Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Let’s all wish Bill Murray a happy birthday

Charleston favorite turns 66

Posted by Dustin Waters on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 3:21 PM

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Seeing as how Bill Murray has become a sort of modern-day folk hero amongst the people of Charleston — popping up randomly in the background of bar photos and trying to lift mayors at minor league baseball games — we at the City Paper would be remiss if we didn’t extend a warm “Happy birthday” to the man who has brought us all so much joy.

Born on this day in 1950, William James Murray grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Murray’s mother was a mailroom worker at American Hospital Supply Corp. for 17 years before her retirement in 1986. His father sold lumber. Together the couple raised nine children, four of which pursued careers in show business.

Since those days of growing up in Wilmette, Ill., and working as a caddy at the local country club, Murray has gone on to become one of the most revered comedy minds living today. The list of his numerous television and film roles is too long to include here. Instead, let’s consider what movies he hasn’t been in — specifically 1989’s Batman.

It’s been reported that Murray was considered for the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Tim Burton blockbuster. What would the world be like today if Murray had delivered Michael Keaton’s now classic line: “You wanna get nuts? Come on, let’s get nuts.”

In a 2014 interview with David Letterman, Murray acknowledged the long-standing rumors surrounding him and the Caped Crusader, joking that although he loved Michael Keaton in the role, he would have made an “awesome Batman.”

Perhaps Murray would have completely lost himself in the role and would now be spending his nights swinging from steeple to steeple across the Charleston skyline, subduing burglars and seducing women dressed as cats.

Murray was also in the running to play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The role ultimately went to Harrison Ford, but if it hadn’t, maybe people would be trying to outrun giant foam boulders between innings at RiverDogs’ games.

But regardless of the roles that Murray has passed over during his celebrated career and how that would have affected the world today, there’s no arguing that Murray has definitely had an impact on Charleston and vice versa. So, if you read this and get a chance today, dedicate a birthday toast to the one-of-a-kind entertainer. Cheers, Mr. Murray.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Southern Charm season four is happening, according to Shep

Fourth times a ... charm

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Earlier today, OK like earlier this hour, we saw a Rutledge Cab Co. tweet that read, "Southern Charm here filming lunch." We popped over to the restaurant and found Shep Rose outside with some crew members, who promptly shooed us away. When asked if Southern Charm is having a fourth season, Shep said, "Yeah we are!"

No further details were available from tight-lipped crew members, but we'll take Shep's word for it. Stay tuned for more Southern Charm deets and in the meantime, read up on Dustin Waters' stunning coverage of the show, Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie.

Here we go again. 😜😜😜

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Terrace Theater to show 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week' this week

Grab your popcorn

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 11:16 AM

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The Terrace Theater is offering two special screenings this week, with the first, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week hitting the big screen this Thurs. Sept. 15 at 7 and 9:15 p.m. The flick, directed by Ron Howard, will be shown in 80 theaters for one-night only, and we're lucky enough to have one in our very own neighborhood. The documentary includes a rare 30 minutes of footage from the Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium concert. Get your tickets to the screening here.
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The Terrace will also be offering a special week-long screening of Gleason, the story of NFL player Steve Gleason who was diagnosed with ALS. From Fri. Sept. 16-Thurs. Sept. 22, the Terrace will screen two shows a day at 2:15 and 8:45 p.m. $1 from each ticket sold will go to Team Gleason, supporting the fight against ALS. Get your tickets here. 

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Friday, September 2, 2016

'Blazing Saddles' returns to the Terrace Theater for one week in honor of Gene Wilder

Pure Imagination

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 9:18 AM

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For one week only, The Terrace Theater on James Island will show the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles to pay respect to Gene Wilder, who died on Monday.

Wilder quit making movies in the decades before his death, eschewing Hollywood flash and the gimmicks that came with modern cinema. Yet, even without seeing him on the big screen since 1991, the characters Wilder inhabited in films that became classics stayed with us like we'd seen them yesterday. Wilder's acting was at once both outrageous and subtle, both nuanced and built to last. Indeed, Willy Wonka and Leo Bloom found their way back into theaters in 2005. Blazing Saddles' Jim (his friends call him Jim) is one of those indelible characters. No remakes though, please.

As a tribute to Wilder's legacy, the Terrace will have three showings tonight (4:15, 9:25, 11:35), and two screenings a day (4:15, 9:25) through Thursday, Sept. 8. Find more info on the Terrace's Facebook event.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

HBO’s Vice Principals goes colonial at Charles Towne Landing

Ya turkey

Posted by David Hall on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 12:15 PM

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This week we saw more of Charleston and the first instance of the city identified specifically on HBO's new Vice Principals. 

Vice Principal Gamby (Danny McBride) rode a school bus down I-26 in North Charleston all the way to Charles Towne Landing, site of the first English settlement in Carolina. At the historic sight, Gamby, teachers, and students shot muskets, danced on a boat by the marsh, and ate turkey legs. Not a bad day if you ask us. Sadly, in real life Charles Towne Landing only allows living historians to shoot muskets and well, turkey legs, really? The cast then completed their day at the North Charleston Embassy Suites.

On this episode, we also saw Gamby visit Pineville MotoCross park to watch his ex-wife’s husband race around the facility’s dirt tracks. Spoiler alert: He didn’t seem amused.

With Charles Towne Landing making a cameo this week, we saw a deeper dive into the city's scenery. Lets hope Vice Principals keeps it up.

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