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14 Things You Never Knew About 'Groundhog Day' 

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It's fitting that you've probably seen "Groundhog Day" over and over and over again. Released 25 years ago this week (on February 12, 1993), the comedy that sees Bill Murray trapped in a mysterious time loop and forced to relive the same day countless times has long since become a treasured favorite and a highlight of the careers of Murray and everyone else involved in it. Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's much you may not know about "Groundhog Day," including the stormy behind-the-scenes conflict that destroyed the long and successful partnership between Murray and director Harold Ramis. Read on, then go back and read it again. 1. Like Ramis and Murray, screenwriter Danny Rubin hailed from Chicago. After he moved to Hollywood and found an agent, his "Groundhog Day" script landed on Ramis's desk. 2. The "Caddyshack" director thought the premise formulaic at first, but a closer read convinced him he'd found a modern-day "It's a Wonderful Life." "Groundhog Day" became Rubin's first produced screenplay. 3. Believe it or not, Murray was not Ramis' first -- or even second -- choice to play Phil Connors. There had already been tension between the two during the making of 1989's "Ghostbusters II," their fifth film together. Ramis didn't think he wanted another 12 weeks of that, so he tried to cast the famously easygoing Tom Hanks instead. But Hanks turned him down and later told Ramis he'd made the right decision because he'd have ruined the film. "The audience already sees me as a nice guy," Ramis recalled Hanks telling him. "They would have been waiting for me to make that turn throughout the whole movie." Michael Keaton also said no before Ramis finally turned to Murray. 4. Andie MacDowell was known for more dramatic parts, like her "sex, lies, and videotape" role, but "Groundhog Day" made her a popular romantic-comedy lead for the next decade, a status she cemented a year later with "Four Weddings and a Funeral." 5. Chris Elliott had been a well-known TV comic, but his "Groundhog Day" character, exasperated cameraman Larry, marked his first major film role. He'd get to cut loose more on the big screen later in "There's Something About Mary" and the "Scary Movie" sequels. 6. Two decades before he was famous for playing "Man of Steel's" General Zod and other scary villains, Michael Shannon made his screen debut in "Groundhog Day. He played the very dim Fred, a nervous bridegroom. The 18-year-old was equally nervous in real life, others on the set recalled. One day, when he heard Murray blasting Talking Heads out of his boombox, Shannon told the star that the Heads were his favorite band and asked if Murray liked them, too. Of course, Murray snapped, because if he didn't like the band, he wouldn't be playing their music. Ramis had to reassure a shaken Shannon that he wasn't about to be fired. 7. Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky seems to have been in everything, but he's still best known for playing annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in "Groundhog Day." His recurring character on "Glee" was named Sandy Ryerson in homage to his "Groundhog" role. 8. The town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania was played by Woodstock, Illinois. The shoot took place during the bitter cold winter of 1992. "it felt like we were in an Army experiment," Tobolowsky recalled, adding that the cold was especially irritating to Murray, who had to keep stepping into that slush-filled pothole. MacDowell said she and Brian Doyle-Murray used to spike their cocoa with peppermint schnapps just to keep warm. 9. Another irritant for Murray was the groundhog itself, which bit him on the hand during the chase scene, forcing the actor to get a rabies shot. "The groundhog hated my guts from Day One," he grumbled. Tobolowsky said that cast and crew debated whether the rodent should be put down or whether Murray had it coming. 10. Eventually, Murray became so hard to communicate with, both on and off the set, that someone suggested he get a personal assistant to field messages from Ramis and the crew. According to Ramis, Murray hired an assistant who was deaf and who spoke only in American Sign Language, which neither Murray nor anyone else in the production could speak. Murray pledged to learn how to sign, but gave up after a couple weeks. "That's anti-communication, you know?" Ramis said. "Let's not talk." 11. After "Groundhog Day" wrapped, Murray and Ramis never worked together again and hardly spoke to each other at all, until Ramis was on his deathbed in 2014. Ramis said in 2009 that he never knew why Murray had broken off ties with him. "Ask anyone in Hollywood. Everybody has a Bill Murray story," Ramis said. "He just punishes people, for reasons they can't figure out." For his part, Murray has never explained the riff to the press, either. 12. "Groundhog Day" cost a reported $15 million to make. It earned back $71 million in North American theaters. 13. How long was Phil Connors trapped in his perpetual Punxsutawney? Ramis initially estimated it at about 10 years worth of repeating days, but then said it was probably longer. Obsessed With Film writer Simon Gallagher crunched the numbers, including figuring out how long it would take Phil to learn to play the piano and ice-sculpt so well, and came up with 12,403 days -- or about 34 years. 14. "Groundhog Day" came to Broadway as a musical in 2016. Murray went to see it and was moved to tears. Aptly enough, he saw it again the next day.... read more
 
14. helmikuuta 2018 2:34:16 Categories: Moviefone logo

'Sicario' Composer dies at 48 

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Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Icelandic composer, musician and producer, died in Berlin Friday at the age of 48, Deadline reports. ... read more
 
11. helmikuuta 2018 18:48:26 Categories: Moviefone logo

Maisie Williams lets slip which month 'GoT' will premiere in 2019 

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Is it a spring awakening for "Game of Thrones" Season 8? ... read more
 
28. tammikuuta 2018 3:11:50 Categories: Moviefone logo

No one can believe 'Boss Baby' got an Oscar nomination 

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Guys, we live in the timeline where "The Boss Baby" is a 2018 Oscar nominee. That happened, and we can't go back and change it now. The 90th Academy Awards nominations just came out on January 23, and there were a few snubs and surprises raising eyebrows on social media. Christopher Plummer, Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, and Mary J Blige are in. James Franco is out. But it was the animated feature category that earned more than a few spit-takes when it was revealed that "Boss Baby" made the cut, but "The LEGO Batman Movie" (among others) did not: Animated Feature "The Boss Baby" "The Breadwinner" "Coco" "Ferdinand" "Loving Vincent" What kind of sorcery is this? Fans were confused, especially since "Boss Baby" was hardly a critical or even audience favorite, despite strong box office numbers: The Boss Baby. Cancel the Oscars. - Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) January 23, 2018 I mean yeah....... it TOTALLY makes sense why Boss Baby was nominated but @LEGOBatmanMovie wasn't. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/MwyjfO4GX7 - Steven Z Smith (@stevenzsmith88) January 23, 2018 Oh it hurts to hear "The Boss Baby" at #OscarNoms - Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) January 23, 2018 BOSS BABY over THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE? GTFO. pic.twitter.com/elgYhrFq5K - Adam Frazier (@AdamFrazier) January 23, 2018 The Boss Baby beat Lego Batman for Best Animated Feature??! pic.twitter.com/aoWlt0Aqiy - Milez Das (@MILEZDAS) January 23, 2018 The Boss Baby gets a Best Animated Feature Oscar Nom. A Silent Voice and In This Corner of the World do not. I am truly living in the darkest timeline pic.twitter.com/tnKo5JNPfi - Cameron Thrower (@ScandaIus) January 23, 2018 i can't believe we now have to call the boss baby an oscar nominated film - kayley (@skrtsgard) January 23, 2018 When I saw that Boss Baby beat out Sword Art Online at the Oscars pic.twitter.com/qId7RVxUOw - 🐸🐸 Frog-kun 🐸🐸 (@frog_kun) January 23, 2018 >The Boss Baby nominated for an Oscar pic.twitter.com/g2qJ3jlRRH - for sale, baby shoes, never worn. (@smktty) January 23, 2018 The Lego Batman Movie and Captain Underpants are both better than The Boss Baby. https://t.co/0YL5uv86FO - Joelrat 🌴 (@JoelratResort) January 23, 2018 Why are people nominating boss baby for things when the lego batman movie is right there pic.twitter.com/MkofiEyzpz - Sam's Town (2006) (@ahsaradayne) January 23, 2018 Obsessed that Boss Baby is the only movie Tiffany Haddish clapped about in the noms this morning. Now I want to see it. - Bryan Safi (@bryansafi) January 23, 2018 Boss Baby is in the #OscarNoms and not Lego Batman???? pic.twitter.com/Ov4SOQZhp3 - Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) January 23, 2018 The 90th Academy Awards, hosted for a second time in a row by Jimmy Kimmel, will air Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. PST on ABC. Here's the full list of nominees. Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.... read more
 
23. tammikuuta 2018 19:57:01 Categories: Moviefone logo

New pic from Ant-Man sequel shows the Wasp suited up for first time 

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A new photo from the upcoming Marvel sequel "Ant-Man and the Wasp" has arrived, and it finally unites our titular duo in all their superhero glory.... read more
 
17. tammikuuta 2018 16:51:12 Categories: Moviefone logo

New details released about Han Solo movie 

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Disney and Lucasfilm have finally revealed the official plot synopsis for the upcoming 'Star Wars' spinoff flick 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', though of course, there's a slight twist.... read more
 
17. tammikuuta 2018 7:56:33 Categories: Moviefone logo

We finally have a 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' plot synopsis 

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Disney and Lucasfilm have finally revealed the official plot synopsis for the upcoming "Star Wars" spinoff flick "Solo: A Star Wars Story," though of course, there's a slight twist: In keeping with the companies' recent penchant for absolute secrecy, it doesn't really tell us too much that we didn't know already. Still, the release of this new intel -- as vague as it may be -- is further confirmation that audiences are in for a thrill when learning more about the young titular hero, played this time around by Alden Ehrenreich ("Hail, Caesar!"). And the references to Han's seedy origins in "a dark and dangerous underworld" -- not to mention his first meetings with Chewie (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando (Donald Glover) -- certainly have piqued our interest. Here's the full synopsis: "Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the 'Star Wars' saga's most unlikely heroes." What we're most curious to see, though, is how the director's credit will be assigned, since Ron Howard famously took over as helmer after Disney fired original directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. (And after the pair had nearly completed work on the flick.) That may be yet another secret that the studio will keep until the film finally hits theaters. "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is slated for release on May 25. [via: Coming Soon]... read more
 
17. tammikuuta 2018 2:41:25 Categories: Moviefone logo

'Stranger Things' star fulfils glorious promise to fan 

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David Harbour is a good friend. And friends don't lie. "Stranger Things" hasn't started taping Season 3 yet, so the stars have more free time to dominate awards show red carpets and do crazy <g class="gr_ gr_36 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" data-gr-id="36" id="36">fan</g> stuff like this.&nbsp;... read more
 
16. tammikuuta 2018 1:40:45 Categories: Moviefone logo

Radcliffe weighs in on Depp 'Fantastic Beasts' casting 

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&nbsp;Daniel Radcliffe is not part of the "Fantastic Beasts" movies, which are prequels to "Harry Potter," but he did tie the recent Johnny Depp debate to the Potter films.&nbsp;... read more
 
13. tammikuuta 2018 6:49:49 Categories: Moviefone logo

Millie Bobby Brown is going to be a big-screen detective 

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'Stranger Things' star Millie Bobby Brown has already booked her next franchise.... read more
 
10. tammikuuta 2018 3:20:18 Categories: Moviefone logo

New 'Fantastic Beasts' photos show off J-Law, Johnny Depp 

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The "passionate, mischievous" young Dumbledore looks good so far.... read more
 
30. joulukuuta 2017 0:50:45 Categories: Moviefone logo

This 'GoT' star hasn't watched the entire show 

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It turns out it is possible to watch only part of "Game of Thrones" without getting hooked -- and one of the show's stars, of all people, is proof.&nbsp;... read more
 
28. joulukuuta 2017 11:31:11 Categories: Moviefone logo

'The Last Jedi' scene forces movie theaters to post warning 

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Director Rian Johnson has already acknowledged that his vision for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" may be divisive to fans.&nbsp;... read more
 
27. joulukuuta 2017 13:36:47 Categories: Moviefone logo

Lively and fans troll Reynolds over Christmas cookies 

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Our favorite married trolls enjoyed the holidays in their own trash-talking way.... read more
 
23. joulukuuta 2017 9:35:07 Categories: Moviefone logo

Why 'Star Wars' fans are talking about this 'face swap' 

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Keanu Reeves + Adam Driver = The blockbuster we're looking for. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" just opened last week, and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is getting a lot of attention.&nbsp;... read more
 
21. joulukuuta 2017 3:33:39 Categories: Moviefone logo

Facts you probably never knew about 'Titanic' 

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Hard to imagine now, but before "Titanic" was released two decades ago (on December 19, 1997), much of Hollywood expected the then-most expensive film ever made to be a colossal failure. It would sink at the box office like -- well, you know. Even James Cameron had his doubts that the film would work, fearing that blending an intimate-scale teenage romance with an epic-scale disaster movie would be like "chocolate syrup on a cheeseburger." You know how the story ends, though. "Titanic" became the biggest hit in Hollywood history (until Cameron's own "Avatar" surpassed it 12 years later), won a record number of Oscars (including Best Picture), turned Leonardo DiCaprio into a box office titan, made Kate Winslet a globally-beloved actress, and crowned writer/director Cameron as King of the World. You've probably seen the movie so many times that that damn Celine Dion song is still stuck in your head today. Even so, you may not know about the film's tempestuous production history that spawned all that pre-release pessimism. Here's how it all went down. 1. Cameron's interest in the Titanic began a decade before the movie's release, when he saw the National Geographic documentary by Robert Ballard, the leader of the team that found the Titanic wreckage on the Atlantic Ocean floor. Still, the "Terminator" director had never made a romance or a period drama, and he had a hard time selling 20th Century Fox on his idea. 2. Nonetheless, he got the studio to pony up $2 million to send him on an expedition to the shipwreck site. 3. Armed with a submarine-mount camera designed by his aerospace-engineer brother, Cameron captured Titanic footage like none other yet obtained -- chandeliers, piles of furniture, and staterooms with intact woodwork and decor. The footage sealed the deal. 4. For Rose, Cameron considered such young actresses as Gwyneth Paltrow, Claire Danes, and Gabrielle Anwar, but Kate Winslet lobbied him hard for the part with daily notes and phone calls. One missive was a card that read "From Your Rose," accompanied by a single rose. Another time, she called him in his car and said, "You don't understand! I am Rose. I don't know why you're even seeing someone else." Eventually, the director agreed. 5. For Jack, the filmmakers initially wanted Matthew McConaughey. But then they decided they needed a Jack who looked about 20, ruling out the 26-year-old "A Time to Kill" star. 6. They also considered Chris O'Donnell, Jared Leto, and the then-unknown Billy Crudup. But when Leonardo DiCaprio screen tested with Winslet, both the director and the actress thought he was so good that Winslet told Cameron that, even if he didn't hire her, he should hire the "Basketball Diaries" actor. 7. Actually, it was DiCaprio who needed to be sold on the filmmakers behind what was to be his first mainstream, big-budget Hollywood movie. He kept trying to suggest changes to Jack to make the part more interesting to play, until Cameron balked and said, "Look, I'm not going to make this guy brooding and neurotic. I'm not going to give him a tic and a limp and all the things you want." DiCaprio relented and signed on. 8. The most remarkable bit of casting may have been the older Rose. Gloria Stuart had been a promising Hollywood starlet in the 1930s, acting in such films as 'The Invisible Man" and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." She'd quit the movies in the 1940s and had worked for decades as a visual artist. She'd begun acting again in her sixties in small character parts, but she was all but retired by the time Cameron cast her, at age 85, to play the centenarian Rose. 9. Cameron had considered trying to lure her contemporary, original "King Kong" star Fay Wray, out of retirement to play Rose before selecting Stuart. Her Oscar-nominated comeback made her famous for the rest of her life. Stuart died in 2010 at age 100, about the same age as her "Titanic" character. 10. Cameron's drive for accuracy included no fewer than 12 dives to the wreck site during the production, on occasion bringing set and costume designers along. To recreate the Titanic, he obtained the original blueprints. His production designer discovered that the company that had manufactured the ship's carpets was still in business and commissioned the firm to duplicate them for the movie. 11. In the scene where Jack sketches a nude Rose, the actors' visible nervousness was real. After all, it was the first scene DiCaprio and Winslet shot together. The portrait was actually drawn by Cameron. 12. Three weeks into the shoot, members of the cast and crew suffered a weird bout of food poisoning, tripping on lobster chowder that had been laced with PCP. Who spiked the soup with angel dust? That's one of the enduring mysteries of "Titanic." 13. Cameron got Fox to build a water tank in Rosarito, Mexico (above), one that could hold 17 million gallons of water. In the tank, Cameron staged much of the action aboard a 770-foot-long scale model, about 90 percent the size of the actual Titanic. 14. Of course, many scenes recreating the ship -- particularly during the sinking -- were achieved with digital trickery, though there were only about 500 effects shots in the film, a modest number by the standard of today's CGI extravaganzas. 15. During the final plunge of the ship's stern, where hapless passengers and crew are shown tumbling and bouncing around the deck, three stuntmen suffered broken bones. That's not unusual for an action-heavy production as big as "Titanic," but reports of the injuries, along with the director's hot-tempered defiance of Fox's efforts to cut expensive scenes, led to rumors in Hollywood that Cameron and his movie were out of control. 16. Still, Cameron did save the production millions by giving up his director's fee. He also gave up his percentage of the profit, a gesture Fox found hollow because it didn't expect the film to go into the black. Cameron did, however, keep his seven-figure fee for writing the screenplay. 17. The film's running time is three hours and 15 minutes, or about 35 minutes longer than it took the actual Titanic to sink. 18. "Titanic" cost $200 million to make, a figure that was double the amount originally budgeted, an unprecedented amount to spend shooting a movie back in 1997, and a sum so high that 20th Century Fox had to bring Paramount aboard as a financing partner. 19. That cost (nearly 27 times the $7.5 million spent to build the actual ship in 1912), reports of turmoil from the set, and production delays that pushed the release from July to Christmas 1997, led to all the ominous buzz about the film's abysmal prospects. Even Fox studio chief Peter Chernin told the Los Angeles Times he thought the studio would be lucky just to break even. 20. Of course, the film ended up with an unprecedented box office haul as well, some $601 million in North America and $1.5 billion abroad. Even so, Hollywood bean-counters at the time didn't think Cameron's seafaring success would launch a wave of similarly costly blockbusters. As one producer told the Times, "All people did for a year in this town was sweat 'Titanic.' I think 'Titanic's' cost will make people look more carefully at the cost of a movie." Today, with studios routinely spending $200 to $300 million on franchise installments, such optimism about Hollywood's fiscal discipline sounds wistfully naive. 21. "Titanic" tied some Oscar records. It shares with "All About Eve" the record for the most nominations (14) and with fellow Best ... read more
 
19. joulukuuta 2017 20:06:22 Categories: Moviefone logo

Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino react to Peter Jackson's revelations 

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Peter Jackson just revealed that Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino might have starred in " The Lord of the <g class="gr_ gr_28 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style multiReplace" data-gr-id="28" id="28">Rings ,</g>" but he was warned by Harvey Weinstein that they were both "a nightmare" and to "avoid them at all costs."&nbsp;... read more
 
15. joulukuuta 2017 23:50:12 Categories: Moviefone logo

Jennifer Lawrence 'to be beheaded in Burial Rites' 

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Jennifer Lawrence is about to be beheaded.&nbsp;... read more
 
13. joulukuuta 2017 12:36:05 Categories: Moviefone logo

'Lady Bird's' perfect Rotten Tomatoes rating ruined by this guy 

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"Lady Bird" just got its wings clipped. The coming-of-age tale written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan had become the best-reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes. After 196 reviews, it still maintained an 100 percent fresh rating, surpassing "Toy Story 2." Now, that's been ruined ... thanks to one dude named Cole Smithey. He posted a review on his website this weekend that give "Lady Bird" a B-minus. That brought its Rotten Tomatoes rating down to 99 percent. Smithey declared "Lady Bird" was "far from perfect" and added, "There are dozens of coming-of-age films that far outweigh this lightweight contender." (It should be noted he gave both "Wonder Woman" and "Dunkirk" an F, so that should tell you something.) "Lady Bird" may not have its 100 percent rating anymore, but it's still flying high - it just received four Golden Globe nominations yesterday.... read more
 
12. joulukuuta 2017 23:49:07 Categories: Moviefone logo

Tarantino's Manson movie will bow on Tate murder anniversary 

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August 9, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of actress Sharon Tate's murder at the behest of Charles Manson . It's also the release date for Quentin Tarantino's next and ninth movie. That's provocative timing, since the untitled film is reportedly set in 1969, against the backdrop of the Manson Family cult's killing spree. Very few plot details have emerged, but it supposedly focuses on a TV star and his stunt double who are trying to break onto the big screen. No actors have signed to star in the film, though Tarantino is wooing previous collaborators Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, and hoping to get Margot Robbie to play Tate. Sony won the fierce bidding war for the project after the takedown of Tarantino's longtime producer, Harvey Weinstein, over sexual harassment and rape allegations. The so-called Manson Family murdered Tate (then eight-and-a-half months pregnant) and four others at the home the actress shared with director husband Roman Polanski. Manson and his followers were convicted and sent to prison. Manson died a couple of weeks ago while serving multiple life sentences.... read more
 
4. joulukuuta 2017 19:25:20 Categories: Moviefone logo
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