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Billy Bob Thornton: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

24 July 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Remembering the First and Only Arab World Movie Star Known Around the Globe

23 July 2015 9:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »

- Andre Soares

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Q&A: Judd Apatow on ‘Trainwreck,’ Finding Amy Schumer and the Dangers of a Selfie

17 July 2015 1:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the world premiere of “Trainwreck” at the SXSW Film Festival last March, the loudest laughs from inside the theater came from the film’s director, Judd Apatow. Slumped down in a seat behind his new star, Amy Schumer, Apatow was so invested in the story about a thirtysomething magazine journalist who emerges from a series of one-night stands to begrudgingly find true love that he actually shushed a nearby, mortified fan who tried to open a candy wrapper.

Later, Apatow and Schumer would deliver a standup comedy set in Austin that provided the launching pad for a national tour they’d announce. And “Trainwreck,” which opens today, will keep the laughs coming. Apatow, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2,” “Begin Again,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” etc.), has been selective about his own directorial projects. “Trainwreck” is his first film since 2012’s “This is 40, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Screen Talk: 3 Movies to See This Weekend, Plus Comic-Con and Paramount Update

10 July 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

We debate "Ant-Man," but like "Tangerine" and "10,000 Km," while I report on Comic-Con and break down the Paramount deal in our latest Screen Talk podcast. Bill Murray opened this year's series of panels in massive Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday morning to promote Barry Levinson's October release "Rock the Casbah" (trailer below), dressed in character as aging rock promoter Richie Lanz. Attending The Con for the first time, Murray engaged sweetly with the fans in Hall H. One woman covered with buttons invited Murray to sleep with her under the Petco stadium. "How many people is she asking to sleep with her?" he asked later. "Does everyone give her a button when they leave? I want to feel special." (The rest of our Comic-Con story here.) Read More: Paramount Breaks Theatrical Window with Bold New Plan: Will It Change the Game? »

- Anne Thompson

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Comic-Con Kicks Off with Newbie Bill Murray

9 July 2015 7:22 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Bill Murray opened this year's series of panels in massive Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday morning to promote Barry Levinson's October release "Rock the Casbah" (trailer below), dressed in character as aging rock promoter Richie Lanz. Attending The Con for the first time, Murray engaged sweetly with the fans in Hall H. One woman covered with buttons invited Murray to sleep with her under the Petco stadium. "How many people is she asking to sleep with her?" he asked later. "Does everyone give her a button when they leave? I want to feel special." Long-time collaborator Mitch Glazer co-wrote the movie with Murray, who's a WGA member but usually doesn't take credit. "He writes them and I rewrite them," he said. "You get away with more if you don’t want a writing credit, you really do." He did take a credit on his reunion with »

- Anne Thompson

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Comic-Con 2015: Bill Murray Rocks Hall H

9 July 2015 5:03 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Bill Murray has been in many Comic-Con-ish movies in the past, but he's never actually visited before. That's now changed with his appearance yesterday, promoting Barry Levinson's comedy drama Rock The Kasbah, in part in character as the film's skeezy rock promoter. "Some of the best parties I've ever been to have been with really insane nerds," he cajoled the crowd. "I've done some good [movies] and I've done some maybe I should have been convicted for... but I fit right in here, I think."Producer Mitch Glazer was there too, and said that while Levinson was a major factor, the film's impressive cast (Bruce Willis, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Scot Caan) were there for Murray. "Once Bill was doing it, people sort of gravitated to the movie," he said. "Billy had a party bus with disco lighting..."Elsewhere in the panel interview and the Q&A Murray »

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Bill Murray's first Comic-Con appearance was pure rock 'n' roll

9 July 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Bill Murray’s Comic-Con debut was one to remember. The legendary actor, who has too many nominations and awards to mention, entered Hall H to the pounding sounds of Deep Purple’s "Smoke on the Water." Predictably the crowd went berserk when they saw the star of the upcoming film "Rock the Kasbah," in which Murray plays a washed-up music manager taking his remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. Murray has never been one to be low key. And his Comic-Con premiere was no different. Here’s a collection of Murray’s greatest hits from the press conference.  On his first appearance at Comic-Con: "We started this morning with bagels and then some tequila.” On his favorite movie role ("Ghostbusters," naturally): "Once upon a time, I did save the city of New York. And I had the coolest damn car to drive around Manhattan." On how he »

- David Eckstein

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Bill Murray Defends Miley Cyrus, Bruce Willis in Comic-Con Debut

9 July 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Diego — Bill Murray made his first-ever Comic-Con appearance on Thursday, charming the throngs of geeks who camped out for the opening day of the confab.

Dressed as his “Rock the Kasbah” character Richie Lantz, Murray spoke coolly, but passionately about everything from Barry Levinson’s new movie, which opens this October, to some of his famous co-stars.

“Is Bruce Willis really a jacka–?” one fan asked. Murray, who first worked with Willis on Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” defended the actor in his absence.

“He’s a movie star,” Murray said, saying that he and Willis shared a trailer while filming “Rock the Kasbah” in the harsh conditions of Morocco, where temperatures reached up to 116 degrees.

“When you’re a movie star you sometimes have to take matters into your own hands,” he said. “In the name of entertainment and just respecting the crew … there are people who try »

- Stuart Oldham

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Bill Murray Rocks Hall H in First Comic-Con Appearance for Rock The Kasbah

9 July 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Bill Murray joined 6,500 of his closest friends for his first-ever Comic-Con appearance today. The surprise came during the Open Road panel, which featured the upcoming musical comedy Rock the Kasbah. Murray stars in the Barry Levinson-directed picture that’s due out this October 23rd. All that and more from the Open Road panel follows below.

The post Bill Murray Rocks Hall H in First Comic-Con Appearance for Rock The Kasbah appeared first on Collider. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Bill Murray says he's swimming and doing pilates in hopes of playing young 'Han Solo'

9 July 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

San Diego - Bill Murray made his first appearance at San Diego Comic Con Thursday morning and to say he charmed the Hall H crowd was something of an understatement.   The legendary comedy star was on hand to promote his upcoming film "Rock the Kasbah" and entered the venue to blaring guitar riffs as he pretended to be his character from the movie, Richie Lanz.  The Barry Levinson directed flick centers on Lanz, a once great music manager, who gets stuck in Afghanistan when a Uso tour with his one remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) goes wrong.  Screenwriter Mitch Glazer was also in attendance, but it was a sunglasses wearing Murray who dominated the hour (and, no, he never took them off). With Lucasfilm recently announcing that a young "Han Solo" movie was in the works moderator Josh Horowitz asked Murray if he could clarify the rumors he was up for »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Bill Murray Opens Comic-Con 2015

9 July 2015 11:39 AM, PDT | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

A superhero of his own design kicked off the first day of Comic-Con 2015; an apparently hungover and unslept Bill Murray took the stage to delight the Hall H crowd and to promote Rock the Kasbah, director Barry Levinson’s comedy about a veteran music manager who discovers a teenager with an extraordinary voice while on tour in Afghanistan.

Here are the top Murray moments and quotes of the presentation:

He walked through the crowd to the tune of “Smoke on the Water” and soon said: “We started the morning with bagels and tequila.”

Murray’s character Richie Lanz is partially based on concert promoter Ron Delsener, who was responsible for bringing Van Morrison to the U.S.

After Glazer remarked, “We were driving around during Ramadan…”, Murray said: “It was great – there’s no traffic.”

“I go to work with a knife strapped to my leg; it means people will »

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Fellini estate clear new 'La Dolce Vita' film

9 July 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Modern take on classic film in the pipeline from Ambi Group.

A new feature is in the works that has been dubbed “an homage” to La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini’s classic film starring Marcello Mastroianni as a philandering paparazzo journalist in Rome.

Los Angeles-based Ambi Group has closed an option agreement with the Fellini family and estate make the new feature, which they will finance and produce with Italian producer Daniele Di Lorenzo.

Di Lorenzo will produce the film through his Ldm Productions banner. Ambi, in addition to financing and producing through Ambi Pictures, will oversee global distribution of the film through its international sales division, Ambi Distribution.

Francesca Fellini, niece of Federico Fellini, said: “We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels. We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned.”

She »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Comic Con 2015: Rock the Kasbah panel with Bill Murray

9 July 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

No one really knew what Open Road Films was bringing to the first big Hall H panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Would it be Max Steel? The new Fifty Shades movie? (Not likely, but still.) Snowden? No, it was nicer surprise: Bill Murray. The legendary comedian brought his irreverent personality to Hall H to help promote Rock The Kasbah, Barry Levinson's new comedy about a rock n roll manager who finds... Read More »

- Eric Walkuski

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Exclusive: Bill Murray to Make First Comic-Con Appearance!

8 July 2015 10:03 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Bill Murray is coming to Comic-Con! We die! I can exclusively reveal that the funny man will make his first appearance at Comic-Con to promote his new film, Rock The Kasbah. Details are being kept under wraps but the big surprise will go down tomorrow morning at 10:30 during Open Road Film's presentation in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center. In the movie, Murray stars as a music manager who takes a teenage singer he discovers in Afhanistan to Kabul to compete on an American Idol-like competition TV show called Afghan Star. Directed by Barry Levinson, the cast also includes Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Taylor Kinney and Scott Caan. Rock The Kasbah is in »

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Hollywood Producer Jerry Weintraub Has Passed Away at Age 77

6 July 2015 4:09 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

There are only a handful of movie producers that have ever come to be known by name in the general public, perhaps Jerry Bruckheimer, Avi Arad, Albert Broccoli or Saul Zaentz. One of those iconic producers is Jerry Weintraub, who produced a number of Hollywood features including the original The Karate Kid trilogy, the new Ocean's Eleven trilogy with an amazing ensemble cast, the comedy Oh, God!, the comedy Vegas Vacation, Soldier, the new Nancy Drew, Barry Levinson's Diner. Mr. Weintraub passed away from a heart attack on Monday, July 6th at the age of 77 at his home in Palm Springs, reported via Deadline. He was producing David Yates' Tarzan and was also an executive producer on HBO's new comedy The Brink. Early on in his entertainment management career in The Bronx, a young Jerry Weintraub decided to start his own company and worked with the likes of musicians Joey Bishop, »

- Alex Billington

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Ocean's Eleven and The Karate Kid producer Jerry Weintraub dies, aged 77

6 July 2015 3:06 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ocean's Eleven and The Karate Kid producer Jerry Weintraub has died at the age of 77.

Weintraub passed away in California earlier today (July 6) after a lengthy period of ill health, according to widespread reports.

In a career that stretched back to the 1960s, Weintraub was both a film producer and a music promoter for the likes of Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra.

Among the major films that he produced were Academy Award-winning musical drama Nashville, writer-director Barry Levinson's Diner and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation.

The producer – who was married to singer-actress Jane Morgan - was at one time the chairman of film studio United Artists, and also headed up the Weintraub Entertainment Group in the 1980s.

Weintraub's most recent accolade was an Emmy Award for the HBO television movie Behind the Candelabra.

He produced the first season of the premium channel's political comedy The Brink. »

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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

6 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

6 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Joshua Reviews Khavn’s Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between A Criminal And A Whore [Nyaff 2015 Review]

3 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

To cinephiles, few cinematographers get the blood truly pumping quite like beloved and Criterion-approved director of photography Christopher Doyle. Best known for his iconic work in films like Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love (to this very day one of the greatest achievements in film photography), Doyle has honed his craft largely outside of the United States, occasionally coming stateside to work with filmmakers like Gus Van Sant (Paranoid Park) or even Barry Levinson (Liberty Heights). Working numerous times with directors like Wong Kar-Wai, as well as the likes of Zhang Yimou and Edward Yang (Doyle’s first film was Yang’s That Day, on the Beach), he has become a bastion of the world cinema scene and one of today’s most beloved photographers.

Playing this year’s New York Asian Film Festival is his latest journey behind the camera, as Filipino poet/filmmaker/artist Khavn (aka »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Oscars: Biopics, Diversity Dearth Shape Midyear Race

2 July 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.

Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.

That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Other reality-based pics that are »

- Tim Gray

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