Monday Movie Report: Bill Murray to receive Lifetime Achievement honor at film fest

Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe winner Bill Murray will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rome Film Festival this year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Murray will partake in a festival discussion moderated by Director Wes Anderson. THR also reports Anderson will present the award to Murray ahead of the discussion.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 17-27. Murray has previously earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society in 2014. He’s also received an honorary career award from CinEuphoria. He received several accolades for his work in 2004’s “Lost in Translation.”

The film festival will also feature an onstage conversation with Academy Award winning Director Ron Howard, who will present his new documentary about a famous Italian singer, titled “Pavarotti.”

In other actor news, some casting announcements have been made recently in Hollywood. One casting development is Tomasz Kot, who starred in last year’s highly praised foreign film “Cold War,” being selected to portray Nikola Tesla in a biopic.

Tomasz Kot
Tomasz Kot. Courtesy Polish Press Agency.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the film will follow Tesla working on his last major experiment, which was viewed as a failure at first. Tesla was responsible for several breakthroughs with electric power.

Another casting development is Constance Wu signing on to star in “Goodbye, Vitamin.” Variety reports the movie will follow a woman who’s father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As a result, he loses his job as a history professor. Wu’s character, though, decides to find a way to continue her father’s work.

Constance Wu. Courtesy AFP/Getty Images.

The film is based on a 2017 book by Rachel Khong. According to Variety, Wu starred in 2018’s “Crazy Rich Asians” and also has a lead role in the sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat.”


At the weekend box office, it was the animated Pixar sequel “Toy Story 4” dominating theaters. In its opening weekend the movie earned $120.9 million, the third highest first outing for Pixar, behind “Incredibles 2” and “Finding Dory.” The horror remake “Child’s Play,” meanwhile, grossed $14 million.

The full top five was:

1. Toy Story 4 – $118,000,000
2. Child’s Play – $14,055,540
3. Aladdin – $12,200,000
4. Men in Black International – $10,750,000
5. Secret Life of Pets 2 – $10,290,000

For the upcoming weekend, meanwhile, releases are the dramatic-comedy “Yesterday” and the horror sequel “Annabelle Comes Home.”

Releases are also set for the small screen, including:

  • Dumbo, my rating: 1 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.35 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 47%.
  • The Aftermath, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 27%.
  • The Hummingbird Project, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 57%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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