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Bob Dylan Turns 74: His 5 Most Memorable Moments in Film (Video)

24 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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How Cannes Screening of ‘Religulous’ Helped Launch Im Global in 2007

12 May 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

“It put us on the map,” says Bonnie Voland, head of worldwide marketing & publicity, who’s has been with Im Global since its inception.

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

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Russell Brand, Rainn Wilson and more join Nicolas Cage in Army Of One

17 April 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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 »

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Russell Brand and Rainn Wilson join Nicolas Cage's Army of One

17 April 2015 4:54 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Russell Brand and Rainn Wilson are among the new cast members for Nicolas Cage's war comedy Army of One.

Borat director Larry Charles's true-life film casts Nicolas Cage as Gary Faulkner, a handyman who travels to Pakistan to capture Osama Bin Laden without any training.

The project will mark Brand's first big screen project since 2012's Paradise.

Rounding out the cast for Army of One will be comedy veterans Paul Scheer and Ken Marino, as well as American Horror Story star Denis O'Hare, reports Deadline.

The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey was previously confirmed to be starring opposite Cage.

Army of One has no release date at this time.

Meanwhile, Brand is gearing up for the release of his and Michael Winterbottom's documentary about inequality, The Emperor's New Clothes. Watch the trailer below: »

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Movie News: Steve Carell to Star in 'Marwencol' Remake; Pixar Debuts a New 'Inside Out' Clip

17 April 2015 12:13 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

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...

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Casting: Cooper, Carell, Rapace, Brand

17 April 2015 8:58 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Preacher

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.

Marwencol

Steve Carell will star in the Robert Zemeckis" narrative film adaptation of Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary "Marwencol” at Universal Pictures.

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]

Rupture

Noomi Rapace has scored the lead role in Steven Shainberg's sci-fi adventure thriller "Rupture" which Andrew Lazar is slated to produce for Tango Pictures. »

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News Briefs: Steve Carell to Star in 'Marwencol' Remake; Pixar Debuts a New 'Inside Out' Clip

17 April 2015 6:54 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

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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Russell Brand, Rainn Wilson and more join Nicolas Cage's Army of One

17 April 2015 3:34 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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 »

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Russell Brand Joins Nicolas Cage Comedy ‘Army of One’

16 April 2015 6:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Russell Brand has joined Nicolas Cage in the comedy “Army of One” with Larry Charles (“Borat”) directing.

Denis O’Hare, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Rainn Wilson have also come on board. Endgame Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment are the production companies.

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.

Producers are Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Conde Nast Entertainment, James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment and Emile Gladstone. FilmNation is handling international sales.

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Russell Brand Joins Nicolas Cage's Army Of One

16 April 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

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 »

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Russell Brand joins Nicolas Cage in 'Army Of One'

16 April 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

More cast announced for Larry Charles comedy about one man’s search for Osama Bin Laden.

Russell Brand, Denis O’Hare, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer and Rainn Wilson have joined the cast of Army Of One for director Larry Charles (Borat).

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.

The film was written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph and loosely based on a GQ article by Chris Heath.

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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Russell Brand, Others Join Nicolas Cage In ‘Army Of One’

16 April 2015 10:20 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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‘The Comedians’ Showrunner on the ‘Magic’ of Billy Crystal & Josh Gad

10 April 2015 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If you tuned into FX’s “The Comedians” Thursday night, there’s a good chance you’re glad Billy Crystal is back on television. Showrunner Ben Wexler shares that same sentiment.

“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.

The exec producer, who co-created the FX comedy with Larry Charles and Matt Nix, says co-star Josh Gad, 33 years Crystal’s junior, is so funny that he and Crystal are both probably part of »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TV’s New Odd Couple Billy Crystal & Josh Gad Crack Each Other Up in ‘The Comedians’

9 April 2015 6:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With “The Comedians,” Billy Crystal returns to TV for the first time as a series regular since “Soap” went off the air in 1981 — the same year his “Comedians” co-star Josh Gad was born.

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

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The Comedians Season 1 Review

9 April 2015 3:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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The Comedians Season 1 is more than just the Josh-Billy show

9 April 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Billy Crystal, Josh Gad

The Comedians, Season 1

Created by Larry Charles, Billy Crystal, Matt Nix, and Ben Wexler

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 »

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Josh Gad Talks The Comedians, Guest Stars, Cats, and More

9 April 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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The Comedians’ Theater of Pain Might Be Worth It, If You Can Stick It Out

8 April 2015 12:33 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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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Review: Billy Crystal and Josh Gad in toothless TV satire 'The Comedians'

8 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In 2012, when Billy Crystal returned to host the Oscars for the first time in years, he seemed surprised when so many of his jokes — many of them of the same type he deployed so effectively in his '90s hosting heyday — got a muted response from the audience. Again and again, his face seemed to be saying, They all laughed at this stuff before! What's changed?  Crystal certainly hadn't, but the culture had changed around him. What had killed in the '90s was mostly dying in the '10s. Timing is everything in comedy, including the era in which you tell certain jokes. I thought of that Oscar night a lot while watching "The Comedians," the new FX comedy (it debuts Thursday night at 10) co-starring Crystal and Josh Gad as fictionalized versions of themselves, reluctantly teaming up to star in a show-within-a-show when fictional FX executives decide that Crystal »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘The Comedians’ – Season One (P)review

1 April 2015 2:49 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Billy Crystal, Josh Gad, Stephnie WeirMegan Ferguson | Created by Larry Charles, Ben Wexler, Billy Crystal, Matt Nix

Isn’t awkward humor on a television series the best? You’re sitting there watching the show, letting the actors and the script do their job and as the awkwardness bores a hole through you, realization dawns on you that you’re seeing peak comedy at its finest. There were great awkward shows in their prime, The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm come to mind and I can see The Comedians (premiering April 9th in tandem with Louie) as joining that pantheon.

The Comedians fits thematically with the two previous shows I mentioned, The Office for its documentary asthetic and Curb Your Enthusiasm for its improve-ish stylings. It’s a show that comes right out of the gate, fully formed and fully realized, a serialized improvised show that’s scripted. It »

- Nathan Smith

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