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Celebrities who have died in 2011 include the tragic July death of 27-year old Amy Winehouse and the November death of 44-year old Heavy D. It was a tragic year for the entertainment world as a number of big name stars sadly passed away. In January of 2011 actor Pete Postlethwaite died, while other stars, including British singer Amy Winehouse, boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper, rapper Heavy D and Grease actor Jeff Conaway were all among those who passed away. See the list below. January 2 --Actor Pete Postlethwaite, age 64, pancreatic cancer 3 -- Actress Anne Francis, age 80, lung cancer 4 -- Singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty, age 63, after a long illness 8 --Canadian actor Peter Donaldson, 57, cancer 11 -- Canadian actor Al Kozlik, 76, stroke 15 --Stage director Michael Langham, 91, natural causes 23 -- Jack Lalanne, father of the fitness movement, age 96, pneumonia 24 --Canadian dancer Lois Smith, 81, complications from Alzheimer's February 16 --Actor Len Lesser (aka Seinfeld's »
It's been an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups. Here, WENN takes a look back at the first six months of 2011...
The new year began with wedding bells for many couples including singer Shania Twain, who married her fiance Frederic Thiebaud in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day, while country star Kellie Pickler and actress Valerie Bertinelli also walked down the aisle on 1 January.
The new year brought baby news for a number of celebrity couples - Orlando Bloom and his wife Miranda Kerr became first-time parents with the birth of their son Flynn. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also welcomed a son, and Owen Wilson became a father just days after he announced his girlfriend's pregnancy. Nicole Kidman also hit headlines when she and her husband Keith Urban revealed they welcomed a daughter called Faith via a surrogate mother over the holidays.
There was also pregnancy news for actress Kate Hudson, who announced she was expecting a baby with Muse rocker Matt Bellamy, as well as Marion Cotillard, Jewel, Selma Blair and Victoria Beckham, who confirmed she was pregnant with her fourth child.
However, the first few weeks of 2011 also brought a slew of celebrity splits - Keira Knightley ended her longtime romance with actor Rupert Friend, Shakira parted ways with Antonio de la Rua, her boyfriend of more than 10 years, and Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin separated after eight years together.
Many stars saw in the new year by addressing their personal problems, and a number of famous faces went in and out of rehab in the first few weeks of 2011. Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato both ended long treatment stints in January, while David Arquette, Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean and his bandmate Nick Carter's younger brother Aaron all enrolled in programs. Troubled actor Charlie Sheen also admitted himself to a clinic just weeks after he was hospitalised to treat a hernia, and he later admitted he turned to booze to blot out the pain of the medical condition. Sheen’s rehab stint forced TV bosses to shut down production on his show Two and a Half Men.
Another colourful character to hit the headlines in January was British funnyman Ricky Gervais, who managed to cause controversy during his stint as Golden Globes host. The comedian was condemned by organisers for poking fun at celebrity guests including Robert Downey, Jr., Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks during the glitzy prizegiving.
The month held good news for veteran actor Michael Douglas as he was given the all-clear after a gruelling battle with throat cancer. His wife Catherine Zeta-Jones subsequently admitted she cried tears of joy when doctors told the couple the actor had beaten the disease. Poison rocker Bret Michaels also overcame a health crisis after undergoing successful surgery to close a hole in his heart.
January also saw the loss of a number of great stars including Oscar-winning James Bond theme composer John Barry, and Scottish musician Gerry Rafferty, who passed away after suffering liver failure. The world of Hollywood was again plunged into mourning following the death of British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died at the age of 64.
As awards season got into full swing, The King's Speech was the toast of Hollywood after scooping four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth, and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Natalie Portman fought back tears as she walked away with the Best Actress honour for her role as a tormented ballet dancer in Black Swan. It was a different story at the Independent Spirit Awards, where Black Swan trounced its rivals, picking up four honours including Best Director for Darren Aronofsky.
In the world of music, Lady Gaga's incredible rise continued as she picked up three Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, but her achievements were overshadowed by country trio Lady Antebellum, who scored five accolades, and the shock win for Canadian rockers Arcade Fire in the prestigious Album of the Year category for their disc The Suburbs. Across the pond at the Brit Awards in London, Arcade Fire were again bathed in glory when they were handed the International Group and International Album honours, while newcomer Tinie Tempah crowned a triumphant 12 months by taking home the British Breakthrough Act and British Single titles. Rihanna was named Best International Female solo star, and Justin Bieber was named the International Breakthrough Act of the year.
Away from the red carpet, it was a bleak month for My Name Is Earl actress Jaime Pressly, who was charged with driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, who was underwent an operation to remove a growth from her foot, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was hospitalised with a flesh-eating bug, and Dame Judi Dench, who broke two of her toes on the set of her new movie J. Edgar.
There were also woes for Rihanna, whose raunchy promo film for single S&M provoked outrage around the world and was banned in 11 countries, actress Eliza Dushku, who broke a finger on holiday, and fashion king John Galliano, who was suspended and later sacked by Christian Dior after he was filmed launching an anti-Semitic rant at stunned drinkers in a bar in Paris, France.
Rock duo the White Stripes stunned the music world when they announced they were splitting up after 14 years, and Lady Gaga's much-hyped new single Born This Way was unveiled to a barrage of accusations she had ripped off Madonna's classic Express Yourself. But there was good news for older music fans, as '60s icons The Monkees announced they were reuniting for a U.K. tour.
Loved up celebrity couples Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans, both confirmed their engagements, and there were wedding bells for Kelsey Grammer - who married for the fourth time - and Mark Ronson and Katherine Jenkins, who both announced their respective engagements.
Among the stars hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month were Christina Applegate, who gave birth to a daughter, magician David Blaine, who became a first-time father to a baby girl, reggae star Zac Marley, rocker Rod Stewart, Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, and No Doubt star Tom Dumont.
Jude Law continued his unlucky-in-love streak when he split - yet again - from Sienna Miller, Iron Man star Terrence Howard was hit with divorce papers, Olivia Wilde split from her husband after eight years, and celebrity couple Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz announced their marriage was over.
The world of showbiz bid farewell to guitar legend Gary Moore, who died aged 58, blues legend Eddie Kirkland died in a car crash at the age of 88, Seinfeld star Len Lesser succumbed to pneumonia aged 88, and The Dukes of Hazzard actress Peggy Rea, who passed away at the age of 89.
Tinseltown lost one of its brightest lights in March after movie icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Tributes from the world of showbiz poured in for the Cleopatra legend, with Sir Elton John, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli leading the heartfelt remembrances. The acting great was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where her dear friend Michael Jackson was also laid to rest in 2009.
March was also marked by controversy as a host of famous faces found themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Pop star Christina Aguilera was arrested for drunkenness in West Hollywood, while Boardwalk Empire beauty Pas de la Huerta was also apprehended after a bar fight in New York City. Jackass daredevil Steve-o was taken into custody in Canada on an outstanding warrant, and rapper Rick Ross got caught smoking marijuana in a Louisiana hotel room.
But it was Charlie Sheen who really gave fans something to talk about after he was fired from Two and a Half Men following months of public feuding with writer/creator Chuck Lorre. Days later, cops raided Sheen's Los Angeles home to investigate a tip that the troubled star was in violation of a court order by keeping a gun in the house.
March also brought one of the year's most devastating tragedies as Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, which then created an enormous tidal wave. More than 15,000 people perished in the disaster and Slash, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and the Foo Fighters were among the big-name acts who staged gigs to raise money for victims, while actresses Sandra Bullock and Demi Lovato also donated $1 million (£625,000) each to boost relief efforts.
Back in Hollywood, there was plenty of heartache as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel ended their romance, Renee Zellweger called it quits with Bradley Cooper and Twilight beauty Ashley Greene split from Joe Jonas.
But love was most definitely in the air for Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, who married showbiz agent Jim Toth in a romantic ceremony at her California home. Canadian crooner Michael Buble also wed stunning supermodel Luisana Lopilato in a civil ceremony in her native Argentina.
Celebrations were in order for former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who announced she and husband Stephen Belafonte were expecting their first child together. Actors Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson became proud grandfathers in March, while Elizabeth Banks also became a first-time mother to a baby boy, born via surrogate.
Emily Deschanel confirmed she was expecting her first child with actor husband David Hornsby, while Cruel Intentions star Ryan Phillippe also had baby news after the tabloids reported that his ex-girlfriend, actress Alexis Knapp, was pregnant.
There was a health scare on the cards for tennis ace Serena Williams after she was hospitalised with a blood clot in her lungs, while fears for Zsa Zsa Gabor's wellbeing mounted when she began coughing up blood and suffered circulation problems in her left leg.
There were births, marriages and bust-ups galore as Spring sprung in April, but only one subject was on everyone's lips - the royal wedding. Celebs and commoners alike got carried away in the buzz of the big day on 29 April, when brunette beauty Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with her very own Prince Charming, William. Who would design the dress? Who would be invited? Would best man Harry fall for bridesmaid Pippa? But all questions fell by the wayside on the morning of the magical day, as Britain and two billion viewers across the world came to a standstill to watch the future Queen of England step out of her Rolls-Royce wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen lace gown to huge cheers from the crowd. The pair wed in front of 1,900 quests, including Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family, and even showbiz royalty Victoria and David Beckham, and left London's Westminster Abbey to great fanfare as the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But Kate didn't hog all the limelight - who can forget the backing support of her sister Pippa, hailed Her Royal Hotness thanks to that figure-hugging dress and her much-discussed derriere?
The wedding was of fairytale proportions, one even our favourite celebs couldn't compete with - but that didn’t stop them from trying! Canadian crooner Michael Buble was one of the biggest stars to walk down the aisle in April - his second set of nuptials to stunning fiancee Luisana Lopilato following their original wedding day in March. Controversial couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian also wed in a private ceremony in Malibu, which was a surprise for guests - they thought they were there for the pair's engagement party! Funnyman Rob Schneider also joined the marriage club, exchanging vows with fiancee Patricia Azarcoya Arce over the Easter Weekend. The marriage mood of the month gave many stars ideas; the likes of Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy, and Tom Fletcher and his longtime girlfriend became engaged.
Despite love being in the air, some unions were destined to end - Elizabeth Hurley started divorce proceedings against her millionaire husband Arun Nayar, while Christina Aguilera's five-year marriage to Jordan Bratman was declared officially over. After marriage must come babies, and April was awash with stars welcoming newborns. Superstar Mariah Carey welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe, and in true diva style, gave birth to them on her fourth wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo both welcomed their third sons, while Jane Krakowski, Kevin James, Toni Collette and Drea De Matteo all also became parents to baby boys. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was an exception to the rule - he became the proud father of a baby girl.
But with ups, there must be downs - and nobody does scandal like the stars. Teen sensation Demi Lovato stunned her legions of loyal fans by opening up about the emotional issues which landed her in rehab earlier in the year, revealing she was battling an eating disorder and cut herself at her lowest moments. Charlie Sheen continued his madcap ways by embarking on a comedy tour following his sacking from Two and a Half Men - only to get booed offstage on his first night, with critics calling his stand-up debut an "epic failure". Bond fans mourned April as the month Sir Sean Connery announced he was retiring from public appearances after he failed to show up to a charity event in New York. Lindsay Lohan was back in trouble - and in court - when a judge decided she'd had enough of the actress' antics and sentenced her to 120 days behind bars for violating her probation. Nicolas Cage hit the headlines when he was arrested on domestic violence charges following a street bust-up with his wife in New Orleans, and Vince Neil was also in hot water for domestic violence - his ex-girlfriend accused him of jabbing a finger at her during an argument. However, the biggest shock came when Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility to overcome her bipolar disorder. The stint in the clinic came after a tough year for the Oscar-winner following husband Michael Douglas' cancer battle.
April was a sad month for actor Tim Robbins, who tragically lost his father, Gil, and his mother, Mary, within days of each other. The punk world was left in mourning when X-Ray Spex legend Poly Styrene lost her battle with cancer at the age of 53, while British actress Elisabeth Sladen, Dr Who's longest running sidekick, also passed away after a fight with the disease.
May was a shocking month as Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger split from his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver, only to reveal later on in the month he had fathered a lovechild with their housekeeper 13 years earlier. Although the scandal rocked Hollywood, he wasn't the only one heading for splitsville - Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller became officially divorced, as did actress Neve Campbell and James Bond star George Lazenby. Lady Gaga also split from boyfriend Luc Carl, while Hayden Panettiere ended her romance with her boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. Girls Aloud beauty Nadine Coyle also became single after calling off her engagement to American footballer Jason Bell.
But it wasn't all doom and gloom - Beatles legend Sir Paul Mccartney announced he was engaged to marry for the third time, to American Nancy Shevell, while director Sophia Coppolla and reality star Kim Kardashian also announced plans to walk down the aisle.
As for marriages, Marie Osmond remarried her first husband Stephen Craig, 29 years after they first exchanged vows and in the same wedding dress. Wedding bells also rang for Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and Victoria's Secret supermodel Lily Aldridge, while country king and queen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also became man and wife in Texas.
It was a baby boom month, with many stars becoming parents for the first time. Rockers Bryan Adams and Matthew Followill, actors David Schwimmer and Mike Myers, and actresses Alicia Silverstone, Marion Cotillard and Lost's Evangeline Lilly all became first-time parents. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton welcomed her second son. French first lady Carla Bruni and actress Bryce Dallas Howard were also celebrating pregnancies. But it was a sad month for British actress Kelly Brook, who suffered a miscarriage.
Other sad news in May came when Grease actor Jeff Conaway passed away at the age of 60, sending Hollywood into mourning. Boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper died two days before his 77th birthday and Superman star Jackie Cooper also died, aged 88. The month started with the shock news that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been shot dead in Pakistan. Other stars facing struggles included Sean Kingston, who was involved in a horrific jet-ski crash, while veteran actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was also hospitalised with pneumonia-type symptoms and fell into a coma.
It was also a controversial month for Lindsay Lohan, who started a 120-day jail term in the comfort of her own home for parole violation. British rocker Pete Doherty was also jailed for six months for cocaine possession. Other stars facing woes included Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Friends star Matthew Perry and boxer/singer Oscar De La Hoya, who were all submitted in to rehab programs. It was an embarrassing month for British singer Cheryl Cole, who was hired, then fired to sit on the judging panel of America's The X Factor. In music news for the month, Silverchair announced they were to split, Rod Stewart announced a Las Vegas residency, while it was a big movie month as the Cannes Film Festival in France also kicked off. While Brad Pitt was hailed at the glitzy event, with his film Tree Of Life winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Best Film, it was a bad experience for director Lars Von Trier, who was banned from the festival for controversial statements he made about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the festivities.
As summer blossomed, June marked a baby boom in Hollywood. Pop star Pink became a first-time mum at the beginning of the month when she welcomed little Willow, while drummer Adrian Young added to the No Doubt family with daughter Magnolia. Natalie Portman became a yummy mummy to son Aleph, actress Tia Mowry also welcomed a little boy, and model/actress Devon Aoki was another addition to the first-time mum club with the arrival of Hunter. Denise Richards made headlines when she announced she'd adopted a baby, Eloise, into her brood, while Meat Loaf became a grandfather when his daughter Pearl Aday gave birth to a baby boy. Lindsay Price and Nia Long also announced their pregnancies in June, as did Lily Allen - whose baby news went public on the same day she married partner Sam Cooper.
Lily's wedding wasn't the only one at the start of summer - Rachel Weisz married actor Daniel Craig following a whirlwind romance and Noel Gallagher put his wild ways behind him after exchanging vows with longterm partner Sara MacDonald.
However, the month was marred by a string of high-profile splits - David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separated just two years after reconciling following the actor's sex addiction admission, Jack White parted ways with model/singer wife Karen Elson after six years of marriage, and Hugh Hefner was dumped by fiancee Crystal Harris - just days before their planned wedding. Elizabeth Hurley's divorce from Arun Nayar was granted, and George Clooney split from Elisabetta Canalis.
There were health dramas aplenty - pop princesses Selena Gomez and Jennifer Hudson were hospitalised within days of each other. Both stars were forced to pull performances, and getwellselena even became a top trending topic on Twitter.com as fans rallied to support the Disney idol. Gomez later revealed she was malnourished and feeling exhausted, while Hudson was diagnosed with a severe bout of food poisoning.
The music world was left reeling when legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who had worked with Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, died from complications stemming from a major stroke. The rocker led the tributes to his pal, declaring, "His loss is immeasurable and we are honoured and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years." TV fans were also left in mourning following the passing of Columbo star Peter Falk at the age of 83, while legendary TV cowboy James Arness also died.
In other June news, the vampires from Twilight overpowered the magical Harry Potter kids at the MTV Movie Awards, taking home five golden popcorn prizes to their film franchise rival cast's one. The Cmt Awards took place in Nashville, Tennessee just days later and newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominated the ceremony - picking up three of the nine top honours between them. But it was a bad month for their country music rival Trace Adkins when his Tennessee home was destroyed by fire.
The month was special for U2 when they headlined Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival after a year-long wait - they were forced to pull out of the event in 2010 after frontman Bono underwent surgery on his back. In a spooky echo of U2's concert drama, pop star Jessie J was forced to axe several summer shows after undergoing emergency surgery on her broken foot – but still fulfilled her duties at Glastonbury, performing while perched on a red and gold throne. »
4 New Archer Season 3 Teasers
You’ve heard the expression, what would Jesus do. Well, its time to stop and consider what might Archer do. Yes, that dashing scoundrel who adores Mr. Burt Reynolds has some pearls of wisdom to share. If you have ever wondered what Archer would do on New Year’s Eve, or how he might handle an office romance, or if whether or not the man of mystery can offer his fellow man any fashion advice, you, my friend, are about to learn those answers and more in today’s teasers promoting the FX animated series.
The International Secret Intelligence Service agent is embroiled in his third season on the airwaves. Sterling Malory Archer, codename Duchess, continues to be voiced by Mr. H. Jon Benjamin. So far this season, Archer has tried his hand at becoming a Pirate King, but still, the best is yet to come. »
- Sasha Nova
David Steinberg is happy to let his friends bring the funny.
Once a stand-up comic himself, Steinberg became one of the most prolific directors of television comedies including "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Designing Women" and "Mad About You." He explores the nature of humor by talking with pals who are among the form's top stars -- from Martin Short, Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal to Ellen DeGeneres, Larry David and insult czar Don Rickles -- on the Showtime series "Inside Comedy," premiering Thursday, Jan. 26.
"We were going to do a movie, a documentary film," Steinberg explains to Zap2it, "then everyone we asked to be in it said, 'Yes.' Everyone. Steve Carell (an executive producer, with Steinberg, of the project) said, 'If we do this as a film, Mel Brooks will get only four minutes. Chris Rock will only have three minutes.' And each interview was something like 40 minutes long, »
"Extra" takes a look back at Hollywood's beloved stars who passed away this year.
In Memoriam 2011Harry Morgan
"M*A*S*H" star Harry Morgan died [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/12/mash_star_harry_morgan_dead_at_96.php] at the age of 96 on December 7, after suffering from pneumonia.
Comedian Patrice O'Neal died at the age of 41 [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/charlie_sheen_others_pay_tribute_to_comedian_patrice_oneal.php] on November 29, from complications of a previous stroke.
British director Ken Russell died [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/director_ken_russell_dead_at_84.php] at the age of 84 on November 27, from a stroke.
"Top Chef" host »
Seinfeld fans and disaffected revelers otherwise: Happy Festivus!
As you gather around your aluminum pole, air your grievances and perform feats of strength, it's good to know the origin of the holiday. Most people became aware of the holiday from the 1997 Seinfeld episode called "The Strike" that introduced the celebration to the world. Frank Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller, explained his long-lost celebration to bagel-slinging Kramer, recalling a destroyed doll and a frustration with consumerism. It goes much deeper than that, though.
As writer Dan O'Keefe told the New York Times back in 2004, the holiday actually came from his own father, who originally celebrated it in 1966 as an anniversary of his first date with O'Keefe's mother. Over the years, it became more involved, with traditions such as putting clocks in bags getting added to the equation.
- Jordan Zakarin
Dec. 23 is a holy day for TV nerds like us, for it is the day we celebrate Festivus.
The made-up holiday entered our consciousness thanks to "Seinfeld" writer Daniel O'Keefe, who based a December 1997 episode he wrote on experiences he had growing up. (You can go here to watch a collection of clips from the episode.) The ceiling in the Zap2it office is too low for a properly majestic aluminum pole, and liability concerns led us to scrap the feats of strength.
But we can still air some grievances. We covered some of our gripes with the current TV landscape in our "We're over it" gallery last week, but we'd like to expand on a couple of those and talk about some of the other ways TV has disappointed us this year.
You've heard us and many others complain about the indefinite benching of "Community" and "Cougar Town." But what's most disappointing, »
Filed under: Movie News, Holiday Movies
Since its release on Dec. 1, 1989, 'Christmas Vacation' has become a holiday staple -- and not just because Mavis Staples sang the now-classic title track. (Try the veal?) Starring Chevy Chase (before he was the anchor on 'Community'), Randy Quaid (before he ran away from the Star Whackers), Beverly D'Angelo (before 'Entourage') and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (before 'Seinfeld'), the film earned $71 million at the box office and -- unofficially -- received a lifetime holiday season pass from TBS. What was it like when 'Christmas Vacation' was being filmed? Thankfully, Entertainment Tonight has posted video of a long-lost set visit to 'Vacation,' which finds Chase mugging, Quaid holding onto reality with a supple grip, and D'Angelo looking as adorable as you remember. (Sorry, Ari Gold.) No talking head shots of the now-deceased William Hickey (he »
- Christopher Rosen
Paramount realeased this brand new movie trailer for the upcoming comedy “The Dictator” by director Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno, Seinfeld) and starring Anna Faris (The Skeleton Twins, Scary Movie 4, Ghostbuster III), Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G Indahouse, Sweeney Todd, THe Simpsons), Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Shutter Island), Jason Mantzoukas (Enlightened, Parks and Recreation, Traffic Light), Anthony Mangano (General Hospital, Point Break, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag). Synopsis: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the latest from “The Dictator”. Source: Dailyblam.com »
- Brian Corder
Great news for fans of Jerry Seinfeld: Due to popular demand, two shows added to the comedian.s previously announced Los Angeles engagement. America.s TV and comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld announced last week that he would be returning to Los Angeles in March 2012 for the first time in ten years to perform a two-show engagement at the Pantages Theatre. Because of ticket pre-sale response, Seinfeld has added two additional shows during this time. Hailed as a master at his craft, Seinfeld has an uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing his material across the country in 2012. His tour will visit the »
- April MacIntyre
Young Adult Directed by Jason Reitman Written by Diablo Cody Starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt Larry David. Seinfeld. Ben Stiller’s Greenberg. The entire cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa. They are all unlikable misanthropes, but now they’re getting some stiff competition from Mavis (Charlize Theron), a bitchy beauty skating by on her sunny good looks when she is rotten to the core on the inside. Mavis is the troubled protagonist of Young Adult, the latest movie from director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), who points his camera toward the self-entitled “me” generation who think they deserve whatever they want, whenever they want, consequences be damned. Mavis lives an utterly selfish existence. She drinks herself into oblivion every night and indiscriminately sleeps with men. Her job consists of being a ghostwriter for a popular tween book series, »
Paramount just released this hilarious new poster featuring Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming comedy “The Dictator” by director Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno, Seinfeld) and starring Anna Faris (The Skeleton Twins, Scary Movie 4, Ghostbuster III), Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G Indahouse, Sweeney Todd, THe Simpsons), Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Shutter Island), Jason Mantzoukas (Enlightened, Parks and Recreation, Traffic Light), Anthony Mangano (General Hospital, Point Break, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag). Synopsis: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the latest from “The Dictator”. »
- Brian Corder
CBS Television Distribution has landed the distribution rights for TV Land’s hit show, “Hot in Cleveland.” The show, which stars Betty White, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli had the highest-rated telecast in TV Land’s 14-year history. The show has also launched its third season on the network, airing at 10 p.m. Et/9 p.m. Ct. Scott Koondel, President of Distribution for Ctd, said how viable the show is for distribution. “When ‘Hot in Cleveland’ debuted it was immediately hailed as an instant classic by TV critics, in the same vein as traditional four-camera sitcoms such as ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Frasier,’ ” he said. “In a marketplace »
Exclusive: Fox has bought a single-camera comedy project starring comedian Josh Wolf, regular panelist on Chelsea Handler’s E! late-night talk show Chelsea Lately. Wolf will co-write the show with Seinfeld alum Spike Feresten and Michael Morris (Brothers & Sisters), with Chelsea Handler and her friend, In Plain Sight star Mary McCormack, who is married to Morris, executive producing. Also executive producing are Feresten and Handler’s producing partner at Borderline Amazing Tom Brunelle. Morris, Wolf and Brad Wollack will co-executive produce. The comedy, set up at 20th Century Fox TV, is based on Wolf’s early years as a single father of three and a full-time stand-up comic. Wolf is with Parallel Entertainment, Feresten with 3 Arts, Handler, Brunelle & Wollack with CAA, and Morris & McCormack with Gersh. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
For the first time in ten years, acclaimed comedian Jerry Seinfeld is set to be back in Los Angeles on stage. Jerry Seinfeld will be performing his signature stand-up routine at Los Angeles. Pantages Theatre for two shows in March 2012. Seinfeld has had a busy year of producing as well, bringing Colin Quinn's "Long Story Short" to Broadway and HBO. Seinfeld of course is best remembered for his eponymous TV series where he played in an ensemble that was a top-rated series for many years. Hailed as a master in his craft, Seinfeld has an uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing »
- April MacIntyre
We got the brilliant first trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator yesterday, which immediately set up the controversy by opening the trailer with footage of a speech from Obama, and promised that fans of his earlier films can sleep safe in the assurance that this is going to be a lot of fun too.
Following on from that, we’ve now got the film’s first poster to share with you, via Imp Awards, in which Baron Cohen has posed for his immortalising portrait, whilst still wearing his green sunglasses. Brilliant.
The film reunites the leading man with Larry Charles, the director of Borat and Brüno, with a script coming from Baron Cohen and former Seinfeld writers Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer, all of whom have since been writing Curb Your Enthusiasm, for which Charles is executive producer and frequent director.
Alongside Baron Cohen will be Sir Ben Kingsley, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Billed as the cinematic adaptation of Iraqi romance novel "Zabibah and the King" by Saddam Hussein - yes, that Saddam Hussein - it differs greatly from the source text, portraying Baron Cohen as a foreign dictator who comes to America to learn a thing or two.
Learn a thing or two, and, um, sleep with Megan Fox in exchange for some precious jewels and zipline between buildings for no apparent reason.
The first trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator has arrived, and it is offensive. Just the way you (possibly) like it.Billed as the cinematic adaptation of Iraqi romance novel "Zabibah and the King" by Saddam Hussein - yes, that Saddam Hussein - it differs greatly from the source text, portraying Baron Cohen as a foreign dictator who comes to America to learn a thing or two. Learn a thing or two, and, um, sleep with Megan Fox in exchange for some precious jewels, and zipline between buildings for no apparent reason. Unlike Bruno and Borat, it's not a mockumentary, but it is directed by the same man: legendary Seinfeld writer Larry Charles.As for the trailer itself, it's definitely not vintage Baron Cohen. The jokes feel a little tired, the casual rascism a touch too casual, a touch too rascist. Still, as he's playing dual roles in this one, »
"I've seen a couple of these tapes -- Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian," David confessed. "I don't know what they were on or what. Horrible! If you are going to do it, do it with Tommy Lee or someone like that ... come on!"
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- Naughty But Nice Rob
It’s been a long time since Sacha Baron Cohen has starred in a movie of his own making. I know this because I haven’t heard an American fraternity brothers/out of touch co-workers quoting him in a few years. Ah, what bliss it’s been. But brace yourselves, because next summer, He’S Back. And not in his typical guerilla improv way either. This time, it’s a scripted movie written by Cohan and former Seinfeld scribe Alec Berg, called The Dictator. The film follows Cohen as he plays an evil Middle Eastern dictator named General Aladeen who visits America only to hate our every custom. Now, I know they always say that movie studios put every single funny part of a film in the trailer, and once they lure you into a theater seat, the movie actually sucks. Curly Sue, I’m looking at you. But I »
- Michelle Collins
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