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Watch Bill Murray garden and croon Dylan in 'St. Vincent' clip

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Bill Murray’s mischievous spirit is on full display as he croons along to the classic Bob Dylan song “Shelter From the Storm” in a new clip from his upcoming St. Vincent.

He also smokes and endeavors to water a sad-looking potted plant in the simple, amusing sequence via Deadline. The movie, which opens in limited release Oct. 10, stars Murray as the titular Vincent, a crank of a war vet who babysits his new next-door neighbor. Melissa McCarthy stars as the young boy’s mother and Naomi Watts plays a Russian prostitute. READ FULL STORY

Bill Murray looks like a god in the first 'St. Vincent' poster

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Even though Ghostbusters was just rereleased in theaters, Bill Murray is already set for a heavenly return back to the big screen in St. Vincent.

Murray stars as an elderly recluse with a secret heart of gold that begins to shine when he starts taking care of his young neighbor and his mom, played by Melissa McCarthy. Naomi Watts also stars as Murray’s girlfriend, who just happens to be a stripper and pregnant. The film premiered as the headlining event on “Bill Murray Day” at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month and will open in theaters gradually across the country beginning Oct. 10. Check out the three Oscar nominees in the film’s first poster below:

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Toronto 2014 preview: 17 must-see films

Last year, 12 Years a Slave clinched the Academy Award for Best Picture at the Toronto Film Festival. Well, that’s not actually true. In fact, you could argue that the Best Picture winner almost lost the statue at the festival. Steve McQueen’s harrowing instant classic was so instantly and universally anointed in Toronto that seeds were planted for an inevitable backlash to flower in the six months before the Oscar winner was finally announced. Ultimately, 12 Years‘ biggest Oscar competition came from another Toronto film, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Though both films premiered at Telluride and Venice, respectively, the awards race took shape only after the Oscar Industrial Complex took note of them in Toronto.

While other festivals have challenged Toronto’s preeminence in recent years, it’s still the most high-profile showcase to launch an aggressive Oscar campaign. It’s no accident that the last seven Best Picture winners played up north. This year, there are more than 300 films from more than 60 countries playing at the festival. Though many of them are in search of distribution (like last year’s Begin Again and Bad Words), the hunt for hardware officially begins today and runs through Sept. 14.

If you’re on the ground in Toronto for the next 11 days, here are a handful of choice selections to make your viewing decisions easier. And for those of you at your home computer, this list is a mix of films with Oscar buzz, films we’re excited to see because of actors we love, and a few still-under-the-radar curios that people just might be talking about in the next few months. And of course, since tomorrow is officially Bill Murray Day at the festival, everybody dance.   READ FULL STORY

The Toronto Film Festival accidentally oversold its Bill Murray day

Thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 5 will no longer just be known as, well, Sept. 5. Instead, the festival has declared something of a Bill Murray holiday, during which it will premiere Murray’s new film, St. Vincent, following free screenings of Stripes, Groundhog Day, and Ghostbusters. Only, there’s one tiny problem: The festival oversold the world premiere of St. Vincent.

Due to what the festival has called a “computer error,” it oversold both the premiere of St. Vincent and the world premiere of The Drop starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini.
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Zen and the art of casting Bill Murray in your movie

“You know what the truth is? You don’t find Bill Murray,” filmmaker Theodore Melfi says. “Bill ­Murray finds you.”

This fateful lesson is one learned by many directors, though not all succeed in the quest to recruit the Ghostbusters and Rushmore star for their projects.

Melfi, a longtime commercial director making his feature writing and directing debutwas certain Murray would be perfect for the title role in St. Vincent, his indie comedy about a rotten, miserable old man who reluctantly discovers he’s not so rotten and miserable after all.

“He finds everything he’s supposed to be involved in by not chasing anything,” Melfi says. “If it’s supposed to happen, the person will hound him until it happens, or he’ll run into them at a bar or restaurant. He has a zen-like protocol in regard to what he does and doesn’t do.”

Here’s how the odd journey to St. Vincent played out, in three acts.

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Toronto Film Festival sets Sept. 5 as Bill Murray Day

Let Sept. 5 be henceforth known as Bill Murray Day. The Toronto International Film Festival will be celebrating Murray at the world premiere of his new film, St. Vincent, and the festival has invited the reclusive comedian to his own premiere and devoted an entire day to him. The festival will be leading up to the premiere by showing free screenings of three seminal Murray classics—Stripes, Groundhogs Day, and Ghostbusters—starting at 10 a.m. at the TIFF Lightbox.

Fans who view all three films will be able to win tickets to the world premiere of St. Vincent. The line for tickets starts at 8 a.m. ET on Sept. 5 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office.

Bill Murray will voice Baloo in Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book'

Bill Murray is heading to the jungle: The actor is set to voice the character of Baloo in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book.

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Video: Bill Murray babysits for Melissa McCarthy in 'St. Vincent' trailer

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Bill Murray has hit bottom in the first trailer for St. Vincent. A hedonistic war vet, Murray’s Vincent is a cranky drunk who cavorts around with strippers and gets enraged at the slightest things. His bank account is overdrawn, he’s got an unexplained head wound, and a massive tree branch just fell on his car.

But Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher), the young boy who’s just moved in next door with his newly divorced mom (Melissa McCarthy), hardly notices all the vices and edges and starts to take to Vincent, and his mom agrees to let him look after Oliver for $11/hour. Predictably, Vincent’s idea of babysitting is unconventional at best.

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'Ghostbusters' gets the call for theatrical re-release -- EXCLUSIVE

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, which came, saw, and kicked Mr. Stay Puft’s ass in the summer of 1984. The hilarious, special-effects-laden adventure about Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the late Harold Ramis’ trio of disgraced academics, who luck into the paranormal extermination racket just as supernatural creatures try to bring about the end of times, dominated the box office and had virtually every American humming Ray Parker Jr.’s theme song and asking the rhetorical question, “Who you gonna call?” READ FULL STORY

Why Ivan Reitman won't direct new 'Ghostbusters' movie: 'It wasn't really that hard'

Most things come with a “past due” date, and that includes directing jobs. For Ivan Reitman, the moment he decided to bow out of helming the long-gestating Ghostbusters III occurred when he returned from his friend Harold Ramis’ funeral, held in Chicago last month.

“It wasn’t that hard,” Reitman told EW of the decision. “When I came back from the funeral, I thought it would be better to turn the director’s chores over to someone else and let me produce it.” READ FULL STORY

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