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Bill Murray’s Zombieland role was originally written for Patrick Swayze

There are many memorable moments in 2009’s Zombieland. There’s Woody Harrelson’s obsession with Twinkies. There’s Jesse Eisenberg’s specific guidelines for surviving the zombie apocalypse, including cardio and seat belts. And of course, there’s that insane Bill Murray cameo, in which our band of survivors encounters Murray only to think he’s a zombie and shoot him dead. As he lies there, dying, he’s asked if he has any regrets. His only response? “Garfield, maybe.”

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Ronda Rousey signs on to star in Road House reboot

MGM’s long-rumored Road House reboot is finally moving forward — with MMA superstar Ronda Rousey set to take on Patrick Swayze’s lead role.

EW has confirmed that Rousey will star in the reboot of the 1989 classic, which starred Swayze as Dalton, the philosophical bouncer who alternates between beating up bad guys in small-town Missouri and spouting pearls of wisdom like, “Pain don’t hurt.”

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'Stand Up to Cancer' fundraiser returns Sept. 10

ABC, CBS, and NBC news anchors Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams are uniting to host the Stand Up to Cancer fundraiser on Sept. 10. Like 2008’s telethon, which helped raise more than $100 million for research and awareness and featured a moving appearance by Patrick Swayze, it will include celebrities, sports figures, and musical performances. The program will be simulcast commercial-free on ABC, CBS, and NBC as well as on HBO, Discovery Health, E!, MLB Network, and the Style Network at 8/7c.

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Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi discusses grief on 'Oprah'

Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze’s widow, was on Oprah today for her first TV interview, after an appearance earlier this week at the Women’s Conference 2009 roundtable on grief. Niemi told Oprah that she struggled with the shift from medical treatment to palliative care, and that she “feel[s] like he hasn’t left.” She also discussed the couple’s temporary separation in 2003 due to Swayze’s alcohol abuse at the time. “He was imploding pretty badly,” Niemi, his wife of 34 years, said.

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Patrick Swayze's widow to speak at grief conference

Patrick Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, will speak in public for the first time since her husband’s death during a roundtable discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience at the Women’s Conference 2009 in Long Beach, Calif., on Oct. 27, according to People. Niemi will be on the panel with Elizabeth Edwards and Susan St.

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Patrick Swayze private memorial planned for Sunday

Variety reports that a private memorial for Patrick Swayze will be held Sunday at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. Donations can be made to Stanford University’s Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund or Stand Up to Cancer. A previous memorial was held Sept. 19 in Lake Lure, N.C., where Dirty Dancing was shot. Swayze passed away on Sept. 14 at the age of 57.

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Patrick Swayze: Lesley Anne Down remembers her 'North and South' co-star's passion and happiness

Lesley Anne Down, who co-starred with Patrick Swayze in the 1985 mini-series North and South, spoke to EW following his death. She shared some personal memories of their time spent together down in Charleston, S.C. for the almost year-long period the two were on the set of the project Swayze once said “blew the lid off” his career.

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