Netflix Continues Shopping Spree With Bill Murray’s Christmas Special

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill Murray Christmas Special Coming to Netflix.

Netflix is filling its stocking early this year – the video streaming service has picked up the Bill Murray-fronted A Very Murray Christmas. In case you haven’t heard somehow, one of the Duggar children has admitted to some really gross behavior (against his own sisters, no less) and TLC not only hasn’t just immediately canceled 19 Kids and Counting, but they ran a marathon of it last night, and are planning another marathon tonight.

Netflix has released the first teaser for their Bill Murray Christmas special “A Very Murray Christmas,” directed by “Lost in Translation’s” Sofia Coppola.Here’s one reason to get excited already for the holiday season: Netflix just announced that Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola are teaming up for a Christmas special.

Well, the beloved comedian is already on Netflix (some of his movies, including the classic Groundhog Day, are already on there) but Murray is poised to appear in an exclusive Christmas special for the streaming video service. The special has been described as “an homage to the classic variety show” and features Murray, as himself, worrying that “no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City.

Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.” Murray looks pretty glum in the trailer, but we imagine the arrival of his guests — who include George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Paul Shaffer, Michael Cera, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Miley Cyrus and more — should perk him up. Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Sting, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Delaney Jimmy Kimmel Live (Friday): Jennifer Connelly, Judd Apatow, Twenty One Pilots Murray and Coppola last worked together on 2003′s Lost in Translation, which earned both of them Oscar nominations and Coppola a win for Best Original Screenplay.

The special won’t hit Netflix until December, but Murray devotees are encouraged to spread the word on social media by using #MurrayChristmas (the most promising hashtag since its advent). Earlier this week, Murray joined Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin and other celebrities to help send off David Letterman in the Late Show host’s final Top 10 list, “Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave.” Murray was tasked with reading the Number One entry: “I’ll never have the money I owe you.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Thanks in no small part to Murray’s star power, the movie eventually grossed $174 million – far more than any other film by the director (his second-highest grossing, 2001′s The Royal Tenenbaums tallied $71 million). “Christmas is really about Christmas songs so I thought I’d sort of do something like that,” Murray said of the project while on Ellen DeGeneres’ show last fall. “That was sort of Sofia’s idea. After months of escalating protests and grassroots organizing in response to the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, police reformers have issued many demands.

The moderates in this debate typically qualify their rhetoric with “We all know we need police, but…” It’s a familiar refrain to those of us who’ve spent years in the streets and the barrios organizing around police violence, only to be confronted by officers who snarl, “But who’ll help you if you get robbed?” We can put a man on the moon, but we’re still lacking creativity down here on Earth. While law enforcers have existed in one form or another for centuries, the modern police have their roots in the relatively recent rise of modern property relations 200 years ago, and the “disorderly conduct” of the urban poor. Besides Murray’s special, the strategy includes producing shows such as Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, committing to two seasons of Judd Apatow’s forthcoming Love series and spending $12 million on the rights of Cary Fukunaga’s African war drama Beasts of No Nation. Like every structure we’ve known all our lives, it seems that the policing paradigm is inescapable and everlasting, and the only thing keeping us from the precipice of a dystopic Wild West scenario.

Netflix has also made multi-year deals with key talent, including a contract with Adam Sandler to make four original movies, and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, who has signed on to produce documentaries with the company. Rather than be scared of our impending Road Warrior future, check out just a few of the practicable, real-world alternatives to the modern system known as policing: Unarmed but trained people, often formerly violent offenders themselves, patrolling their neighborhoods to curb violence right where it starts. Stop believing that police are heroes because they are the only ones willing to get in the way of knives or guns – so are the members of groups like Cure Violence, who were the subject of the 2012 documentary The Interrupters. There are also feminist models that specifically organize patrols of local women, who reduce everything from cat-calling and partner violence to gang murders in places like Brooklyn.

While police forces have benefited from military-grade weapons and equipment, some of the most violent neighborhoods have found success through peace rather than war. Violent offenses count for a fraction of the 11 to 14 million arrests every year, and yet there is no real conversation about what constitutes a crime and what permits society to put a person in chains and a cage. Decriminalization doesn’t work on its own: The cannabis trade that used to employ poor Blacks, Latinos, indigenous and poor whites in its distribution is now starting to be monopolized by already-rich landowners. To quote investigative journalist Christian Parenti’s remarks on criminal justice reform in his book Lockdown America, what we really need most of all is “less.” Also known as reparative or transformative justice, these models represent an alternative to courts and jails.

From hippie communes to the IRA and anti-Apartheid South African guerrillas to even some U.S. cities like Philadelphia’s experiment with community courts, spaces are created where accountability is understood as a community issue and the entire community, along with the so-called perpetrator and the victim of a given offense, try to restore and even transform everyone in the process. Communities that have tools to engage with each other about problems and disputes don’t have to consider what to do after anti-social behaviors are exhibited in the first place. Obviously these could become police themselves and then be subject to the same abuses, but as a temporary solution they have been making a real impact. We have created a tremendous amount of mental illness, and in the real debt and austerity dystopia we’re living in, we have refused to treat each other for our physical and mental wounds. Mental health has often been a trapdoor for other forms of institutionalized social control as bad as any prison, but shifting toward preventative, supportive and independent living care can help keep those most impacted from ending up in handcuffs or dead on the street.

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