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

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 20, 2014 at 1:24PM

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."
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Bruce Willis and Bill Murray at Cannes
Bruce Willis and Bill Murray at Cannes
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."

Levinson's latest film "The Humbling,"  adapted by Buck Henry from Philip Roth's novel, stars Al Pacino and will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Murray played supporting roles in Wes Anderson's 2014 hit "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Lisa Cholodenko's upcoming TV series "Olive Kitteridge." He also stars with Naomi Watts  in Weinstein Co. fall comedy "St. Vincent."  Willis currently stars in Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Deschanel is the star of TV's "New Girl."

Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Scott Caan also star. QED’s Bill Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik, Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing and Mitch Glazer are producing. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are executive producers. 

This article is related to: Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Rock the Kasbah, Zooey Deschanel


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.