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Zooey Deschanel Tweets First Photo From ‘Rock The Kasbah’ Set

By and | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 9:46am PDT

Zooey Deschanel just tweeted this photo from the set of Bill Murray-starrer, Barry Levinson-directed Rock The Kasbah. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Scott Caan and Danny McBride also star in the pic about a a down-on-his-luck rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. After finding himself abandoned in Kabul, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young village girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol, the wildly popular Afghan Star. Do you recognize these dudes?

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Bill Murray’s Berlin Comedy Tour Day 2: Riffs On Work & George Clooney Questions

Berlin2014_200Bill Murray, aka “The Murricane,” is blowing through Berlin this week on what’s become a sort of one-man comedy tour — and a fun distraction from a thus-far quiet market. Yesterday, he was out in support of Wes Anderson’s opening-night film The Grand Budapest Hotel, riffing that he worked for “low wages and stale bread,” and today he was tickling buyers’ funny bones at a brunch for Rock The Kasbah. Murray shared a stage this morning Rock_The_Kasbah_27Awith QED International’s Bill Block and director Barry Levinson, who were clearly pleased that the movie sold to Open Road for the U.S. just last night. But busy Murray wanted to make something very clear, “I don’t like to leave my house. I am a lazy person and I don’t like to work. But when I work, I work very hard… Did I mention I don’t like to work? I don’t like to be here right now. I like you all very much, but this work thing is crap.”

Related: Berlin: Open Road Acquires ‘Rock The Kasbah’

bill-murray__140206165110-275x182Regardless, shooting starts June 2 in Marrakech on the pic that also stars Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel. Murray plays a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When he ends up abandoned in Kabul, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol. The collaborators said this morning that an authentic Afghan singer is being sought for the part of the girl while there will be a lot of Cat Stevens songs and the classic eponymous Clash tune, natch. Read More »

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Berlin: Open Road Acquires ‘Rock The Kasbah’

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 3:52pm PST
Mike Fleming

Opening Ceremony and "Moonrise Kingdom" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film FestivalBREAKING: Open Road Films is loading its slate with strong pre-bought ensemble pics. Just a day after it pre-bought rights to the John Hillcoat heist thriller Triple Nine, the distributor has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Rock The Kasbah, the Barry Levinson-directed comedy that stars Bill Murray, Berlin2014_200Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel. The pic, scripted by Mitch Glazer, is being financed by QED International and Venture Forth and Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg sealed the deal with QED’s Bill Block. Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik, Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing and Glazer are producing the film, which starts production in June. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are executive producers.

Related: ‘Rock The Kasbah’ Adds Big Names, Sets June Start Date

Murray plays a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol, the wildly popular Afghan Star.

QED is repping the pic in Berlin.

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Berlin: Barry Levinson’s ‘Rock The Kasbah’ Adds Big Names, Sets June Start Date

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 3:26pm PST

BREAKING: Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel willisKate-Hudson885are joining Bill Murray in Rock The Kasbah, the pic Mitch Glazer wrote and Barry Levinson is directing. QED’s Bill Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik, Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing and Glazer are producing, and Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are executive producing. Production will now get underway in June, and QED is repping the film at the upcoming EFM. Bill Murray stars as a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, The Afghan Star, Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol.

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