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The story stars Patrick Wilson as a chauffeur whose new ride is a devious billionaire (Chris Pine). Their night together leads to increasingly dangerous encounters. Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, and Ray Liotta also star.
Universal had planned a wide release but essentially dropped the movie soon after scheduling it. The film's producer Jason Blum has now spoken about the release date incident and says there is a chance it could end up at Toronto this year. He tells Collider:
"What happened with it was that all of the movies that we make, we don't announce and date them wide until they're finished. We got ahead of ourselves with Stretch and dated the movie.
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- Garth Franklin
I was incredibly bummed when Joe Carnahan's Stretch was pulled from the calendar. I'm a huge fan of the director (The Grey was my favorite film of 2012), and Stretch has a catchy premise: Patrick Wilson plays a chauffeur who picks up a difficult and devious billionaire, played in a cameo by Chris Pine. As the night goes on, their interaction leads to increasingly dangerous encounters. Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, and Ray Liotta also appear in the film. The movie was supposed to have a wide release, but Universal concluded it would be unwise to spend $20 million to $40 million to distribute the movie, so they dropped it. Yesterday, we spoke with producer Jason Blum for his new film, Oculus, and he also provided an update on the status of Stretch, and when we might finally see the film. Hit the jump for more. Collider: It was so disappointing »
- Matt Goldberg
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to attend to this afternoon. First up, THR reports that Jesse Plemons (The Master) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) are in talks to join Johnny Depp in the Whitey Bulger drama Black Mass. This tidbit appears to confirm that, while he indeed met for the project, Plemons is likely out of contention for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. The J.J. Abrams-directed sequel will be filming at the same time as Black Mass and Plemons would be unable to do both movies, so the fact that he’s actively seeking other work in the near future signals that we probably won’t be seeing Landry in a galaxy far, far away. Depp is set to play Bulger in Black Mass, with Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce onboard to co-star and Dakota Johnson in talks for a role. Though »
- Adam Chitwood
Briefly: Topher Grace will join Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Walton Goggins, and Uma Thurman in Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra Scott Caan is replacing Shia Labeouf in Barry Levinson's comedy Rock the Kasbah starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, and Danny McBride Saoirse Ronan will star in John Crowley's Brooklyn alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Emory Cohen, and Julie Walters Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, Topher Grace has signed on to American Ultra. Max Landis (Chronicle) wrote the script and Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) will direct. The story centers "on Eisenberg’s character, a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out." As for Grace, Deadline says he "will play a hotshot CIA agent who has recently taken on seniority »
- Matt Goldberg
The story follows a crew of dirty cops blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down." Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack. [Source: Deadline]
John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden are set to join Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut "The Lobster". Filming is now underway in Ireland.
Set in the near future, the story posits that single people are arrested and obliged to find a mate within 45 days of their incarceration in a hotel. If they fail to do so, they are transformed into »
- Garth Franklin
After dropping out of Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah, producers have found a replacement for Shia Labeouf in the form of Scott Caan. The actor will play an ammo-dealing con man in the film, which revolves around a has-been music manager (Bill Murray) who travels to Afghanistan for a Uso tour with his last remaining client. While there, he ends up abandoned in Kabul and stumbles across a young girl with extraordinary talent. Penniless and without a passport, he decides to manage her and puts her on the Afghanistan version of American Idol.
With a cast that also includes Bruce Willis, Danny McBride and Kate Hudson, among others, my hopes are high for this comedy. While I still do find Labeouf to be an enjoyable screen presence, I think Caan is a more than suitable replacement, having proven his comedic chops on many occasions during his stint on HBO’s Entourage. »
- Matt Joseph
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film, which is to be directed by Barry Levinson, is in its preproduction stage, and has already confirmed Bill Murray as lead along with Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson and Danny McBrid.
Caan, 37, would be required to play a con man, who hustles Murray in war zone Kabul to help a young girl with an amazing voice win 'Afghan Star', the country's top reality singing competition. (Ani) »
- Leon David
Labeouf had come on to the project in January after announcing that he was leaving public life due to “attacks against his artistic integrity.” Producers did not disclose why Labeouf has departed.
Bill Block’s Qed launched foreign sales at the European Film Market. Production will start in June with Barry Levinson directing from Mitch Glazer’s script. Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson and Danny McBride are also starring. Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik, Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing and Glazer will produce. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are exec producing. Story centers on a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. When he finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages »
- Dave McNary
Scott Caan is in negotiations to replace Shia LeBeouf in Rock the Kasbah, the all-star comedy being directed by Barry Levinson. Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson and Danny McBride are starring in the pic, which is in preproduction from Qed International, Venture Forth and Open Road. Kasbah tells of a has-been rock manager (Murray) who takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. When he finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan's version of American Idol,
- Borys Kit
Labeouf was set to star in Rock the Kasbah alongside Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Murray and Kate Hudson. With a screenplay written by Mitch Glazer, Rock the Kasbah follows a past-his-prime music producer who tries to get back in the game with a young girl from Afghanistan. Labeouf and Danny McBride were to play military personnel.
Reasons for Labeouf’s exit are unknown, yet it’s been said that he left the project on amicable terms, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Labeouf, who announced that he was retiring from “all public life” earlier this year, now has no future acting gigs lined up. However, he’s currently filming David Ayer’s World War II movie Fury with Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood and Michael Peña. »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 27-year-old has amicably parted from the film, which is set to star Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel, and Kate Hudson. Representatives for Labeouf did not respond to EW’s requests for comment.
The Barry Levinson movie centers on an aging rock manager who travels to Afghanistan for a Uso tour and winds up representing a young girl competing on a Middle Eastern version of American Idol. Labeouf »
- Amber Ray
Movie News - Shia Labeouf has dropped out of the film 'Rock The Kasbah'. The actor will no longer be appearing in Barry Levinson's all-star comedy, in which he was due to play one half of a military duo, with sources telling The Hollywood Reporter it was an ''amicable parting''. The movie stars Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride in the tale of a has-been rock manager's (Murray) musical misadventures in Afghanistan. News of Labeouf joining the cast in January initially surprised fans since the actor had only just declared he intended to retire from acting and ''all public life'' following ''attacks against his artistic integrity''. The star has had a difficult few months, culminating in him storming out of a 'Nymphomaniac' press conference in Berlin before arriving on the red carpet for the film's German premiere wearing a paper bag on his head that read, »
Currently retired from public life, whatever that means, Shia Labeouf is either Hollywood's greatest enigma or best prankster. Or both. At any rate, after owning the Berlin Film Festival press conference for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," it looked like Shia was just gonna keep on truckin', working, making weird and possibly plagiarized art, and generally continue to upend whatever notions of decorum are affixed to young actors. But it seems he is taking a step back for a moment. Labeouf has dropped out of Barry Levinson's brewing comedy "Rock The Kasbah," where he would've starred opposite Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, and Danny McBride. The story centers on a washed-up rock manager (Murray) who travels to Afghanistan on business and finds himself stranded in Kabul. Fortunately he quickly discovers a talented singer intent on winning the competition show “Afghan Star,” and sets about recovering his career once more. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
No one pins down Labeouf. No one. He does what he wants. He says what he feels. And he bails on whichever movies he feels like, because they might interfere with his "official" retirement. Which is why THR is reporting that Shia Labeouf has departed Barry Levinson.s planned comedy Rock the Kasbah. The movie doesn.t need more star power. The all-star ensemble so far boasts Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson and Danny McBride, to name just a few. Labeouf likely would be four or five on that call sheet, as it stands, and replacing him might not be much of an issue. But deep down, we.re a little bit sad, because the idea of Labeouf trying to get through a production with unpredictable talents like Murray and Willis would have fed us months of fantastic behind-the-scenes stories. Alas, Levinson.s production likely will run »
'Kasbah' was a story of a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. In Kabul he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan's version of 'American Idol,' the wildly popular Afghan Star.
In a supporting role, Labeouf was supposed to have played part of a military duo; McBride was the other half.
According to the sources, the parting was an amicable one, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
The 'Transformers'. »
- Abhijeet Sen
The story follows a has-been rock manager (Bill Murray) who takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. When he finds himself in Kabul, abandoned and penniless, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan's version of American Idol.
Labeouf was to have played a military duo alongside Danny McBride. No reason for his departure has been given, though the split is said to be amicable.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
For no apparent reason, Shia Labeouf has departed the all-star comedy Rock the Kasbah, which is set to be directed by Barry Levinson. Currently in pre-production, the film boasts an impressive cast that includes talent like Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Danny McBride. Labeouf was set to play a supporting role as one half of a military duo, with the other half being McBride’s character.
As we previously reported, Rock the Kasbah follows Murray’s “has-been” manager who goes on a Uso tour of Afghanistan with his last client. While in Kabul, he suffers a string of misfortunes and winds up stranded without money or a passport. His shot at redemption comes when he discovers a talented young girl and takes her under his wing. Together, they board the popular reality show Afghan Star, and Murray’s character attempts to regain his fame and fortune.
Aside from Fury, »
- Matt Joseph
Looks like Shia Labeouf will have one more group to apologise to, though according to the reports his exit was amicable. According to The Wrap, the actor won’t appear in Barry Levinson’s latest, Rock The Kasbah.Levinson has Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride lined up to star in the tale of a has-been rock manager (Murray) who finagles a way to squeeze his last remaining client on the bill for a Uso tour entertaining troops in Afghanistan. But when it all goes wrong and he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport in Kabul, he happens upon a young girl with an incredible voice. Spotting a chance for redemption, he agrees to help her through the stages of Afghan Star, a Pop Idol-style local talent show.Labeouf was set to play a military man opposite McBride. He’s on screen »
Shia Labeouf has bowed out of Barry Levinson's Afghan comedy Rock the Kasbah, but don't worry: Literally everyone else you can think of is still in it. The Nyphomaniac actor would have played one half of a military duo alongside Danny McBride, an excellent career move if Shia wanted to be famous anymore. Labeouf's exit is described as an amicable one, or as amicable as an exit can be when one party insists on wearing a paper bag mask and silently weeping through every take. »
- Halle Kiefer
Shia Labeouf has withdrawn from Rock the Kasbah, the all-star comedy being directed by Barry Levinson. Open Road is the domestic distributor for the movie, which is in pre-production and whose cast includes Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, and Danny McBride. Qed International and Venture Forth are financing. Story: Shia Labeouf Launches Bizarre Public Performance Art Piece Kasbah tells of a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. When he finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice
- Borys Kit
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