This is going to be an annual thing, right? As the Toronto International Film Festival gets up to full steam, they’ve declared that today, Friday, September 5th, is Bill Murray Day. Aside from the fact that really every day should be Bill Murray Day (and get this, if you’re Bill Murray, every day actually is!), it’s about time that there was an international day recognizing all things Murray. So for relaxing times, join me after the jump. It’s Bill Murray time!
TIFF is celebrating Bill Murray in advance of the world premiere of St. Vincent tonight at 9:00pm at the Princess of Wales Theatre. The comedy’s the debut feature from writer/director Theodore Melfi, from a script with such strong buzz that it attracted a stellar cast including Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard and Naomi Watts.
There’s a trio of classic Bill Murray flicks screening for free at the TIFF Bell Lightbox today: Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters. Tickets are available now (September 5th) from the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office. For more info, see here. There could also be some surprise guests at the screenings, though TIFF’s playing it coy as to who.
And if you want to go whole groundhog about this thing, up to 40 fans attending one of the three free screenings who dress like a Bill Murray character will win a ticket to see St. Vincent tonight. All the contest details are here.
St. Vincent will screen again on Saturday, September 6th and Friday, September 12th at the festival. The surefire hit gets its North American theatrical release on October 24th, 2014.
So whatever you’re doing today, take a little time to think on the arrogance, the blasé, the jerk with a heart of, well, I’m pretty sure there’s gold in there, way, way down. The irony. The smirk. The intelligence so pained by an idiotic world. That guy we dig for his extraordinary aloof appeal. And know what Bill Murray would think of the whole thing. It just doesn’t matter.