Want Bill Murray to Star in Your Movie? You’ve Got to Call a 1-800 Number

Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images for DGA
Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images for DGA

From reading poetry to construction workers in New York City to washing dishes at house parties in Scotland, Bill Murray seems to appear only in the strangest settings. So it’s not exactly a surprise that booking him for a movie is a little less conventional than calling his agent—instead, you have to call a 1-800 number.

In a recent interview with IndieWire, Murray confirmed what directors have been trying to tell us for years: If you want him to consider your movie, you have to pitch it to him by calling a 1-800 number and leaving a message. The number, of course, isn’t listed, but rather passed around Hollywood’s inner circles by word of mouth.

Murray unplugged his house phone years ago after feeling harassed by agents who would call him so often his phone practically never stopped ringing. “Look, you can’t do this. This is my house,” he told IndieWire he’d respond to the agents, “If I don’t answer the phone, don’t do that because you’re making me not like you.” But why were agents calling his house phone in the first place, instead of going through his agent or publicist? Because Murray doesn’t have an agent or a publicist.

Murray mainly prefers to work with people he already knows and is comfortable with. Sofia Coppola, who directed Murray in 2003’s Lost in Translation and his 2017 Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas, nabbed him again for her 2020 film On the Rocks. And Murray has acted in almost every Wes Anderson film to date (including 2020’s The French Dispatch).

Murray, who most recently starred in Jim Jarmusch’s 2019 zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die, told IndieWire, “The people that know me, they get to me. The people that don’t know me just have a little more difficulty.” According to Vanity Fair, Murray does (or at least did) have a cell phone, but only uses it for texting. “I don’t like talking on the telephone,” Murray said.

[h/t IndieWire]

The Office Star Angela Kinsey Would Love to Do a Reunion Special

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Emma McIntyre / Getty Images

Whenever a classic TV show is brought back for a revival, it usually splits the fanbase in half. While some people are happy to see their favorite characters return, others are worried about the series coming back in lackluster fashion. And when it comes to the idea of a potential reboot of The Office, the series' cast is just as split.

Steve Carell has been very public about not wanting NBC to bring the show back, but Angela Kinsey is siding with co-stars John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Ellie Kemper about welcoming a potential return to Scranton. The 48-year-old actress, who portrayed Angela Martin on the series, recently spoke with PopCulture.com, confirming she’d love to revisit the show.

"I would definitely be up for a reunion," Kinsey said. "I know a few cast members have talked about a special reunion episode to see where everyone is at. I would love that!"

Although many are torn on the idea of bringing The Office back, most fans would certainly be curious enoug to tune in and see what's going on with the Dunder Mifflin crew. Kinsey is no exception, saying, “I would love to know where these people are! I loved the show, I still love the show. I think it really holds up. I'm so thrilled that new audiences are finding it, so I would love that!"

Will it ever happen? It's hard to say. But while we wait to see if any official announcement is made, you can at least still binge The Office on Netflix and try to imagine what creepy thing Cousin Mose is doing these days.

[h/t PopCulture.com]

Harry Potter Fans Don’t Want to See the Movies Rebooted, Surprising No One

© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling
© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling

Although the Harry Potter franchise has one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world, that doesn’t mean fans are ready to see the series rebooted just yet. Yes, that would mean more movies to feed one’s obsession, but the general consensus is that it would be entirely too soon. Don’t believe us? A new poll might just prove it.

ComingSoon.net asked more than 2000 Potterheads if Warner Bros. should reboot the Harry Potter movie series, and a whopping 72 percent said they’re against it. The website also asked fans if reboots were made, how they should be done. Of those polled, 41 percent voted for it to be a direct sequel about Harry’s son, 35 percent voted for a spinoff TV series, 13 percent wanted another Fantastic Beasts spinoff, and a measly 11 percent showed support for a remake of all eight original films.

While it doesn’t look like a reboot will be in the works anytime soon (J.K. Rowling’s representatives just debunked a report about a TV series), that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for the future. Even star Daniel Radcliffe has entertained the idea, saying he believes he won’t be the last Potter portrayal he’ll see in his lifetime. But as long as Rowling and fans are against it, we probably won’t have to worry about it for a while.

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