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In a pre-Berlin announcement, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia Labeouf and Zooey Deschanel have joined Bruce Willis and Bill Murray in the indie comedy “Rock the Kasbah.”

The move may put to rest speculation  that Labeouf was retiring. The actor said earlier this month in a tweet that he was retiring from all public life because of “attacks against his artistic integrity.”

In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life.—

Shia Labeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 10, 2014

Bill Block’s Qed will launch foreign sales at the European Film Market. Production will start in June with Barry Levinson directing from Mitch Glazer’s script.

Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik, Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing and Glazer will produce. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are exec producing.

Story centers on a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. »


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