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This Bill Murray Portrait Is Just So Grate

(Photo: Readingwearingrocking on Instagram.)

(Photo: Readingwearingrocking on Instagram.)

He may not be galavanting around Williamsburg anymore, but we’ve seen a lot of Bill Murray lately — in the trailers for his Netflix Christmas special and for Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah. Because you can never have enough Bill, Lower East Side designer and illustrator Kim Sillen just painted this portrait on the security grate of Black Cat LES, at 172 Rivington Street.

The tribute, part of the ever expanding 100 Gates project, is a stone’s throw from East Broadway, a street that Murray insisted never existed before he was brought there.

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Funny Pages: Tribeca Docs Plumb the Humor of the New Yorker and National Lampoon

Nation Lampoon magazine cover, Jan '73 (Credit: National Lampoon)

Nation Lampoon magazine cover, Jan ’73 (Credit: National Lampoon)

I know I’m not the only one whose pre-adolescent mind was warped by National Lampoon and the cartoons of the New Yorker, so it’s a real treat to have seen documentaries about both at the Tribeca Film Festival.

On Sunday, Calvin Trillin kicked off a post-screening panel discussion about Leah Wolchok’s doc, Very Semi-Serious, by confessing that he had a “100 percent turndown record for cartoon ideas at the New Yorker.” Back in the day, aspiring doodlers would submit for 25 years before they were finally accepted, but the documentary makes clear that entry is no longer quite as forbidding.

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Now Showing: Iranian Vampires, ‘Shape-Shifting Fetus Eaters,’ Bill Murray Returns


Hey there! Are you going to the movies this weekend? If not, you should definitely reconsider because there are some fantastic movies out right now. Seriously, go see them before we are bombarded with Big Hollywood holiday season bull butt.
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