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This time, the Sharif does like it. Bill Murray has just signed on to star in Rock the Kasbah, directed by Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson. In the film, Murray will play a older music manager who stumbles a talented young singer in Afghanistan and angles for her to win an American Idol type competition show. Mitch Glazer, who wrote the classic Murray vehicle Scrooged, penned the script. Read More »

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There’s some bad and some good in today’s TV Bits, but I’d say there’s more of the latter — more Shameless, more Homeland, more Jennifer Coolidge, and Olga Kurylenko in late ’50s Miami all count as pluses, right? After the jump:

  • Showtime’s Shameless get a Season 2 trailer — and invites fans to play Truth or Dare with one of the characters
  • Starz debuts a trailer for Magic City, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, and Danny Huston
  • CBS gives full season orders to Unforgettable and Person of Interest
  • Showtime renews freshman series Homeland
  • Jennifer Coolidge signs on for CBS’ 2 Broke Girls
  • Jenna Elfman boards the fifth season of DirecTV’s Damages
  • Starz’ Boss loses its two showrunners
  • ABC’s Pan Am gets a new showrunner

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‘Passion Play’ Trailer

When Mitch Glazer pulled together the cast for Passion Play, it seemed like there might be reason to pay attention: Mickey Rourke is a faded trumpeter who encounters what may be a real-life angel (Megan Fox) being held in a sideshow by Bill Murray. But the film was savaged at TIFF last year and is scoring only a limited NY/LA theatrical release on May 6 before it hits DVD on May 31. There’s a new trailer for the movie, which you can see below. Only the most die-hard Bill Murray fans need apply. Read More »

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We should soon start hearing about Mitch Glazer‘s film Passion Play, which screened for the first time last night right before James Gunn’s Super. Passion Play stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray, and sounds like a messed-up carny-flavored romance. In the meantime, in the absence of a trailer, there’s a clip online, and you can see it right here. Read More »

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Last night we got a brief preview of some of the films that will appear in the always-entertaining Midnight Madness lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now we’ve got the full nine, which in addition to the three announced last night (Super, Bunraku and The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman) include John Carpenter‘s The Ward, Brad Anderson‘s Vanishing on 7th Street and Insidious, by James Wan.

But TIFF isn’t stopping there: a whole host of other high-profile films were announced for the fest today. They include Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter, Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here, Matt ReevesLet Me In, Dustin Lance Black‘s directorial debut What’s Wrong With Virginia? and the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go, along with confirmation of Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours, for which there’s a new photo. (Above.) This year’s TIFF looks like a good one: check info about all the films after the break. Read More »

Bill Murray Replaces Toby Kebbell in Passion Play

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Toby Kebbell is one of the most fun young character actors working today. I’m always thrilled to see him added to a cast, even when the film in question has the unlikely logline “An angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck.” In this case, the film was Passion Play, being directed right now by The Recruit screenwriter Mitch Glazer.

But Kebbell has dropped out of the cast, and in a rare stroke of luck (for us) has been replaced by Bill Murray. So now Murray will be Happy Shannon, the mobster that has the number of a hapless angel (Megan Fox) who is rescued by a trumpet player (Mickey Rourke). Yeah, read that again. Fox as an angel (seriously?) and Rourke as an addition to the pantheon of unlikely cinematic trumpeters, where he’ll be in good company with guys like Val Kilmer.

Glazer, incidentally, was also the writer of Murray’s new holiday classic Scrooged.

[via Production Weekly]

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