February 2, 2000
On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his burrow after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. As early as 3 a.m., flocks of Phil fanatics will trek to Gobbler's Knob in the hilly, chilly town of Punxsutawney, Pa., just in time for Phil's powerful prognostication. Will there be six more weeks of winter, or is spring just around the corner? This celebration of Groundhog Day dates back to a time when nature truly influenced our lives. It stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day, as told in an old Scottish couplet, "If Candlemas Day is Bright and Clear, there'll be two winters in the year."
February 17, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Wrong holiday, but the Bill Murray comedy "Groundhog Day" was the right film anyway for the extended Presidents' Day weekend.Debuting to a sunny $14.6 million, the first-place tale of a TV weatherman stuck in a repeating, 24-hour period is the second best winter premiere, trailing only "Wayne's World's" debut which made $18.1 million a year ago. "Groundhog Day" also was Mr. Murray's second-best opener -- "Ghostbusters II" was bigger.Disney's...
February 12, 1993
In "Groundhog Day," tomorrow is not another day.The film is like one of Aesop's fables genetically recombined with "The Twilight Zone": it's a moral tale of a slicker who finds redemption in a small town where he's trapped for almost a full year, from Feb. 2, 1993, until Feb. 2, 1993: a full year, that is, of Feb. 2, 1993s.The movie is expertly calculated to derive maximum comic energy from Bill Murray's great, deadpan mug and his drop-dead I'm-not-impressed line readings. It exposes him over and over to spectacles he's obviously too cool for, and it enjoys his rejoinders even while causing us to wonder about his heart.
August 27, 1993
GROUNDHOG DAY(Columbia TriStar, rated PG, 1993)This movie would have been a great short featurette on "Saturday Night Live." One would think (especially after watching it) that a 20-minute segment would pretty well exhaust the comic possibilities involving the phenomenon of deja vu.But in a world where "Wayne's World" and "Conehead" sketches are turned into full-length features, it should come as no surprise that we would see a movie based on a one-joke premise.As if that weren't bad enough, the creators spend 30 minutes setting up the joke in what has to rank as one of the most uninteresting and tedious first acts in movie history.
February 8, 1993
Groundhog Day, Tuesday, was also the unofficial start of income tax preparation season.The final versions of the major 1992 federal income tax preparation programs have arrived in the stores. (If the groundhog emerges from his burrow and sees the shadow of an Internal Revenue Service agent, winter will last until April 15.)Just as the groundhog's fame is fleeting (What does he do the other 364 days of the year?) so, too, is the attention brief for personal computer tax programs. Anonymous programmers race all year to add new features to make tax preparation easier, all for a program that has at most 10 weeks of optimum use.As in years past, the choice for most PC owners ultimately comes down to two packages: Turbotax, the perennial best-selling program, and Andrew Tobias' Taxcut, the challenger.
February 23, 1996
THIS WINTER HAS been like a bad scene from the movie "Groundhog Day." Make plans, it snows. Make plans, it snows. Enough, already.Two events put on hold because of last weekend's snowstorm are rescheduled.The Ladies' Guild of Magothy Chelsea Community Lutheran Church will hold its monthly breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the church at Beach Avenue and Third Street.Eggs, pancakes, french toast, creamed chipped beef, home-style potatoes, sausage, toast, homemade biscuits, fruit,juice and beverages are on the menu.