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FX has released a new trailer for their upcoming comedy series The Comedians, which reveals that series stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are essentially playing fictionalized versions of themselves. When the show was first announced back in March, it wasn't explicitly stated that both actors would be taking on various aspects of their personal lives, but that point is made clear in this trailer, when Josh Gad answers his cell phone with the greeting "Go for Gad." The footage also describes the show as "An FX Original Comedy about an FX Original Comedy."
In The Comedians, Billy Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with Josh Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide. Stephnie Weir stars as "Kristen Laybourne," the anxiety-ridden producer behind The Billy & Josh Show who frequently finds herself »
The first trailer for the upcoming FX comedy “The Comedians” is as meta as the show itself.
The “FX original comedy about an FX original comedy” stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad as versions of themselves. The show follows the veteran and amateur comedian, respectively, as they fumble their way to starring in an FX sketch show.
“Comedy is like heart surgery,” Gad tells the camera. “It gets botched all the time.” This is right after he pulls a ringing cell phone from his oversized diaper while filming a scene for the show within a show.
- Maane Khatchatourian
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TrainwreckPhoto: Universal Pictures With Sundance just wrapping up and Berlin starting up in a few days, we are now immersed in the year-long barrage of film festivals. One such festival in South By Southwest. A few weeks back they announced the first seven films of their program, including the opening night film Brand: A Second Coming. Today, they have revealed the rest of the features to be shown in March (except for the midnight program), and some of it has me very excited. The bigger titles announced do not do much for me. Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart starrer Get Hard leave a lot to be desired in terms of anticipation, as does a work in progress cut of Judd Apatow's latest film Trainwreck. I'm guessing an Apatow work in progress is probably around three and a half hours. »
- Mike Shutt
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
South by Southwest will host gala premieres next month of Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy,” Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart starrer “Get Hard,” Brian Wilson biopic “Love and Mercy” and Alex Gibney’s documentary “Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine.”
SXSW, now in its 22nd year in Austin, Texas, unveiled its features lineup Tuesday with 145 films to be shown between March 13 and 21, including 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 U.S. premieres. The festival announced last month that the Russell Brand documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” would be the opening night title.
Other notable titles include Jamie Babbit’s “Fresno,” Shannon Sun-Higginson’s “Gtfo: Get The F% Out,” Larry Charles’ documentary “The Comedians,” Alex Winter’s “Deep Web,” Ryan Gosling’s “Lost River, »
- Dave McNary
Nicolas Cage has been cast in Osama Bin Laden hunt comedy Army of One.
Cage will play construction worked Gary Faulkner, who made several attempts to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The semi-scripted film is expected to diverge from the original narrative.
Cage was most recently seen in Dying of the Light. »
Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true, but the next team of people likely to stir international controversy over a silly comedy are Borat director Larry Charles and none other than Nicolas Cage in their new satire Army of One.
The Hollywood Reporter first had details on the new project Wednesday, in which Cage plays an ordinary guy from the States who takes it upon himself to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden. The film is loosely based on a GQ article about Gary Faulkner, a 50-year-old man from Colorado who, according to the piece, “had been found high in the mountains of Pakistan near the Afghan border carrying a sword, a dagger, a pistol, and night-vision equipment” on a one-man quest to kill bin Laden. »
- Brian Welk
Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in Army of One, an upcoming satire from director Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator), which is based upon the true story of a regular Joe who embarked on a hunt for the notorious Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
THR reports that the project is loosely based upon a GQ article about Gary Faulkner, “a Colorado construction worker who took it upon himself to find Bin Laden, including trying to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan numerous times.”
Army of One is set to shoot in March, with The Weinstein Company hoping to have the film ready for release later in the year.
The post Nicolas Cage to hunt Osama bin Laden in Army of One appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
The Weinstein Company announced that Nicolas Cage will star as an average guy who attempts to hunt down Osama Bin Laden in the upcoming "Army of One" comedy, to be directed by Larry Charles (Borat). The story is based on a GQ magazine article about a construction worker/ex-con Gary Faulkner, who attempted to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan multiple times armed with a sword in order to find Bin Laden. This obviously took place before Bin Laden was killed by Seal Team 6. The plan is to begin shooting in March and use the same techniques utilized in Charles' other films, like "Bruno" and "The Dictator." It will then hit theaters at the end of 2015. »
Looks like Nicolas Cage is going back to some of his comedy roots for a new movie called Army Of One for Borat director Larry Charles. The planned film will see Cage play a regular ‘Joe’ who decides to get off his backside to hunt Osama Bin Laden.
The Hollywood Reporter has more:
Army of One is loosely based on Chris Heath’s GQ magazine article recounting the real-life misadventures of Gary Faulkner, a Colorado construction worker who took it upon himself to find Bin Laden, including trying to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan numerous times.
The Weinstein brothers Harvey and Bob are behind the film with their TWC/ Dimension label, and shooting is set to get underway pretty quickly with Cage and co. going before the cameras in March for a late 2015 release.
Source: THR »
- Paul Heath
Nicolas Cage has been cast in the comedy Army of One, the story of a man who attempted to capture Osama Bin Laden all by himself. The film will be directed Larry Charles (Borat) and is a semi-scripted, "loose retelling" of an article published in GQ. Cage will take on the lead role based on Gary Faulkner, a Colorado man who "picked up a pistol and a samurai sword to sneak across the Pakistan border to hunt down Osama Bin Laden." Principal photography is to begin in early 2015 and there are hopes for an end-of-year release. [The Wrap] »
- Jennifer Maas
Nicolas Cage gets a bit of a bum reputation these days as a bad actor. That's just simply not true. He has far too many great movies with truly unique performances for that to be the case. But, to be fair, he's popped up in quite a few duds in the recent years, many of which went straight to home video. So while his reputation may not be entirely accurate, it's at least understandable. Hopefully Army of One changes that. Directed by Larry Charles (Borat), this new satire is based loosely on the real life of Gary Faulkner, a construction worker from Colorado who quit his day job to travel to the other side of the world and hunt down Osama bin Laden. Obviously he didn't succeed, but he certainly got up to many shenanigans in the process. For example, his most...
- Peter Hall
Imagine if some random guy from Colorado just decided to travel to Pakistan and hunt Osama bin Laden himself? Now imagine if they made a movie about that guy and he was played by the always-entertaining (and forever-fascinating) Nicolas Cage. That's the setup for Army of One, which will star Cage in the leading role. Directed by Larry Charles (Borat), this satire is based loosely on the real life of Gary Faulkner, a construction worker from Colorado who quit his day job to travel to the...
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Earlier today, we reported that Nicolas Cage had signed on for Army of One, about an American construction worker who took it upon himself to hunt down Osama bin Laden. The Larry Charles-directed satire is based on an extensive 2010 profile of Larry Faulkner from GQ, but Faulkner came to the attention of the media […]
The post Here’s the Guy Nicolas Cage Is Playing in the Osama bin Laden Satire ‘Army of One’ [Video] appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Nicolas Cage has joined the comedy “Army of One” with TWC-Dimension acquiring North American rights.
Larry Charles, whose credits include “Borat,” “Bruno” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is directing from a script by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph. “Army of One” is inspired by a 2010 GQ article written by Chris Heath about Gary Faulkner, an ex-con who made 11 attempts to travel to the most volatile region of Pakistan to capture Osama bin Laden, armed with only a sword.
FilmNation will launch international sales at Berlin.
Conde Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment are the production companies. Producers are Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler at Cne, Emile Gladstone at Emile Gladstone Productions and Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern. Patrick Newall will serve as exec producer.
Shooting is slated to begin in the first quarter. “Army of One” will be released under the new TWC-Dimension label, which saw its first release last week »
- Dave McNary
The story is loosely based on a GQ magazine article about a Colorado construction worker/ex-con who attempted to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan multiple times. His goal? To find and kill Osama Bin Laden. He never succeeded though as the al-Qaeda leader was ultimately assassinated at the hands of U.S. Navy Seal Team 6 in May 2011.
Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman (Draft Day) penned the script, but Charles is expected to use the same semi-improvised techniques he used in "Bruno" and "The Dictator" which will allow Cage to deliver an unpredictable and unstable character performance.
Shooting is slated to begin at the end of March for a late 2015 release through TWC-Dimension.
Source: TWC-Dimension »
- Garth Franklin
It's not that strange to imagine Nic Cage taking out Osama bin Laden. Or at least wanting to. That's why he's been cast to play Gary Faulkner, reports Deadline, the subject of a fascinating GQ profile who, as a "50-year-old ex-con ... traveled to the most volatile region of Pakistan to capture Osama bin Laden." The film's called Army of One and will be directed by Larry Charles — the same guy who did Borat and so many episodes of Seinfeld — which means we're likely getting something funny. Or at least something that's funny on purpose. »
- Lindsey Weber
There's been a lot of terrible Nicolas Cage movies made over the past few years, and last year brought one of the worst with the new adaptation of Left Behind. But it sounds there might be a good one in the works, and it's not just another action thriller. THR has word that Cage is slated to star in Army of One, a satirical comedy from Borat director Larry Charles about an average guy who decides to begin his own hut for Osama Bin Laden. And the film has some serious producer power behind it as Harvey and Bob Weinstein have struck a deal for the North American rights to the film through the TWC-Dimension banner. Read on! The film is loosely based on a GQ article by Chris Heath about the real-life misadventures of a man named Gary Faulkner, a Colorado construction worker who took it upon himself to find Bin Laden, »
- Ethan Anderton
Loosely inspired on real events, Charles’ latest draws from the story of one Gary Faulkner, a blue-collar construction worker who took it upon himself to assassinate who many considered to be one of the most dangerous men in the world at the time. Such a journey saw Faulkner attempt to sneak into Afghanistan and Pakistan on multiple occasions, armed with only a sword to stop the al-Qaeda leader in his tracks before his ultimate demise at the hand of the Us army in May of 2011.
On paper, it’s a bonkers premise that could just work thanks to the touch of Charles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Army of One will retain the semi-improvised »
- Michael Briers
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