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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. »
- Eric Kohn
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 »
- Gary Susman
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
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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.
- MaryAnn Johanson
Variety is reporting that director Michael Winterbottom (9 Songs, The Emperor’s New Clothes) is in talks to direct Russ and Roger Go Beyond.
Will Ferrell (Get Hard) is set to play famed director Russ Meyer in the film, which is based on the true story about how softcore porn maestro Russ Meyer teamed with Roger Ebert on Beyond the Valley of the Dolls – the first X-rated film to be released by a studio. Early word had Josh Gad (Frozen) rumoured to be up for the part of the late Ebert, but those rumours have yet to come to fruition.
The film is being produced by Mark Amin’s Sobini Films, David Permut and Richard Waltzer, with a script by Emmy-winning writer Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons). Bob Simonds’ Stx Entertainment will finance and distribute the pic, which is set to go into production later this year.
Winterbottom’s latest film, the »
- Scott J. Davis
★★★☆☆ It seems only fitting that England's prized louche comic-turned-activist, Russell Brand, should find his latest on screen venture in Michael Winterbottom's documentary The Emperor's New Clothes (2015). Brand assumes the lead, taking aim at the bankers and corporations that form the world's top 1% of the wealth pyramid, looking to expose the problems in their practices and the more severe issues of income inequality that stem from those practices. Brand is able to bring his signature levity to an otherwise grim topic. He shines in his connections to the public, never shying away from the opportunity to charmingly mouth off to passers-by, security guards - anyone really.
- CineVue UK
The Emperor's New Clothes brings Brand to the heart of London and New York's financial districts to examine income inequality on a global scale.
Brand also asks hard-hitting questions about why financial reform was not put into place in the wake of 2008's worldwide financial crisis.
Included in the film is a controversial confrontation between Brand and Daily Mail publisher Lord Rothermere over tax breaks for the wealthy in the UK.
Winterbottom's documentary recently made its worldwide debut in London, and later this week will be screened at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
The Emperor's New Clothes will also be more widely »
The upcoming biographical comedy, Army of One, doesn't just echo a military recruitment motto, it plans to send Nicolas freaking Cage to a war-torn Middle East. Now, it looks like an impressive cast of comedic talent will join the man of maniacal mirth as he heads on an off-the-wall adventure to find the Osama Bin Laden. Deadline recently reported that Nicolas Cage.s Bin Laden bonanza, Army of One, received an impressive influx of cast members, headed by names like Russell Brand and Rainn Wilson. Notable talents like Denis O.Hare, Ken Marino, and Paul Scheer are also set to join the war romp. It.s shaping up to be a great cast, especially with the previously announced addition of Wendi McLendon-Covey from Bridesmaids and TV.s The Goldbergs. At the moment, no details have been revealed about any of their characters. Yes, as far as movies about Bin Laden, »
Back in 2004, Michael Moore scored the biggest box office hit of his career. Fahrenheit 9/11 was Moore's reaction to the horrific events of September 11th 2001, and specifically the political changes that followed in its aftermath. Savagely critical of the George W Bush administration, the film also leaked online, and was widely seen ahead of the 2004 Us presidential election.
In said election, Bush grew his vote, won a majority in the popular ballot, increased his electoral vote tally, and was re-elected as President of the United States.
Why? Well, amongst the many reasons, maybe Moore was preaching a little to the converted. And the same may well be said of Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom's new documentary, The Emperor's New Clothes.
At heart, this is an extension of the political »
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
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 »
Despite the title, Nicolas Cage won’t be left all alone in Army of One. In fact, he’s just picked up a bunch of very funny co-stars. Russell Brand, Denis O’Hare, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer, and Rainn Wilson have all signed on for the comedy, about an American handyman who sets out to capture Osama bin Laden. What makes the […]
- Angie Han
Love him or hate him, there’s no ignoring Russell Brand. The louche, shaggy-haired, former druggie/current author/actor/raconteur made his first impression with the American public as the fabulously named Aldous Snow in Nicholas Stoller’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” A slew of film roles followed, some promising, others less so (“Arthur,” anyone?). In the last couple of years, however, Brand has consciously moved away from the bad-boy image that defined his early career trajectory, moving towards a very public sort of political activism. In 2013, for instance, Brand encouraged British citizens to not vote and called for a “massive re-distribution of wealth,” although he was a bit hazy on exactly what that meant. He published a book titled "Revolution," and now Brand, ever the firestarter, has teamed up with director Michael Winterbottom (“24 Hour Party People,” “The Trip”) for “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” an incendiary comic documentary that looks »
- Nicholas Laskin
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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- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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… »
Michael Winterbottom and Russell Brand team up to take on the system in The Emperor's New Clothes, a documentary about Brand's campaign to make bankers accountable for the irresponsible trading that lead to the 2008 crash and subsequent bail out. The film will be screened in the UK nationwide with a post-screening Q&A by Brand on 21 April and will be on general release from 24 April Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
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