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Michelle Pfeiffer will play Ruth Madoff and Alessandro Nivola will play Mark Madoff in “Wizard of Lies.” Robert De Niro is attached to play Madoff himself in the film that promises to look behind the scenes at the former investment adviser’s massive Ponzi scheme — including how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction it left in its wake, both for the victims and his own family.
“Wizard of Lies” is based on New York Times author Diana Henriques’ 2012 book of the same name, with additional source material from Laurie Sandell’s “Truth and Consequences.” Levinson and De Niro are exec producing along with Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Following the first trailer released back in June, Open Road Films, via Yahoo! Movies, has debuted the second trailer for their upcoming road adventure Rock the Kasbah. Bill Murray stars as rock manager Richie Lanz, who finds the best voice he's ever heard in the most unexpected of places: Afghanistan. This dramatic comedy is 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, manages his new protég »
Here’s the first full trailer for Barry Levinson’s pic starring Bill Murray as a washed-up — except in his mind — music manager who finds a potential career savior in an unexpected place. After he is dumped in Afghanistan by his only remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), Richie Lanz makes a discovery. Local teenager Salima Khan (Leem Lubany) has a stellar voice — “She’s the best I ever heard,” Lanz raves — and wants to be the first woman to compete on the Afghan version of A… »
Thanks to the first trailer, people knew a little bit about Rock the Kasbah earlier this year. Then Bill Murray showed up to Comic Con to promote the Barry Levinson movie. After the actor walked around Hall H doing karaoke before the panel, and spent a bunch of time roaming the aisles afterwards to shake […]
The post ‘Rock the Kasbah’ Trailer: Bill Murray Goes to War for New Talent appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
In Barry Levinson's Rock the Kasbah, Bill Murray plays a cantankerous, on-the-outs record producer who insists he's still got it. (He doesn't.) It's sort of a play on his 1970s SNL character Jerry Aldini. Murray accidentally becomes a talent scout for Afghanistan's version of American Idol and goes on one of those wacky trips during which he experiences zany antics and eventually an epiphany. The movie also features Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, and Bruce Willis. No word yet if the shareef don't like it.Murray also appeared in Darlene Love's new video for "Forbidden Nights." The legendary wall-of-sound singer has a new album, Introducing Darlene Love, coming out in September. It features Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb, Linda Perry, and Steven Van Zandt. The video also features appearances by Springsteen, Costello, Van Zandt, Joan Jett, David Letterman, and Paul Shaffer. It's a pretty spectacular video. »
- Greg Cwik
A new trailer has arrived online for director Barry Levinson’s upcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah which sees Bill Murray lead a cast that includes Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan and Bruce Willis. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
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 »
- Gary Collinson
Wizard of Lies, HBO Films’ long-gestating Bernie Madoff movie, starring Robert De Niro as the disgraced financier, is going ahead with a lead cast and a director. Joining De Niro, who plays Madoff, are Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife, Ruth Madoff, and Alessandro Nivola as Madoff’s older son Mark Madoff, who committed suicide. Barry Levinson, who directed the HBO Films movie You Don’t Know Jack about another controversial figure, Jack Kevorkian (played by Al Pacino), is set… »
Everybody loves Bill Murray, but even his immense charm couldn't save the disastrous reception to Cameron Crowe's "Aloha" earlier this year. There isn't much buzz around "Rock The Kasbah" at the moment either, but maybe this new trailer will turn things around? Read More: Interview: Barry Levinson Talks Going The Horror Route With Eco-Thriller 'The Bay' Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Leem Lubany, Arian Moayed and Bruce Willis join Murray in Barry Levinson's latest film, apparently inspired by real events, about washed up music manager who discovers the next big thing in Kabul. Here's the official synopsis: 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. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The co-founder and former COO of Qed International has teamed up with Media Content Capital on the production, financing and distribution company.
Covert Media’s initial mandate is to make three or four films a year in the $10-50m range before broadening the parameters and exploring episodic content.
Covert will service and support the library and upcoming projects for Qed, although details about sales personnel were not forthcoming at time of writing. Shapiro and Lessine engaged Fortitude International to oversee the slate prior to Cannes in a temporary arragement.
The Qed roster includes Barry Levinson’s comedy Rock The Kasbah starring Bill Murray, Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, Franny starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, Time Out of Mind also with »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Tom Cruise has come a very long way since his screen debut in Franc Zeffirelli’s Endless Love (1981). Thirty six movies and a whole lot of stardom later and he’s still the biggest movie star on the planet. He is perhaps, also the biggest film star in movie history. You’d be hard pushed to offer up any other actor that’s sustained that level of popularity and box office pull for that long. There is a good reason for this too. Cruise polarises opinion of course and there are those that would see his downfall, but in large part that’s due to all things that have little if nothing to do with Tom Cruise the filmmaker.
Being Tom Cruise must take a special kind of energy. So special in fact that he has sustained that level of dash for nigh on thirty years without letting up. And if Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, »
- Paul Donovan
National Geographic Channel is looking at the ramifications of war from the ground up.
Courteney Monroe, Ngc’s CEO, announced Wednesday at its Television Critics Association press day that the cabler is working with Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson to develop “Last Men Out.” The limited series will chronicle the lives of the men still around for the final few hours of the U.S.’ involvement in the Vietnam conflict.
Last Men Out from Oz creator Tom Fontana, takes place in the last 36 hours of the Vietnam War. #TCA15 pic.twitter.com/MEjf0FKdXz
— Nat Geo Channel PR (@NGC_PR) July 29, 2015
“Homicide: Life on the Street” alums Fontana and Levinson are also co-exec producing Discovery Channel’s “Killing Fields,” an upcoming series that will scrutinize the history attached to various “killing fields” in America where crimes have gone undetected due to geography and outside elements.
- Whitney Friedlander
Nat Geo’s TV movie event “Saints & Strangers” won’t be the traditional version of the Pilgrims and Native Americans’ first Thanksgiving. Actor Raul Trujillo praised the cable channel for letting himself and other cast members tell the gritty reality behind the not-so-friendly historical event. “I think the beauty of the bravery of Nat Geo is actually that they’re letting us de-sanitize the story of Thanksgiving and that whole part of our history,” he said on Wednesday during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. Also Read: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Barry Levinson Projects Land at Nat Geo »
- Tony Maglio
National Geographic Channel has ordered a scripted limited series from executive producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana about the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, the network announced Wednesday. The miniseries, “Last Man Out” will be written by Fontana. The network also announced a scripted-unscripted hybrid miniseries from executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and their Imagine Entertainment foreseeing the future colonization of Mars. Both miniseries are set to premiere on National Geographic in 2016. The two projects were held up by National Geographic Channel CEO Courteney Monroe at the Television Critics Association’s. »
- Daniel Holloway
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
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
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
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
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
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
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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