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Russell Brand to Headline India's Comedy Central Chuckle Festival

28 May 2015 1:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Russell Brand will be performing in India at the second edition of the Comedy Central Chuckle Festival in June. The event is organized by Comedy Central India, part of Viacom18 Networks. A Viacom18 spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Brand will be performing in all three of the cities where the festival will be held. The fest kicks off on June 26 in the capital New Delhi, followed by Bangalore on June 27 before culminating in Mumbai on June 28. Tickets are expected to go on sale shortly.   The festival was launched in 2013 and featured American comedians

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Judd Apatow Wants to Make the Real World as Nice as His Movies

26 May 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Two and a half years ago, Judd Apatow released This Is 40, the most personal film of his career. He was anxious. He usually is. His default setting is inward panic.

"I don't know if people can understand the pressure to be funny," Apatow says today, "just knowing how badly you can fail and how embarrassing it will be."

To the public, Apatow had nothing to fear. He was the king of comedy, the overlord of an unprecedented seven-year, 21-film barrage of hits and near-hits that he'd either directed, written, or produced. His leading men had become marquee names: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Paul Rudd. And Bridesmaids had recently given him his biggest box office haul ever.


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16 amazing moments from Never Mind the Buzzcocks: Huey smashes a mug, Preston storms off, Dappy flies in

26 May 2015 7:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been cancelled after 28 series, with the BBC confirming the much-loved show will not be returning.

The ingenious - and often hilarious - pop music panel quiz arrived on screens way back in 1996, and ran for over 260 episodes.

Hosts including Mark Lamarr, Simon Amstell and Rhod Gilbert have appeared alongside team captains Phil Jupitus, Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding. Here are some of the greatest moments.

1. Boys will be boys!

Preston took an immediate dislike to being described by Simon Amstell as a "professional celebrity" on introduction, before Amstell joked that his band The Ordinary Boys have no fans.

But it was when he began to read extracts from Preston's then-wife Chantelle Houghton's biography - with the line "The photoshoot was for the Daily Mail, which made me feel really posh and upmarket" - that he stormed off the show in disgust. »

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Katy Perry Claims Interview About Russell Brand Divorce Was "Done 3 Years Ago"

25 May 2015 7:42 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Update: Perry claimed on Monday, May 25, that the interview was conducted many years ago.  It's really inappropriate when journalists repurpose interviews done 3 yrs ago in context of promoting a film & then stamp a new date on it. — Katy Perry (@katyperry) May 25, 2015 ???? The Daily Telegraph & Chris Knowles ???????? — Katy Perry (@katyperry) May 25, 2015 Cutting him off cold turkey. When Russell Brand abruptly filed for divorce from Katy Perry in late 2011, he famously texted the pop star, now 30, to let her know. [...] »

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand haven't spoken since 2011

25 May 2015 2:13 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Katy Perry hasn't spoken to her ex-husband Russell Brand since he texted her telling her he wanted to file for a divorce in late 2011. The 30-year-old popstar and the 39-year-old comedian married in 2010, and had a cat together, named Rusty - a combination of their two names -but Katy revealed that she's changed the name of the cat, as well as cutting him out her life. Katy said: ''(Russell) hasn't spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce. I don't want to talk about him -- my songs will say what I need to say. ''I still have the cat, but I've changed her name to Monkey.'' Since splitting from Russell, Katy has been linked to both John Mayer and Diplo, and said that, even though the divorce caused her a lot of pain - and inspired most of her 'Prism' album - »

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Katy Perry Doesn't Want to Talk About Ex-Husband Russell Brand: "My Songs Will Say What I Need to Say"

24 May 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Time heals all wounds, but it certainly doesn't stop everyone's curiosity. More than three years after separating from Russell Brand, Katy Perry is still being asked about her ex-husband. But in her latest interview with the Daily Telegraph, the "Firework" singer teased fans that anything that needs to be said will be heard through her music. "He hasn't spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce," she told the publication. "I don't want to talk about him—my songs will say what I need to say." The candid confession, which she first revealed in Vogue, has left some to wonder if high-profile relationships can last with high-profile men. With a »

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Interview: Actor David Dastmalchian on His Remarkable Film ‘Animals’

21 May 2015 11:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Sometimes you just need a break, that small window of opportunity to burst through and make the mark. Actor David Dastmalchian knows all about that phenomenon, as he produced and starred in his semi-autobiographical film “Animals,” and got the break of a lifetime landing a role in the film, “The Dark Knight.”

Dastmalchian is a consummate and enthusiastic gentleman, a performer who works hard, but has a humble and appealing attitude of gratitude. His star is ascending further this summer as he scored another role in a superhero epic, this time for Marvel Films, alongside Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man.” David Dastmalchian and director Collin Schiffli will also make a Chicago appearance this week (Friday, May 22nd, 2015) for the Chicago Opening Night screening of “Animals,” part of a limited nationwide release. Click here for details and ticket purchasing information for the Chicago screening.

David Dastmalchian of ‘Animals’ at the 2014 Chicago »

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Myriad Pictures boards 'Brand: A Second Coming'

12 May 2015 3:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Santa Monica-based sales agent will handle international rights in Cannes on the documentary that recently opened SXSW.

Ondi Timoner wrote and directed Brand: A Second Coming, in which the comedian throws himself into political activism while on a quest for happiness.

The film features appearances by David Lynch, Noel Gallagher, Oliver Stone, Mike Tyson and Stephen Merchant, among others.

“We were so impressed with Ondi Timoner’s provocative and at times even shocking portrait of Russell Brand”, said Myriad president and CEO Kirk D’Amico. “She was able to get truly amazing footage that shows us this extraordinarily brilliant comedian – warts and all.”

Timoner produced and her Interloper Films associate Nick Corcorran served as co-producer. Gareth Roy served as co-producer and Andrew Antonio is executive producer.

Myriad director of production and acquisitions Theresa Won brought the project to the company. Senior vice-president of business and legal affairs Thomas Loftus negotiated international sales rights with Wme Global »

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Time Machine: Bachchan and Rai - Bollywood King and Queen on Hollywood Red Carpet

9 May 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol. »

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Russell Brand, Patrick Stewart React To UK Elections

8 May 2015 10:09 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Russell Brand took to YouTube to express his disappointment at David Cameron and the Conservative Party’s victory in the UK elections on Thursday, May 7. The Conservative Party, also known as Tory, swept the elections, winning a Parliament majority with 331 seats. The Labour Party trailed behind with 232, followed by the Scottish National Party […]

The post Russell Brand, Patrick Stewart React To UK Elections appeared first on uInterview. »

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Sorry, Russell Brand and John Cleese: U.K. General Election Results in Projected Conservative Gains

7 May 2015 6:11 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Russell Brand hasn't been one for the whole voting process lately, but he did go to the trouble of explaining why, if he had to support anyone, he was backing Britain's Labor party in today's general election. Alas for him, exit polls are predicting Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative (or, as they say, Tory) party made the most gains this time around, according to multiple reports. "In a way, the election can be reduced to, 'There's this thing happening on May the seventh and if you do the one thing on May the seventh, there will still be David Cameron and some Tories on May the eighth. If you do another thing, there'll be [Labor leader] Ed Milliband and some other people on »

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

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Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils Lineup

5 May 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival has unveiled its lineup with 39 world premieres including Baron Davis’ documentary “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce” and Will Slocombe’s “The Escort,” starring Lyndsy Fonseca.

The festival also announced notable titles from Sundance and other festivals including Netflix’s “Manson Family Vacation,” thriller “Victoria,” “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Infinitely Polar Bear,” Russell Brand’s “Brand: A Second Coming” and “The Vanished Elephant.”

The festival, now in its 21st year, returns to downtown Los Angeles at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live. Lily Tomlin comedy “Grandma” was announced last month as the opening night film of this year’s festival on June 10.

The lineup includes 74 feature films, 60 short films and over 50 new media works representing 35 countries. New sections include the U.S. fiction and world fiction competitions and launch, as well as the previously announced Buzz, Nightfall and Zeitgeist programs.

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Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils Lineup

5 May 2015 11:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs from June 10-18 in downtown Los Angeles, announced a lineup Tuesday of 74 feature films, 60 short films, and more than 50 new media works representing 35 countries. Opening with Paul WeitzGrandma, starring Lily Tomlin, the festival will offer up such films as Ondi Timoner’s Brand: A Second Coming, the documentary about Russell Brand that bowed at South by Southwest; Marielle Heller’s Diary of a Teenage Girl, which played Sundance; and new films like Zoe Cassavetes’ drama about a 40-something actress, Day Out of Days; and Emily Ting’s romantic comedy

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The Most Disappointing – Avengers: Age of Ultron

1 May 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras shares his disappointment over Avengers: Age of Ultron

Even the thought of this column feels like a slaughter waiting to happen. I feel like Sonny Corleone in The Godfather as he exits the car at the toll booth…

I get it. People love movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron. Any negative sentiments are generally greeted with a thousand blasts from every corner of the internet. You’re branded as a hater or a troll. You’re a joyless cynic who couldn’t manage to find an ounce of fun in a pool full of whiskey.

The goal here is to try, in great detail, to explain why Age of Ultron was ultimately disappointing. In fact, one of the most disappointing movies I’ve seen so far this year.

1. It’s a Copy/Paste of the original

Avengers: Age of Ultron suffers the same fate as so many other sequels. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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The X Factor Judges' Ladder: Who will be on the 2015 panel?

28 April 2015 8:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's spring, which means the days are getting longer, the trees are beginning to blossom, and all sorts of rumours have started to fly around about The X Factor's lineup.

Below we give you the 2015 Digital Spy X Factor Judges' Ladder, where we rank all their hopefuls on their chances of making it behind that table come the summer.

1. Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is as close to a 100% confirmed as can be.

An ever-present from 2004 to 2010, Si took some time out to concentrate on the Us show, but came crawling back last year.

His return didn't push the show above Strictly in the ratings, but having signed a three-year deal in 2013, Cowell will likely stick around to try and knock his rivals off their perch.

2. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

At one point the idea of Cheryl back on The X Factor seemed less likely than Christopher Eccleston back on Doctor Who »

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The Emperor’s New Clothes Review – Russell Brand Is Lying To You

27 April 2015 4:34 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Studio Canal

Rating – ★★

There was a time not too long ago where a Russell Brand film called The Emperor’s New Clothes would have been sub-standard comedy inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale destined to be watched exclusively by high people on Netflix, with the semi-verbose comedian in a starring role as some cocky celebrity not dissimilar to himself learning a lesson in humility and wealth.

But this is 2015. The Emperor’s New Clothes we now get is a political documentary, with Brand at its centre and Michael Winterbottom, the excellent British filmmaker, behind the camera. Originally the plan was to make a film somewhat inspired by Brand’s autobiography, My Booky Wook, which looked at Brand’s life growing up in the Essex town of Grays, but since those early days the scope has been much expanded. Bringing in elements from Russell’s YouTube series The Trews and »

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There Are Two New Russell Brand Documentaries, But Only One of Them is Worth Seeing

24 April 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: SXSW Review: Russell Brand Needs to Make Peace With Ondi Timoner's 'Brand: A Second Coming' British standup comedian and actor Russell Brand's radical transformation into a rambunctious ideologue assailing the persecution of the lower classes has baffled his fellow citizens while going largely ignored in America, but that's hardly slowed down his passionate crusade. Brand's enviable cause received fascinating context in Ondi Timoner's recent "Brand: A Second Coming," which tracked its subject from his humble beginnings through various struggles with drugs, women and fame before the most recent and complicated phase of his public life. While the star turned his back on Timoner's project, citing the sensitivities associated with confronting his troubled past, it turns out he had an authorized encapsulation of his current state in the pipeline. "The Emperor's New Clothes," which is credited as being "made by" Brand and prolific British. »

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10 Ways YouTube Has Changed the Way We Watch TV

24 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's hard to believe that YouTube is just 10 years old. It seems like it's been around forever, and it's difficult to recall how we ever lived without it.

Nonetheless, it was only 10 years ago this week, on April 23, 2005, that YouTube posted its first user-uploaded video. (It was a 19-second clip called "Me at the Zoo," uploaded by site co-creator Jawed Karim, showing him commenting on his own visit to the elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo. It's been viewed 19 million times.)

Today, YouTube seems a ubiquitous part of our lives. But whether you post your own videos or simply watch those made by others, you're adding to the growth of a platform that has forever altered the formerly passive way we used to watch television. Here are 10 ways YouTube has changed what we watch and how we watch it.

Streaming. There was streaming video before YouTube, but it was »

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The Emperor’s New Clothes documentary review: working-class wonk

24 April 2015 5:51 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Russell Brand’s angry-funny rant about the current system of widescale economic injustice is concise, comprehensible, and newly infuriating. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In the funny-angry rant that is The Emperor’s New Clothes, comedian and activist Russell Brand reminds us that “Hans Christian Andersen didn’t say what happened to the cheats” who pulled a fast one on that emperor with the nonexistent clothes they made for him. But we know what happened to the banksters who crashed the global economy in 2008: Nothing. Well, nothing bad. They’ve continued to pay themselves enormous bonuses and live like the rules don’t apply to them. Because the rules actually don’t apply to them, not like they apply to you and me.

As Brand (Despicable Me 2, Rock of Ages) says as his entertaining tirade opens, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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