Four new films, including Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter, crowded into theaters this weekend and were swiftly pulverized and left for dead. Another, Steve Jobs, expanded after a brisk limited run in a few key cities, only to be given the cold shoulder by the general public.
Release date: Oct. 23, 2015 Written by: Mitch Glazer Director: Barry Levinson Starring: Bill Murray as Richie Lanz Kate Hudson as Merci Zooey Deschanel as Ronnie
Murray at the DGA Awards in 2014 By Sean Fitz-Gerald With Rock the Kasbah out this week, Bill Murray returned to Reddit to raise hell in the form of another AMA session. Here are the highlights, which are wonderful: Related: 7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray What’s the best and worst thing about being Bill Murray? The best party he ever crashed involved cold french fries, Andy Warhol, and an enclosed subway stop: Well, we crashed a famous party called the subway party to celebrate the premiere of Tommy, in the 70s. It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably.
Bill Murray in ‘Rock the Kasbah’ (Open Road) By Todd McCarthy The gaps between the hipster comedy of the star, the incipient sentimentality of the story and the gravely depressing reality of the setting provide tonal abysses simply too vast to bridge in Rock the Kasbah, an intermittently amusing but dramatically problematic mish-mash that careens all over a rough and rocky road. The idea of parachuting Bill Murray as a washed-up '60s rock tour manager into the nightmare of contemporary Afghanistan no doubt seemed like too promising a fish-out-of-water story not to pursue.
If you get through this new trailer for Rock the Kasbah without laughing, you should see a specialist. Murray plays the down-on-his-luck Richie Lanz — a sort of aged version of the sleazy rock manager he portrayed back in the ‘70s on Saturday Night Live named Jerry Aldini. As seen above, he goes on a globetrotting hunt that leads him to a string of offbeat characters played by the likes of Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, and Danny McBride.