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I spend a lot of time writing jokes (and non-jokes) about celebrities, and here's a secret about that trade: It's easy to get sick of celebrities! When Zooey Deschanel emerged as a breakout star on "New Girl," it took about 20 minutes before every comic's version of an adorkable punchline felt stale and annoying, even if it was right on. The Justin Bieber renaissance was worse. He's still impossible to mock without feeling like a pox on humanity. Did you see his Comedy Central roast? That looked like a room of struggling pros to me. Only Martha Stewart and her artisanal, nutmeg-dappled prison jokes soared. Celebrities can often be reduced to one or two barbs ("Tom Cruise is delirious! And perhaps closeted!"), and if you have an assistant with Twitter, it doesn't take long to be in on those. Fortunately there is an everlasting wellspring in the celebrity joke universe, and her name is Taylor Swift. »
- Louis Virtel
There are certain pairings on TV that we like to categorise as 'Be Careful What You Wish For' couples. You know what we're talking about. Two characters have such undeniable, simmering romantic chemistry that everyone, from the fans to the writers to the actors, is rooting for them to get together and make it work.
Maybe the writers drag it out for a few seasons, playing on the will-they-won't-they tension, before finally biting the bullet and putting the couple together. And when they finally do... you wish they'd never gone there.
Below are eight TV couples we were convinced we needed to see hook up, until they did.
1. Ten & Rose (Doctor Who)
Shippers, hear us out. The dynamic between Christopher Eccleston's haunted Time Lord and Billie Piper's fun, fiery Rose was a winner - not so much Will They / Won't They as an Are They / Aren't They (in love, »
With his starring role in the Marvel superhero blockbuster Ant-Man, Paul Rudd seems set to embark on a new phase in his career: action hero. But there's a scene late in the movie when, caught kissing another character, his ex-con-turned-insect-controlling-good-guy Scott Lang starts to faux-blame the deed on his partner before gracefully skirting away. It's a classic Rudd moment, and a reminder of what he brings to the table even when he's playing a comic-book character.
What is that exactly, you ask? In general, his characters tend to be earnest and romantic, »
How did Bill Murray get tapped to play music manager Richie Lang in Rock the Kasbah? “It involved singing which is a good way to get Bill to do anything,” says writer Mitch Glazer. The actor made an entrance fit for a rock n’ roll god at Comic-Con, walking – nay, strutting – down the aisle to “Smoke on the Water” to kick of the first panel in Hall H.
Murray stars as Lang, a has-been music manager who discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on tour in Afghanistan. Recognizing an opportunity when he sees one, Lang takes the girl under his wing and heads to Kabul to compete on the popular reality show, Afghan Star.
Bill was the catalyst to get other actors including Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Bruce Willis to sign on for the film shoot in Morrocco according to Glazer. Murray, who had the crowd in stitches, »
- Rachel West
Opportunity rocks where you least expect it….
Bill Murray rocked Hall H this morning with his first-ever appearance at Comic Con. In honor of his new comedy Rock The Kasbah, Murray joined the film’s writer Mitch Glazer for a panel moderated by Josh Horowitz.
If you did not catch Murray in the flesh, here’s a look at some photos of his Comic-Con appearance.
The film 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. »
- Michelle McCue
JLaw and her co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth were in Hall H to promote The Hunger Games’ finale and – though the Internet hasn’t seen it yet and had to be satisfied with two more teasers – San Diego got a first look at the first full trailer of Mockingjay – Part 2.
Bill Murray, on the other hand, visited the annual geek con for a very different kind of movie. No, Bill isn’t going up against Donald Sutherland in a dystopian waste. Instead, the legendary comedian showed up in Hall H in support of his newest music-friendly comedy, Rock the Kasbah, which co-stars Bruce Willis and Zooey Deschanel.
Rumour has it that the line-up for the Star Wars panel is two thousand people deep – and the panel isn’t »
- Sasha James
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 »
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
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
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 »
A hilarious and jarring new Tumblr called Every Single Word takes popular films and posts supercuts of every speaking character of color in them. Guess how many people of color speak in "Her," "The Fault in Our Stars," "American Hustle," and "(500) Days of Summer"? The answer: Yikes. Apparently Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel live a pretty lily-white existence in Los Angeles. And that's nothing compared to the very white world of "American Hustle." And my favorite: Check out this "supercut" of the characters of color in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan." It's not surprising that the number of qualifying characters in these supercuts is pitiful, but it's interesting to realize how little dialogue some onscreen characters get. (Via Buzzfeed) »
- Louis Virtel
Getting the cat-eye look is easy, right? Just flick your wrist and a perfect wing worthy of Zooey Deschanel or Ariana Grande magically appears? Easier said than done. We can watch as many YouTube makeup tutorials as we want, but at the end of the day, that supposedly smooth line looks more like an Ekg graph. Save yourself the Q-tips and stress spent striving for beauty perfection. Cat-eye clean-up is done and done with some strategic planning and a few easy tips. Start with the wings: For perfectly symmetrical cat-eyes à la Taylor Swift, consider drawing the wings before you line the upper lash line. If you mess up, redo just the wing rather than the whole eye. Time-saver! Use concealer: So »
Zooey Deschanel is ready to have this baby! The pregnant New Girl star, 35, attended a CPR class in Austin, Texas, with her fiancé, Jacob Pechenik, on Saturday, June 27. Photos: Celeb pregnancy confessions Deschanel covered her baby bump in a comfortable-looking floral mini and gray cardigan for the outing. The soon-to-be first-time parents took a moment to share a sweet kiss after their class at the Austin Area Birthing Center. Deschanel has been vocal about wanting to ditch her pregnancy diet Asap. "You can't eat so many things [...] »
“New Girl” and Zooey Deschanel may no longer be new to the scene, but the centerpiece of Fox’s comedy ensemble cast is still having a great time making the sitcom. “In my whole career, if I have fun doing something, it usually turns out so much better than something that you don’t have fun doing,” Deschanel told TheWrap. “Especially with a comedy, if you’re having fun when you’re doing it, people will probably have fun watching it,” she continued. “So I think it’s important to keep a good atmosphere.” Five seasons in, “New Girl” still has that atmosphere, »
- Tony Maglio
Under the new pact, Webb will develop new projects for network, cable and direct projects for the studio, in addition to serving as an exec producer on both “Limitess” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The race for the Emmys has officially begun. Voting for the TV Academy’s top honors is now open until June 26 — exclusively online for the first time ever — and ballots for all categories are available for viewing.
Variety perused some of the top categories to check out the inevitable oddities, including series left out of consideration (wherefore art thou, “Cougar Town”?) and key performers guaranteed not to get nominated because they’re not on the ballot (sorry, Max Greenfield).
– It was news when the TV Academy’s new attempt to define half-hours as comedies and hourlong series as dramas resulted in “Orange Is the New Black” moving to drama series contention this year. (Meanwhile “Glee” and “Shameless” stayed in comedy, along with newcomer “Jane the Virgin.”) But somehow hourlongs “Devious Maids” (Lifetime) and “Hart of Dixie” (the CW) wound up in the comedy category too, with no fanfare.
– “NCIS: La »
- Geoff Berkshire
That giant inflatable swan Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris rode into the California sunset this week isn’t just making a big splash in the pool … it’s making a bigger one at the bank. Sales for the floating swan have skyrocketed according to manufacturer Swimline, thanks to the pro-bono marketing from celebs like Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Kendall Jenner and Zooey Deschanel, who have all been pictured on it. Taylor and Calvin are just »
- TMZ Staff
Ready for some good old rock 'n' roll and comedy? Comedy legend Bill Murray stars in Rock the Kasbah as Richie Lanz, a rock tour manager who has to take his only remaining client, a musician played by Zooey Deschanel, to a Uso tour in Afghanistan. When Deschanel's character disappears and snags Richie's passport, he's left behind for some shenanigans, karaoke, and grooming a local to possibly be the next singing sensation. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, and Danny McBride also costar in the comedy, which comes out Oct. 23. »
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
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