First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."
Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"
First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question on everybody's lips..."
Second D.J.: "On their chapped lips..."
First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...
(IN UNISON): GROUNDHOG DAY!!!"
Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil --- the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter. According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times. Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently. Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.
This is one time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).
In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."
At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, one I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly on cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."
Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.
As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."
ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:
...with Sonny & Cher on Hullabaloo and famously on Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.
FONTAINES DC visit with World Cafe.
BLACK THOUGHT also visits World Cafe.
JULIA STONE & MATT BERNINGER duet on “We All Have.”
EVAN RACHEL WOOD claims MARILYN MANSON abused her in a Vanity Fair story with four other female accusers. Manson has been dropped by his label. He called the accusations "distortions of reality."
M WARD, on why Billie Holiday endures.
SPARKS are the subject of a new documentary by EDGAR WRIGHT, who shares a couple of minutes and talks to Uproxx about the project.
SGT. PEPPER'S: Rarely has someone been so written out of pop history than Jann Haworth, the co-creator of one of the most famous album covers in history.
TONY BENNETT's Battle With Alzheimer's.
DUSTIN DIAMOND, best known for playing Samuel “Screech” Powers on the hit NBC sitcom, “Saved by the Bell,” has died at 44 of lung cancer.
ARMIE HAMMER's estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers, made her first lengthy statement since he came under fire for his alleged direct messages.
ANA de ARMAS deactivated her Twitter account over the weekend, though her Instagram account still remains up.
DOMINIC WEST looks to have rekindled his marriage after claims of a fling with Lily James.
WAKANDA is headed to Disney+.
WHAT IF THE KARATE KID isn't the hero?
THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK: Still inspiring after 50 years.
JAMIE TARSES, who broke the glass ceiling for female TV executives as the first woman to run a network entertainment division, passed away from complications stemming from a cardiac event she suffered in early fall. She was 56.
GIANT PANDAS enjoy a snow day at the National Zoo.
A BEAR, chasing a skier.
A COW and a DOGGO, chillin'.