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Owen Wilson & Ed Helms are Brothers in Trailer for Comedy 'Bastards'

15 September 2016 7:20 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Who your father is, or isn't, is totally irrelevant." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for the comedy Bastards, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as fraternal twin brothers who go on a search for their father when their mother reveals she doesn't know who he really is. This is the feature directorial debut of a cinematographer who has worked on tons of comedies like The Hangover and The Dictator. Also starring Katie Aselton, J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Glenn Close, Ving Rhames, Ryan Cartwright, Katt Williams, Retta and Bill Irwin. This looks like your standard goofy comedy with lots of dirty jokes. Here's the first official trailer for Lawrence Sher's Bastards, direct from WB's YouTube: Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers (Owen Wilson & Ed Helms) hit the road in order to find him. »

- Alex Billington

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Owen Wilson And Ed Helms Look For Their Long Lost Dad In First Trailer For ‘Bastards’

15 September 2016 5:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“I’ve always been interested in comedies with a little bit more on the bone than a lot of laughs and something that speaks with some emotional truth,” Lawrence Sher, a longtime cinematographer turned directors told USA Today. “Particularly as we reach middle age, we often look to our parents and our family as to what the hell went wrong here.”

A veteran who’s worked on comedies like “Garden State,” “War Dogs” and “The Dictator,” Sher’s transition from Dop to helmer is for “Bastards” a new “Wedding Crashers”/“The Hangover”—esque comedy starring Ed Helms, Owen Wilson and J.K.

Continue reading Owen Wilson And Ed Helms Look For Their Long Lost Dad In First Trailer For ‘Bastards’ at The Playlist. »

- The Playlist

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Labor Day: The Most Outrageous Birth Scenes on Screen

5 September 2016 10:41 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In honor of Labor Day, we’ve compiled the most outrageous and memorable labor scenes depicted on film and television.

Given the bloody nature of delivery, birth scenes are popular in horror.

Who can forget the zombie baby from “Dawn of the Dead,” or when Melisandre births a shadow demon on “Game of Thrones.”

Birth scenes are often used in comedies as well.

The appropriately titled “Knocked Up” ends with a realistic birth that brings more gasps than laughs. And of course, nothing can top the ultra-graphic, ultra-silly baby delivery from Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy, “The Dictator.”

Check out our entire list in the gallery below. Have we missed any? Tell us in the comments below.

Labor Day Nightmares: Outrageous Birth Scenes »

- Lawrence Yee

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Labor Day: The Most Outrageous Birth Scenes on Screen

5 September 2016 10:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In honor of Labor Day, we’ve compiled the most outrageous and memorable labor scenes depicted on film and television.

Given the bloody nature of delivery, birth scenes are popular in horror.

Who can forget the zombie baby from “Dawn of the Dead,” or when Melisandre births a shadow demon on “Game of Thrones.”

Birth scenes are often used in comedies as well.

The appropriately titled “Knocked Up” ends with a realistic birth that brings more gasps than laughs. And of course, nothing can top the ultra-graphic, ultra-silly baby delivery from Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy, “The Dictator.”

Check out our entire list in the gallery below. Have we missed any? Tell us in the comments below.

Labor Day Nightmares: Outrageous Birth Scenes »

- Lawrence Yee

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DVD Review: Grimsby

5 July 2016 12:52 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Sacha Baron Cohen has found fame and notoriety playing out our collective prejudices in living, breathing form, in order to make us realise how untenable they are. Borat's social satire worked because of its mockumentary form; even as Baron Cohen played a ridiculous Kazakh journalist, he gained some all-too-true reactions from his interview subjects, showing an America too comfortable with its own bigotry. After Bruno and The Dictator, his next outrageous character is Nobby Grimsby, his new target James Bond and its suggestive/squeamish, middle-class treatment of sexuality. Except he's been cut and pasted into a sub-90 minute Johnny English sequel, starring Mark Strong and directed by the journeyman who brought us 2008's Incredible Hulk and the Clash of the Titans remake.

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- CineVue UK

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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 »

- Nicholas Bell

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