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A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
As the month of May comes to a close, Netflix subscribers need to be on alert. While the streaming site is going to be adding a number of interesting new titles to its catalogue, the calendar page turn also means that a bunch of other titles will also be departing. Fortunately, there is some time left on the clock for you to get some viewings in, and we.ve picked out the ones that should be your highest priority. Netflix has revealed the select titles that will be seeing their time on the streaming service come to an end next month, and sadly it.s a list that includes some pretty fantastic movies. Check our collection of must-watch features below, and see how many of them you can get time for before they disappear! Rain Man Barry Levinson.s Rain Man is one of those movies that you really have »
Round-up: The distributor has moved the Bill Murray comedy from November 13 to October 23 this year.
Rock The Kasbah centres on a rock manager stranded in Kabul who tries to make a star out of a local young girl with an extraordinary voice.
Vice Media is teaming up with Magnolia Pictures to promote the release of Sundance U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winner The Wolfpack on June 12.
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to SXSW Grand Jury and Audience Award winner Peace Officer. Submarine Deluxe manages the North American platform theatrical release planned for this autumn. PBS’s weekly documentary series Independent Lens will air the film in spring 2016.
Svod service SundanceNow Doc Club has acquired all Us rights to Sophie Deraspe’s A Gay Girl In Damascus: [link=tt »
The Barry Levinson-directed comedy Rock The Kasbah starring Bill Murray as a rock manager who has seen better times, is being moved up from November 13 to October 23, which looks like a very good date as it is it not competing with any adult comedies. The move comes after Universal last week put Angelina Jolie’s drama By The Sea (starring Brad Pitt) into the November 13 date, which now has four other films in release that weekend, including Warner Bros’ The 33. The film… »
The Hollywood Reporter have debuted the exclusive first look at Bill Murray (St. Vincent) in his new film, Rock The Kasbah, which is being shopped around to foreign distributors at the Cannes Film Festival.
Murray plays “a down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.”
Mitch Glazer (Scrooged) wrote the script, which is directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man). Kate Hudson (Wish I Was Here), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Danny McBride (This Is The End), Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-o), Leem Lubany (Omar) and Bruce Willis (The Sixth Sense) co-star.
Rock the Kasbah is tentatively scheduled for release in the U.S. in November. Murray can next be seen in Cameron Crowe’s romantic dramedy Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams, which is released later this month. »
- Scott J. Davis
Being stranded in Kabul never looked so cool. Get your first peek at Bill Murray as a burned out, but still totally awesome looking rock manager in Rock The Kabah. Check it out below. Bill Murray is back in action, and this time the comedian is playing a washed up tour manager in Barry Levinson’s Rock The Kabah, which is currently in post production. The Hollywood Reporter debuted an exclusive look at Murray as a music manager, and, as always, the Groundhog Day actor doesn’t disappoint. The telling photo gives away a lot, but perhaps most importantly provides more clues about Murray's character, too. In the first look at Murray in Rock The Kabah, we can tell a couple of things about his personality. First off, he is one cool somebody. Check out the aviator glasses the actor is sporting while in character. You »
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »
- D. Zhea
★★★★☆ The shrouded world of the stage proved very much the theme of last year's Venice Film Festival. Director Barry Levinson's Philip Roth adaptation The Last Act (2014) is a bird of an entirely different feather to the screwball antics of She's Funny That Way (2014) or the anarchic brio of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman (2014). Featuring a masterly turn by Al Pacino, The Last Act is actually closer to Pacino's own theatre-based documentaries Looking for Richard (1996) and Wilde Salomé (2011) in its looseness and postmodern playfulness. It's also by turns moving and very funny. Simon Axler (Al Pacino) is an ageing actor in decline and verging of a nervous breakdown.
- CineVue UK
An aviator-clad Bill Murray plays a washed-up rock manager in Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah. In a last-ditch effort to revive his career, he takes his remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan, but soon finds himself penniless and passport-less in Kabul. In hopes of escaping his dire situation, he offers to manage a promising young singer through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol. Here, The Hollywood Reporter debuts an exclusive first-look at Murray as the music manager. Mitch Glazer wrote the script for the project, which is produced by Glazer, Jacob Pechenik and Steve
- Rebecca Ford, Pamela McClintock
As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.
In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »
The previously announced project, which has been in development for some time, is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Production and fully financed by Snd, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales.
The partners announced on Wednesday (May 6) that the production is due to shoot in Bucharest late July.
“Working with Vendôme pictures and Raffaella productions to produce this project with us is a thrill. They have found and polished a gem of a story we are excited to bring to the screen. These producers have an amazing track record. We are thrilled to work with those two partners,” said Lionel Uzan, director of acquisitions and international sales at Snd.
It is a sixth »
Show runner Steven Moffat was recently asked if the comment made by The Doctor in last season's premiere episode "Deep Breath," the one in which he says to a tramp: "Why did I choose this face? It's like I'm trying to tell myself something" will come back into play.
Moffat responded: "Thank you, I like that scene too. And yes, we're coming back to that idea. In fact, we'll be shooting the scene in question really quite shortly." [Source: Blogtor Who]
Angela Bassett is set to return for a third time to FX's "American Horror Story" for the upcoming fifth season "American Horror Story: Hotel". Production begins later this Summer ahead of a premiere in October.
Endemol Shine Studios has optioned the U. »
- Garth Franklin
John Singleton is poised to be the next filmmaker to make the leap to television, as FX has picked up the pilot for Snowfall, a show co-created by Singleton. The press release had this summary of the series.
Los Angeles 1981. A storm is coming and its name is cocaine. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.
Singleton will also direct the pilot.
The partnership between Fox and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Endemol Shine Studios has optioned U.S. remake rights to French cop drama series Engrenages which goes by the title Spiral in the States. I understand the project is being developed at Showtime. Tom Fontana (Borgia) and James Yoshimura (Homicide: Life Of The Street) are attached to co-write and executive produce with Barry Levinson and former ABC president Steve McPherson also attached as exec producers. Engrenages/Spiral has been compared to The Wire and has been… »
These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
Santino Fontana has joined the cast of Shades Of Blue, NBC's straight-to-series drama directed by Barry Levinson. It follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and that of her police family. Fontana will play Stuart… »
Edward Aiona, the prop master for 31 feature films, including three that won Academy Awards for best picture, “Ordinary People” (1980), “Rain Man” (1988) and “Unforgiven” (1992), as well as 28 episodes of network series television, died March 31 at Tarzana Hospital of lung cancer compounded by chronic heart trouble. He was 83.
Aiona was closely associated with Clint Eastwood: Aiona made his debut as property master on Dirty Harry film “Magnum Force” in 1973 and then worked on every Eastwood film until Aiona’s retirement in 1996.
Between films with Eastwood, Aiona also collaborated as prop master with directors including Martin Scorsese (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”), John Milius (“Big Wednesday”), Sydney Pollack (“The Electric Horseman” and “Absence of Malice”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and John Carpenter (“Memoirs of an Invisible Man”).
“He was extreme in getting what was required for the screenplay,” said Mike Sexton, Aiona’s assistant before becoming prop master at Eastwood’s »
- Variety Staff
Sarah Jeffery (Rogue) has joined the cast of Shades Of Blue, NBC's straight-to-series drama directed by Barry Levinson. It follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and that of her police family. Jeffery will play Lopez’s… »
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
Last week we reported on Steven Spielberg’s plans to direct an adaptation of the cult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Color us excited. The novel involves players of a video game journeying into a virtual reality world rife with pop culture references and Easter eggs to the real world. The player who can decipher all the mysteries and references in the world wins the opportunity to control it. In Spielberg’s capable hands, it has the potential to be a technical marvel and a modern classic.
That is, if he actually makes it. Ready Player One poses some unusually problematic challenges on just a practical standpoint. Cline’s story falls into the “unfilmable novel” territory, not just for the digital world necessary for a filmmaker to recreate, but also in terms of licensing. To get the rights to depict the many iconic film and TV characters »
- Brian Welk
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