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Brandon T. Jackson -- Dani Mathers' Gym Pic Not Shocking ... You Have No Privacy! (Video)

15 July 2016 6:34 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_yycjtdnh"]] Don't just blame Dani Mathers for the gym sauna pic she posted of a stranger -- without the woman's knowledge -- blame the woman too ... according to actor Brandon T. Jackson. The "Tropic Thunder" star had a much different perspective on the case everyone's talking about -- former Playmate Mathers body shaming the woman on social media after posting the image she secretly shot. Brandon, who is a funny guy, was Not joking when we got him in Bev Hills. »

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14 Times Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's Quotes About Each Other Made You Feel Things

22 June 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

In addition to being one smoking-hot couple, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have an adorable habit of gushing about one other. After meeting on the set of Tropic Thunder and costarring in 2012's Wanderlust, they began dating and later tied the knot in August 2015. The lovebirds have had nothing but supercute things to say about each other ever since, so take a look at their sweetest quotes ahead. »

- Quinn Keaney

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New Behind-The-Scenes Alien: Covenant Image Features Danny McBride In The Interior Of The Ship

22 June 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Last time we got a glimpse of Michael Fassbender's David, and this latest behind-the-scenes snap from the set of Alien: Covenant provides a first look at Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, This Is The End, Pineapple Express) alongside director Ridley Scott. No details on his character just yet - but it's obviously safe to assume he'll be a member of the Covenant's crew. The image also gives us a good look at the interior of the new spacecraft. “Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the ‘synthetic’ David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.” Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demien Bichir and Danny McBride, and is set to hit theaters on August 4, 2017. »

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As Stacey Snider Ascends at Fox, Hollywood Is in Turnaround

17 June 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of “Gone Girl,” Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos seemed visibly relieved to have Stacey Snider finally join the studio, after months of speculation that this capable executive would join him from DreamWorks. Now, almost two years later —and after a 25-year career at Fox —the studio has confirmed that Gianopulos’ contract will not be renewed after it expires on June 30, 2017, when he will graduate “upstairs” into an executive role at parent company 21st Century Fox.

This follows a transition for Snider that has not been smooth. While the veteran exec has the right mix of skills to run a studio (and did so at Universal with Ron Meyer), knows how to manage a team of executives, and how to develop, produce, and release movies that are smart and four-quadrant friendly, entering the Fox landscape proved to be a challenge. »

- Anne Thompson

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As Stacey Snider Ascends at Fox, Hollywood Is in Turnaround

17 June 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of “Gone Girl,” Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos seemed visibly relieved to have Stacey Snider finally join the studio, after months of speculation that this capable executive would join him from DreamWorks. Now, almost two years later —and after a 25-year career at Fox —the studio has confirmed that Gianopulos’ contract will not be renewed after it expires on June 30, 2017, when he will graduate “upstairs” into an executive role at parent company 21st Century Fox.

This follows a transition for Snider that has not been smooth. While the veteran exec has the right mix of skills to run a studio (and did so at Universal with Ron Meyer), knows how to manage a team of executives, and how to develop, produce, and release movies that are smart and four-quadrant friendly, entering the Fox landscape proved to be a challenge. »

- Anne Thompson

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Why R-Rated Comedies Have More Fun and More Highlights From Greenwich’s Comedy of Business Panel

13 June 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

How do you make money being funny? Last weekend, the Greenwich International Film Festival’s Comedy Of Business Panel featured a selection of industry luminaries to talk about that exact topic. Actor Will Arnett (“Flaked”) joined producers Richard Brener (“Wedding Crashers”), Stuart Cornfeld (“Tropic Thunder”) and Chris Bender (“American Pie”) to talk about the process behind making a truly great comedy.

Between jokes about Twitter “correctness” and losing the script for “The Hangover” (which would go on to gross around $50 million), the seasoned assembly got down to the heart of what comedic films are today. Here are the three of their most interesting insights they had to offer.

Let the Douche Be the Fall Guy

“All of us are constantly being painted further and further into a corner,” said Arnett on the topic of political correctness in feature comedies.

In a time when Twitter backlash can ruin a career over an off color joke, the industry leaders had quite a bit to say about finding where to draw the line. When asked about Ben Stiller’s infamous “Tropic Thunder,” Cornfeld admitted it would be difficult to produce today, especially when it comes to the movie’s “full retard” sequence, of which Cornfeld said, “I can’t believe you would tell a joke like that now.” Richard Brener added, “or then.”

He later added, “Don’t aim low and miss. If there’s no joke behind the joke and it’s just mean spirited you’re going to fall on your face.” The panel revealed that it was this very reason that so many comedies feature an unlikable character saying horrendous things, like ‘American Pie’s douche extraordinaire Stiffler. If the audience knows the joke is coming from a bad person, they are less likely to take offense.

“I play a lot of dumb characters on purpose so I can say a lot of shitty things,” Arnett joked.

Read More: Greenwich International Film Festival Hires New Executive Director Colin Stanfield

R-Rated Movies Have More Fun

With difficulty to create comedy that would be inoffensive to anyone, the speakers agreed that R-rated comedy was the place to find freedom. Nearly everyone on the panel had taken part in making a movie that was acclaimed as bringing R-ratings back into style. From box office successes like the “Wedding Crashers” and “Zoolander” to the more recent giant “The Hangover,” the popularity of R is cyclical every few years.

Speaking from his own experience with “American Pie,” Chris Bender noted that, “R is so much more freeing, both in, like, being more truthful and real in language.” PG-13 may be more attractive to studios that want as many people to see a movie as possible, but language constraints can often stunt comedy. Brener, who works for the studio New Line Cinema confirmed, “You only get one non-sexual ‘fuck.’”

Read More: ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 to be a ‘Serialized Murder Mystery,’ Could Premiere By November 2016

Make A Comedy For the Joy and the Pain

When you boil it down, comedies are perhaps the most difficult (and wonderful) movies to make.

For Arnett, “it’s always about the experience of it. I know that for me, as a performer, if you’re going to have a good experience and feel like you’re a part of something you are really into, the other person is going to raise their game. So, you want to do that because that’s kind of the recipe for success.” The panel agreed, if it looks like the audience was having fun making it, they probably were.

However, as a producer, that is not always the case. For Cornfeld, the Tenacious D movie was the best experience, but never yielded returns like he thought. Whereas on the set of “Zoolander,” his money problems with the studio went as far as debt collectors leaving him threatening messages at his home.

But it does feel good to look back and laugh. Brenner and Bender certainly do when they remember how they almost made “The Hangover.” After workshopping the script, and even providing the key plot point of the groom disappearing (something that really happened to a friend), the script went to another studio. They both admitted it would not be the same wonderful movie if they had made it.

In fact, it’s Brenner’s dad’s favorite movie. “He brings it up every time I see him,” he laughed at the lowest point of his career.

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- Sarah Colvin

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Sacha Baron Cohen to play Mandrake the Magician

8 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Way back in 2002 it was announced that Warner Bros. had snapped up the rights to Mandrake the Magician, a character often referred to as the first comic book superhero, and now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that it has found its star in Sacha Baron Cohen (Bruno, Grimsby).

Mandrake the Magician was created by Lee Falk (who would subsequently create The Phantom) in 1934 as a syndicated comic strip, which ultimately ran until 2013. The character and his assistant Lothar also featured in the 1980s cartoon Defenders of the Earth alongside The Phantom and Flash Gordon.

Mandrake the Magician is yet to receive a script, but has Etan Cohan, writer of Tropic Thunder and director Get Hard, attached to helm.

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- Gary Collinson

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Sacha Baron Cohen set to star in Mandrake The Magician

8 June 2016 3:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Grimsby may not have gone down as well as actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen had hoped, but there’s a chance his first foray into comic book territory will fare better. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen’s set to produce and star in Mandrake The Magician, an adaptation of the 30s strip created by Lee Falk.

Mandrake’s director is said to be Etan Cohen, the Tropic Thunder writer who made his directorial debut with the flaccid Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard last year. The combination of the two Cohens suggests that we might be in for a tongue-in-cheek take on Mandrake, whose abilities include hypnosis, teleportation and invisibility.

This won’t be the first time Mandrake’s had a brush with the big screen, »

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Is Sacha Baron Cohen Pulling Mandrake The Magician Out Of His Hat?

7 June 2016 6:39 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sacha Baron Cohen is circling a feature film adaptation of the Mandrake The Magician comic strip, a project that we’re hearing is in very early days at Warner Bros with Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen angling to direct (he made his helming debut with Get Hard). There is no script for this, and very few deals are made, we’re told. But any new potential project with Baron Cohen is an eye-opener — even after his last effort The Brothers Grimsby failed to move the needle for… »

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Sacha Baron Cohen Is Mandrake the Magician

7 June 2016 6:22 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Way back in 2012, Warner Bros. announced they were moving forward on a Mandrake the Magician movie, based on the iconic comic strip created by Lee Falk that debuted in 1934. We haven't heard anything further about this project in the four years since then, but now it seems to be moving forward, with Sacha Baron Cohen coming aboard to star. Ethan Cohen, who made his directorial debut last year with Get Hard, is attached to direct.

The original comic strip followed the title character, an illusionist and a powerful hypnotist. He uses his abilities to fight crime with Lothar, one of the strongest men in the world. Universal Pictures produced a 12-part serial based on the comic strip in 1939, but the character has not been seen on the big screen ever since. There was also a 1954 TV movie based on the character that starred Coe Norton, but now it seems Mandrake »

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Sacha Baron Cohen Starring as ‘Mandrake the Magician’

7 June 2016 4:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sacha Baron Cohen is attached to star in Warner Bros.’ long-stalled “Mandrake the Magician” movie.

Etan Cohen, who made his directorial debut on “Get Hard” for the studio, is on board to to direct with Atlas Entertainment producing. The studio is seeking a writer for the project, which has been in development for more than a decade.

Mandrake first appeared in Lee Falk’s 1934 comic strip as a stage magician and powerful illusionist who spent his efforts battling gangsters, mad scientists, extraterrestrials and characters from other dimensions. The character was the subject of a 12-part serial Columbia Pictures released in 1939.

Variety reported in 2012 that “Puss in Boots” scribe Tom Wheeler had been brought on to rewrite “Mandrake the Magician” for Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment. Hyde Park and Baldwin Entertainment Group were developing the project in 2005.

Sacha Baron Cohen starred earlier this year in Sony’s comedy “The Brothers Grimsby »

- Dave McNary

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Sacha Baron Cohen Will Be 'Mandrake The Magician'

7 June 2016 3:39 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

A movie starring Sacha Baron Cohen is being made. Alright now that I have your attention, let me tell you what that movie is going to be. Mandrake The Magician. Yes, I have no idea who that is, and I won't pretend like I'm a Mandrake diehard who can tell you what his first appearance was or who created him. All I know is Sacha Baron Cohen is going to portray the character in a new movie.

The movie is being directed by Etan Cohen, who's only relation to Sacha Baron Cohen is the last name. Don't get mad at me, I read his Wikipedia page, I don't see a single lick of evidence that would prove both men are related, even if I wish that was the case because it'd be cool to have a duo of brothers working on the film with one directing, and one leading. Etan Cohen, »

- Nicholas Williams

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STX Partners with Ben Stiller for ‘Alex Strangelove’ Comedy

9 May 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

STX Entertainment is developing teen comedy “Alex Strangelove” with Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”) and is in advanced talks with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films to produce.

Johnson is directing from his own script about high school senior Alex Strangelove, whose quest to lose his virginity — eagerly awaited by his patient girlfriend, cheered on by his rowdy friends — launches him into an exploration of modern manhood.

In addition to Red Hour, STX is also in talks on “Alex Strangelove” with producers Nicky Weinstock and Jared Goldman.

Red Hour, which is operated by Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld, announced in November that it was  partnering with Bold Films to produce a slate of new movie, TV and digital projects. It also announced that Weinstock was joining Red Hour at that point.

Red Hour, which had a longstanding first-look deal at Fox, has produced mostly comedies including the “Zoolander” movies,  “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, »

- Dave McNary

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Special Correspondents review – Ricky Gervais's journo bromance posts bafflingly few laughs

28 April 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Gervais and Eric Bana generate little chemistry faking reports of a botched jungle assignment

Hopes are stubbornly high for Ricky Gervais’s decision to revive The Office and David Brent in the cinema later in the year, a creation for which he will always have hall-of-fame status – and it’s incidentally impossible to remember his appearance with David Bowie in Extras with anything other than awe. But there’s frankly little in the way of comedy gold to be mined from Gervais’s latest venture, which he has written and directed.

It’s a mainstream bromantic comedy of medium-budget blandness produced specially for Netflix, and based on the 2009 French film Envoyés Très Spéciaux. The film gives us some satiric hints of Wag the Dog and Tropic Thunder – with a slight touch of the leaden and widely forgotten buddy movie Hollywood Homicide with Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford. Special Correspondents shows »

- Peter Bradshaw

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When Actors Stop Acting And Start Living A Role

17 April 2016 4:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway argues that method acting is often unnecessary…

This week it was revealed that Jared Leto sent pornography and condoms to his Suicide Squad co-stars in preparation for his role as the Joker. When I did that with my work colleagues I got arrested, but it turns out to be Ok if you’re an Oscar winning actor. It does also highlight the issue of when acting crosses the line into living a role.

There is a long and not so proud history of actors going above and beyond to immerse themselves in the character they are playing to ensure a great performance.

Daniel Day-Lewis is currently not looking for acting work as he believes it would be hard to top his performance as the title character in Lincoln, during which he would send his co-stars text messages in character as Abraham Lincoln; I do hope Sally Field »

- Neil Calloway

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Robert Downey Jr.: How Iron Man Started His Career By Playing a Dog

4 April 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6, marking Robert Downey Jr.’s sixth appearance as Tony Stark/Iron Man. The character has been good to Downey (who celebrates his 51st birthday on Monday). Last August, Forbes announced that he had earned an estimated $80 million that year, his third consecutive year as the world’s highest-paid actor.

Audiences love success stories, but Downey’s saga seems too far-fetched, even by Hollywood standards. He went from being a promising young actor to an unemployable outcast. But then he rebounded to become a mega-star, respected by the same peers who once shunned him. It’s a tale of redemption and financial rewards, but it’s also a tale of artistry. Because even at the lowest ebb, nobody doubted his talent.

At age 5, he made his film debut, billed as Bob Downey in the 1970 “Pound,” directed by his father, Robert Downey Sr., who was »

- Tim Gray

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Netflix’s ‘Special Correspondents’ Trailer: Ricky Gervais Needs to Grow a Pair

23 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After making a comfortable home at Netflix for his series Derek, British comedian Ricky Gervais is bringing an original comedy feature to the streaming service with Special Correspondents. In what feels like a Tropic Thunder meets Wag the Dog kind of story, Gervais plays a sound engineer who teams up with a radio journalist (Eric […]

The post Netflix’s ‘Special Correspondents’ Trailer: Ricky Gervais Needs to Grow a Pair appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Tropic Thunder screenwriter to pen Cannonball Run revival

21 March 2016 6:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has snapped up the rights to the Cannonball Run franchise, tapping Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen to pen a new film, which is being described as a “relaunch” rather than a “remake”.

Revolving around a cross-country race, the first film was released by Fox in 1981 and was a huge hit at the box office, earning over $72 million from its $16 million budget. Warner Bros. released the 1984 sequel Cannonball Run II in 1984, while Orion released the third film Speed Zone (a.k.a. Cannonball Fever) in 1989.

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- Gary Collinson

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Get Hard Director Lends New Lease Of Life To The Cannonball Run Remake

16 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Get Hard director Etan Cohen will direct the long-gestating The Cannonball Run remake, according to Deadline.

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights for the property, citing that the new interpretation isn’t being viewed as an out-and-out remake; rather, Warner is hoping to relaunch the “Cannonball sea to shining sea memorial trophy race” that played out across the 80s comedy flick and its two sequels, Cannonball Run 2 and Speed ZoneBurt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dom DeLuise were just some of the stars that featured across the cult comedy series.

Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3) will take point to write and direct the modern rendition of The Cannonball Run, flanked by Andre Morgan, Alan Gasmer (Vikings) and Jesse Ehrman who are attached to produce.

Indeed, this isn’t the first time that a potential do-over of The Cannonball Run has flirted »

- Michael Briers

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'Cannonball Run' Reboot Once Again In The Works

16 March 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Warner Bros. has been quietly revving up the engines to get a "Cannonball Run" remake/reboot off the ground for a while now. Back in the day, General Motors was apparently willing to lend a vehicular hand with the project, and directors like Guy Ritchie and Shawn Levy were kicking the tires. Nothing happened and the project seemingly ran out of gas, but how things are humming along again. Read More: Review: 'Men In Black 3' Is A Surprisingly Decent Return To Form For The Flagging Franchise  Deadline reports that the studio are now turning to Etan Cohen to write and direct the redo of the comedy flick your dad loves starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Dean Martin and a million other actors and actresses. Cohen is the writer behind "Tropic Thunder," "Idiocracy" and "Men In Black 3" who made his directorial debut last year with »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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