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This story first appeared in the June 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. The Comedians FX's meta-comedy — overseen by Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry Charles — stars Emmy winner Billy Crystal and Josh Gad as sketch-show performers — named Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. Grace and Frankie The Netflix series featuring Emmy-winning Bff icons Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as newly single 70-somethings (their husbands ditched them for each other) just scored a second season. And at a recent academy campaign event, the cast — which includes
- Stacey Wilson Hunt
“The Runner,” written and directed by Austin Stark, co-stars Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen, Wendell Pierce, Bryan Batt and Peter Fonda. Cage stars as an idealistic but flawed politician forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal in the aftermath of 2010’s British Petroleum oil spill.
Producers are Bingo Gubelmann, Benji Kohn, Glenn Williamson, Erika Hampson, and Chris Papavasiliou. Exec producers are Noah Millman, Ruth Mutch, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro, Galt Niederhoffer, and Todd Cohen.
- Dave McNary
Bob Dylan may be best known as a legendary singer-songwriter, but he's also earned the title of director, actor and inspiring film subject over the span of his five-decade career. To commemorate the singer's 74th birthday, THR rounds up Dylan's most memorable movie moments. 1. Masked and Anonymous (2003) Dylan played the role of Jack Fate, a former rock legend with a dying career who is forced to make a comeback, in the Larry Charles-directed music drama. The film, also starring Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson and John Goodman, featured a soundtrack comprised almost entirely of covers
- Meena Jang
In 2007, buyers packed into a Cannes suite to watch a promo reel of Larry Charles’ “Religulous,” in which comedian Bill Maher poked fun at religious extremism across the world. That mockumentary helped launch Im Global’s international sales and lay the foundation for what has grown into a worldwide producing, financing, distribution and licensing outfit. The upstart sales outfit founded by CEO Stuart Ford couldn’t have asked for a better reception as the positive reaction from international buyers helped clinch a U.S. sale by CAA, which handled domestic rights.
This year, the company expects to deliver more than 20 titles into the global marketplace. Using experience gleaned from their years working for Miramax Intl. and the Weinstein brothers, Ford and new international sales and distribution »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
If you are a fan of films like Borat, The Dictator and Brüno, then chances are you are pretty excited for the latest directorial effort by Larry Charles — the Nicolas Cage-led comedy Army Of One. Now with the inclusion of some top-tier comedians, the project is looking even more promising.
The upcoming satire has just picked up a whole slew of hilarious comedians which, according to Deadline, includes the likes of Russell Brand, Rainn Wilson, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer and Denis O’Hare. The crew is set to join the already-announced Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) in the assassination comedy, which is now in production.
Army Of One was penned by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph and loosely based on a GQ article by Chris Heath. It’s inspired by the true story of Colorado handyman Gary Faulkner, who has no proper skills or prior military training, sees a vision that »
- William Fanelli
The project will mark Brand's first big screen project since 2012's Paradise.
Army of One has no release date at this time.
Marwencol: Steve Carell will get to play with action figures again as Mark Hogancamp, the traumatically amnesic subject of Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol, in a dramatic remake of that film. Malmberg is an executive producer on the new movie and Robert Zemeckis will direct it after finishing his other doc remake, The Walk, which revisits the story of Oscar winner Man on Wire. [The Wrap] Army of One: Larry Charles has assembled a comedic army of many for his next movie, which stars Nicolas Cage as a real-life American plumber who set out to assassinatie Osama bin Laden. He will be joined by Russell Brand, Rainn Wilson, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer, Denis O'Hare and Wendy McLendon-Covey. [Variety] Inside Out Clip: In honor of Inside Out being...
- Christopher Campbell
It's official, Dominic Cooper is set to star as Jesse Custer in AMC's pilot for their TV series adaptation of the acclaimed "Preacher" comics. Producer Seth Rogen confirmed the news a few hours ago in a tweet.
In the series, Cooper plays a conflicted preacher who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven, giving him the ability to make anyone do anything he says. He teams with his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire in an effort to find where God has gone.
The story centers on a man who recovers from an assault by building a miniature World War II-era village in his backyard. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Marwencol: Steve Carell will get to play with action figures again as Mark Hogancamp, the traumatically amnesic subject of Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol, in a dramatic remake of that film. Malmberg is an executive producer on the new movie and Robert Zemeckis will direct it after finishing his other doc remake, The Walk, which revisits the story of Oscar winner Man on Wire. [The Wrap] Army of One: Larry Charles has assembled a comedic army of many for his...
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Variety is reporting Russell Brand and Rainn Wilson have joined Nicolas Cage in the Larry Charles-directed (Borat, The Dictator) comedy Army Of One, as well as Denis O'Hare (Dallas Buyers Club), Ken Marino (Bad Milo), Paul Scheer (The League) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!). Charles is directing the film from a script by Draft Day scribes Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph. Army Of One is based (although loosely) on a GQ article by Chris Heath about Colorado resident Gary »
- Jesse Giroux
Cage and Charles became attached in January with Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s TWC-Dimension acquiring North American rights. The script was written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph and is loosely based on a GQ article 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.
- Dave McNary
Taking a break from his latterday role as revolutionary political Jesus, Russell Brand has signed up for a Nicolas Cage comedy, joining the zen warlock for Army Of One. Larry Charles (Borat, Curb Your Enthusiasm) is directing, and has also been rounding out the rest of his cast with Rainn Wilson, Denis O’Hare, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer and Wendi McLendon-Covey.The film is adapted by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph from a stranger-than-fiction GQ article by Chris Heath (perhaps strangely, given Brand's antipathy for one of that publication's recent sponsors).The story revolves around Colorado resident Gary Faulkner, who decided in 2010 that he was going to be the man to take down Osama Bin Laden. His plan was to track down and wipe out the most wanted man on the planet armed only with a sword he bought from a home shopping network, a pair of night-vision goggles and »
More cast announced for Larry Charles comedy about one man’s search for Osama Bin Laden.
The new cast join the previously announced Nicolas Cage and Wendi McLendon-Covey in the comedy from Endgame Entertainment and Condé Nast Entertainment that will be distributed in North America by Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s TWC-Dimension.
Army Of One, which is in production, is inspired by the true story of Gary Faulkner, a handyman from Colorado who receives a vision telling him to go to Pakistan to do what no one else can do, namely to capture Osama Bin Laden. So without any questions or skills, he follows his mission.
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An army of actors has joined Nicolas Cage in Endgame Entertainment and Condé Nast’s comedy Army Of One. Russell Brand, Denis O'Hare, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer and Rainn Wilson have lined up for director Larry Charles. They join the previously announced Wendi McLendon-Covey in the comedy that will be distributed by TWC-Dimension. The film was written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph and loosely based on a GQ article by Chris Heath. The film is inspired by the true story of… »
“At my sister’s Bat Mitzvah when I was 14, I emceed her Bat Mitzvah, and I mostly did Billy Crystal impressions,” Wexler, who live-tweeted the show’s premiere, tells Variety. “Literally, you could count on less than one hand the (number) of people that made me want to do this for a living, and he’s probably the thumb. To be on a first-name basis with the guy is a thrill and a dream come true.”
However, it’s not just Crystal who impresses Wexler.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The 33-year age gap between Crystal, 67, and Gad, 34, is the main point of hilarity in FX’s new half-hour comedy, which premieres Thursday.
“It’s a show, at its core, about the generational disconnect of two comedians coming from completely different eras being forced to understand each other,” Gad told Variety. “Being forced to connect and bridge the gap between that schism where my generation sort of comes from a place of irony and Billy’s generation comes from a pure place of comedy, and so when you mix those things together, what happens?”
What happens is the formation of a dynamic duo, displayed by laugh-out-loud chemistry and larger-than-life sketches in the series’ show-within-a-show format, formed by two unlikely suspects. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
This review is based on the season premiere, which was provided for review purposes prior to broadcast.
Tonight on FX you can catch the premieres of two very different shows about deprecating comics. One is Louie, returning for its fifth season, a rough gem made brilliant by the humor and empathy creator/star Louis C. K. can generate by examining his life with as much specificity as vulnerability. Before Louie is the series premiere for The Comedians, which tries to make you laugh using the same kind of faux humility you expect out of a Comedy Central roast. “Look at how cool I am with sending up my celebrity persona!” The Comedians screams loudly through its premiere, though rarely at a frequency that will get your funny bone to vibrate much.
If nothing else, the show is pretty timely. In just the last two weeks, we’ve seen Trevor Noah »
- Sam Woolf
The Comedians, Season 1
Premieres Thursday, April 9th at 10 pm Et on FX
FX has, over the years, shown a deft hand at numerous comedic endeavours, from the veteran It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to the animated spy parody Archer and the Louis Ck half hour show Louie. Their latest foray into the genre comes in the form of The Comedians. Adapted from the Swedish series Ulveson and Herngren, The Comedians stars established legendary comedian Billy Crystal and up-and-coming stage and screen star Josh Gad as established legendary comedian Billy Crystal and up-and-coming stage and screen star Josh Gad, who are thrown together by FX to make a sketch comedy show, with all the trials and tribulations that come with it. The show’s first nine episodes establish the series as a delightful new entry »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Premiering tonight on FX is the new comedy series The Comedians. The show stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad and revolves around the two of them crafting an FX sketch series called The Billy & Josh Show where they play versions of themselves. While the conceit of a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a TV show has been done countless times before, what’s great about The Comedians is Crystal and Gad are willing to poke fun at themselves in a big way. Also, it’s pretty crazy to watch a show on FX about a show that might air on FX, and members of the real crew show up on the show within the show. For more read Chris' review. The other day I sat down with Josh Gad for an exclusive video interview. He talked about how the series came together, his hesitation over making another TV show, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
FX’s The Comedians is a strong argument in favor of sending critics as many episodes of a new show as possible. Directed by Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld), this faux documentary starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad as “themselves” is, during its first two episodes, almost unbearable, on purpose. It becomes more relaxed, lively, and confident in its third and fourth episodes, tamping down its theater-of-pain tendencies without losing them and generating relief along with some big laughs. Crystal and Gad settle into their characters and their onscreen partnership by episode three and perform a dandy little musical number in episode four, which also features an extended cameo by Mel Brooks. (The song is by Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez, who won an Oscar for their work with Gad on Frozen.)But there’s a lot of unpleasantness leading up to those later moments, and it’s »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
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