy Guzman are four US Senators struggling with issues of power and politics as they reside together as housemates in a rented Washington DC home. Problems of all kinds arise as Bettencourt and Biggs find themselves amidst a serious ethical nightmare with an indictment ahead of them and all of them face pressure from upcoming re-election campaigns. Personal and family problems are also thrown into the mix as they attempt to get through each day with parties and plenty of drinking. Friendships are tested, as are family relationships, and they all find themselves uncertain of their future.
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On the plus side, he is friends with Brad Pitt
George Clooney has moulded an image of himself as the nice guy around Hollywood, regularly pitching in on humanitarian projects around the world and hosting and attending fundraisers and the likes for example, but it turns out that Mr Nice has a few bad bones in his body too. In a no-holds-barred interview with Esquire for their December issue, the actor took some unexpected verbal shots at Russell Crowe and Leonardo Dicaprio.
No more Mr. Nice guy
Crowe and Clooney apparently have a long-standing feud, one that Crowe attempted to bring to an end, only for Clooney to laugh off his attempts at reconciliation. Their beef began when Crowe called the 52-year-old Clooney a "sellout" some years ago, with Clooney saying that he has shot down every attempt to win his favour since then.
Gustave H is a flamboyant and largely charismatic concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel whose habit of getting a little too close to his guests and keeping them entertained at all hours has earned him legendary status among many of his peers. When he meets enthusiastic young lobby boy Zero Moustafa, Gustave trains him to be the best hotel worker he can and the pair become thick as thieves as they try and defend each other at all costs. When one of his more 'special' guests is found murdered, police accuse Gustave who does what any upstanding gentleman would do - runs. To the anger of the guest's son, he is bequeathed a valuable painting known as 'Boy With Apple' and now he finds himself on a cat and mouse chase with the victim's family and the police. Meanwhile, Zero meets the charming Agatha, who he's also desperate to protect as best he can.
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is a heartwarming comedy about a very unusual friendship, directed and written by Wes Anderson ('Fantastic Mr. Fox', 'Rushmore', 'The Royal Tenenbaums'). It is based in 1920s Europe and truly reflects the glamour of the privileged in that decade. The movie is due to be released in the UK on February 28th 2014.
The Monuments Men are a group of seven scholars from art historians to museum curators who are enlisted by the American government in the 1940s to retrieve some of the world's most priceless artefacts and art pieces from the hands of the Nazis during World War II. They plan to destroy certain parts of mankind's history bit by bit and, though it seems like a suicidal mission in itself, it is absolutely essential that the US doesn't let that happen. The men involved in the program have only received basic army training having been thrust into action with precious little time to lose. Encountering tumbling down shelters and landmines everywhere, they truly encapsulate the meaning of bravery by taking to the front line to protect history, no matter what the consequences.
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21st September, 1950
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