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The writer-director at present is working as an exec producer and showrunner on HBO’s Mike Judge comedy “Silicon Valley.” The new deal calls for Berg to develop new projects for the pay cabler and supervise other prospects. “Silicon Valley” is set to bow April 6.
Berg spent four seasons on HBO’s Larry David laffer “Curb,” and before that he worked with David on NBC’s “Seinfeld.” In the feature realm he wrote and produced the 2012 Sacha Baron Cohen vehicle “The Dictator,” and he wrote the 2004 comedy “Eurotrip.”
Berg is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman of Hansen Jacobson.
- Cynthia Littleton
Back in October we brought you the news that Peter Dinklage had signed up for a Bad Santa-like "R-rated leprechaun comedy". At the time the Paramount project was untitled and didn't have a director in place, but both those issues have now been rectified. The film is called O' Lucky Day, and the director will be Lawrence Sher.Sher is following Wally Pfister's recent form, seizing the director's chair following a successful career as a cinematographer. In particular, he's known for his association with Todd Phillips, acting as Dp on all three Hangover films and Due Date. He also shot Garden State, The Chumscrubber, Dan In Real Life, Paul and The Dictator. But it's not all indies and comedies: he recently contributed some additional photography to Godzilla. The only plot synopsis available for O' Lucky Day so far is that it involves Dinklage trying to pass himself off as a real leprechaun. »
Members of the press were given a yummy first-hand look at the food and décor of this year’s Governors Ball, which will immediately follow the 86th Oscars ceremony on Sunday, March 2, in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood Highland Center.
Thursday morning’s preview was a deluge of all the senses and proved why the Governors Ball is Hollywood’s most glamorous post-Oscar party in town.
Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, John Legend, will perform for the Ball’s 1,500 invited guests of Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.
Everyone will feast on signature favorites such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged Cheddar and remoulade, incorporating local produce and sustainable seafood.
Now that’s a party!
Modern presentations such as crispy lobster shrimp dumplings with five spice and bites »
- Michelle McCue
Directed by Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk, Now You See Me), the film focuses on a British black ops spy who is forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother (played by Cohen).
Cohen penned the script alongside his regular collaborator Peter Baynham, with Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids, Wreck-It Ralph) partnering up with the two. Grimsby will open a week after another comedy, Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, on July 31st 2015.
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- Gary Collinson
Inspired by the Hollywood studio's controversial The Wolf of Wall Street, the British shock comedian signs two-movie deal
Sacha Baron Cohen has renewed his first-look deal with Paramount Pictures after apparently finding himself inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio's cocaine-snorting antics in the controversial Oscar-tipped Martin Scorsese black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street.
The actor and comedian's production company, Four By Two Films, has announced a three-year, two-movie deal with the Hollywood film studio. Paramount also financed Scorsese's controversial tale of 1980s and 90s excess amongst the ersatz stockbrokers of discredited Long Island firm Stratton Oakmont, and the Borat star later said he was delighted to be part of the same team.
"Any studio that puts out a movie where Leonardo DiCaprio snorts cocaine from a hooker's anus is a place I'm happy to call home," he said, in comments translated from the original French. »
- Ben Child
Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby, which was formerly set up at Paramount, has moved to Sony Pictures, with the studio setting a July 31, 2015 release date, where it will go up against Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
It isn't known why the project was moved from Paramount to Sony, especially since Sacha Baron Cohen just renewed his first-look deal at Paramount earlier today, with a three-year commitment that includes at least two movies. Grimsby centers on a British spy, whose brother (Sacha Baron Cohen) is an idiotic soccer hooligan.
"Sacha is a uniquely gifted performer with worldwide audience appeal and this concept suits his brilliant comic talents perfectly. Grimsby is an exciting addition to our 2015 summer slate."
Sacha Baron Cohen's next film as writer and star will be titled Grimsby and is now slated for a release in the already busy summer season in 2015. Unlike his films Borat, Bruno, or The Dictator, Grimsby will be released by Sony instead of Paramount. Director Louis Leterrier will take the camera for this project instead of Cohen's longtime collaborator, Larry Charles. Grimsby is switching studios for an undisclosed reason, though it doesn't seem to be financial as Cohen recently signed a »
- Alex Maidy
Plot details are currently being kept underwraps, as is the role that Baron Cohen is up for. However, Variety‘s report does reveal that he will play the villain. Through the Looking Glass would mean a reunion of sorts for Baron Cohen and Depp, who starred together in Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber.
Who do you guys think the actor could be playing? »
- Josh Wilding
Variety are reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen (Les Miserables, The Dictator) "will play the villain though the details behind the character are unknown." Bleeding Cool, however, claim that chief antagonist is called Time.
The BC article also states that the director, James Bobin (The Muppets), and the studio have been "looking at both male and female actors for the part," so if Cohen isn't cast, we could well end up with a female actor in the role.
Through the Looking Glass will see Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) reprising their roles of Alice and the Mad Hatter, respectively. The film is set for a 27th May, 2016 release. »
- Oliver Davis
Here's a look at today's latest casting news: Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator) is in early talks to join Disney's sequel to Alice in Wonderland, titled Through the Looking Glass. James Bobin directs and Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will reprise their roles. The sequel opens May 27, 2016. Bruce Willis (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) has joined the sci-fi thriller, Vice, co-starring Ambyr Childers (2 Guns). Lindsay Lohan (The Canyons) will produce and star in the indie psychological thriller, Inconceivable. Hit the jump for more on each project. Variety reports that Baron Cohen is in early talks for Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. Details on both the plot and the nature of Baron Cohen's role are being kept quiet, but The Wrap reports that he may play a villain named Time. If a deal goes through, it would mark a reteam of Baron Cohen and Depp, who previously starred together in »
- Dave Trumbore
Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are set to return to Wonderland in the upcoming sequel to Disney's worldwide hit that's loosely based on the works of author Lewis Carroll. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct the new picture, titled Through the Looking Glass, and Variety now reports that Sacha Baron Cohen (Hugo, Les Miserables) has entered early talks with the studio to join the film's cast. There's no word yet on which character he might play as story details are being kept under wraps. Cohen was recently seen in theaters in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues where he cameoed as a BBC news anchor. He's currently developing a new film with Paramount Pictures who released his last comedy The Dictator. Alice in Wonderland was directed by Tim Burton and grossed over $1 billion when it was »
- Pietro Filipponi
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