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New clip from Rock the Kasbah starring Bill Murray

24 October 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its Us release, a new clip has arrived online from Rock the Kasbah starring Bill Murray. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

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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) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Win Rock The Kasbah Run-Of-Engagement Passes In St. Louis

23 October 2015 1:07 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Rock The Kasbah, starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Bruce WillisDanny McBrideScott Caan, and Taylor Kinney, opens in theaters Today!  

Wamg is giving away Five (5) Run-Of-Engagement passes to see the film in the St. Louis area – and we’ll throw in t-shirts for the winners!

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 »

- Movie Geeks

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[Review] Rock the Kasbah

23 October 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

What a difference a year makes. The loveable Bill Murray gave one of his most touching and bittersweet performances last fall in St. Vincent. This year, Murray stars as Richie Lanz, an unlikable music manager searching Afghanistan for a pop idol in Rock The Kasbah. Well, actually that sales description is partly misleading. The film as a whole is much worse than that, digging into perhaps the least interesting part of a more interesting story.

Lanz is an unlikely entry into this world, and Murray, as amenable as he is, can’t seem to flesh out this guy, a down-on-his-luck womanizer whose business includes telling no-talents they’ve got what it takes to be a star if only they’ll write him a check to cover his representation fee. The actor’s done the nasty-old-man-with-a-heart-of-gold thing well before, but this film’s problem is that its heart is not in the right place. »

- John Fink

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Rock the Kasbah Is Flat and Off the Beat

23 October 2015 11:21 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the weirdly dreadful Bill Murray–goes-to-Afghanistan comedy Rock the Kasbah, Murray plays a broke, sleazy music-tour manager who somehow enables an oppressed Pashtun woman in a hijab to get on an American Idol–style TV show (Afghan Star, which actually exists) and strike a blow for female self-expression. Why is Murray’s character, Richie Lanz, in Pashtun country? He hears that he can make a boatload of money providing entertainment for the troops, so he drags his whiny new protégé ,Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel in tight leopard-skin pants), onto a plane and enters a roiling society, split down the middle between gung-ho hedonism and murderous fundamentalism.When Ronnie is liberated by a sympathetic mercenary (a cameo by Bruce Willis, who doesn’t have to smirk to seem smirky — it’s in his DNA), Richie is left high and dry (literally — he’s in the high desert). But then he hears »

- David Edelstein

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Rock The Kasbah – The Review

22 October 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Long live rock and roll!” Turns out that this is really true. I mean the Rolling Stones are still filling up arenas well past the usual retirement age, as does Paul McCarthy (excuse me, Sir Paul!). Well, some of those rockers do slow down a bit and ease into more pop ballads and standards. We saw that earlier this year with Al Pacino as Danny Collins. Is the same true for their managers and agents? Hey, Christopher Plummer took on that role with Al. This new film’s focus on one such aging music agent, a fellow who will never let go of the beat, the melody. And what actor still embodies rock star cool? How about Mr. Bill Murray. Tossing him into the music scene should guarantee big laughs, but how about stranding him in the volatile Middle East for a fish out of water twist? With the bullets »

- Jim Batts

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Rock the Kasbah | Review

22 October 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World: Levinson’s Afghan Exploration Prizes Diversion

After a unique pit stop in found footage horror with 2012’s The Bay and an underrated Philip Roth adaptation in 2014 with The Humbling, Barry Levinson returns to his particular predilection for boundary pushing, politically topical subject matters in Rock the Kasbah. It’s a very loosely based version of the true account of Setara Hussainzada, a woman who sang on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol,” known as “Afghan Star,” even though it’s illegal for women to sing.

More along the lines of Levinson’s Man of the Year (2006) than Wag the Dog (1997), as scripted by Mitch Glazer (his first excursion since 2010’s appalling Passion Play), the title seems as woefully out-of-touch as it is unwarranted. Oddly unsympathetic, even as it depicts a subversive act of rebellion within a ruthlessly patriarchal and misogynistic culture, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Bullets, Sand and Bill Murray: Inside 'Rock the Kasbah'

22 October 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Being friends with Bill Murray has had some drawbacks for Mitch Glazer. Since the former SNL Mvp, poetry aficionado and part-time party crasher doesn't have an agent or a manager, total strangers call Glazer up to see if he will convince the man to be in their movies. And it also means that Murray calls him up whenever Road House is on TV, to deliver a play-by-play commentary on the scene where Patrick Swayze has sex with Kelly Lynch (Glazer's wife). But it also means that the writer-director gets to »

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Review: Bill Murray takes a ridiculous tour of the Middle East in 'Rock The Kasbah'

21 October 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oh, Bill. I recently wrote a piece about how Bill Murray has transcended being a mere living legend and has become a urban myth, and I stand behind every word of that. Unfortunately, Bill often makes choices involving films that make it very hard to support the films themselves, and "Rock The Kasbah" is a perfect example of that. Mitch Glazer is one of those people who appear to be able to get Bill Murray to actually pick up the phone, and he's a credited co-writer on "Scrooged," a film that features one of my favorite Bill Murray performances. Unfortunately, he's also responsible for writing and directing "Passion Play," one of the worst things Murray has ever been part of, and so walking into "Rock The Kasbah," I had my fingers crossed that Glazer would be able to tap the side of his friend that has made him such an »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Rock the Kasbah’ is bafflingly bad

21 October 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Rock the Kasbah

Written by Mitch Glazer

Directed by Barry Levinson

USA, 2015

That noise you hear is the sound of Elaine May celebrating. She’s no longer the architect of Hollywood’s most ill-conceived Middle East comedy. That’s an exaggeration, of course, as Rock the Kasbah never reaches the goofy heights (or depths) of May’s notorious bomb, Ishtar. Still, it’s hard to imagine what legendary director Barry Levinson and uber-cool demigod Bill Murray were thinking. From the off-kilter script to the uneven performances, this movie is bafflingly bad. Even Murray seems adrift in what, presumably, started as a vehicle for his particular genius. Rock the Kasbah is 2015’s biggest head scratcher.

Perhaps through sheer will alone, Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man, Wag the Dog) still manages to keep Rock the Kasbah a fascinating failure. What begins as a raunchy, quasi-satirical road picture ends as a queasy tribute to “disgraced” Afghan Star contestant, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Film Review: ‘Rock the Kasbah’

21 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mere weeks after the horrific bombing of an Afghan hospital and President Obama’s announcement of extended U.S. military presence in the region, this weekend might not prove to have been an ideal moment to release a film that treats the slow-motion tragedy of Afghanistan’s recent history as an exotic backdrop for broad fish-out-of-water comedy. Then again, there will probably never be a good time to release a project as fundamentally misjudged and disjointed as “Rock the Kasbah.” Extremely loosely inspired by the true story of Setara Hussainzada, an Afghan woman who braved death threats after appearing on the country’s version of “American Idol,” this Bill Murray starrer utterly fails to connect as an “Ishtar”-esque Muslim-world farce, a cynical skewering of American foreign policy, or a cuddly, inspirational ode to the unifying power of music — and to the film’s dubious credit, it does attempt all three. »

- Andrew Barker

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Rock The Kasbah Review

20 October 2015 6:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A Bill Murray – which is to say, a performer of particular stripes that enjoys almost unanimous affection from moviegoers – is a rare and precious thing. As much a performance artist these days as he is an actor, Murray himself has settled into being the communal whacky uncle on our mom’s side (dad’s is where you’ll find Tom Hanks). Murray is a piece of modern Americana, as close to a folk hero as Hollywood has ever produced, and it’s by his grace that many poorer projects find their silver lining. But like any legend, that reverence can be exploited to justify undertakings of odious construction and intent, which Murray’s latest film, Rock the Kasbah, most certainly is.

That this movie likely wouldn’t exist without Murray’s involvement makes it tempting to point an accusing finger squarely at him, but we’re all to blame here. »

- Sam Woolf

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Bill Murray Joins the Band at ‘Rock the Kasbah’ Party

20 October 2015 1:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wherever Bill Murray goes, there he is. Murray isn’t just one of the most acclaimed actors alive; he’s also a notorious free-spirit, one seemingly allergic to ever being bored.

So when Murray decided to join the cover band playing at Monday’s after-party for the New York premiere of “Rock the Kasbah” for a spirited rendition of the Young Rascals’ “Good Lovin,” it was both one of those moments everyone who attended will talk about it forever, and just another day in the life of Murray.

Later, Bruce Willis, Murray’s co-star in Kasbah, joined the band, Chevy Chevis Entertainment, for a run through of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary,” while partygoers, including Zooey Deschanel, Sofia Coppola, Fred Durst and Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg looked on as they were served crab cakes and tomato soup at Good Units in the basement of the Hudson Hotel.

Jennifer Lopez, »

- Michael Tedder

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Bill Murray on karaoke with Zooey Deschanel and Rock the Kasbah

20 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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 July's 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

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Bill Murray Talks Crazy Music Industry Legends, Shooting in Morocco

20 October 2015 6:43 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Bill Murray welcomed Jimmy Kimmel back to Brooklyn — where he'll be taping Jimmy Kimmel Live! all week — on Monday with tales of baseball, outrageous music industry legends and filming his new film, Rock the Kasbah, in Morocco.

After arriving on horseback during Kimmel's Austin stand, Murray outdid himself in Brooklyn, taking the stage of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House with a gaudy gold outfit and outlandish makeup. It gave his musings about his struggling Chicago Cubs an extra dramatic flare, but it seemed totally normal by »

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'Rock the Kasbah' TV Spot Takes Bill Murray to a Strange New Land | Exclusive

15 October 2015 2:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger cast this fall than the all-star ensemble in Open Road Films' Rock the Kasbah. Lead by the inimitable Bill Murray, Rock the Kasbah also stars Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride and Bruce Willis, all of whom we see in our exclusive TV spot for this upcoming comedy, hitting theaters nationwide October 23. If you're a sucker for an incredible true story adaptation, then Rock the Kasbah is right up your alley.

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 »

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Exclusive: Fun New TV Spot for 'Rock the Kasbah' Starring Bill Murray

15 October 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I don't like the tone of your voice!" We're happy to exclusively debut this new 30-second TV spot for Barry Levinson's comedy Rock the Kasbah, starring Bill Murray as a down-on-his-luck music manager lost on a wacky tour in Afghanistan. The actual story in this movie is about how he finds a local Afghani girl and brings her on the television show "Afghan Star", but before he finds her, he loses his original act - played by Zooey Deschanel. She appears in this TV spot in some new footage, as well as Bruce Willis in another bit role. Check out the full-length trailer here and enjoy the TV spot below. Arriving in theaters next week. Here's the newest TV spot for Barry Levinson's Rock the Kasbah, debuted exclusive by FirstShowing: A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in »

- Alex Billington

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Exclusive: Bill Murray Sings "Smoke On The Water" In Soundtrack Preview For 'Rock the Kasbah'

12 October 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you need a little bit of rock 'n roll in your fall movie viewing, Bill Murray has got you covered with "Rock The Kasbah." The actor leads the oddball comedy music movie and even has a tune on the soundtrack - and today we have a little preview, so turn up your speakers. Co-starring Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan and Bruce Willis, the movie follows Richie Lanz, a has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California, who was dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), However, he soon discovers Salima Khan, 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, a pair of hard-partying war profiteers and a hair-trigger mercenary. And, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, he »

- Edward Davis

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Richie Lanz: The Man & The Music featurette for Rock the Kasbah

2 October 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Open Road Films has released a new featurette for Rock the Kasbah, which looks at the career of Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) over the years; check it out below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Rock the Kasbah

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) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, »

- Gary Collinson

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Celebrate The Start Of Rock The Kasbah’s Rocktober With Bill Murray In New “The Man and the Music”

1 October 2015 8:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This is the story of Richie Lanz…The Man and the Music.

Celebrate the start of Rock The Kasbah’s Rocktober by getting to know legendary rock manager Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) in this brand new behind-the-scenes look – “The Man and the Music.”

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.

First seen in The Rolling Stone article, hear what some of your favorite rock musicians had to say about Richie, his legacy, and his famous antics throughout the years.

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 »

- Michelle McCue

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New Trailer For Bill Murray’s Rock The Kasbah Arrives

28 August 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In July, Bill Murray rocked Hall H with his first-ever appearance at Comic Con. Now comes this brand new trailer for Open Road Films’ Rock The Kasbah.

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) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protégée into becoming the “Afghan Star. »

- Michelle McCue

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