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‘Army of One’ Exclusive Featurette: Nicolas Cage Talks Gary Faulkner, The Man Who Hunted Bin Laden On a Mission From God

6 December 2016 2:44 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the mid 2000s, ex-con and handyman Gary Faulkner traveled to Pakistan several times to hunt down Osama Bin Laden on a mission from God. The story was reported by GQ in 2010, and now six years later, Faulkner’s story has finally been adapted to film. Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage stars as Faulkner and the film follows his attempts to capture Bin Laden and his various conversations with God (played by Russell Brand). The film co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Paul Scheer (“Human Giant”), Denis O’Hare (“Michael Clayton”), Will Sasso (“MADtv”) and Matthew Modine (“Full Metal Jacket”). Watch an exclusive featurette from the film below featuring Cage discussing the film and Faulkner below.

Read More: ‘Army of One’ Exclusive Stills: Nicolas Cage Hunts Down Osama Bin Laden In Pakistan On A Mission From God

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Film Review: ‘Army of One’

5 November 2016 1:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 2012, I was invited to participate in Sight & Sound magazine’s “greatest films of all time” poll. For a film critic, that’s an awesome honor — and an even greater responsibility — and for some reason I’ll never fully understand, I second-guessed my choices at the last minute, withholding my all-time favorite movie (“Fargo”) and submitting “Borat” in its place. In my defense, Sight & Sound voters always stick to the canon with this poll, since the titles with the most votes win, whereas I sincerely believe that “Borat” is the most revolutionary movie of the last decade, an anarchic social critique for the post-reality-tv era, featuring radical comedy techniques pioneered by “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” director Larry Charles.

I have chosen this space to own up to my mistake (I’ll admit, however genius I still consider “Borat” to be, it ain’t one of the 10 greatest films of »

- Peter Debruge

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Nicolas Cage Receives A Divine Intervention In First Clip For Army Of One

24 October 2016 3:11 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If you’ve come into contact with any of Larry Charles’ previous creative efforts – Borat, Brüno, and The Dictator to name but three – you’ll no doubt have a fair idea of what to expect going into the release of Army of One.

It stars Nicolas Cage as Gary Faulkner, a patriotic ex-con and unemployed handyman who’s described as a “modern-day Don Quixote.” That’s because, while down in the dumps, Cage’s bumbling protagonist receives a divine intervention from god himself (Russell Brand), who orders him to travel to the Middle East with a simple, borderline suicidal mission: execute Osama bin Laden.

Equipped with a measly sword purchased from a home shopping TV channel and little else, the results are frankly hilarious, and during his crusade, Faulkner actually made tracks to Pakistan 11 times in total. We know this because his ill-advised journey was documented in Chris Heath’s GQ article six years ago, »

- Michael Briers

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’Army of One’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Hunts for Osama Bin Laden in Bizarre Comedy

11 October 2016 7:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nicolas Cage’s diverse film career has led him down many paths, some have led him to winning an Oscar and playing a superhero, and others are little more off the beaten path, such as his latest performance in the new comedy “Army of One” as a man told by God to capture Osama bin Laden. Loosely based on a GQ story, the film follows ex-con and handyman Gary Faulkner as he learns from a vision of God (played by Russell Brand) that he must go to Pakistan and capture bin Laden. The film co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Ken Marino (“Party Down”), Denis O’Hare (“True Blood”) and Paul Scheer (“The League”). Watch the trailer for the film below.

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This will be the fifth film Cage has appeared in this year. »

- Vikram Murthi

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The 30 Most Polarizing Movies Since 2000: ‘Under the Skin,’ ‘Only God Forgives’ and More

6 September 2016 11:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Compiling data from Taste, the folks at Obscure Movie Stats have put together a list of the 30 most polarizing movies of the century so far. Among the expectedly divisive titles (“The Tree of Life,” “Paranormal Activity”) are some surprises: “Boyhood” doesn’t immediately spring to mind as an especially polarizing film, ditto “Punch-Drunk Love.” Full list below.

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30.) “Crank: High Voltage

29.) “Jupiter Ascending

28.) “Synecdoche, New York”

27.) “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

26.) “Napoleon Dynamite

25.) “Punch-Drunk Love

24.) “The Fountain”

23.) “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

22.) “Nymphomaniac: Volume II”

21.) “Boyhood”

20.) “Brüno

19.) “Paranormal Activity

18.) “Under the Skin

17.) “Team America: World Police

16.) “Lucy”

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15.) “Only God Forgives

14.) “White Chicks

13.) “The Passion of the Christ

12.) “Borat

11.) “Sucker Punch

10.) “Dogville”

09.) “Birdman”

08.) “The Assassin”

07.) “Saw »

- Michael Nordine

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Sacha Baron Cohen Signs With CAA

26 May 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

CAA just announced internally that Sacha Baron Cohen has signed with CAA. The news comes just as he hits the big screen this Memorial Day weekend frame with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska. Baron Cohen of course created the characters of Ali G, Borat and Brüno and is pretty much the best awards-show presenter going today. His recent film credits include The Brothers Grimsby, which he also produced and… »

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Sacha Baron Cohen Signs With CAA

26 May 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

CAA just announced internally that Sacha Baron Cohen has signed with CAA. The news comes just as he hits the big screen this Memorial Day weekend frame with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska. Baron Cohen of course created the characters of Ali G, Borat and Brüno and is pretty much the best awards-show presenter going today. His recent film credits include The Brothers Grimsby, which he also produced and… »

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Borat director locked into Luke and Owen Wilson prison comedy

10 May 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Larry Charles, best known for working with Sacha Baron Cohen, will take on the project set to start shooting this summer

Larry Charles, director of Sacha Baron Cohen comedies Borat, Brüno and The Dictator, will team up with Owen and Luke Wilson for an untitled prison comedy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film, which is set to start shooting this summer, will star Luke Wilson as a lawyer who receives a life sentence after being falsely accused of a bank robbery. A cellmate, played by Martin Lawrence, advises him to wed a seemingly sweet woman on the outside. But when he is released, he struggles with the fact that he is now married to someone he doesn’t know.

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Borat director locked into Luke and Owen Wilson prison comedy

10 May 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Larry Charles, best known for working with Sacha Baron Cohen, will take on the project set to start shooting this summer

Larry Charles, director of Sacha Baron Cohen comedies Borat, Brüno and The Dictator, will team up with Owen and Luke Wilson for an untitled prison comedy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film, which is set to start shooting this summer, will star Luke Wilson as a lawyer who receives a life sentence after being falsely accused of a bank robbery. A cellmate, played by Martin Lawrence, advises him to wed a seemingly sweet woman on the outside. But when he is released, he struggles with the fact that he is now married to someone he doesn’t know.

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- Benjamin Lee

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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's Brothers Grimsby Has Plenty of Shocks, Just Not Enough Laughs

11 March 2016 8:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The spectrum of outrageousness in The Brothers Grimsby, Sacha Baron Cohen's uneven new comedy, could be said to be bracketed by two jokes: One is about an elephant's vagina. The other is about Donald Trump getting AIDS. You shouldn't consider either of those spoilers. Think instead that you've been offered the chance to kick the tires on a car before deciding whether you'd feel secure going for a ride. The elephant vagina joke is probably a classic example of the Baron Cohen brand of humor, which should be firmly stamped in the consciousness of anyone who saw Borat or Brüno. »

- Tom Gliatto

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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's Brothers Grimsby Has Plenty of Shocks, Just Not Enough Laughs

11 March 2016 8:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The spectrum of outrageousness in The Brothers Grimsby, Sacha Baron Cohen's uneven new comedy, could be said to be bracketed by two jokes: One is about an elephant's vagina. The other is about Donald Trump getting AIDS. You shouldn't consider either of those spoilers. Think instead that you've been offered the chance to kick the tires on a car before deciding whether you'd feel secure going for a ride. The elephant vagina joke is probably a classic example of the Baron Cohen brand of humor, which should be firmly stamped in the consciousness of anyone who saw Borat or Brüno. »

- Tom Gliatto

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[Review] The Brothers Grimsby

10 March 2016 11:56 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Crude, cruel, and uncalled-for in the best possible way, The Brothers Grimsby, like The Dictator, marks another evolution away from the guerilla theater that put Sacha Baron Cohen on the map as a sharp critic, provocateur, and button-pusher. His latest feature balances action and comedy, and, as one might expect, there’s a certain inherent cruelty that comes from the stunts. (One sequence involves bad gunshots leading to HIV infections.) While not everything lands — including a joke involving a certain Republican presidential front-runner — there are some gags one won’t be able to unsee for some time, making for a film that mostly delivers — even if you may not be proud of yourself for laughing.

Baron Cohen stars as Nobby Butcher, a nitwit from Grimsby in Northern England and the kind of soccer hooligan Andrea Arnold’s early work cautions against getting involved with. The father of eleven children, yet »

- John Fink

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Exclusive Interview: Sacha Baron Cohen Talks The Brothers Grimsby, Censorship, And Mark Strong

9 March 2016 8:11 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Originally, my interview with The Brothers Grimsby star Sacha Baron Cohen was supposed to be a little a lot different. Press were told that Cohen would be in-character as “Nobby” Butcher, and that he’d be positioned in a bed, alongside a model (rumored to be plus-sized). This was the interview I prepared for, as I horrifyingly imagined going toe-to-toe with one of the most fearless comedians of our time. All I knew was that’d I’d enter, offer a 16 oz. tallboy of whatever piss-water I purchased on the way over, and see where the beer-swilling got me.

Thanks to a last minute change, interviewers were given a rare opportunity to speak with Cohen himself. Previously, the guerrilla jokester mainly did press in-character, keeping with the aesthetic of Borat’s radical views, or Brüno’s alternative lifestyle. Nobby would have been a blast to interact with, but that doesn »

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The Brothers Grimsby Review

8 March 2016 3:43 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Am I shocked that Sacha Baron Cohen has once again pushed the boundaries of tasteful perversion to new, demonstrably scarring realms? Of course not. But, when you watch a film like Borat or Brüno, offensive content can be assumed. The Brothers Grimsby, on the other hand, is – or was supposed to be – a more narrative espionage thriller laced with Cohen’s innocence-eviscerating sense of humor. And it is, mostly. Cohen’s focus glistens with a 90s buddy-spy vibe, yet as adventure gives way to juvenility, we start to wonder whether dick jokes are merely supplemental, or if these inappropriate gags just needed a home, and Grimsby seemed like a fit enough place.

Cohen stars as Carl “Nobby” Butcher, a drunken soccer hooligan who finally reunites with his brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), after being separated at a Grimsby orphanage. Nobby, the older of the two, stayed behind so Sebastian could be adopted by a loving family. »

- Matt Donato

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Sacha Baron Cohen: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

26 February 2016 2:20 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Columbia Pictures

Sacha Baron Cohen has built his career on exposing ignorance, racism and stupidity using gonzo tactics and a range of colourful characters. Developing himself from a cheeky TV prankster into a globally recognized, highly bankable star; Baron Cohen has certainly done very well for himself. This success is unsurprising when you take into account his apparent lack of shame, zest for the theatrical and effortless comedic presence.

Appearing in everything from a popular children’s franchise about jungle animals to an Oscar winning musical set in the French Revolution, his choice of roles is as broad as his most famous character’s faux Jamaican accent. This variety gives him a chameleonic quality, keeping viewers guessing where he’ll appear next and in what capacity. Most importantly, Baron Cohen is a natural entertainer and, for the most part, a guarantee of laughs.

However, despite all his achievements, very few »

- Johno Patterson

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