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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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Ranking the Top Action Stars, from McQueen to Neeson

Grantland's Bill Simmons should get a bonus for what will likely be one of their most viral stories ("The Action Hero Championship Belt"), his ranking of the top action stars since the first prototype of the modern model, Steve McQueen. Simmons cleverly narrows his focus to define what an action star is: see how he deftly eliminates mere movie actors who star in action movies and sideswipes westerns, although Clint Eastwood has his day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2014 1:19 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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Bruce Willis, Armie Hammer, Helen Mirren and More to Toast Jerry Bruckheimer at American Cinematheque Gala

The American Cinematheque has revealed the presenters for its Jerry Bruckheimer tribute, taking place December 12 at the Beverly Hills Hilton. As the 27th recipient of the Cinematheque Award, which functions as a mid-career honor, Bruckheimer will be toasted and lightly roasted by friends and colleagues at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala. It's no surprise that the mighty Bruckheimer, who is moving his producing deal from Disney to Paramount, has lined up an all-star list of presenters, below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 9, 2013 4:43 PM
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WATCH: Bruce Willis Hosts a Flimsy SNL with an Excellent 'Gravity' Parody

Bruce Willis hosts a mediocre episode of SNL, with a few highlights.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 13, 2013 12:52 PM
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'The Expendables 3' Lays Cash on Aging Acting Stars, Starts Production in Bulgaria

Final casting on Lionsgate and Millennium Films' "The Expendables 3," which started filming August 19 on location in Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, reveals the depth of the Aging Action Star Demographic. There was a time when some of these guys commanded $20 million a picture, and co-starring in a sprawling ensemble like this marks one of their last available big upfront cash paydays. You know that Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford aren't fantasizing about doing this kind of grinding work any more than is Bruce Willis. He famously exited the series, demanding even more than the $3 million he was offered for four days work.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Following Stallone Feud, Willis "Bored" of Making Action Movies

Last week, Sylvester Stallone slammed his once "Expendables" co-star Bruce Willis over Twitter for being "greedy and lazy." Willis reportedly wanted $4 million for four days of shooting the upcoming "Expendables 3," as opposed to the offered $3 million for four days. Now, Willis has said in an interview for Spanish magazine XLS that he's "bored" of doing all those action films.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2013 1:53 PM
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Tweeter Stallone Exploits Willis vs. Ford Millions To Sell 'Expendables 3'

So Bruce Wills has outraged Sylvester Stallone because he turned down the offer to shoot four days on "The Expendables 3" in Bulgaria for $3 million. "Uh-hh," said Bruce, in a way that has made his reputation on screen, even in "Expendables" pictures. "If it’s four days I want $4 million." The Hollywood Reporter “Insider” was quoted as saying, “I think Willis was pretty surprised he was replaced in 72 hours by Harrison Ford -- a better actor, a much nicer person and a more interesting direction for the film.”
  • By David Thomson
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  • August 8, 2013 2:29 PM
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Melissa McCarthy Rules Weekend Box Office Top Ten

On a Sunday when studio films look to take home most of the top Oscars (not always the case), their new pictures aren't playing well with audiences. Only three studio pics make the top ten, while mini-majors and independents carry most of the weight. The continued success of such companies as Weinstein, Lionsgate, Relativity and Open Road is healthy for the overall industry, but the lack of top-draw breakout hits from the studios is significant, even iduring their first quarter off-season. This drives grosses lower, with exhibitors continuing to bear the brunt of the pain.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 24, 2013 1:08 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Bruce Willis is Back, But Melissa McCarthy Stays Close, 'Silver Linings' Passes $100 Million

Good news: four wide releases grossed over $20 million for the four-day Presidents' Day weekend. On paper that looks solid. Pictures with varied appeal--male action, comedy, young female, kids--marked a return to more normal moviegoing after weeks of adult-sewing films, with a few genre films grabbing scattered attention. Bruce Willis' fifth turn in a "Die Hard" film led the way, staving off a strong challenge by the second week of Melissa McCarthy's career-boosting hit "Identity Thief," which will likely be the biggest film released in the first two months of the year (at least in North America).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 16, 2013 7:36 PM
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