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It’s suntory time folks. Park-Chan Wook, Abbas Kiarostami and Fatih Akin will be giving master classes while two members of the Team Zissou faction in Willem Dafoe and Bill Murray will be honored with career tributes at the upcoming 2015 Marrakech Int. Film Fest (December 4th to the 12th). The star-studded attendees already include a who’s who jury. Dafoe has Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, Hector Babenco’s My Hindu Friend and Tommy Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday? coming up while Murray has recently added a brand pair to his filmography with Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah (a subpar effort from the director) and Sofia Coppola’s star-studded side project between features in A Very Murray Christmas. »
- Eric Lavallee
In honor of the 25th anniversary of “Home Alone” this week, TheWrap tracked down Daniel Stern to reminisce about the film, which has become a TV staple around the holidays each year. Stern has had a charmed career ever since his first film, “Breaking Away,” won an Oscar for best original screenplay. In the ’80s, he worked with Woody Allen on “Stardust Memories” and “Hannah and Her Sisters,” Barry Levinson on “Diner” and Robert Redford on “The Milagro Beanfield War.” Not only did Stern go on to star in two family-friendly franchises with “Home Alone” and “City Slickers,” but he also. »
- Jeff Sneider
Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Nolan’s original Memento follows Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, »
- Michelle McCue
Although she’s been on television for the past few years as an American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez will soon be back to actual acting, as the premiere for her new NBC cop drama, Shades of Blue, is less than two months away. And with the debut of Lopez’s new series getting so close, NBC released the first full-length trailer for the Shades of Blue last night during Sunday Night Football, and you can now watch the entire two and half minute-plus video online. In addition to Lopez, Shades of Blue also stars Ray Liotta, Warren Kole, Dayo Okeniyi, Drea de Matteo, Hampton Fluker, Vincent Laresca, and Sarah Jeffery. Jack Orman and Adi Hasak are writing and executive producing the series, with Lopez, Barry Levinson, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest, and Nina Wass also serving as executive producers. Shades of Blue premieres Thursday, Jan. 7, at 10 p.m. on NBC. »
- Chris King
The lines between good cop and bad cop are blurred in the first look at Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming NBC drama “Shades of Blue,” which Lopez debuted on her Facebook page Sunday ahead of the show’s January premiere.
The show stars Lopez as Harlee Santos, an FBI agent who’s been assigned to an anti-corruption task force. The footage shows Lopez being questioned as to whether she’s an FBI informant or not and further complications as she tries to do her job and be a single mother to her daughter. Ray Liotta co-stars.
“A Rat!,” Liotta yells at one point. “An FBI informant on my team!”
- Alex Stedman
The new movie Spotlight begins inside a South Boston police station in 1976, where a Catholic bishop is counseling a distraught mother who may or may not bring charges against the priest accused of molesting her son. According to the desk sergeant outside the witness room, the bishop is in the station to “help out,” which in practical terms means not-so-subtly reminding the mother of all the good the church has done and continues to do that could presumably be undone if she pursues legal and very public recourse, as well as offering his hushed assurances that the offending priest will be dealt with and the crime her child has endured will never, ever happen again. Outside the witness room, a police officer speculates to the sergeant about the developing situation that “It’s gonna be hard to keep the papers away from the arraignment.” The sergeant shrugs and shakes his head. »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Exclusive: Cabin In The Woods star joins supernatural thriller.
Shooting is due to start at the end of January 2016 on the feature debut of well-known commercials director Jonathan Hopkins with additional casting currently underway.
Slumber tells the story of Alice (Connolly), a rationally-minded sleep doctor, who is forced to abandon scientific reason when confronted by a family that being terrorised by a parasitic demon.
Slumber is written by Hopkins and 2013 Blood List screenwriter Richard Hobley. It will be produced by Mark Lane and James Harris of The Tea Shop & Film Company, who are also producing claustrophobic thriller 47 Meters Down for eOne and Dimension.
Goldcrest first introduced the project last year and has been showing distributors a teaser »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Here's the press release:
Midseason Series Centers on NYPD Detective Turned Informant Who Must Carefully Straddle Line Between Work and Family
Universal City, Calif. – Oct. 28, 2015 – “Shades of Blue,” NBC’s new police drama starring multi-hyphenate talent Jennifer Lopez and Emmy Award winner Ray Liotta, will debut Thursday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. with a special two-hour premiere event.
The two-hour premiere will be directed by Oscar and four-time Emmy Award winner Barry Levinson. The show will move to its regular 10 p.m. »
NBC has become the first broadcast network to start firming its midseason scheduling plans with a premiere date announcement for Shades Of Blue. The straight-to-series police drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta will debut Thursday, January 14 at 9 Pm with a two-hour premiere episode directed by Barry Levinson. The show will then move to its regular 10 Pm timeslot behind The Blacklist the following Thursday, January 21. There, Shades Of Blue will succeed new fall… »
Jennifer Lopez‘s cop drama “Shades of Blue” will premiere Thursday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. on NBC, the broadcast network announced Wednesday. The two-hour premiere was directed by Barry Levinson and co-stars Ray Liotta. The show will move to its regular 10 p.m. timeslot the following Thursday, Jan. 21. This will put “Shades of Blue” into the timeslot currently held by the Wesley Snipes thriller “The Player,” which had its episode order cut from 13 to nine. Also Read: Fall TV Preview: 126 New and Returning Shows Premiere Dates “We’re so excited to have locked in a premiere date and can’t wait to. »
- Linda Ge
Chicago – What’s up with this movie? Everything in it is so wrong headed, despite movie star casting and a attempt toward “current events.” Setting itself in a modern and complex country – Afghanistan – but creating a perspective on that country that is straight ugly American, “Rock the Kasbah” is a total downer.
The problem is the screenplay – credited to Mitch Glazer – that perpetuates nothing but stereotypes about the mystery of Afghanistan, and is a typical and negligent outsider’s view of another country. The privileged white expatriates are above it all, and the natives are either murderous swine or capitulators who aid the white saviors. It seemed like a studio era (1930s-50s) movie view of exotic lands, where the citizens of those lands waited for outsiders to “civilize” them. That view is tiresome in our globally connected times, and placed within the context of a Bill Murray “comedy, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
See Also: Watch the trailer for Rock the Kasbah
A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.” Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, »
- Amie Cranswick
A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock The Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson.
Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.”
Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers »
- Movie Geeks
What a difference a year makes. The loveable Bill Murray gave one of his most touching and bittersweet performances last fall in St. Vincent. This year, Murray stars as Richie Lanz, an unlikable music manager searching Afghanistan for a pop idol in Rock The Kasbah. Well, actually that sales description is partly misleading. The film as a whole is much worse than that, digging into perhaps the least interesting part of a more interesting story.
Lanz is an unlikely entry into this world, and Murray, as amenable as he is, can’t seem to flesh out this guy, a down-on-his-luck womanizer whose business includes telling no-talents they’ve got what it takes to be a star if only they’ll write him a check to cover his representation fee. The actor’s done the nasty-old-man-with-a-heart-of-gold thing well before, but this film’s problem is that its heart is not in the right place. »
- John Fink
“Long live rock and roll!” Turns out that this is really true. I mean the Rolling Stones are still filling up arenas well past the usual retirement age, as does Paul McCarthy (excuse me, Sir Paul!). Well, some of those rockers do slow down a bit and ease into more pop ballads and standards. We saw that earlier this year with Al Pacino as Danny Collins. Is the same true for their managers and agents? Hey, Christopher Plummer took on that role with Al. This new film’s focus on one such aging music agent, a fellow who will never let go of the beat, the melody. And what actor still embodies rock star cool? How about Mr. Bill Murray. Tossing him into the music scene should guarantee big laughs, but how about stranding him in the volatile Middle East for a fish out of water twist? With the bullets »
- Jim Batts
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World: Levinson’s Afghan Exploration Prizes Diversion
After a unique pit stop in found footage horror with 2012’s The Bay and an underrated Philip Roth adaptation in 2014 with The Humbling, Barry Levinson returns to his particular predilection for boundary pushing, politically topical subject matters in Rock the Kasbah. It’s a very loosely based version of the true account of Setara Hussainzada, a woman who sang on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol,” known as “Afghan Star,” even though it’s illegal for women to sing.
More along the lines of Levinson’s Man of the Year (2006) than Wag the Dog (1997), as scripted by Mitch Glazer (his first excursion since 2010’s appalling Passion Play), the title seems as woefully out-of-touch as it is unwarranted. Oddly unsympathetic, even as it depicts a subversive act of rebellion within a ruthlessly patriarchal and misogynistic culture, »
- Nicholas Bell
This weekend sees four new wide releases hitting theaters, plus the nationwide expansion of Steve Jobs, all on the heels of last weekend's four new releases, making for an October box office bottleneck. Goosebumps looks like a solid holdover, hoping to repeat at #1. In its way is The Last Witch Hunter, which should top the weekend, taking advantage of the timeframe and Vin Diesel's Furious fame. Additional new releases include the latest installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise, which finds Paramount taking a shot at a new release strategy while Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms feast on the scraps. Starting with last weekend's #1, Goosebumps opened with $23.6 million, but more importantly carried an "A" CinemaScore. With Halloween just around the corner and a CinemaScore that suggests positive word of mouth, expect this children's horror to holdover well with a 34% drop and a $15.5 million second weekend. Should The Last Witch Hunter »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Being friends with Bill Murray has had some drawbacks for Mitch Glazer. Since the former SNL Mvp, poetry aficionado and part-time party crasher doesn't have an agent or a manager, total strangers call Glazer up to see if he will convince the man to be in their movies. And it also means that Murray calls him up whenever Road House is on TV, to deliver a play-by-play commentary on the scene where Patrick Swayze has sex with Kelly Lynch (Glazer's wife). But it also means that the writer-director gets to »
Oh, Bill. I recently wrote a piece about how Bill Murray has transcended being a mere living legend and has become a urban myth, and I stand behind every word of that. Unfortunately, Bill often makes choices involving films that make it very hard to support the films themselves, and "Rock The Kasbah" is a perfect example of that. Mitch Glazer is one of those people who appear to be able to get Bill Murray to actually pick up the phone, and he's a credited co-writer on "Scrooged," a film that features one of my favorite Bill Murray performances. Unfortunately, he's also responsible for writing and directing "Passion Play," one of the worst things Murray has ever been part of, and so walking into "Rock The Kasbah," I had my fingers crossed that Glazer would be able to tap the side of his friend that has made him such an »
- Drew McWeeny
Written by Mitch Glazer
Directed by Barry Levinson
That noise you hear is the sound of Elaine May celebrating. She’s no longer the architect of Hollywood’s most ill-conceived Middle East comedy. That’s an exaggeration, of course, as Rock the Kasbah never reaches the goofy heights (or depths) of May’s notorious bomb, Ishtar. Still, it’s hard to imagine what legendary director Barry Levinson and uber-cool demigod Bill Murray were thinking. From the off-kilter script to the uneven performances, this movie is bafflingly bad. Even Murray seems adrift in what, presumably, started as a vehicle for his particular genius. Rock the Kasbah is 2015’s biggest head scratcher.
Perhaps through sheer will alone, Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man, Wag the Dog) still manages to keep Rock the Kasbah a fascinating failure. What begins as a raunchy, quasi-satirical road picture ends as a queasy tribute to “disgraced” Afghan Star contestant, »
- J.R. Kinnard
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