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15 Things We Learned Hanging Out With Nathan Fielder

15 Things We Learned Hanging Out With Nathan Fielder
It's been nearly two years since a new episode of Nathan For You hit the airwaves. During that time, host Nathan Fielder was almost completely out of the spotlight, popping up only in bit parts on things like Transparent, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Tour de Pharamacy. That whole time he kept his cult audience completely in the dark on the status of Nathan For You – his hysterical Comedy Central business improvement show – but on September 21st he's finally returning with a special episode where he'll revisit many of the characters
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The Muppets Director James Bobin to Direct The Sci-Fi Film The Punch Escrow

The producing team behind Disney's Beauty and the Beast and the director of The Muppets James Bobin are developing a feature film adaptation of the sci-fi novel The Punch Escrow.

The sci-fi thriller is set in the year 2147, and it tells the story of a character named Joel Byram, who works on training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human. Then one day he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. There is a shadowy organization that controls teleportation and Joel is put in a position where he has to outsmart them and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world where two of him exist.

This sounds like a fascinating sci-fi story that could make a great movie! Here's a more detailed description from the Tal M. Klein novel that was published by Geek & Sundry on July 25, 2017:

It’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging.
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Dan Mazer to conjure an adaptation of Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost to film

  • JoBlo
We've got great news for all of you comic book and graphic novel fans out there! Dan Mazer (Da Ali G Show, Dirty Grandpa) has signed on to direct an adaptation of Vera Brosgol's Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel Anya's Ghost! Producing the film will be Bold Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt, Bullitt Entertainment’s Benedict Carver and eOne.... Read More...
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My World Of Flops: The spy who disappointed me case file #85: The Brothers Grimsby

My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following.

With his pioneering work on Da Ali G Show and Borat!, Sacha Baron Cohen set the bar prohibitively high for himself by making comedies where he risked serious physical injury for the sake of laughter. In his HBO series and star-making cinematic vehicle, Cohen wasn’t just an unusually funny and fearless comic performer. He was also a daredevil, a performance artist, and the closest thing to Andy Kaufman since the man himself.

Cohen seems to be operating on a different, infinitely more challenging and tricky comic frequency than anyone else. He is a true comic original, but he’s also a victim of his success and ubiquity. Cohen’s specialty involved playing fictional characters like Bruno, Ali
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Donald Trump: The Films and TV Shows That Made Him a Pop Culture Icon

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Donald Trump: The Films and TV Shows That Made Him a Pop Culture Icon
Many of us, during this election cycle, have found us switching from live TV to our Netflix queues in search of escapism. But because the two people currently running for president of the United States have been in the public eye for decades, there’s always a danger that you might be reminded, on-screen or through some clever joke, that November 8 is coming.

By the numbers, odds are pretty good that between the two candidates, the one you’ll see will be Donald Trump. According to IMDb, since 1981 Donald Trump has made over 230 film and television appearances — 219 as “Self” and 20 as an actor usually playing “Donald Trump,” though there may be some overlap between the two.

Read More: Donald Trump: By Roasting Him, We May Have Validated Him

This includes talk shows and news programs, but it’s still more than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who has 196 listed appearances as “Self,
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Dirty Grandpa Blu-Ray Review

I have seen many films, some good, some bad, some mind-boggling in their awfulness. I can safely say though that no film has ever been delivered to me in a package that contained a condom, a pill bottle full of Tic-Tacs and an H&M bikini top. But when I received Dirty Grandpa, now on Blu-ray from Lionsgate, that little goodie bag came spilling out. Oh dear, I thought, gazing upon the strange pile of trinkets. This does not bode well.

Dirty Grandpa is one of those films that makes one ask some age old questions, like “Why?” and “Did they read the script?” and “How much is Robert De Niro getting paid for this?” True, the latter question is one that many of us are asking nowadays, but there is still nothing quite so painful as watching the erstwhile star of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The Godfather Part
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Movie Review – Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Alice Through the Looking Glass, 2016.

Directed by James Bobin.

Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Rhys Ifans and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Synopsis:

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

For all its visual wonder, Alice in Wonderland suffered from director Tim Burton’s almost infantile inability to let go of what is nothing short of his monstrous ego, a running issue apparent in anything post Sleepy Hollow way back in 1999. Oh the joy that Alice Through the Looking Glass, under the direction of James Bobin, shakes away the ego, in place of genuine heart, something all but lacking from its predecessor.

We find Alice aboard her father’s ship, The Wonder, under the pursuit of pirates. Six years later, back in London, Alice’s one-times dastardly fiancé
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Alice Through The Looking Glass review: “A rather palatable sequel”

Alice Through The Looking Glass review: James Bobin takes the directing reigns from Tim Burton for Disney’s second live-action cinematic outing, adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic books.

Disney follow-up their huge $1 billion + grossing Alice In Wonderland. Here’s our Alice Through The Looking Glass review.

Alice Through The Looking Glass review

Tim Burton‘s first movie in this series, Alice In Wonderland from 2010 left a bad taste in the mouth for most critics, mine included, but audiences lapped up his adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book in their millions. The film was a huge gamble for Disney at the time, with the movie apparently costing around $200 million to make, but it returned over $334 million on domestic soil alone, and over $1 billion in total around the world.

A sequel was a given, even though we had to wait nearly six years for it. Alice Through The Looking Glass
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The Muppets Director James Bobin Essentially Confirms He's Directing The Men In Black/Jump Street Crossover

That Men in Black/Jump Street crossover movie (recently titled Mib 23) is actually happening over at Sony, and in a new interview with Collider, director James Bobin basically confirms that he'll be the one to bring it to life.

Our comments section has been mixed about this news ever since we first started writing about the idea, but I have to say: this sounds like a ton of fun. I'm a huge fan of the Jump Street movies (under masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller, they struck the perfect balance of cheesy, funny, touching, and meta), and I think the Men in Black movies are in serious need of an overhaul after two forgettable sequels, so an injection of Schmidt and Jenko sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

Bobin — who directed The Muppets, Da Ali G Show, and Flight of the Conchords — seems like an excellent fit for this kind of comedy,
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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen hits comedy rock bottom in the awful 'Brothers Grimsby'

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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen hits comedy rock bottom in the awful 'Brothers Grimsby'
Sacha Baron Cohen is a very smart, very funny man. One of the best parts of his publicity tour for The Brothers Grimsby has been hearing him give interviews out of character about his process when working on Da Ali G Show, Borat, and Bruno. The worst part of it, unfortunately, is the movie The Brothers Grimsby, which is an entirely laughless affair and easily the low point of Cohen's career so far. No one is more shocked by my reaction to the movie than I am. I am an easy laugh. I'll admit it. I am predisposed to laughter. That's my natural state, my preferred condition. I love comedy. I love all forms of comedy. I love cerebral wordplay. I love silly physical slapstick. I love the gross. I love the esoteric. If you search through my collection, you'll find all kinds of things, and I love that. Every now and then,
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8 Times Sacha Baron Cohen Almost Ruined His Career For The Sake Of Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen is no stranger to controversy. He’s considered to be one of the most successful comedians of the modern age, but that’s apparently not for his lack of trying to dismantle his own career by offending just about everyone on the planet.

Beginning with Da Ali G Show, and through his four ‘character’ movies, Sacha Baron Cohen has in his time aggravated a shocking range of people. Now, with his latest film, The Brothers Grimsby (check out the trailer above), he threatens to insult even more.

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What you’ll find over the next few pages is a list of all the times Sacha Baron Cohen has been been sued, threatened by the establishment or offended whole nations; his most controversial, potentially career-ending moments.

He’s offended whole swathes of the world, but these are eight times when Baron Cohen’s career could have been derailed,
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Sacha Baron Cohen on Trump, Gross-Out Gags and His Shocking New Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen on Trump, Gross-Out Gags and His Shocking New Comedy
If Donald Trump didn't exist, Sacha Baron Cohen would have had to invent him. Not since the halcyon days of Borat and Brüno has anyone so effectively goaded Americans into revealing the anger and ignorance that burbles just beneath the surface. The frighteningly popular presidential candidate leading a rally in one of his signature call-and-response moments ("And who's gonna pay for the wall?" "Mexico!") would rank with the British actor/prankster's greatest stunts if only Trump were in on the joke.

Compared to what passes for politics these days, the
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23 Jump Street/Men In Black Crossover Officially Announced

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Of all the leaks to come out of the Sony E-Mail hacks, probably the strangest one was the idea that the highly anticipated 23 Jump Street would feature characters from Men in Black to create one of the most unlikely crossover movies to date. Well, it looks like it is a pipe dream no more, with Variety reporting that not only is the project moving forward, but The Muppets director James Bobin has been tasked with helming Schmidt and Jenko’s meeting with the elusive group of alien hunters, seeing as Phil Lord and Chris Miller are busy with Star Wars’ Han Solo spin-off movie. You may have heard of it. While it would have been preferable to have them direct this no doubt crazy mash-up, Bobin’s work on The Muppets, Da Ali G Show, and Flight of the Conchords does give some serious comedy chops. While Jonah Hill and
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'Jump Street' and 'Men in Black' Crossover Is Closer to Happening

'Jump Street' and 'Men in Black' Crossover Is Closer to Happening
Back in December 2014, during the massive Sony hack, it was revealed through leaked emails that the studio is planning a crossover of two hit franchises, Jump Street and Men In Black. We haven't heard much about the project since last January, when 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed that the crossover is still possible. Today we have word from Variety that the crossover is actually moving forward, as the studio enters talks with director James Bobin to direct.

Insiders claim that Sony hasn't officially issued a green light for the movie yet, but they are aiming to start production this summer. James Bobin was brought on because Phil Lord and Chris Miller won't be able to direct, since they're currently occupied with the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo spinoff, which is set for release in May 2018. The filmmakers are still on board as producers,
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Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Pull Off Ali G Oscars Prank

Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Pull Off Ali G Oscars Prank
It's tradition for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce The Academy Awards presenters in the days and weeks leading up to the big show. Sacha Baron Cohen was one of those presenters, who, along with Olivia Wilde, presented a highlight reel for one of this year's Best Picture nominees, Room. The actor appeared in a traditional tuxedo during the red carpet coverage, but when it came time to present, Olivia Wilde was joined by none other than Ali G, one of Sacha Baron Cohen's beloved characters from Da Ali G Show. On Monday, the actor appeared on the U.K. talk show Good Morning Britain, where he revealed he was explicitly told not to present in character.

"The truth is we actually had to sneak it in, because the Oscars sat me down before and said they didn't want me to do anything out of order,
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'The Brothers Grimsby': Film Review

'The Brothers Grimsby': Film Review
Back in the late '90s, when Da Ali G Show pulled in big ratings and before the Kazakh clown Borat spun off with his own film, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was arguably the funniest man in Britain, if you didn’t count Boris Johnson (the outgoing mayor of London). In the wake of the disappointment that was 2012's The Dictator, The Brothers Grimsby (which will be called just Grimsby when it opens in the U.K. on Feb. 24) provides further evidence that Baron Cohen, having embarked on a career as a straight actor, is perhaps going a bit soft in

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Let us Never Forget How Funny Da Ali G Show Was

It feels like it’s been an eternity since watching Da Ali G Show. Sasha Baron Cohen has come so far since his “humble” beginnings as a cool hip hop interviewer. But before Borat and Bruno, there was Ali G and Baron Cohen was taking interviewing and live humor to a whole new level. In remembering my first experience, I can’t believe that I actually didn’t like Da Ali G show when I first saw it. I really need to hit myself over the hit a few times for that mistake. Baron Cohen was the man back then, plain and simple.

Let us Never Forget How Funny Da Ali G Show Was
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Robert De Niro and Zac Efron featured on new Dirty Grandpa posters

Coinciding with its Us release today, two new posters have arrived online for Dirty Grandpa featuring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron. Check them out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Dirty Grandpa

Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can from one another and form the bond they never had.

Dirty Grandpa is directed by Dan Mazer (Da Ali G Show,
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First clip and new images from Dirty Grandpa starring Zac Efron and Robert De Niro

Ahead of its Us release next week, the first clip and a batch of new images have arrived online from the upcoming comedy Dirty Grandpa which stars Robert De Niro and Zac Efron. Check them out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Dirty Grandpa

Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can from one another and form the bond they never had.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

New poster and final trailer for Dirty Grandpa starring Zac Efron and Robert De Niro

MTV has unveiled the newest poster for Zac Efron and Robert De Niro’s road trip comedy Dirty Grandpa, which shows the two stars of the film shirtless, while the official final trailer has also arrived online; check them out here…

Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »
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