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Studio Hamburg Buys Into German Comedy Star Christian Ulmen

25 September 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

German production group Studio Hamburg has taken a 50 percent stake in Ulmen Television and Ulmen Film, the TV and feature film shingles run by German star comedian and actor Christian Ulmen. The deal, announced Thursday, follows a similar deal Studio Hamburg did earlier this year when it took a 49 percent stake in  Munich-based Amalia Film, producer of big-screen comedy hit The Break-Up Man. Ulmen is known as an ambush comedian along the lines of Sacha Baron Cohen. He has produced several successful online and TV series, including late-night talker Stuckrad-Barre and the fake

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- Scott Roxborough

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Johnny Depp Rocks Out with Ryan Adams During a London Show

25 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If this film thing doesn't work out, Johnny Depp has a sure future as musical sideman. Depp, 51, showcased his considerable guitar skills recently when he stepped out of the wings during a Ryan Adams show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire to join the rocker on two songs, locking up a pretty mean guitar solo on his tune "Kim" and a cover of Danzig's "Mother." The hat-wearing actor was well-received. He was met with chants of "Johnny, Johnny," as he left the stage amid cheers after his musical turn. Adams thanked the actor for his contribution, calling him "J-Dizzle," according to a concertgoer. »

- Andrea Billups, @princessmouse

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Johnny Depp Rocks Out with Ryan Adams During a London Show

25 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If this film thing doesn't work out, Johnny Depp has a sure future as musical sideman. Depp, 51, showcased his considerable guitar skills recently when he stepped out of the wings during a Ryan Adams show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire to join the rocker on two songs, locking up a pretty mean guitar solo on his tune "Kim" and a cover of Danzig's "Mother." The hat-wearing actor was well-received. He was met with chants of "Johnny, Johnny," as he left the stage amid cheers after his musical turn. Adams thanked the actor for his contribution, calling him "J-Dizzle," according to a concertgoer. »

- Andrea Billups, @princessmouse

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Annabelle Wallis Joins Armie Hammer In Psychological Thriller ‘Mine’

19 September 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: British actress Annabelle Wallis has boarded psychological thriller Mine from writer-directors Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, the team behind award-winning short Afterville. Armie Hammer stars as Mike, a soldier who finds himself stranded in the desert after a failed assassination mission. There, he has to survive many dangers while also battling the psychological toll of his situation. Wallis will play Jenny, the girlfriend with whom Mike has a complicated relationship. The desire to reconcile with her helps him endure. Peter Safran is producing through The Safran Company. Production starts this month in the Canary Islands. Wallis has been keeping busy of late, segueing from television to film in the U.S. and the UK. Her credits include Pan Am, along with Peaky Blinders, X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Conjuring spinoff, Annabelle, which opens domestically on October 3. She’s also one of the female leads opposite Sacha Baron Cohen »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Emma Watson Among 2014 Britannia Awards Recipients

18 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced that Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench are among the first honorees of this year’s Jaguar Britannia Awards ceremony. Each year, BAFTA Los Angeles honors "individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond." Hosted by Rob Brydon ("The Trip to Italy"), who returns for his second consecutive year, the award ceremony will take place on Oct. 30, 2014 and air on BBC America the evening of Sunday, Nov. 2. Folks might remember last year's broadcast, when Sacha Baron Cohen caused a stir after pushing a wheelchair-bound old lady off stage as he accepted the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy: Since 1989, when James Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli earned the first Britannia award, BAFTA »

- Matt Patches

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Now You See Me 2, Dirty Grandpa Set For Release

10 September 2014 4:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lionsgate just added two high-profile projects to its upcoming schedule – magician caper sequel Now You See Me 2 and raunchy roadtrip comedy Dirty Grandpa.

The former has been set for June 10th, 2016. It’s a follow-up to last year’s surprise smash hit Now You See Me, which opened to an unexpectedly mighty $29.4 million domestic debut and went on to gross a stellar $351.7 million worldwide.

The sequel is expected to continue the story of The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco), skilled magicians who perform heists, now that the enigmatic Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) has inducted them into a secret society of magicians known as the Eye. Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is sitting in the director’s chair, taking over from Louis Leterrier.

Now You See Me 2, as it’s currently known, is only currently facing down video game adaptation Uncharted on that date. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Now You See Me 2′ Set For 2016

10 September 2014 1:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve received confirmation from Lionsgate overnight that they have finally set a release date for the sequel to the massive hit movie Now You See Me. The film, which will see the return of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman, will hit Stateside cinemas on the 10th June, 2016. John M. Chu, who directed that awful Justin Bieber movie and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, will take over helming duties from Louis Letterier, who brought the first film to cinemas.

From the same press release, Lionsgate has also set a date for Dirty Grandpa, a new movie starring Zac Efron opposite Robert De Niro, for a release on December 25th of 2015. The film revolves around an uptight guy who is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, a former Army general, to Florida for spring break, just a few days before his wedding. Dan Mazer, »

- Paul Heath

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Liongate Announces Release Dates For Now You See Me 2 And Robert De Niro’s Dirty Grandpa

9 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Lionsgate has released the dates for two of their upcoming films in 2015 and 2016.

Dirty Grandpa – presently the tentative title – will open in wide release on December 25, 2015, from Lionsgate.

Starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, the film’s synopsis reads:

Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, a former Army general, to Florida for spring break.

The movie is directed by Dan Mazer (Borat) and written by John Phillips.

The sequel to director Louis Leterrier’s 2013 hit Now You See Me, will be in theaters on June 10, 2016, from Summit Entertainment.

Titled Now You See Me 2, the film stars Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. In the original entertaining movie, four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has »

- Michelle McCue

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Robert De Niro and Zac Efron Are Hitting Spring Break Together in a Buddy Road Trip Comedy

5 September 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We can never have too many wacky road trip comedies, but they need to involve particular formula to make things extra off-the-wall. Here’s one version: take a no-nonsense youngster — extra points if he’s a millennial completely dependent on technology who doesn’t appreciate how good things are nowadays (a mile uphill in the snow to school, etc., etc.) — and pair him with a zany sex-obsessed octogenarian who just wants to party. And party hard! Where we going? Vegas? Why? Who cares? Such an adventure is set to star Zac Efron and Robert De Niro with a script by John Phillips and direction by frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer (he’s a writer on Borat, Bruno and The Dictator). The project is going through a bit of an identity crisis at this point — it’s either called Dirty Grandpa or Driving Dick Kelly, depending on which outlet you consult. But »

- Samantha Wilson

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Robert De Niro to team with Zac Efron for Dirty Grandpa

5 September 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Two actors from very different generations are set to team up for an upcoming comedy. Oscar winner Robert De Niro (Meet The Parents, Goodfellas) and Hollywood heart-throb Zac Efron (Bad Neighbours, The Paperboy) being eyed to star in Dirty Grandpa, the latest film from Dan Mazer, director of I Give It A Year and co-writer of Borat, Ali G and Bruno with Sacha Baron Cohen.

Early talks have already started to take place, but if all goes well the film will see Efron will play a young man who is tricked into driving his grandfather (De Niro), a perverted former Army general who thinks his grandson is about to marry the wrong woman, to Florida for spring break. Think Spring Breakers and 22 Jump Street with a dash of The Guilt Trip and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

If all goes well with the talks, Universal are looking at getting the film »

- Scott Davis

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Zac Efron And Robert De Niro Team For Dirty Grandpa

5 September 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Charlie St. Cloud star Zac Efron already proved he could do a mean Robert De Niro impression in this summer’s comedy smash hit Neighbors, and now we’ve learned that the actor will be joining forces with the acting legend himself for an upcoming comedy titled Dirty Grandpa.

Described as a road trip comedy, Dirty Grandpa will find Efron playing a young man tricked into driving his dirty-minded grandfather (De Niro), a former Army general, to Florida for spring break. Their trip is complicated by the grandfather’s belief that his grandson is on the cusp of marrying the wrong woman.

Dan Mazer, known for collaborating with Sacha Baron Cohen and helming the Britcom I Give It A Year, is set to direct the comedy, which was once housed at Universal but is now being packaged by Qed.

Take this casting news with a grain of salt – The Hollywood Reporter, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Robert De Niro Is A Dirty Grandpa

5 September 2014 1:41 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Johnny Knoxville was a Bad Grandpa for Jackass last year, but Robert De Niro is about to go one worse. He's signed on to be the Dirty Grandpa in a "raunchy" new Universal comedy. Zac Efron will be his straight man.The story finds Efron as a straight-laced guy about to get married, but strong-armed, just before his wedding, into driving his foul-mouthed ex-army grandpa to Florida for spring break. Presumably Grandpa vicariously enjoys the beach-based antics Harmony Korine showed us in Spring Breakers (minus the killing)... the filthy swine! But we'd imagine there'll be some mellowing of Grandpa and some loosening up for Efron before the film is over.Dan Mazer, director of I Give It A Year and writer/producer of copious Sacha Baron Cohen projects, is scripting the film and will also man the cameras. Barry Josephson, who worked with De Niro previously on Hide And Seek, »

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Robert De Niro and Zac Efron attached to star in Dirty Grandpa

4 September 2014 11:21 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Zac Efron and Robert De Niro look set to star in raunchy comedy Dirty Grandpa.

Variety reports that Efron is being lined up to play a young man tricked into driving his grandfather (De Niro), a perverted former Army general, to Florida for spring break.

This will be the second time the pair have collaborated after 2011's ensemble movie New Year's Eve. This is also the second comedy movie Efron has starred in for Universal after this year's smash hit, Bad Neighbours.

Dirty Grandpa will be written and directed by Dan Mazer, best known for his collaborations with Sacha Baron Cohen, particularly on Da Ali G Show and Borat.

De Niro's recent movies include the comedy Grudge Match and the Oscar nominated American Hustle.

A release date for the project is yet to be announced.

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Zac Efron and Robert de Niro Team Up for 'Dirty Grandpa'

4 September 2014 7:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are in early talks to star in Qed International's Dirty Grandpa. The story follows a young man (Zac Efron) who, just before his wedding, gets tricked by his perverted grandpa (Robert De Niro) to go on a road trip to Florida for spring break. The grandfather, a former U.S. Army General, tries to prove to his grandson that he is about to marry the wrong woman.

Dan Mazer, who has co-written the scripts for Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, is directing from a script by John Phillips, with Barry Josephson producing. The project was initially set up at Universal Pictures, but now Qed International will be shopping the project at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Zac Efron recently starred in Neighbors, a performance which, ironically, included an impression of Robert De Niro's character Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. »

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Toronto: Qed Dancing With ‘Dirty Grandpa’ Starring Robert De Niro & Zac Efron

4 September 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Universal picked up Dirty Grandpa as a spec script in 2011 and later put it turnaround, now Bill Block is packaging the pic for Qed to sell internationally. The film stars Robert De Niro as a recently widowed older man who gets to know his grandson (Zac Efron) who is about to marry a girl who is not right for him. Dan Mazer — who co-wrote Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat, Bruno and The Dictator will direct from a script by John Phillips. Block, Barry Josephson, Jason Barrett, and Michael Simkin are producing. CAA is handling U.S. rights.

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Zac Efron and Robert De Niro to Star in 'Dirty Grandpa' (Exclusive)

4 September 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Zac Efron and Robert De Niro are in talks to star in road trip comedy Dirty Grandpa. Talks are very early on, but if they stick Efron will play a young man who is tricked into driving his grandfather (De Niro), a perverted former Army general who thinks his grandson is about to marry the wrong woman, to Florida for spring break. I Give It a Year helmer Dan Mazer, who's worked with Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat, Bruno and The Dictator as a writer, is directing. The project was originally set up at Universal but is now being packaged

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- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit

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Complex narratives: 6 series that revolutionized television in the digital age

3 September 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The digital age has changed television dramatically within the past two decades.  With the advent of cable channels, home video media, dish on demand and the internet, the average TV viewer has a variety of venues to access television programs. With all these ways to access television shows, the viewing audience has become more aware of repetitive story lines, inconsistency in character development and continuity errors.  In short, these advances in technology have made for a more sophisticated casual television viewer, therefore allowing for the progression of serialized storytelling.

Today’s television writers have a landscape to develop complex narratives beyond the limitations of the episodic format, and now that audiences have better accessibility to these shows, there is a higher demand for serialized storytelling where there wasn’t one before.

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- Jean Pierre Diez

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Watch This Sexy, Tantalizing Lingerie Ad Written and Directed by Penélope Cruz

22 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When Penélope Cruz isn’t busy making out with Scientologists, palling around with Pedro Almodóvar, or being addicted to breastfeeding, she’s apparently writing and directing sexy ads for Agent Provocateur. Cruz’s flesh-baring video for the British lingerie brand features a group of models in the desert and one very helpless man. We’ll let you uncover the threadbare narrative for yourself — and we’re taking bets on whether or not the women perform an aerobics routine or actually dance. Don’t blink and miss the Cruz cameo, too. You can catch the Spanish actress in the upcoming Louis Leterrier film Grimsby with Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson — cowritten by Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham. [via Design...

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- Alison Nastasi

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'Trip to Italy' Star Rob Brydon to Host BAFTA La's Britannias on October 30, BAFTA Awards Timetable

20 August 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Are you a fan of "The Trip" or "The Trip to Italy?" Welsh comedian Rob Brydon costars in these Michael Winterbottom road trip comedies with Steve Coogan, and both are hilarious. There's something authentic and yet well-performed about the setup--two old actor friends go along on a food trip, competing for the attention of various tablemates and women and each other. Sometimes they annoy each other--and us--but more often they amuse.  Brydon did so well last year hosting the annual BAFTA La's Britannia awards--which are well attended by various awards contenders every fall--that the BAFTAs are bringing him back for a second time around. This year's pre-Halloween ceremony will be on October 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast by BBC America on November 2. Last year's show honorees were Kathryn Bigelow, George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Sir Ben Kingsley, along »

- Anne Thompson

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Sacha Baron Cohen kisses Rebel Wilson on set of hooligan comedy Grimsby

18 August 2014 4:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sacha Baron Cohen was pictured kissing his co-star Rebel Wilson on the set of comedy caper Grimsby in South Africa over the weekend (August 17).

The 42-year-old actor was spotted wearing an England shirt and a red and white novelty hat while sporting an uneven fringe and long sideburns, as he shot scenes in Cape Town.

The Malay quarter was transformed into a city in Chile during filming of a fictional football match between the South American country and England.

Baron Cohen and Pitch Perfect star Wilson were seen kissing tenderly on the lips, surrounded by fellow football supporters cheering and waving flags while milling around after the match.

The Louis Leterrier-directed spy spoof stars Mark Strong as a black ops agent who goes on the run with his long lost hooligan brother (Baron Cohen). The Borat star co-wrote the screenplay along with Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham.

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