Bill Murray has walked onto David Letterman's show dressed as Liberace, a jockey and a football player, flown onto the set as Peter Pan, worked out while singing "Let's Get Physical" and dove into a water-filled dumpster strewn with garbage. This week he'll be saying goodbye.
Murray's 44th and final appearance Tuesday will mark the end of late-night TV's unique and enduring host-guest relationship, with years of oddball humor by two comics whose sensibilities seemed perfectly aligned. Letterman ends his 33-year run as late-night host the next night.
Murray, the former "Saturday Night Live" player turned movie star, was a guest on Letterman's first "Late Night" on Feb. 1, 1982, and on the Aug. 30, 1993, debut of CBS "Late Show." Others have appeared with Letterman more times — Marv Albert, Regis Philbin, Tom Brokaw and a few more — but none as indelibly as Murray. "He is one of the all-time great talk show guests," said Rob Burnett, executive producer of the "Late Show."
'Inside Out' wows Cannes
Pixar, the animation studio, offered one of the few high points during an otherwise ho-hum Cannes Film Festival on Monday, when the new animated feature "Inside Out" screened at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. Directed by Pete Docter, the bright, wildly inventive, deeply felt exploration of the complicated way feelings, memories and dreams inform our personalities won over nearly everyone who packed the main venue at the Grand Palais, bringing the crowd to cheers, tears and more cheers during an exceptionally witty end credits sequence. Pixar has always held fast to Walt Disney's dictum, "For every smile, a tear." Here, the studio unpacks not only why that's true, but why it's crucial for emotional growth. "Inside Out," opening June 19, was one of just a few unqualified hits in what most veterans agree is a lackluster year at Cannes.
Barack on twitter: The profile is matter-of-fact: "Dad, husband and 44th President of the United States." But the first message brimmed with enthusiasm: "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really!" With that, President Obama inaugurated his own Twitter account Monday, after years of complaining of being trapped in a Washington bubble, unable to connect with real people, blocked from hearing their concerns, fears and hopes. He could get all that, and more, with the new POTUS account. White House aides promised that the president would "engage directly with the American people."