35 Years Ago, Bill Murray Schooled Sarah Jessica Parker on “Square Pegs”

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Some of you may remember a quirky little high school show from the 1980’s with Jami Gertz, Tracy Nelson and Sarah Jessica Parker by the name of Square Pegs created by Anne Beatts.? The show aired from 1982 to 1983.

Of course you do and for those that don’t, it was like Saved by the Bell,?but with a heavier focus on the female experience in high school.? Before we had Smartphones, Instagram, Facebook, Blackberries or chat rooms, we faced life’s challenges up front.? From popularity, to high school torture, to just fitting in, high school was an experience we will never forget. For many, it was those inspirational teachers that shaped who we have become and got us through the daily trials.

On February 14, 1983, the episode “No Substitutions” aired with a special appearance by Bill Murray as Mr. McNulty.? He plays a substitute teacher that turns the school upside down with his crazy antics.? This was prime Bill with all his weirdness and flamboyant energy.

Sit back for the next 24 minutes and 48 seconds and enjoy early and rarely seen Bill Murray in “Square Pegs” and watch how he goes toe to toe with a young Sarah Jessica Parker

Great Quotes from ‘Groundhog Day’ – If you have to live the same day over and over…

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By Mark A. Leon

If you have to live the same day over and over again, who else could pull it off with wit, style and a little sneakiness than the incomparable Bill Murray.? He won the heart of Andie McDowell and a small Pennsylvania town as he repeated Groundhog Day over and over and over and over again.? He made us laugh, cry and even took a fun ride with the famous groundhog himself.

Let us celebrate this festive holiday with some of the best quotes from ‘Groundhog Day’

  • “What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.”
  • “This is pitiful – 1,000 people freezing their butts off to worship rat.”
  • “I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.”
  • “I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank pina coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over?
  • “I’m a god. I’m not the God I don’t think.”
  • “He might be OK … well, no, probably not now … “
  • “My years are not advancing as fast as you might think.”
  • “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?”
  • “Don’t you have some kind of a line that you keep open for emergencies or for celebrities? I’m both. I’m a celebrity in an emergency.”
  • “Today is tomorrow! It happened!”
  • “I’m not going to live by their rules anymore.”
  • “When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”
  • ” It’s just still once a year, isn’t it?”
  • Phil Connors:(to the groundhog) “Don’t drive angry! Don’t drive angry!”
  • Phil Connors: “Who is your perfect guy?”
    Rita: “Well, first of all, he’s too humble to know he’s perfect.”
    Phil Connors:“That’s me”

P.S. – It is now on Netflix








The Summer of Bill Art Opening and Movie Series Kicking Off at Charleston Music Hall Tomorrow

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The Charleston Music Hall is thrilled to present The Summer of Bill Film Series, a 7 film series composed of Bill Murray films with a corresponding art exhibit. The Summer of Bill Art Exhibit will have a Free opening party on May 31st from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Local Murray-lover, Tiffany “Mish” Pretlow, is organizing the art exhibit with over 20 local artists contributing Bill Murray inspired works in all different mediums. Pretlow organized the “Where’s Murray?” Art Show at King Dusko a few years back. Rumor has it a life-size jaguar shark may make an appearance. The art exhibit will be on view from May 31 – August 20.

We will be presenting 7 Bill Murray films between May 31 and August 20. We originally had four films for the series, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation, and Life Aquatic. We texted Bill to make sure he was fine with us doing this series. He responded saying he was honored and loved that we were doing the series, but he wanted to see some of his “failures” included in the series. He mentioned that we only included the hits and that everyone wanted to see the hits, but they needed to also see the flops, so we added three more films: The Razor’s Edge, Rushmore, and Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers.? We love all three of these films, but they all failed at the box office.

We love the way Bill Murray has inspired playfulness in our community, and we are excited to pay homage to this amazing artist. Each film will start at 7:30 with the bar opening at 7pm. The films will be $8 each, or you can purchase a 7 Film Pass for $35. The film series will open with Caddyshack on May 31 and will include The Razor’s Edge on June 6, Ghostbusters (1984) on June 14, Rushmore on June 29, Lost in Translation on July 26, Broken Flowers on August 2, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou on August 20.

We also commissioned 5 local artists to create 7 unique film posters. Caddyshack by Jason Groce, The Razor’s Edge by Bennett Jones, Ghostbusters by Seth Deitch, Rushmore by Taylor Faulkner, Lost in Translation by Karen Ann Myers, Broken Flowers by Karen Ann Myers, The Life Aquatic by Anne Peyton, 7 Bills Series Poster by Karen Ann Myers. These specialty poster prints will be for sale all summer at the box office.

Charleston Music Hall Official Website

Summer of Bill Art Opening Details

Television Rewind: Bill Murray Appears on Very First Airing of Late Night with David Letterman (February 1, 1982)

By Mark A. Leon

Most big fans know, but many do not, when David Letterman aired his first episode of the Late Show, he had a guest that is quite familiar to all of us:? Bill Murray.? We wanted to share this important television moment and have found an archive of the entire 43 minute episode (minus commercials).

Place careful attention to the 9:50 mark of the episode when David introduces his first ever guest, Bill Murray and ushers in a new era of Late Night that has changed the landscape forever.? It is fitting that a pioneer such as Bill Murray would have the honor of sharing the stage with David Letterman during this premiere event on February 1, 1982.

Enjoy this step back in time, 37 years ago, when the comedy forces of Bill and David came together.