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  • The Best Bill Murray Stories Ever

    Tales of Murray being awesome from around the world.

    Where Bill Murray is going to turn up next – and what he’s going to be doing when he does – is very much part of why he’s the coolest man on the planet.

    Like some wandering Zen philosopher spreading wisdom, the man who brought us Peter Venkman and Phil Connors has a tendency to make people’s days by arriving at random locations, doing stuff, then leaving.

    [The best bits from Bill Murray's Reddit Q&A]

    In fact, there’s even a website dedicated to tales of Murray, simply called Bill Murray Stories, and they are many and amusing.

    Here are some of the best of recent years:

    Engagement Crasher...

    Engaged... Bill turns up to make couple laugh on engagement pics (Credit: Fia Forever Wedding Photography)Engaged... Bill turns up to make couple laugh on engagement pics (Credit: Fia Forever Wedding Photography)

    Happening upon Ashley Donald and Erik Rogers, a pair of young things having photos taken to celebrate their engagement in Charleston, South Carolina, Bill took it upon himself to help out. “I set the couple down on that little staircase to get ready for a shot and I hear people talking in the back and as I’m looking through the lens, the couple seems stunned and distracted,” said Raheel Gauba of Fia

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  • Angelina Jolie Reveals Maleficent Scene Is A ‘Metaphor For Rape’

    Her character forcibly loses her wings in the movie.

    Angelina Jolie has spoken of how a scene in her new Disney movie ‘Maleficent’ is in fact a metaphor for rape.

    The actress told the BBC’s Women’s Hour programme that when her character’s wings are torn from her body, that such connotations, only revealed now, were foremost in her and writer Linda Woolverton’s minds.

    “We were very conscious, the writer and I, that it was a metaphor for rape,' she said.

    [Angelina Jolie - more than just an actress]

    “And that this would be the thing that would make her lose sight of that.”

    Her character, the witch in the re-imagining of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ tale, has her wings taken while in a drug-induced sleep.

    Summit... Jolie with William Hague at the End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit (Copyright: Rex)Summit... Jolie with William Hague at the End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit (Copyright: Rex)

    “The question was asked: ‘What could make a woman become so dark and lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood and her softness?’ Something would have to be so violent and aggressive,” she added.

    “[The film is about] abuse, and how the abused then have a choice of abusing others or overcoming and remaining loving, open people.”

    [Angelina Jolie

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  • Seth Rogen And James Franco Try To Assassinate Kim Jong-Un In New Movie

    North Korean dictator is target in new comedy.

    Now here’s a curve ball we didn’t see coming…

    Sounding like it was spawned from a conversation down the pub, real-life chums James Franco and Seth Rogen plan to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in the their new movie ‘The Interview’.

    [Seth Rogen reveals the famous people he's smoked weed with]

    In a move that will limit the likelihood of releasing the movie, well, in North Korea most likely, the pair play an entertainment news anchor and his producer who after gaining unlikely access to the despot, are then recruited by the CIA.

    It’s a pretty average day at work in the media, then.

    “People have the hypothetical discussion about how journalists have access to the world’s most dangerous people, and they hypothetically would be in a good situation to assassinate them," said Rogen.

    [Seth Rogen amuses Senate with touching Alzheimer's appeal]

    It was originally set to centre around the secretive country’s former leader Kim Jong-Il, before his death in 2011, so this concept from Rogen

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  • New Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Trailer

    Never let the monster out…

    The new trailer for ‘Sin City’ sequel, ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ is about to noir up your day.

    The stylish thriller, directed by Robert Rodriguez and the comic book writer Frank Miller, keeps its star-studded cast up front, with more hints at what the storyline may hold.

    In the first movie, the omnipotent – and corrupt to the core – politician Senator Roark, played to the hilt by 'Deadwood' legend Powers Boothe, was the darkness behind the murky goings on in Basin City.

    This time, the stakes are higher, with a plot to take him out.

    He's got the Powers... Boothe as malevolent Senator Roark (Credit: Dimension)He's got the Powers... Boothe as malevolent Senator Roark (Credit: Dimension)

    Obviously much claret will be spilled along the way, as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new character Johnny goes up against the big time corruption with thugs Marv, played by Mickey Rourke, and Dwight, played in the first movie by Clive Owen and here by Josh Brolin.

    Owen’s accent was a bit dodgy in the first one anyway…

    They join a glittering cast, including Eva Green as femme fatale Ava Lord, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Juno Temple, Rosario Dawson, Ray Liotta,

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  • Hectic Robot Action In New Eye-Popping Clip From Transformers: Age Of Extinction

    Robots in disguise return.

    No one could accuse Michael Bay of being a shrinking violet when it comes to his directing style.

    But the visual onslaught seen in this latest clip from ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ really takes the cake… and then stuffs it full of C-4.

    [Mark Wahlberg chose Transformers 4 to play older character]

    This brief but eye-popping 60-second preview is intensely robot heavy, with destruction of property being thrown around like it’s going out of fashion.

    (Paramount Pictures)(Paramount Pictures)

    There are robots punching other robots in the face, machine gun-wielding robots, fire-breathing dinobots with other robots on their backs, and robots having sword fights.

    It’s no wonder Stanley Tucci looks like he’s in desperate need of a dry cleaners. Don’t worry, Stan, we were pretty scared too…

    [Michael Bay compares Transformers 4 to Batman]

    Not long to wait now, though. The first instalment in Bay’s new and rebooted onslaught of robot actioners is due on 5 July.

    At the centre of the action will be Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack

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  • First Dumb And Dumber To Trailer Unleashed

    The boys are back in town…

    Anyone who held the original film dear will admit an element of furrowed concern about a sequel to the Farrelly brother’s benchmark slapstick ‘Dumb and Dumber’.

    Thankfully, by the evidence of this taster… THEY’VE TOTALLY REDEEMED THEMSELVES!

    Lloyd... now that's a running joke (Credit: Universal)Lloyd... now that's a running joke (Credit: Universal)

    The first trailer for ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ has arrived, premiered on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show last night, and by jove, if it doesn’t look like Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels might just be brilliant.

    [Jim Carrey delivers emotional commencement speech]

    It seems much has happened in the world of Lloyd and Harry since the first film, some 20 years ago, notably that Harry appears to have had a daughter he knew nothing about.

    Overboard... Harry and Lloyd's practical jokes were always a bit excessive (Credit: Universal)Overboard... Harry and Lloyd's practical jokes were always a bit excessive (Credit: Universal)

    Cue another road trip to reunite father and daughter… and Lloyd’s got his own agenda.

    [First posters for Dumb and Dumber To]

    There are running jokes (Lloyd’s occasional catchphrase gets an airing), the massive dog van, and a cat called Butthole.

    Road trip... Harry and Lloyd's highway code knowledge was not up to snuff (Credit: Universal)Road trip... Harry and Lloyd's highway code knowledge was not up to snuff (Credit: Universal)

    And judging by the tone of the final gag, directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly appear to be

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  • Last Footage Of Rik Mayall Shows Star Laughing And Joking On Film Set

    Young Ones legend was filming a Dutch movie in Portugal.

    What’s thought to be the last filmed footage of Rik Mayall has emerged online, the star of the ‘Young Ones’ and ‘Bottom’ seemingly on top form.

    Mayall was in Portugal filming a Dutch movie called ‘The Escape’ earlier this month, and appears joking continually with members of cast and crew.

    In his trademark bawdy fashion, there are crude and rude gags, as well as some casual boastfulness, referring quite rightly to himself as a ‘pan-global phenomenon’.

    ['Happy, healthy Mayall had seizure']

    News emerged yesterday that Mayall had died, aged just 56.

    So far there is no official cause of death confirmed, but his long-time friend Peter Richardson, of ‘The Comic Strip’ fame, believed that a seizure may have been involved.

    Richardson’s son had been with Mayall just half an hour before he died at his home in London.

    “He was happily chatting away and it was very quick and we still don't quite know what happened but it was a seizure of some sort,” Richardson told Radio 4’s Today Programme.

    [Rik

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  • First Look: The New Paddington Bear

    Stills of the ursine adventurer are unveiled from the forthcoming movie.

    All the way from darkest Peru, the polite bear with the penchant for smart attire and marmalade sandwiches will soon be plotting up at a screen near you.

    And an all-star cast is following the furry chap and his travails in London, thanks to the producers of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Gravity’.

    The official synopsis, as with Michael Bond’s classic book series, is thus:

    Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life.

    Sight-seeing... all-star cast joins Paddington movie (Credit: Studio Canal)Sight-seeing... all-star cast joins Paddington movie (Credit: Studio Canal)

    "Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he

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  • SpongeBob Squarepants Movie Sequel A Sponge Out Of Water Unveils First Poster

    It’s due for splashdown next February

    So it’s been a fair few years – 10, actually – since the planet’s favourite anthropomorphic sponge was on the big screen.

    SpongeBob... heading for dry land in sequel (Credit: Paramount)SpongeBob... heading for dry land in sequel (Credit: Paramount)

    The last SpongeBob Squarepants movie was unleashed on an unsuspecting public way back in 2004, with its all-star cast and massive box office takings (north of $140 million).

    And now he wants another bite of the krab patty…

    [Frozen becomes biggest-grossing animated movie ever]

    ‘A Sponge Out Of Water’ sees the TV cast reunited – Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, the great Clancy Brown as Mr Krabs, Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy, Mr Lawrence as Sheldon Plankton and, of course, the inimitable Tom Kenny as SpongeBob himself.

    They shall be joined by a live-action performance from Antonio Banderas, reportedly playing a pirate, and by virtue of the fact that the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin and David Hasselhoff pitched up for the last one, we’re expecting a few more celebrity cast members to be announced soon enough.

    Other than that, your

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  • Napoleon Dynamite Cast Reunite After 10 Years

    Stars got together on Fox lot to unveil statue

    Gosh… has it really been 10 years since ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ unleashed canned heat upon an unsuspecting movie-going public?

    It would seem so, as yesterday on the Fox lot in Hollywood, the cast reunited to mark said milestone, with a Q&A session and the unveiling of a Napoleon statue.

    [Aliens stars reunite after 28 years]

    Now 36, the movie’s breakout star Jon Heder and director Jared Hess, 36, were joined by Efren Ramirez, who played the, erm, charismatic Pedro.

    True love... Jon Heder with his former on-screen girl Deb, played by Tina Majorino (Credit: Getty)True love... Jon Heder with his former on-screen girl Deb, played by Tina Majorino (Credit: Getty)
    Also in attendance were Shondrella Avery, who played the towering Lafawnduh, Sandy Martin, who played Grandma, Haylie Duff, who played Summer Wheatly and Tina Majorino, who played Deb.


    Diedrich Bader, who played martial arts expert Rex also pitched up, but sadly absent were Aaron Reull (Kip) and Jon Gries, who played the pair’s tragic Uncle Rico.


    The cast posed for pictures with a statue of Napoleon, complete with a ‘Vote For Pedro’ t-shirt, and those sweet moon boots. Fox Searchlight described it on Twitter as 'possibly the only

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