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Open Road Films Sets Spring Release for 'Rock the Kasbah'

Open Road Films will release Barry Levinson's "Rock the Kasbah" nationwide April 24, 2015. The comedy written by Mitch Glazer stars Bill Murray as washed-up rock manager Richie Vance, who takes his sole client (Bruce Willis) on a USO tour of Afghanistan. Alone in Kabul without money or passport, Vance discovers a girl (Zooey Deschanel) with a great voice and manages her through "Afghan Star," the Afghan "American Idol."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2014 1:24 PM
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Portland's Northwest Film Center to Celebrate Wes Anderson and His Influences

Over the next two months, from July 12 to August 31, the Northwest Film Center in Portland will present "Wes's World: Wes Anderson and His Influences," a look at the director's films and the filmmakers who have inspired him.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 12:07 PM
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Discover the Wes Anderson Experience

Upon this earth there are a few fortunate souls lucky enough to receive a role in a Wes Anderson film. In a series of interviews done round-table style after its recent Berlinale screening, the “Grand Budapest Hotel” cast members together suggested an on-set atmosphere not so different than the charming nature of the film itself. “It’s the Wes Anderson experience,” intoned Jeff Goldblum, “which is a lovely, delightful, uncommonly beautiful communal art project.”
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 25, 2014 12:44 PM
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RIP Harold Ramis, 'Groundhog Day' Director Dead at Age 69 (TRAILERS)

Formidably smart Hollywood comedy triple threat Harold Ramis has died at age 69 after struggling for four years with a rare autoimmune disorder. Anarchic comedy classics that will be remembered include his "Groundhog Day" (1993) and "Ghostbusters" (1984), among the all-time highest-grossing comedies, which Ramis wrote and co-starred in with Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2014 2:16 PM
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WATCH: Four Charming Clips from Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

A charming new clip from Wes Anderson's Berlin fave "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has arrived via Fox Searchlight, in which Zero (Tony Revolori) hatches a plan to protect baker Agatha (Saoirse Ronan). Watch that clip, plus three previously released teases, here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 13, 2014 4:27 PM
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Berlinale: Take the 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Round-Table Interview Quiz

I hereby challenge you to take the following quiz on what I learned at Fox Searchlight's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" round-table junket interviews Friday at Berlin’s famous Hotel Adlon opposite the Brandenberg Gate.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 8, 2014 9:16 PM
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Open Road Acquires Barry Levinson's All-Star 'Rock the Kasbah'

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to independently-financed original comedy "Rock the Kasbah," starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel. The film is written by Mitch Glazer and directed by Barry Levinson and will be selling at the European FIlm Market in Berlin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2014 7:32 PM
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Review: George Clooney's World War II Adventure 'The Monuments Men' Never Achieves Liftoff

George Clooney' true-life World War II adventure "The Monuments Men" never achieves liftoff.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2014 6:17 PM
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Berlin: 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Press Conference Sets the Bar High, with Anderson, Fiennes, Murray, Swinton and More

Things are bound to go downhill at the 64th Berlinale, at least in terms of press conferences. The festival opened today with Wes Anderson’s "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and when you have Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe flanking Anderson on the dais, you’re not likely to improve on either the form or the content.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 6, 2014 2:17 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Chris Wilkinson on Classic Comedy of Repetition 'Groundhog Day,' Starring Bill Murray

Deja Vu All Over Again! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Chris Wilkinson introducing Harold Ramis' classic comedy of time-warp repetition, "Groundhog Day," starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell as would-be lovers at the mercy of furry Punxsutawney Phil.
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  • January 6, 2014 2:15 PM
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