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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
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
From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...
We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.
For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth »
"Cooley High" ought to be remembered as a cinema milestone, and its writer and director remembered as pioneers.
Released 40 years ago this week (on June 25, 1975), it ought to be celebrated for its vast influence on movies, TV, and music. As a young-men-coming-of-age movie, it deserves to be mentioned alongside Fellini's "I Vitelloni," George Lucas's "American Graffiti," Barry Levinson's "Diner," and John Singleton's "Boyz N the Hood." And yet, the film and its creators have been largely forgotten, lost to history.
The story behind "Cooley High" is even more dramatic than the comedy-drama that unspooled on the screen. It's the story of Kenneth Williams, who, like protagonist Preach, left Chicago's Cabrini-Green projects with dreams of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter. Having dropped out of high school, he hitchhiked from the Windy City to Hollywood with $5 in his pocket and no connections, and for a while he supported himself selling drugs. »
- Gary Susman
From the "Italian Contemporary Film Festival", screening June 11-19, 2015, Sneak Peek director Barry Levinson's new black comedy feature "The Humbling", starring Al Pacino, Diane Wiest, Greta Gerwig, Charles Grodin and Kyra Sedgwick:
"...'Simon Axler' is a successful actor who takes a tumble from the stage while performing Shakespeare. He suffers from mental illness and has trouble differentiating between reality and fantasy, which ultimately leads him to retire from the stage.
"The daughter of Simon’s old acting friend decides to move into his house and they soon develop a strange and dysfunctional relationship that draws the attention of her parents.
"Meanwhile, Simon’s agent Charles Grodin tries to get him back on his feet and back to work..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Humbling"...
- Michael Stevens
Here’s our first look at Bill Murray up to his old tricks in Barry Levinson’s new movie. This first teaser for Rock The Kasbah follows Richie Lanz, a past-his-prime music manager who escorts his latest client (Zooey Deschanel) on a Uso trip to Afghanistan, where she’ll “play in front of 2,000 horny soldiers.” When that doesn’t exactly work out, he’s stranded in that foreign land with no money, wallet or passport. Amid the ensuing confusion, gunplay and run-ins with dodgy… »
Rock the Kasbah Trailer and Poster. Barry Levinson‘s Rock the Kasbah (2015) teaser trailer, movie poster star Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis, and Danny McBride. Rock the Kasbah‘s plot synopsis: “‘Rock The Kasbah’ is the story of Richie Lanz, a rock manager with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. While trying to find his way home, Richie befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice.”
Rock the Kasbah poster
Rock the Kasbah movie poster
I thought this film would be generic but the comedy and Bruce Willis popping up put a smile on my face. The ‘performance’ at the end of the trailer helped as well. »
- Rollo Tomasi
Bill Murray is a rock star. A living legend really. So it only makes sense that he plays something of a rock star. In his new film Rock the Kasbah, he plays a rock talent producer taking his latest rock starlet to a show in Afghanistan of all places. When he gets his passport and money stolen, he works his way through the Middle East on his way back home.
Rock the Kasbah comes from veteran director Barry Levinson and veteran screenwriter Mitch Glazer, and stars Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis, Scott Caan, and Danny McBride. Here’s the official synopsis:
Rock The Kasbah is the story of Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), a rock manager with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves »
- Brian Welk
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- Christopher Campbell
Bill Murray hits all the right notes – at least comedically – in the hilarious first trailer for Rock the Kasbah. The veteran actor stars as Richie Lanz, a washed-up rock tour manager who drags his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) on a Uso tour in Afghanistan, where the performer robs him blind and abandons him without his passport. Through a series of bizarre events, he discovers a talented singer (Leem Lubany) and manages her through the singing competition Afghan Star. "There's got to be a reason for this," Murray says in the clip. »
Open Road Films has unveiled the trailer for "Rock the Kasbah," starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, and Bruce Willis. Check it out below. Plot: The film tells the story of Richie Lanz (Murray), a rock manager with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. While trying to find his way home, Richie befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice. The new movie is directed by Barry Levinson and is set to hit theaters on October 23rd. Trailer: »
"It's time for a crazy story..." First announced in 2013, Barry Levinson's Rock The Kasbah is finally complete, and here's a trailer to prove it. Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Scott Caan and Danny McBride star, and Mitch Glazer (previously linked to Murray by Scrooged and Lost In Translation) wrote the screenplay.As you'll just have gathered, Murray plays a burned-out music manager who heads to Afghanistan on a Uso tour with his one remaining client. Through a series of unfortunate events, he ends up abandoned, cash-strapped and without his passport (all together now - "Murree-ee-ee don't like it...") but then stumbles upon a young girl with an amazing voice who he figures could make it big. So he somehow manages to smuggle her back to Kabul so she can compete in local X-Factor variant The Afghan Star.Shooting took place last summer (with Caan replacing Shia Labeouf »
Rock The Kasbah is the story of Richie Lanz, a rock manager with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul.
While trying to find his way home, Richie befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice.
Against all odds, Richie will take his last shot at creating an unlikely superstar.
Rock The Kasbah opens on October 23rd.
The post Bill Murray Stars In »
- Michelle McCue
One would think that the basic premise of taking Bill Murray and setting him loose in the Middle East for his signature brand of hijinks would be all the setup one would need for comedy gold. However, the comedic icon.s latest film, Rock the Kasbah, takes the comedic absurdity to Afghan proportions, prompting a troop surge. of laughter! Watch as Murray handles himself in hostile territory, showcasing a terrifically tone-deaf form in the trailer below! This official debut trailer for Rock the Kasbah might have been trying to fool you in its opening moments. From the initial auditory classic rock bomb of David Bowie.s 1974 hit, "Rebel, Rebel," paired with the kitschy, shaggy motifs and a sudden appearance of Bill Murray, one would have thought that we just caught a glimpse of some secret new Wes Anderson project. However, we actually have Barry Levinson, the comedic-drama maestro behind Diner, »
Read More: Watch: Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola Team For Netflix's 'A Very Murray Christmas': Best Holiday Gift Ever?Bill Murray goes to Afghanistan in the first trailer for Barry Levinson's "Rock the Kasbah." Open Roads' release opens in theaters on October 23, during the heat of awards season. Written by Mitch Glaser ("Magic City"), the comedy stars Murray as Richi Lanz, a rock manager who takes his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) on a tour of Afghanistan. When she ditches him in Kabul and steals his money and passport, he's forced to navigate his way through unfamiliar territory, eventually coming across a young woman with a promising voice. Levinson's films typically boast A-list casts and "Rock the Kasbah" is no exception. Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan and Bruce Willis all co-star. Watch the first trailer above. Read More: The 5 Best (and 4 Worst) Bill Murray Lead Performances »
- Nigel M Smith
The latest comedy from director Barry Levinson casts Murray as a strung-out rock manager who is abandoned by his act on a Uso tour of Afghanistan.
Left stranded with no money in Kabul, Richie (Murray) tries to strike it rich once again by managing a promising young singer on Afghanistan's equivalent of American Idol.
Rock the Kasbah is released on October 23 in the Us. »
“You will play in front of 2,000 horny soldiers,” he promises over the strains of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.”
She ditches him in Kabul, leaving him stranded with no money and no passport, but also opening up the opportunity for him to discover a young girl with an extraordinary voice.
- Dave McNary
The first trailer for upcoming Bill Murray comedy Rock The Kasbah has arrived online today, and you can view it below…
Directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man), Kasbah is written by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged) and boasts an impressive supporting cast including Kate Hudson (Wish I Was Here), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-o) and Bruce Willis (The Expendables 2).
“Rock The Kasbah” is the story of Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), a rock manager with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. While trying to find his way home, Richie befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice. Against all odds, Richie will take »
- Scott J. Davis
Bill Murray would probably make a good music manager. Truthfully, he would probably make a good anything.
His characters have had many careers throughout the years: Golf course groundskeeper, camp counsellor, ghost hunter, actor… you name it, Bill’s played it. One thing we haven’t had the chance to see him play before is a music manager, but that unfortunate luck is about to change with Rock the Kasbah later this year.
Directed by Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man), Rock the Kasbah follows a fairly washed-up music manager who discovers a talented young girl while on a tour in Afghanistan. They end up travelling to Kabul to compete on an "American Idol"-esque show called Afghan Star, but not without encountering their fair share of challenges along the way.
- Amanda Wood
In Rock the Kasbah, the talent on camera, behind the camera and in the story is all off the charts. Directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man) and written by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged), it stars Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan and Bruce Willis. Murray is a rock manager who gets stranded in Afganastan […]
- Germain Lussier
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