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Trailer For Michael Winterbottom & Russell Brand’s Inequality Doc ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’

19 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Love or hate him, you know Russell Brand won’t shy away from saying what he wants and his new documentary, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, is set to try and tackle the growing debate regarding the growing inequality between the rich and the poor, much like Inequality For All but with a slightly different approach.

Although many dismiss Brand as just a loud voice among many, he’s definitely had an impact and recently helped residents keep their estate in Hackney, it was a hugely influential victory. In The Emperor’S New Clothes, he joins forces with Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and gross inequality we currently face. Starting with the genesis of today’s economic policies, with the arrival of Milton Friedman’s school of thought in Reagan’s leadership and Thatcher’s UK, the film explores how these policies now dominate the western world. »

- Dan Bullock

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It's David Cameron vs Ed Miliband: Here are the best Twitter reactions

26 March 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

With six weeks to go until the General Election, the campaigns have well and truly begun as David Cameron and Ed Miliband took part in Sky News and Channel 4's Battle for Number 10 tonight (March 26).

The Prime Minister and the leader of the Labour Party answered questions from a studio audience and Jeremy Paxman - in his first post-bbc broadcast. Kay Burley was also on hand to help lead proceedings.

The overall feeling of the first election programme was that it was well put together, but some disliked Paxman's interviewing style - or frankly were scared by him:

Well done Channel 4 and Sky News. Feels at last as though the election campaign has begun #BattleForNumber10

Krishnan Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) March 26, 2015

#BattleForNumber10 Paxman debased the debate with his over-personal schoolyard bullying & his final 'overheard' "Are you ok, Ed?" Wanker.

Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) March 26, 2015

#Paxman was a complete arse in »

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Russell Brand Ranks No. 4 on World Thinkers List

26 March 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Russell Brand has been more and more active expressing his views in recent years, and Prospect magazine has apparently taken notice. The British magazine originally ranked Brand among the 50 most influential world thinkers, later enlisting its readers to help narrow down the list to 10. They answered the call, ranking Brand fourth among world thinkers, just ahead of Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. Also Read: Russell Brand Equates Fox News to Terrorists Who Attacked Charlie Hebdo (Video) Brand also finished ahead of high-profile Indian author Arundhati Roy, Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kaheman, German philosopher Jurgen Habermas, British philosopher John Gray and American surgeon. »

- Jordan Chariton

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New Poster & Clip for Epix's Comedy Special Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate

23 March 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate is returning to the Somerville Theatre in Boston, Ma, for his third consecutive Epix special, Norton takes on the twisted state of the 21st century. With his customarily caustic point-of-view, Norton tackles everything from Bill Cosby to nude photos to the firing of his radio co-host Anthony Cumia. Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate premieres on April 24 at 10 Pm Et/Pt, 9 C only on Epix. Epix is known for its all-star roster of stand-up specials. Previous featured headliners include: Russell Brand, Dennis Miller, Lewis Black, Jenny McCarthy, Patton Oswalt, Louis C. K., Jim Norton, Tom Papa, Jim Jefferies, Sherri Shepherd, Jim Breuer and Eddie Izzard. Epix's commitment to the craft of comedy also includes the Epix Original Documentary "The Improv »

- Pietro Filipponi

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15 Celebrity Dogs Living Better Than You On National Puppy Day

23 March 2015 12:33 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

What's the next best thing to being a celebrity? Being a celebrity's dog, of course.In honor of National Puppy Day, check out 15 of the most pampered pooches in all of Hollywood. Just try not to get too jealous! 15. Naya Rivera 14. Lucy Hale 13. Amanda Seyfried 12. Demi Lovato 11. Kendall Jenner 10. Russell Brand 9. Ian Somerhalder 8. Ashley Benson 7. Hugh Jackman 6. Emmy Rossum 5. Hilary Duff 4. Janel Parrish 3.Julianne Hough 2. Paris Hilton 1. Lisa Vanderpump Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Screen Talk Goes to SXSW and Colombia, Among Other Things

20 March 2015 3:16 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Among the movies we discuss are Ondi Timoner's Russell Brand doc, which opened SXSW, "Creative Control," "Uncle Kent 2," Sally Field in "Hello My Name is Doris," Austin's Zellner brothers film "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter," starring Rinko Kikuchi, Sean Penn in "The Gunman," Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale in Bleecker Street's "Danny Collins," and smart horror flick "It Follows" and its tug-of-war between theaters and VOD.   »

- Anne Thompson

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'Brand: A Second Coming': SXSW Review

19 March 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Russell Brand, the former drug addict and sex addict who, in most quarters, is most famous for marrying and divorcing Katy Perry, would not seem the ideal candidate to lead a global consciousness-raising, oligarchy-shattering revolution. But Ondi Timoner demonstrates why that prospect makes sense to some in Brand: A Second Coming, a thoroughly entertaining doc that serves also as a primer on Brand's shockingly successful comedy career and an introduction to his singular personality. Though more of a sure thing commercially in the U.K., where he has filled arenas for one-man shows, the film has strong appeal

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- John DeFore

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SXSW 2015, The Good: ‘Manglehorn,’ ‘Hello, My Name is Doris,’ ‘Spy,’ ‘Love & Mercy’ and More

19 March 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

SXSW 2015 Film Review

complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015

The Overnight

Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice

Two families meet at the park and set up a playdate that has unexpected outcomes for all. Cast: Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Taylor Schilling, Judith Godrèche. (film synopsis from sxsw.com)

Overall

It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”

Final Score: 8/10

 

Manglehorn

Director: David Gordon Green, Screenwriter: Paul Logan

Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)

(film synopsis from sxsw.com)

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- Jeff Bayer

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Russell Brand felt "compromised" by Comic Relief: "Is it right?"

19 March 2015 3:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Russell Brand has reportedly said that he felt "compromised" by taking part in Comic Relief.

According to The Sun, the Red Nose Day comedian told the audience at his show at London's Proud Archivist over the weekend that he feels the charity fundraiser places too much "burden" on people.

"Is it right to do Comic Relief? Plus is any f**ker watching it?" he said. "Those were the questions I was asking myself as I walked out confidently onto the Palladium stage. And the answer is, 'No, not really'."

He continued by asking questions about the nature of charity, offering: "Is charity part of the problem?

"Ultimately taking responsibility away from the centralised powers of created government, corporations, and alleviating that stress and tension by placing the burden once more on ordinary people."

However, he added that he considers Comic Relief to have "good intentions".

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SXSW Jury Award Winners: ‘Krisha’ & ‘Peace Officer’ Score Top Feature Prizes At Austin Fest

17 March 2015 7:58 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Four days after SXSW kicked off amid controversy over Russell Brand skipping out on the premiere of the new documentary about him, we have the film festival’s Jury Award winners. Trey Edward ShultsKrisha, about an alcoholic woman who tries to reconnect with her family at a holiday gathering after a long absence, won the Grand Jury Prize for narrative feature tonight at the Paramount Theatre awards ceremony. Saturday Night Live's Vanessa Bayer hosted the trophy show… »

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10 Movie Remakes That Were Awful

17 March 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | newser.com | See recent newser news »

Some movie remakes and reboots are actually good , but many are cringeworthy—and Radar runs down 20 of the worst offenders: The 2011 remake of Arthur was called a "career killer" for leading man Russell Brand—especially bad news since it was Brand's first film in the lead role. The 2004 remake of Alfie , starring Jude Law in the lead, cost $60 million to make ... and grossed just $35 million at the worldwide box office. The film version of The A-Team performed so poorly with both critics and audiences that a seemingly inevitable sequel never came about. Even star Liam »

- Evann Gastaldo

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Russell Brand Doc Director on Sparring With Comedian: ‘It Was Like Non-Violent Protest’

16 March 2015 4:34 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

WaxWord sat with director Ondi Timoner at SXSW to talk about her differences with Russell Brand during the editing of “Brand: A Second Coming,” which opened the festival, but which prompted the sensitive actor to pull out of the festival appearance where he was supposed to be the opening keynote. Timoner revealed that Brand intervened to make changes after the editing process., most of which the director resisted. “It was like non-violent protest,” Timoner said. The comedian passed on attending the festival, writing that watching the film would be too painful. Sharon Waxman: Your documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” debuted to great. »

- Sharon Waxman

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Watch 'The Last Mile,' Ondi Timoner's SXSW Short Documentary on Prison Entrepreneurship

16 March 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Russell Brand Cancels SXSW Appearance Director Ondi Timoner is having a wild South by Southwest.  Just before the premiere of her documentary "Brand: A Second Coming" was set to open the fest, her controversial subject, Russell Brand, announced he wouldn't be attending the festival nor would he make his planned keynote speech. Despite Brand's absence, the film still opened to good reviews. But the Brand doc isn't the only film of Timoner's playing at SXSW. Her documentary short, "The Last Mile," also marked its world premiere at this year's fest. "The Last Mile" chronicles a tech incubator founded inside San Quentin, California's oldest men's prison. As the synopsis continues, "The program teaches inmates entrepreneurship skills with the goal of having each participant found a company that addresses a social issue and includes a technology component — without any access to computers and the Internet. Many of these men have. »

- Casey Cipriani

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SXSW Review: Fascinating Russell Brand Documentary ‘Brand: The Second Coming’

15 March 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It is only fitting that actor, comedian, and author Russell Brand has ramped up his activist side in the past several years, as few other recent figures in pop culture have tested the powers of public perception quite as strongly. Once a Dickensian stage caricature whose act was telegraphed as such, he’s exploded into fame, burned out on it, and since retreated into visions of inner peace and social justice. He’s kept and even grown a massive following on social media, and one of those members is Ondi Timoner, director of “Dig” and “We Live in Public," and perhaps the perfect person to track Brand’s ambitions, contradictions, and self-described martyrdom. “Brand: The Second Coming” moves to both deconstruct Brand's deific quality, while exploring the reasons why he’s essential to the media landscape. Filmed as Brand writes and performs his comedy special “Messiah Complex” worldwide, as well »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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'Brand: A Second Coming' (2015) Movie Review

14 March 2015 2:32 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Making either a biopic or a documentary about a person who is still alive is very tricky. A lot of people do not want their demons exposed in a public way when he or she is still walking around town doing their day-to-day. When this is the case, the film often feels like a massive ego stroke, as we are repeatedly being told how important and good this person is. Instep Russell Brand, a person with a less-than-ideal past, who is given this treatment, which is a real shame. Brand: A Second Coming glosses over the man's problems so fast in place of telling us how he his sparking a political revolution, in the vein of Gandhi. Then again, would you expect something different when the subtitle of your film is A Second Comingc It sort of implies a divine nature to your subject. It would have been fine had »

- Mike Shutt

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Russell Brand Tried To Block The Release Of His New Film

14 March 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { } When one thinks of Russell Brand they likely think of someone very comfortable being in front of the camera, not a person so insecure about appearing on film that he'd try to block his documentary from seeing the light of day. But that's what sources are saying he attempted to do with a documentary of which he was the subject... a complicated film on the controversial comedian that reportedly took over seven years to make. Director Ondi Timoner recently fielded questions about her documentary, Brand: A Second Coming during Q&A segment following the film's SXSW premiere Friday night. Among the many topics discussed was the absence of Brand, the film's subject and the man scheduled to make the keynote speech at this year's festival. Also up for discussion was his apparent attempts to block the film's release at the festival, which according to Variety, »

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Why Russell Brand Did Not Show Up at SXSW

14 March 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Russell Brand was a no-show at SXSW.

The actor canceled his appearance just hours before Brand: A Second Coming was set to premiere on Friday night.

The documentary took 7 years and chronicles everything from his small town roots to his drug addiction and divorce from pop star Katy Perry.

News: Russell Brand Takes on the Media

Brand, 39, made a statement on his web site about the film.

He described what you'll see, "Over the sprawling time period in which we’d been in production I’d transitioned from an attention-seeking missile, exploding into exhibitionism at every turn, into a man who, whilst still a show-off, was becoming disillusioned and disconnected from fame, celebrity and all it’s sticky ephemera."

And he then gave his reasoning for why he just couldn't watch it.

"You’d think a narcissist would like nothing more than talking about themselves and their “rags to riches”, “hard luck” story but actually, it felt like »

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Russell Brand Bails On SXSW

14 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Russell Brand was originally planning to attend the SXSW premiere of his biographical documentary, "Brand: A Second Coming," but had a change of heart.

Hours before the film screened at the Austin, Texas festival on Friday night, Russell posted a statement on his website, suddenly excusing himself from the event.

"You'd think a narcissist would like nothing more than talking about themselves and their 'rags to riches', 'hard luck' story but actually, it felt like, to me, my life was hard enough the first time round and going through it again was painful and sad," he said.

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (Access Hollywood)

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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-up For Spotlight Program

14 March 2015 5:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.

Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.

Audiences will also see familiar performers taking on unique and challenging roles such as Jessica Biel’s turn as a yoga instructor in Bleeding Heart, »

- Sacha Hall

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Brand: A Second Coming’

14 March 2015 12:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Russell Brand created some high-profile drama at the last minute by choosing not to attend the world premiere of Ondi Timoner’s documentary about him (or give his scheduled keynote speech) at SXSW — probably getting more press than he would have by showing up as planned. The suspicion that this might be a clever ruse is underlined by “Brand: A Second Coming” itself, which, despite the subject’s excuses that it was too revealingly “uncomfortable” for his stomach, reveals little that many fans and detractors don’t already know. It’s also quite a flattering, as well as entertaining and (natch) funny, portrait of a comic talent remaking himself from pop-tart celebrity to (still funny) political commentator/agitator. Brand’s large, loyal constituency should eat this up in various formats; it won’t alter the opinions of those who don’t like him, but then they’re unlikely to be queueing up anyway. »

- Dennis Harvey

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