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'Groundhog Day' playing at the Paramount Monday

There is no film more appropriate and fitting for the drudging, monotonous, never-ending winter we've had other than the 1993 comedy hit Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray.

As part of the Paramount Theatre's Classic Movie Mondays, the presentation of Groundhog Day will play on the Paramount's silver screen at 7pm Monday for just $1 a ticket.

Groundhog Day stars Bill Murray and is co-written and directed by Harold Ramis. The two have a long history together dating all the way back to the early 1970's when they both attended improvisation school at The Second City in Chicago.

Bill Murray gained comedic notoriety when he was cast in the second season of Saturday Night Live in 1976. He landed his first leading movie role in 1979's Meatballs, which was co-written by Harold Ramis. The two have since worked together on five other films, including Groundhog Day.

The two have not worked together since Groundhog Day, which can be attributed to Murray's progression of pursuing other non-traditional comedic roles and a general "falling-out" between the two, which Murray admits to.

There are little known details of the feud between Murray and Ramis, other than that there has been talk and even a completed script for a third Ghostbusters film, of which the duo co-starred in. Murray has shown no initiative to strap on his proton-pack for his role as Dr. Pete Venkman and it is rumored that there are no future plans for another Ghostbusters movie.

Groundhog Day is essentially a film about egotistical meteorologist Phil Conners (played by Murray) covering a Groundhog Day event in a small Pennsylvania town where they bring their groundhog mascot out of its cage to see whether it casts a shadow. Being un-amused by the whole town and tradition itself, Phil finds himself waking up to the start of the same day and events of that day.

Tickets for Monday's show at 7pm are $1. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 East Galena Blvd. in Aurora. For more information call 630-896-6666 or visit

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