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HBO Inks Overall Deal with ‘Silicon Valley’ Showrunner Alec Berg (Exclusive)

22 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has signed writer and producer Alec Berg to an overall deal, Variety has learned exclusively.

As showrunner on “Silicon Valley,” Berg’s business with HBO is heating up even more, as he co-created Bill Hader’s upcoming comedy “Barry,” which was recently ordered to series.

Under the new two-year pact, Berg will continue his showrunner and exec producer duties on “Silicon Valley,” as well as exec producing “Barry.” He will also bring new development projects to the premium cabler.

Berg has long been in the HBO family, as he was exec producer, writer and director on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on which he worked for four seasons. He first worked with Larry David on “Seinfeld,” rising the ranks from staff writer to exec producer. For his work on “Curb,” he shared three best comedy Emmy nominations, and for “Seinfeld,” he shared two noms.

Berg co-created “Barry” with Hader, and will serve as exec producer and writer. The »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows movie review: shell schlock

30 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Leaden and witless, though it obviously believes there is humor in its loud, chaotic juvenility. It would be an insult to cartoons to call this cartoonish. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Apparently the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when they debuted way back in the 1980s, were intended as a parody of superhero comics. I picked up this tidbit from the Tmnt wikipedia page. I did not absorb it through some sort of cinematic osmosis while watching the new Tmnt movie, Out of the Shadows. That would have been impossible. Whatever the truth of the long-ago comic-book Turtles, there is absolutely nothing that marks them as satirical here. (This may also be true of the 2014 movie that rebooted this franchise, but I have so far managed to avoid that one. If only that had »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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New to Streaming: ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘The Player,’ ‘A Married Woman,’ ’13 Hours,’ and More

27 May 2016 7:35 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Michael Bay)

For better or worse, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the purest distillation of Michael Bay’s cinematic voice. Bay’s favorite themes recur here from his brand of cheerleading GI Joe patriotism to righteous bloodlust to endlessly off-color non-sequiturs. And years of carpet bombing criticism targeted at his continued lack of political correctness and subtlety have »

- The Film Stage

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Owen and Luke Wilson to re-team for new comedy from Larry Charles

12 May 2016 5:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that brothers Owen and Luke Wilson are set to re-team on a new comedy project with Borat director Larry Charles.

The untitled comedy is set up at Voltage Pictures, who are in the process of looking for buyers at Cannes, and will see the siblings team with Martin Lawrence.

Luke Wilson will star as “Howie Summers, a man falsely accused of a bank robbery who, thanks to his criminally incompetent lawyer (Owen Wilson), finds himself serving a life sentence in prison. On the advice of his cellmate Slick (Lawrence), he finds a wife on the outside and marries the seemingly sweet, demure woman. When, shortly afterwards, Howie is exonerated, he suddenly finds himself married to a woman he barely knows.”

Director Charles, who worked with Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, was also executive producer and director on hit HBO comedy show Curb Your Enthusiasm. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Is This Thing On? Cannes Emcee Comic Does Rupert Pupkin-Caliber Job Welcoming Woody Allen With Bizarre Rape Joke

11 May 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Glitzy Hollywood events have their share of wince-worthy moments. There was the time Paul Thomas Anderson spoke at the Spirit Awards and noted that one of the event’s sponsors should be boycotted because they lost his luggage. There was Sacha Baron Cohen, promoting The Dictator on the Oscars red carpet, dumping what he said were the ashes of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il all over Ryan Seacrest’s tux jacket, telling the stunned interviewer that if asked who he… »

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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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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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Sacha vs Brian: The Freddie Mercury Biopic Saga

11 April 2016 12:51 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black on the saga of the Freddie Mercury biopic and the war of words between Sacha Baron Cohen and Brian May…

The biopic of Freddie Mercury, the legendary Queen front man who died of AIDS in 1991, is shaping up to be one of the greatest lost film projects of the modern age. Surely a slam dunk of a success waiting to happen, with it’s tale of glam rock excess, forbidden sexuality, celebrity stardom and the ravages of a well-publicised disease, the film has Oscar written all over it for almost certainly the man playing Mercury, at the very least. Yet the movie remains elusive, and battle lines between Queen and the man everyone thought would be Freddie grew wider this week as Brian May launched a scathing rebuke to Sacha Baron Cohen’s recent assertions he left the project because Queen wanted to secure their legacy.

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- Tony Black

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Garry Shandling, 'Larry Sanders Show' Star, Dies at 66

24 March 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Garry Shandling, the influential stand-up comedian and star of "The Larry Sanders Show," has died. He was 66.

TMZ was the first to report the news on Thursday afternoon, writing that Shandling was rushed to a Los Angeles area hospital earlier that day, where he later died. The cause was an apparent massive heart attack, according to the site, though Shandling's representatives have yet to confirm that report.

Shandling broke new comedy ground with his 1980s series "It's Garry Shandling's Show," which frequently broke the fourth wall and inspired the irreverent style of other, later series, including "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He followed that up with another influential comedy, "The Larry Sanders Show," which spoofed the behind-the-scenes workings of a late-night talk show, and earned him much critical acclaim, including multiple Emmy nominations for acting, and one win for writing.

The comedian cut his teeth in television writing for »

- Katie Roberts

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Garry Shandling, 'Larry Sanders Show' Star, Dies at 66

24 March 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Garry Shandling, the influential stand-up comedian and star of "The Larry Sanders Show," has died. He was 66.

TMZ was the first to report the news on Thursday afternoon, writing that Shandling was rushed to a Los Angeles area hospital earlier that day, where he later died. The cause was an apparent massive heart attack, according to the site, though Shandling's representatives have yet to confirm that report.

Shandling broke new comedy ground with his 1980s series "It's Garry Shandling's Show," which frequently broke the fourth wall and inspired the irreverent style of other, later series, including "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He followed that up with another influential comedy, "The Larry Sanders Show," which spoofed the behind-the-scenes workings of a late-night talk show, and earned him much critical acclaim, including multiple Emmy nominations for acting, and one win for writing.

The comedian cut his teeth in television writing for »

- Katie Roberts

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Garry Shandling, Star of 'The Larry Sanders Show,' Dead at 66

24 March 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Garry Shandling, star of The Larry Sanders Show and It's Garry Shandling's Show, has died. TMZ reports that he was not suffering from a specific illness but was in a hospital at the time of his death. Police confirmed the actor's death to The Associated Press. He was 66.

Related: Garry Shandling: True Lies

The comic originally made a name for himself in the late Seventies and early Eighties for his dry, ironic wit and humorously pained grimace. Between comedy stages, television programs and Hollywood films in the decades since then, »

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5 Reasons Why Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘The Brothers Grimsby’ Bombed

13 March 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After his spy spoof “The Brothers Grimsby” landed with a $3.1 million thud at the box office this weekend, Sacha Baron Cohen may be thinking that he’s getting a little old for this movie comedy stuff. Not in real years, of course. The British actor is only 44, hardly a graybeard in Hollywood terms. But “Grimsby” is by far Baron Cohen’s worst movie opening. Its first-weekend haul is just a fraction of the money that his other R-rated comedy efforts — like 2006’s “Borat,” 2009’s “Bruno” and even 2011’s “The Dictator” — managed to make in their debuts. Also Read: 'Brothers Grimsby'. »

- Todd Cunningham

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Box Office: ‘Zootopia’ Rules With $50 Million, Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Brothers Grimsby’ Bombs

13 March 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Zootopia” cruised to another box office victory this weekend, picking up $50 million and barreling across the $100 million mark domestically.

After two weeks of release, “Zootopia,” the critically acclaimed story of a plucky rabbit policewoman, has earned $142.6 million stateside. In its second weekend, “Zootopia” only dropped 33% — an impressive show of endurance at a time when major releases routinely see their grosses cut in half after a big opening. The animated offering is benefiting from a lack of family fare. It’s been more than six weeks since “Kung Fu Panda 3” landed in theaters and the next big film aimed at younger audiences doesn’t hit until April 15 with “The Jungle Book.”

“Family audiences have been underserved for months, so this movie is perfectly timed to get more bang for the buck,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

Despite the continued strength of “Zootopia,” Paramount and Bad Robot »

- Brent Lang

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‘Zootopia’ Dominating Box Office With $47 Million, ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ Solid

11 March 2016 1:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s second weekend of “Zootopia” is dominating U.S. moviegoing with about $47 million expected from 3,827 locations this weekend — double the launch of thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane,” early estimates showed Friday.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy “The Brothers Grimsby” posted tepid returns with weekend estimates ranging from $3.6 million to $5 million at 2,235 sites. Sony’s “Grimsby” may be outdone by Lionsgate-Codeblack’s debut of romantic comedy “The Perfect Match,” bowing at only 925 screens.

Focus Features’ launch of faith-based “The Young Messiah” showed little life with a projection of $3 million at 1,761.

“Zootopia” continues to pack plenty of punch, heading for $11 million on Friday, down only 43% from its opening day. The animated toon should wind up the weekend with a 10-day domestic cume around $140 million.

On Friday, Disney trumpeted the fact that “Zootopia” has already passed $300 million in worldwide box office.

Paramount’s “10 Cloverfield Lane” was the only other significant draw on Friday with »

- Dave McNary

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The Brothers Grimsby | Review

11 March 2016 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This is England: Leterrier Transports Raunchy, Nonsensical Comedy

If Adam Sandler was still interested in generating laughs, he might have eventually turned out something as ridiculous and outré as The Brothers Grimsby, another vehicle designed specifically by and for button pushing star Sacha Baron Cohen, in which he stars as another odd, social misfit bumbling about in his own particularly distressing comedy of errors fashion. Helmed by Louis Leterrier, (now completely divorced from the slickly serious Transporter realm, where he cut his teeth as an acolyte/product of Luc Besson before moving on to Hollywood fare with the 2008 The Incredible Hulk rehash), it’s a completely asinine, adolescently minded bit of perversity. It also happens to have its fair share of shockingly extravagant moments, and these, along with Cohen’s odd penchant for political subtexts and sometimes innocent charm makes his latest offering disarming, and surprisingly funny. Though it’s »

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Box Office: ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ Scares Away Competition on Thursday Night

11 March 2016 8:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount’s apocalyptic thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane” scared away the competition, opening to a solid $1.8 million at about 2,500 locations on Thursday night.

Sony’s spy spoof “The Brothers Grimsby” launched with a quiet $235,000 at Thursday showings. Focus Features’ faith-based “The Young Messiah” took in a moderate $475,000 at 1,300 locations in previews. Meanwhile, “The Perfect Match” scored $155,000 at 790 sites last night.

Disney’s second weekend of the animated comedy “Zootopia” will easily win the frame with at least $40 million following its impressive $75 million debut last weekend.

The launch for “10 Cloverfield Lane” is in the same neighborhood as 2011’s “Super 8,” which took in $1.5 million in previews and opened to a $35.5 million weekend, and 2014’s “Edge of Tomorrow” with $1.8 million in previews and a $28.8 million launch.

“10 Cloverfield Lane,” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr., is pegged for about $20 million at 3,391 locations. Developed by J.J. AbramsBad Robot Prods. as a »

- Dave McNary

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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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What Sacha Baron Cohen Misses About Shooting Mockumentaries

10 March 2016 11:21 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Sacha Baron Cohen captured our hearts by fooling people through his use of mockumentary and making us laugh riotously. First on television as Ali G, Borat, and Bruno, and then when he brought the latter two characters to the big-screen. His latest, The Brothers Grimsby, follows 2012.s The Dictator by forsaking the mockumentary genre for a comedy narrative. And Cohen admitted that he actually misses filming in this style, explaining that the adrenaline rush he got while shooting these scenes can.t be replicated.  Sacha Baron Cohen made this admission to me when I sat down to talk with him about The Brothers Grimsby. If you.re so inclined, you can even head down to the bottom of the page to see a clip of my discussion with the British rapscallion. While chatting about The Brothers Grimsby, I asked him if he missed anything in particular about how he used »

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Sacha Baron Cohen Handcuffs Himself to a Reluctant Matt Lauer While in Costume as The Brothers Grimsby Character

9 March 2016 12:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

First, he dumped ashes on Ryan Seacrest, and now Sacha Baron Cohen is locking up Matt Lauer. During an appearance on Today on Wednesday, Cohen - in character as The Brothers Grimsby's Nobby - convinced Lauer to let him handcuff him. Initially resistant ("No, not in a million years ... I am not putting myself in handcuffs with you," Lauer said), Cohen eventually prevailed and began showing the host how to get out of handcuffs using only butter and a paper clip. Cohen initially failed to unlock the cuffs under his 10-second deadline, citing that the lack of "English butter" lead to the mishap. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Box Office: ‘Zootopia’ to Trample ’10 Cloverfield Lane,’ ‘Brothers Grimsby’

9 March 2016 8:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Zootopia” will tower over the competition for the second straight weekend, as the Disney animated hit looks to add $40 million to its grosses.

That will push the story of a plucky rabbit who becomes a cop past the $100 million mark, easily securing first place on the domestic box office chart. Critics have loved the film, and audiences seem to agree, handing it an A CinemaScore rating, which indicates it will show some endurance.

It’s been a real case of feast or famine this year. Over the first two months of the year ticket sales have been up nearly 10% over 2015 thanks to success stories such as “Zootopia” and “Deadpool.” While those films prove that blockbusters don’t have to debut in just the summer or holiday season, there’s a clear case of income disparity. The flops have piled up at a rapid pace — among the Doa are “Zoolander 2, »

- Brent Lang

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