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]

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.

Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]