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Toronto is getting a Bill Murray Day

Posted by Derek Flack / August 20, 2014

bill murray dayToronto is getting a Bill Murray Day -- and it's about time. We already recognize "World Plumbing Day" and "Oral Health Day," so why not get together and celebrate one of the funniest and most talented actors of his generation. Besides, Murray has never been shy about his affection for Toronto.

While not officially proclaimed by the City, Bill Murray Day will dominate the second day of TIFF this year with free screenings at the Lightbox leading up to the world premiere of the highly anticipated St. Vincent, Theodore Melfi's new comedy featuring Murray.

On tap are Stripes, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, three films from earlier in Murray's career, which get underway September 5th at 10am and run throughout the day.

It's perhaps a bit of a shame that Lost in Translation doesn't find its way into this mix, a film partially responsible for the actor's late career resurgence, but one gets the sense the idea is to keep things as lighthearted as possible. If you manage to attend screenings of all three movies, you'll be eligible for a yet-to-be disclosed prize. That dangle alone is probably worth taking the day off work.

the equalizer movieThanks to the Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, for sponsoring our coverage of TIFF 2014.



Harriet / August 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Makes much better sense to me than National Negroni Day, or National Macaron Day! At least this isn't trying to sell something.
Sa replying to a comment from Harriet / August 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Yeah, his movies & all works he's ever starred in are free.
John Doucette / August 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Poor Toronto.
tiff / August 20, 2014 at 01:00 pm
Mixed feelings about this year's TIFF, somewhat unrelated to this particular news item but...

TIFF used to be about the movies man, not all this awful celeb stroking that seems to be their overall focus. Gets worse every year and it's disappointing as hell, especially since more and more the selections are typical Hollywood "prestige" fare and awards bait that will get distribution no matter what. Really also disappointed that the opening gala isn't a Canadian film anymore.

But highlighting Murray is a no brainer to get people excited, as he has become some kind of internet in joke these days. As I am a fan of his it's cool, but ultimately i wish they could focus their energy into showcasing smaller international and Canadian films instead of this somewhat empty gesture.
Chiver / August 20, 2014 at 01:03 pm
Rich replying to a comment from tiff / August 20, 2014 at 01:03 pm
Thank Cameron Bailey for the ass-kiss fest that TIFF has become
Pran / August 20, 2014 at 01:43 pm
Is it me or does Bill Murray's St.Vincent storyline resemble Jason Katims About a Boy tv series?
Ozi replying to a comment from Pran / August 20, 2014 at 01:56 pm
Is it just me or does Jason Katims About a Boy tv series storyline resemble Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz About a Boy movie that came out in 2002 starring Hugh Grant?
WM / August 20, 2014 at 02:21 pm
The prize

Up to 50
Bill Murray fans who attend all three free screenings
on Bill Murray
win a ticket to the world premiere screening of
2014 Festival official selection
St. Vincent
Contest entry d
etails to be announced shortly. Check
for more info
@John Douche / August 20, 2014 at 02:34 pm
Why poor Toronto? Film festival is amazing, so don't pity us.
Alex H replying to a comment from Ozi / August 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm
I'd point out how the movie in turn was based on a novel by Nick Hornby, but...
jacob / August 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm
gran turino little miss sunshine cotton hill
To the Tiff Complainers / August 20, 2014 at 11:57 pm
Thank you for reminding me that it is almost that time of year when half the city starts bitching about TIFF not being exactly what they personally would like. To all of you douches, a collective GFY.
You're welcome.
notmuchreason / August 21, 2014 at 01:17 pm
I'll wait for the DVD.

Why wait in silly lines to simply see it on a big screen?

These are all dramas or comedies. There is no added value of sitting in some theater to watch them. Big screen are only for action. etc.
Jeff Tomms / September 6, 2014 at 09:49 pm
Just moved to toronto. Why is the city dedicating a day to bill murray? Is he from here? Thx
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