If there’s still something strange in your neighborhood, 30 years later, it looks like you can still call on the Ghostbusters.
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Bill Murray is a very busy man—and sometimes, being very busy means going for a run in a tux in the middle of a talk show interview.
On last night’s Late Show, Murray realized that he was less than a month away from the NYC Marathon. Apparently, he’d made a promise to himself that he was going to enter this year. In a panic that he wouldn’t have enough time to train, Murray took his interview on the run. After putting a little Bengay on his hands—to help with his achy knees, obviously—Murray took off for a quick, marathon-worthy sprint around the block, during which he stole from strangers and realized what it feels like to be born again.
Ghostbusters celebrated its 30th anniversary this June, and to celebrate, star Ernie Hudson stopped by EW Radio to talk about his favorite memories on set, and what it was like working with Bill Murray.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell us, if you had to pick out one memory or moment on set that really strikes you about your time working with those guys, what would it be?
ERNIE HUDSON: For me, it was being in New York, shooting in New York. And it’s hanging on the streets with Bill Murray the few times we got a chance to just hang out, and even shooting, [seeing] how much the fans love Bill Murray. They were [in love with him], and what amazed me in watching—’cause I’d observe—is how he would wade into the crowd, and he just gave this love back. A lot of actors, they hide, they don’t want all that attention, but Bill would just become one with them. And it was a beautiful thing to watch. I saw him recently, and he still has that thing of just including people in a very special way. That was, for me, the thing I take away from it the most. Just seeing him with the people and seeing how he dealt with his fanbase.
You have a secret phone number?
I have a [secret phone number]. He never answers anyway.
For a long time, many intelligent, funny people have been frustrated in their efforts to resurrect the Ghostbusters. Back in 2010, Ivan Reitman, who directed the franchise’s first two blockbusters, finally told outlets that he planned to film the long-awaited third movie that year. It obviously didn’t happen. The major stumbling block has always been Bill Murray, who’s expressed his stubborn resistance to the very notion of another sequel in numerous amusing public appearances and interviews.
The franchise was dealt another blow when Harold Ramis died in February. Even though the potential sequel would focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters, the original crew—with or without Peter Venkman—was always meant to appear in a third movie, if only to symbolically pass the torch. Ramis’ passing put a damper on that spirit, so much so that Reitman quickly announced that he no longer would direct the film.
A Ghostbusters sequel is still in the works, but all the flux has allowed Sony to take a step back and rethink the future possibilities. According to Variety, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has had conversations with the studio about directing a Ghostbusters reboot—not a sequel—that would likely feature an all-female cast. Given Feig’s history of collaborating with Melissa McCarthy, it seems inevitable that she’d have a leading role in such a film—which raises a new possibility altogether. READ FULL STORY
Sick of Kimye? This news is the perfect palate cleanser: Bill Murray, who has a charming way of popping up in the most ordinary of places, was the surprise toastmaster at a Memorial Day weekend bachelor party in Charleston, S.C. The actor has a home in the area and owns the Charleston Riverdogs minor league baseball team. When some Boston College alumni saw him dining at a local steakhouse, they invited him upstairs to celebrate the waning bachelorhood of their engaged pal, E.J.
Murray rebuffed them at first, according to Deadspin — but just as they were about to give up, the man, the myth, the legend waltzed in and imparted some wisdom about life and love. Since E.J., who’s scheduled to be married on June 14, is already committed, Murray directed his remarks towards the flabbergasted men in the room who are still looking for Ms. Right. “You know how funerals are not for the dead, they’re for the living?” he said. “Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they’re for the uncommitted.”
The room erupted with giddy delight, though one surmises Murray could’ve received a similar response for anything he uttered, even gibberish like “Gunga galunga. Gunga gunga da gunga.”
But Murray took his task seriously. “If you have someone that you think is The One … take that person and travel around the world,” he suggested. “Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.”
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Every summer has a dominant blockbuster, but it’s not every year that the season’s biggest movie inspires a legitimate mania. Ghostbusters, which surrounded some of the funniest guys on the planet with expensive — though slightly cheesy — special effects, was a certifiable phenomenon. In 1984, your classmates, your teacher, your pen-pal in Nairobi, even your half-deaf grandmother knew the emphatic, enthusiastic chanted response to the winking question, “Who you gonna call?” Thirty years later, everyone still knows the answer. READ FULL STORY
Audience members at the Late Show with David Letterman got a surprise last night when a barely-clothed Lady Gaga invited everyone to come across the street to the Roseland Ballroom and listen to her perform two songs as part of her Homecoming tour. The Roseland Ballroom is closing its doors for good following Gaga’s performance next Monday.
And yes, that is Lady Gaga posing for a selfie with Letterman and fellow guest Bill Murray. Because why not?
Watch our late night highlight below:
It’s a well-known fact that everyone wants to be Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend. Who among us hasn’t imagined scarfing down pizza with the American Hustle star while laughing at fart jokes and oh, yeah — hanging with Bradley Cooper like it ain’t no thang? But we never knew what it was actually like to be J. Law’s best friend — until now.
Lawrence’s real-life BFF, model Laura Simpson, was the actress’ date to last week’s Oscars, which led Simpson to write a pretty epic MySpace post about the night. Truly, it may go down as the greatest behind-the-scenes report from the Academy Awards ever. Why? Because Simpson is understandably starstruck and recounts Hollywood’s most exclusive evening through a real-person lens. So while she got to rub shoulders with Brad Pitt, guess what? Some parts of attending the Oscars aren’t nearly as glamorous as they seem. READ FULL STORY
Despite a terrifically loose Ellen DeGeneres, the first half of the Oscars was the type of slog that makes you wonder if your friends who don’t watch TV are onto something.
Last night got off to a dreadfully slow start — Ellen’s great monologue aside, which included that surprising and just-this-side-of-cruel dig on Liza Minnelli. From the beginning the show was almost fatally crippled by the thick-with-self-regard theme of “Heroes in Hollywood.” That meant puffy, poorly edited montages of animated heroes, action heroes, and those ordinary among us who commit quiet acts of heroism (you know, average Joes like Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali). Amy Adams spoke for all of us suffering quietly at home when she got caught checking her phone during Harrison Ford’s snoozy line reading of some Best Picture nominees.
The choice to have Bette Midler sing her old weepy “Wind Beneath My Wings” after the In Memoriam montage felt cheap and manipulative. (The segment producers could take notes from the elegance of Bill Murray, whose introduction of Harold Ramis as a 6th Best Cinematographer nominee was as poignant as it was understated.) And I think I speak for parents everywhere who cursed the whole production for holding Idina Menzel’s performance of “Let It Go” until the end after we promised our young children they could stay up and watch. (#John Travolta, you’re a mess.)
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