Bill murray rock the kasbah


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The cliches come in rapid succession. First, Lanz meets a hooker with a heart of gold (Kate Hudson), then corrals a local Pashtun boy (Arian Moayed) to be his driver-translator-sycophant and (eventually) conscience. He ends up on a wacky adventure for the two arms dealers, finds himself in a village caught in the crossfire of evil warlords and the opium trade and ends up hearing the voice of a young woman he knows should be a star. In a tasteful red burqa, young Salima (Leem Lubany) sings Cat Stevens songs in a cave, as her way of praising Allah.

Bill murray rock the kasbah

Rock the Kasbah

Therefore, when the trailers for “Rock the Kasbah” first appeared, fans of the man who once engaged in mortal combat with golf course vermin mentally waved lighters in the air with joy. It was taken for granted that Murray would be great as Richie Lanz, a two-bit con-artist of a talent agent with an office in a dilapidated Van Nuys motel who claims to have discovered Madonna, and takes credit for urging Jimi Hendrix to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstock.

Rock the Kasbah

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Bill murray rock the kasbah

Film Review: ‘Rock the Kasbah’

Mere weeks after the horrific bombing of an Afghan hospital and President Obama’s announcement of extended U.S. military presence in the region, this weekend might not prove to have been an ideal moment to release a film that treats the slow-motion tragedy of Afghanistan’s recent history as an exotic backdrop for broad fish-out-of-water comedy. Then

Bill murray rock the kasbah

Bill Murray long ago stopped being a mere actor and became something closer to a figure of American folklore. Legends, fables, and unlikely yarns abound about the man and his strange ways. He is renowned for appearing out of nowhere like a magical sprite, getting all the overjoyed and disbelieving folks at a wedding or bar or yoga retreat drunk on homemade moonshine, singing loudly and drunkenly and transcendently for the assembled, then disappearing just as quickly so that he can spread joy elsewhere.

Bill murray rock the kasbah

In Rock the Kasbah, Bill Murray’s Richie Lanz Makes Music History

Murray being Murray, he didn’t just work, of course. One day during the shoot, while the lighting crew was at work setting up a shot, Levinson joined the star on one of his walkabout expeditions: strolling through crowds, wandering into bars, exploring a new city. The director mentioned living in L.A., to which Murray replied, “No, it’s not for me.” When Levinson asked why, the actor said, “I need to be somewhere where I can just bump into things.”

Bill murray rock the kasbah

Deep Focus: Rock the Kasbah

For Barry Levinson’s nimble, big-hearted comedy-drama Rock the Kasbah, writer Mitch Glazer has come up with Bill Murray’s richest role in years, one that exploits the comedian’s love of tawdry old-time show biz and rejuvenates him at the same time. The result is a frisky, inventive, and endearing performance in a movie that is, like its lead character, full of surprises.