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For about five years now there's been a script waiting to be produced called Winter's Discontent. The adult comedy has been described as follows: When Herb Winter's wife of fifty years dies, the faithful but sexually frustrated widower moves into a retirement community to start living the swinging single life. Last we heard back in 2009, Borat and The Dictator director Larry Charles was on board the project written by first-timer Paul Fruchbom and featured on last year's Black List. But now Deadline has word that In & Out and Death at a Funeral director Frank Oz is at the helm with Billy Crystal attached to lead the comedy. This is exactly the kind of project Crystal needs to reinvigorate his big screen career. The star of such favorites as When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers and The Princess Bride has only had Monsters Inc. to keep him relevant. Last year's abysmal »
- Ethan Anderton
Sooooo … remember many months ago when it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen would appear in a movie called The Lesbian? Well, that’s still happening. And Baron Cohen has gone all the way to Denmark to get the screenwriters for it.
Baron Cohen has tapped the screenwriters of the Danish film Klown to work on the screenplay for The Lesbian. There’s already a treatment written by Baron Cohen and Ant Hines, who also did Borat and Bruno, so we can assume that the new guys Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam will be working off of those ideas.
The Lesbian is the true story of Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao who offered $65 million to any man that could ‘convert’ and marry his lesbian daughter. The daughter’s rather unpredictable reaction to this was to be moved by how much her father cared about her. It’s just … such a lovely story, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
This week, the first film in Phase Two of Marvel’s plan for world domination hits theatres. That’s right, folks. Iron Man 3 hits North American shores on Friday and recently, we had the chance to sit down with Don Cheadle, who stars in the film as War Machine, or should we say, Iron Patriot.
During a roundtable interview, we discussed with Cheadle what it was like working with director Shane Black, who took over the franchise from Jon Favreau, what he thinks about a solo War Machine movie, when he first got into superheroes and comic books and much more.
Don Cheadle: Well, I think this ear for the “buddy cop film” definitely came into play in the relationship between Tony and Rhodes. »
- Matt Joseph
Internet beware, because on April Fool's Day, everyone is a prankster! As we question any and all news stories that come across our desk today, take a look at five of our favorite pranksters, George Clooney and Sacha Baron Cohen included!
1. George Clooney- This handsome face cannot be trusted. Known for his on-set pranks, usually directed at his pal Brad Pitt, Clooney even pulled one over on Et at the 2006 Oscars. Check out his conman skills:
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While Hollywood marriages don't last, it seems bromances are forever. Seth Rogen and James Franco, forever hitched since Daniel and Ken walked into our lives in "Freaks & Geeks," have collaborated on a handful of projects including "Pineapple Express," "The Green Hornet," "Knocked Up" and this summer's apocalypse comedy "This Is The End." The latter was Rogen's first co-directing gig, along with writing partner Evan Goldberg, and it seems that not only did he like the experience, so did Sony. Rogen and Goldberg are teaming up again to helm "The Interview" for the studio, based on a story they wrote with Dan Sterling ("The Daily Show"). Another high-concept comedy, this time the plot centers on a talk show host and producer who somehow get mixed up in a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea. So yeah, it's topical and potentially touchy subject matter, but as Sacha Baron Cohen proved »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Austin - Dan Mazer has built a career based on a very particular type of humor. As a writer/producer, he's been involved in "Da Ali G Show," "Borat," "Bruno," and "The Dictator," and he's helped define Sacha Baron Cohen's public persona in the process. Now with his first feature film as a writer/director, he's turned his attention to the Working Title romantic comedy formula, and "I Give It A Year" manages to parody the structure of those films while playing as an actual one at the same time. No easy feat, that, and I was surprised by how well Mazer manages »
- Drew McWeeny
It seems that Tom Hooper can’t get enough of the music. This time Les Miserables director may reunite with Sacha Baron Cohen for the Freddie Mercury biopic. Scripted by Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind The Queen and Frost/Nixon, the biopic has always been a starring vehicle for Baron Cohen who is not of Arab heritage, but loves to mock all things Arab and Muslim. Farrokh Bulsara, better known as Freddie Mercury was born in the British protectorate of Zanzibar, East Africa, but Morgan’s script is said to begin with the formation of Queen in the early ’70s and end with their legendary 1985 Live... Related posts: Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury in Queen Biopic Freddie Mercury Biopic With Sacha Baron Cohen Will Shoot This Year Freddie Mercury Biopic With Sacha Baron Cohen to be Released in 2014 Sacha Baron Cohen To Join Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables »
- Nick Martin
As in "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," Aussie director Baz Luhrmann is looking to circumvent Generation Y's deep loathing for anything from before this past decade by saturating his lavish film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age romance "The Great Gatsby" with pop tunes aplenty.
True to his past behavior, Reuters reports that Luhrmann has lured 17-time Grammy champ Jay-z in the curatorial executive producer capacity on "Gatsby," meaning he's procuring, producing and arranging all the artists' tracks for the soundtrack, rumored to include the likes of Lady Gaga and Prince.
That's appropriate, given that the Jigga man's moniker is actually taken from childhood nickname "Jazzy," although this runs contrary to initial reports that had the rapper actually scoring the film, a job that will actually fall to Craig Armstrong.
"In our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop," said Luhrmann. "Not only is Jay-z a great artist, »
- Max Evry
Interview Louisa Mellor 8 Mar 2013 - 09:00
Days before the DVD and Blu Ray release of Utopia, we enjoyed a brief chat to the wonderful Adeel Akhtar, aka Wilson Wilson…
Warning: contains Utopia spoilers.
I’d take a bet, right now, that somewhere in the country is a new-ish puppy, guinea pig, or goldfish named Wilson Wilson. I’d take a similar bet that someone, somewhere is using Neil Maskell’s unvarying delivery of the line “Where is Jessica Hyde?” as their mobile ringtone. Finally, I wager that the next time a flu epidemic hits the headlines, Twitter will be standing room only thanks to gags about Mr Rabbit.
Such is the ardent affection that six-part Channel 4 drama Utopia provoked from fans earlier this year. The show splashed a can-full of acid yellow paint onto the greyness of a UK January, rousing us from the post-Christmas slumber with a nasty »
In the first Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, overeager mad scientist Flint Lockwood’s machine designed to end world hunger instead visited the town of Swallow Falls with a plague of gigantic, mutant food. In its upcoming sequel, Flint returns to his island home to track down his still-operational machine – only to find that it has created an entire ecosystem of food-animal hybrids.
Let the puns commence.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 will be directed by Cody Cameron (Open Season 3) and Kris Pearn (Surf’s Up). The movie will feature the voice talents of Bill Hader (Men in Black 3), Anna Faris (The Dictator), James Caan (That’s My Boy), Neil Patrick Harris (The Smurfs), and Terry Crews (The Expendables 2), among others.
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- Kyle Hembree
This story first appeared in the March 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. "You’re like a ringmaster trying to get interviews done,” says Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell of the Oscar preshow circus. Red-carpet vets say because it’s the final awards-season event, anything goes: “We asked people their Oscar-day routine, and Melanie Griffith said, ‘I had sex with my husband,’ ” recalls omg! Insider co-anchor Kevin Frazier. No matter how nutty the vibe, no one cuts the line, not even Sacha Baron Cohen, who as “The Dictator” poured ashes all over Ryan Seacrest on live
- Rebecca Ford, Sophie Schillaci
I instantly thought of Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator when I first saw this poster of Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3. Either that or as a rapper in Master P's No Limit army. Either way, man he is looking gangster. According to the Marvel Wikia, here's a little background on this guy: The Mandarin's parents died shortly after he was born. The Mandarin spent all of his vast inheritance training at science and martial arts. Doing so caused him to go broke at roughly the same time he reached adulthood. The Chinese government evicted him because he was too broke to pay his taxes. The bitter, broke, homeless, but extremely well trained Mandarin began to wander the earth. He found an alien space-ship during his wandering. He studied the ship to gain knowledge of advanced science, and stole rings he found within it. The »
- Brad Brevet
Sacha Baron Cohen has been named the highest-earning British actor in Hollywood.
However, the newspaper reports that Cohen did not make Forbes's Celebrity 100 list as he was not "considered famous enough".
Watch a trailer for The Dictator below: »
London, Feb 16: Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has been named Britain's highest paid Hollywood star. He banked over 20 million pounds in 2012 thanks to box office success with "The Dictator" and "Les Miserables" -- however, he missed a place in the Forbes Celebrity 100.
- Ketali Mehta
The Internship stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two 40-something schlubs who find themselves laid off and in need of work. In a bit of professional odd-pairing, the two older guys compete for an internship at Google, where the stars of the show are all 20-something geniuses who make the old dogs look… well, old.
The film is directed by Shawn Levy, who made the feel-good flicks Night at the Museum, Real Steel, Date Night and Cheaper by the Dozen. Co-starring are actors like Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class), Max Minghella (The Social Network) Aasif Mandvi (The Dictator), B.J. Novak (The Office) and John Goodman. Watch the trailer above.
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- Kofi Outlaw
Sacha Baron Cohen is now Britain's highest-earning actor in America.
Other notable earnings came from his role as the voice of King Julien the lemur in 'Madagascar 3' and in his most recent role in box office smash 'Les Miserables', where he played innkeeper Thenardier.
Last month at the at the London Critics' Circle Awards, Helena Bonham Carter praised her 'Les Miserables' co-star Baron Cohen as a comic "genius".
- The Huffington Post UK
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 22, 2013
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Nominated for eight Academy Awards, director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) 2012 Les Miserables is the latest adaptation of the timeless stage musical, which is based on Victor Hugo‘s classic novel.
Hooper loaded up the movie with a bunch of big stars. Hugh Jackman (Real Steel) as Jean Valjean, the 19th century man who’s being hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe, The Next Three Days). Valjean’s decision to care for Cosette (Amanda Seyfried, Letters to Juliet), daughter of factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs), changes their lives.
Both Jackman and Hathaway were nominated for Oscars for their performances, Jackman as a leading role and Hathaway as supporting. »
Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) is set to make her directorial debut. Variety reports that she will step behind the camera for Miss Stevens, and that Anna Faris (Movie 43, The Dictator) is set to star. The screenplay was penned by Julia Hart, which tells the story of "a high school teacher (Faris) on a cross-country trip to a drama competition."
Page is going to be fairly busy this year. She can be seen in Woody Allen's To Rome with Love and Zal Batmanglij's The East. As we recently reported, she will reprise the role of Kitty Pryde in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Page is a solid actress, and I would hope she has picked up »
- Jim Napier
The gorgeous Ellen Page (a fact I alway feel uneasy about admitting after her cracking performance in David Slade’s gripping, paedophile thriller, Hard Candy) is set to make her directorial debut with sweet-natured comedy-drama, Miss Stevens. The film will come from a screenplay by Julia Hart, and has the focus on a depressed teacher who, while on a turbulent weekend trip to a state drama competition, recaptures her lust for life, self-worth and love of her profession.
Scary Movie and The Dictator’s Anna Faris, soon to be seen in Brit rom-com, I Give It A Year, will take the lead. Shooting will commence once Page finishes work on Bryan Singer’s superhero sequel, X-men: Days Of Future Past, in which she returns as mutant Kitty Pryde.
- Craig Hunter
Ellen Page is to make her directorial debut with Miss Stevens, starring Anna Faris as a teacher chaperoning a mob of high school students to a state drama competition. Page, 25, cut her acting teeth on Hard Candy and Juno before co-starring in Inception in 2010.
Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy, who enjoyed a breakout role on Bridesmaids and cameos in next week's This is 40, is in negotiations to direct Tammy, a raunchy comedy in which she's also star, alongside husband Ben Falcone.
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