In Town for The Toronto Film Festival

We’d like to thank Ricky for the following story.

I met Bill Murray only once in a peculiar, chance meeting.

Although I rarely go downtown in Toronto, as it’s just too busy and hard to find a parking space, one day in 2002 I went to see a visiting friend who was staying at one of the big hotels (I think it was the Sheridan).

Going into the lobby, there was quite a few people milling about and I had no idea why. It turned out that it had something to do with the Toronto Film Festival. Many there were well-dressed and wearing tuxedos, while I had on shorts and a t-shirt. Continue reading

Groundhog Day Inspired Art Show

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If you didn’t get enough Groundhog Day last weekend, then you should check out this online art show – 10 pieces by 9 artists inspired by the movie.

The online show, which is now in its second year, was organized by Super Precious Art Gallery. A big thanks goes to Aaron for sending this to us.

Header image by Chris Piascik

At an Advertising Agency in NY

We’d like to thank Martin for this story:

Back in 1992, I was a young Advertising executive working at a very cool and very creative agency in New York City called Frankfurt Balkind, which did all kinds of cool work for the likes of Lifetime, MTV, Snapple, etc. We also had an LA office that did movie posters for big Hollywood productions.

One day, out of the blue, Bill Murray showed up in our NY office. He wasn’t happy with the direction of the poster for the movie Groundhog Day, which was set to come out in a few months, and he wanted to see if the NY office had any more creative ideas. I sat at a little desk outside the conference room, which was all windows, so I had a front row seat watching Bill Murray get the creative team juiced and excited about the poster. There was, as to be expected, a lot of passionate dialogue and much, much laughter.

groundhog day posterAt one point during a break, Bill Murray walked up to the floor-to-ceiling glass doors and did a brilliant impression of Dustin Hoffman in the movie The Graduate, banging on the glass shouting “Elaine!, Elaine!”. At some point in the afternoon, Murray and our creatives settled on the idea of Murray’s character being trapped inside the face of a clock. They needed to take a quick Polaroid of the idea so it could be mocked up by the designers.

With me being right outside the conference room, I was called in to stand in as the guy trapped in the clock. Bill Murray said something funny to me but I was literally too star stuck to remember what the hell it was. But Bill Murray had made fun of me and that was amazing enough. I still have the Polaroid to this day and bore anyone who is willing to listen as to why I have a picture of myself holding my hands up looking like I am stuck in a clock.

Happy Groundhog Day Everyone!

Hey Bill Murray Fans! Hope you’ve all been having a great Groundhog Day so far. The weather is cold, wet, and gray here in Pennsylvania; however, the groundhog didn’t see his shadow today, which means spring is near! I know this might not mean as much for our readers who are lucky enough to reside in places like sunny California and Australia – but here in the Northeastern U.S., we have been seeing a lot of snow, sleet, and very cold temperatures lately. Tonight I plan on cooking myself some pasta, cracking open a beer, and watching the movie Groundhog Day; probably one of Bill Murray’s best performances.

Question: What would you do if you discovered you were living each day over and over again, as in the movie?