There’s one reason and one reason only why we’re getting a Ghostbusters remake in 2016 instead of an actual Ghostbusters 3 five years ago. That reason is named Bill Murray and he’s been the not-so-secret sequel roadblock for as long as we can remember. But then he accepted a small role in the new reboot, because he’s Bill Murray and Bill Murray does whatever he wants. Sometimes that means randomly showing up at your birthday party. Sometimes that means popping up in a film franchise that he seemingly had zero desire to revisit. Now, Murray explains his reasons for joining a new Ghostbusters movie he was so vocally against.
Granted, it’s May, but when have you ever known Bill Murray to pop up when expected? The revered and eccentric comedian has finally locked down his long-discussed Christmas special with Sofia Coppola sending holiday cheer to Netflix this December with A Very Murray Christmas.
We’re big fans of Groundhog Day here at ScreenCrush — I mean, we did just pick it as number one on our list of the 25 Best Comedies of the Last 25 Years — so this news, via The Hollywood Reporter, has us excited: Groundhog Day is coming to Broadway on January 23, 2017. A new version of Groundhog Day! It feels like we’re living the same story over and over and over again! But with, like, music this time.
‘Ghostbusters’ was a huge hit, spawning a sequel and an all-female remake, but it almost was never ‘Ghostbusters’ at all. The film was originally called ‘Ghost Smashers’ before someone realized that's a horrible title. Needs some more phantastic facts? Who ya gonna call? You Think You Know Movies! Grab your proton pack and get ready to get slimed with these gooey facts.
“Then put your little hand in mine. There ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb...” OK campers, rise and shine, it's time for some ‘Groundhog Day’ facts to celebrate the best movie about the goofiest holiday! If you ever wondered why Phil Connors was stuck in a seemingly endless time loop, or exactly how much time he spent stuck living the same day over and over and over, we've got that, and a lot more for you, in the latest fuzzy installment of You Think You Know Movies!
So Sony and director Paul Feig have found their new Ghostbusters: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. This whole idea of an all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot came together after the passing of original series star and co-writer Harold Ramis, when director Ivan Reitman relinquished the franchise’s director’s chair and everyone involved finally gave up on trying to convince stubborn (and probably very wise) Bill Murray to make a second sequel to the original film.
Although we understand that 'The Late Show' will be getting a bit of a makeover when long-time host David Letterman exits later this year, and while we're extremely excited that Stephen Colbert is taking over the post, we still have a teensy idea: maybe Bill Murray could host it? Or just appear on every single episode? Does Colbert need a sidekick? He has to, right?
Bill Murray has been well-established throughout pop culture as a legendary eccentric, whose next feats might well include emerging from your bowl of soup, or taking a flamethrower to your next karaoke jam, so what's next? Why, a TV yuletide special with 'Lost in Translation' director Sofia Coppola, featuring the erstwhile 'St. Vincent' crooning Christmas carols, of course!
Early reports on 'SNL' season 40's inaugural three hosts pegged 'Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and comedian Sarah Silverman, though it seems reports of series alum Bill Murray were only half-right. 'SNL' has indeed tapped a legendary departed cast member for its third season 40 host, that of more recent alumni Bill Hader!