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‘Larry Charles’ Dangerous World Of Comedy’ Gets Netflix Premiere Date

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Exclusive: Netflix has slotted February 15 for the premiere of Larry Charles’ Dangerous World Of Comedy, a four-part series from the creative mind behind comedic classics such as Borat and Brüno.

Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy features the legendary writer-director examining comedy around the world. From Russia, China, India, Iran, Nigeria Turkey and more, Charles travels to the unlikeliest of places and speaks to the unlikeliest of comedians to unearth just how dangerous and how meaningful the world of comedy can be, according to the official logline.

The series is executive produced by Larry Charles and Joe Russo, Anthony Russo and Mike Larocca, under their Roam Pictures nonfiction label.

“‘I am grateful to Netflix for giving me the opportunity to tell this honest and harrowing and heartbreaking story of comedy in the face of war and violence and death,” Charles said. “Comedy as a tool of rebuilding, as an instrument
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Review: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Doesn't Care For Real Life, Just Fantasy

During an interview in 2010, Queen guitarist Brian May announced that a film about the legendary British rock band was in the works. Sacha Baron Cohen was set to play Freddie Mercury, with Peter Morgan (The Queen and Frost/Nixon), writing the screenplay. In 2013, however, Cohen left the project due to creative differences. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) would helm the biopic with Ben Wishaw as Mercury. That fell apart, too. Then in 2015, writer Anthony McCarten signed on to the seemingly doomed project. The film was soon fast-tracked by 20th Century Fox, with director Bryan Singer and actor Rami Malek set to play Freddie. And now Bohemian Rhapsody, a paint-by-numbers biopic that feels less like a definitive telling of Queen's rise to fame and more like Oscar Bait Mamma Mia!™. Book-ended by the band's iconic performance at 1985's Live Aid, the film begins in
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Showtime Sets Sacha Baron Cohen’s TV Return ‘Who Is America?’

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Showtime Sets Sacha Baron Cohen’s TV Return ‘Who Is America?’
Showtime has revealed its new project with Sacha Baron Cohen. The pay cabler announced Monday that the comic’s new television series “Who Is America?” will premiere at midnight Eastern time July 15. Written and directed by Cohen, the seven-episode series will explore individuals known and unknown across the American political spectrum.

“Sacha is a comedic genius who shocks you with his audacity, bravery and inventiveness,” Showtime president and CEO David Nevins said. “He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of ‘gotcha’ moments. Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics. Nobody knows how to cause a stir like Sacha Baron Cohen, and it’s going to be fascinating to watch what happens when ‘Who Is America?’ is released on the world.”

“Who Is America?” marks Baron Cohen’s first series television project since “Da Ali G Show,
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Sacha Baron Cohen Might Head to Showtime for New Project in the Style of ‘Da Ali G Show’

Sacha Baron Cohen Might Head to Showtime for New Project in the Style of ‘Da Ali G Show’
Sacha Baron Cohen may be returning to late-night TV, delivering politically incorrect, character-driven comedy for the Trump era. Baron Cohen is in talks with Showtime to host a new series, Variety has confirmed. The format will be in the style of “Da Ali G Show,” Baron Cohen’s breakout series that aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. and HBO in the U.S. in the early aughts. Baron Cohen recently teased the show with a video posted to Twitter, featuring real footage of Donald Trump calling him a “third-rate character” and telling him to “go to school, learn about being funny.”

While there are few details about the new series, it is believed that one or two episodes have already been produced. Baron Cohen has previously said that his “Da Ali G Show” characters have been retired, suggesting the latest series will feature all new characters.

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Fire And Fury: Jay Roach Will Direct the TV Series About President Donald Trump

Jay Roach Will Direct the Fire and Fury TV Series

Jay Roach has been chosen to direct Fire and Fury, the book-to-film adaptation of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Roach previously directed: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Meet the Parents, Borat, Brüno, Game Change, and Mark Felt: The Man Who [...]

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Isla Fisher Celebrates 16-Year Anniversary with Husband Sacha Baron Cohen — See Her Hilarious Photo!

Isla Fisher Celebrates 16-Year Anniversary with Husband Sacha Baron Cohen — See Her Hilarious Photo!
Happy anniversary to Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen!

The actress, 41, celebrated her 16th year of romance with her 45-year-old husband on Instagram Thursday, sharing a throwback photo of the pair at one of his red carpet premieres.

“Happy 16th anniversary to my normal, everyday hubby. I love you,” Fisher, 41, captioned the picture of her and the pantless actor dressed as his character, Norman “Nobby” Grimsby, at the February 2016 premiere of Brothers Grimsby in London.

The couple first met in Fisher’s native Australia at a party in 2002.

In March 2010, Fisher and Cohen married during a secret, six-guest wedding in Paris after a six-year engagement.
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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances
Bob Dylan turns 76 today and we’re ranking Dylan’s 10 best film performances, dating back half a century to 1967. The key word is “performances,” which encompass acting work, concert films, and documentaries. It’s often hard to know when Dylan is acting and when he’s being himself (whoever that is), but whenever the iconic singer-songwriter appears on film, one thing’s for certain: you’re watching a performance.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ Gets Deluxe Treatment With New Blu-ray Set

For this reason, we’re lumping everything together, ranking the films based on the depth and richness of performance. It was hard not to include the televised 1965 press conference in San Francisco, which sees Dylan effortlessly (and hilariously) shoot down reporters’ attempts to have him label himself, but we limited this list to feature-length films. Don’t look for Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There” or any
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‘Army of One’ Exclusive Featurette: Nicolas Cage Talks Gary Faulkner, The Man Who Hunted Bin Laden On a Mission From God

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‘Army of One’ Exclusive Featurette: Nicolas Cage Talks Gary Faulkner, The Man Who Hunted Bin Laden On a Mission From God
In the mid 2000s, ex-con and handyman Gary Faulkner traveled to Pakistan several times to hunt down Osama Bin Laden on a mission from God. The story was reported by GQ in 2010, and now six years later, Faulkner’s story has finally been adapted to film. Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage stars as Faulkner and the film follows his attempts to capture Bin Laden and his various conversations with God (played by Russell Brand). The film co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Paul Scheer (“Human Giant”), Denis O’Hare (“Michael Clayton”), Will Sasso (“MADtv”) and Matthew Modine (“Full Metal Jacket”). Watch an exclusive featurette from the film below featuring Cage discussing the film and Faulkner below.

Read More: ‘Army of One’ Exclusive Stills: Nicolas Cage Hunts Down Osama Bin Laden In Pakistan On A Mission From God

The film is directed by Larry Charles. He’s best known as
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Nicolas Cage Receives A Divine Intervention In First Clip For Army Of One

If you’ve come into contact with any of Larry Charles’ previous creative efforts – Borat, Brüno, and The Dictator to name but three – you’ll no doubt have a fair idea of what to expect going into the release of Army of One.

It stars Nicolas Cage as Gary Faulkner, a patriotic ex-con and unemployed handyman who’s described as a “modern-day Don Quixote.” That’s because, while down in the dumps, Cage’s bumbling protagonist receives a divine intervention from god himself (Russell Brand), who orders him to travel to the Middle East with a simple, borderline suicidal mission: execute Osama bin Laden.

Equipped with a measly sword purchased from a home shopping TV channel and little else, the results are frankly hilarious, and during his crusade, Faulkner actually made tracks to Pakistan 11 times in total. We know this because his ill-advised journey was documented in Chris Heath’s GQ article six years ago,
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’Army of One’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Hunts for Osama Bin Laden in Bizarre Comedy

’Army of One’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Hunts for Osama Bin Laden in Bizarre Comedy
Nicolas Cage’s diverse film career has led him down many paths, some have led him to winning an Oscar and playing a superhero, and others are little more off the beaten path, such as his latest performance in the new comedy “Army of One” as a man told by God to capture Osama bin Laden. Loosely based on a GQ story, the film follows ex-con and handyman Gary Faulkner as he learns from a vision of God (played by Russell Brand) that he must go to Pakistan and capture bin Laden. The film co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Ken Marino (“Party Down”), Denis O’Hare (“True Blood”) and Paul Scheer (“The League”). Watch the trailer for the film below.

Read More: ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage & Willem Dafoe Get Violent in Paul Schrader’s Dark Comedy

This will be the fifth film Cage has appeared in this year.
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The 30 Most Polarizing Movies Since 2000: ‘Under the Skin,’ ‘Only God Forgives’ and More

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The 30 Most Polarizing Movies Since 2000: ‘Under the Skin,’ ‘Only God Forgives’ and More
Compiling data from Taste, the folks at Obscure Movie Stats have put together a list of the 30 most polarizing movies of the century so far. Among the expectedly divisive titles (“The Tree of Life,” “Paranormal Activity”) are some surprises: “Boyhood” doesn’t immediately spring to mind as an especially polarizing film, ditto “Punch-Drunk Love.” Full list below.

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30.) “Crank: High Voltage

29.) “Jupiter Ascending

28.) “Synecdoche, New York”

27.) “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

26.) “Napoleon Dynamite

25.) “Punch-Drunk Love

24.) “The Fountain”

23.) “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

22.) “Nymphomaniac: Volume II”

21.) “Boyhood”

20.) “Brüno

19.) “Paranormal Activity

18.) “Under the Skin

17.) “Team America: World Police

16.) “Lucy”

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15.) “Only God Forgives

14.) “White Chicks

13.) “The Passion of the Christ

12.) “Borat

11.) “Sucker Punch

10.) “Dogville”

09.) “Birdman”

08.) “The Assassin”

07.) “Saw
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Sacha Baron Cohen Signs With CAA

Sacha Baron Cohen Signs With CAA
CAA just announced internally that Sacha Baron Cohen has signed with CAA. The news comes just as he hits the big screen this Memorial Day weekend frame with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska. Baron Cohen of course created the characters of Ali G, Borat and Brüno and is pretty much the best awards-show presenter going today. His recent film credits include The Brothers Grimsby, which he also produced and…
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Sacha Baron Cohen Signs With CAA

CAA just announced internally that Sacha Baron Cohen has signed with CAA. The news comes just as he hits the big screen this Memorial Day weekend frame with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska. Baron Cohen of course created the characters of Ali G, Borat and Brüno and is pretty much the best awards-show presenter going today. His recent film credits include The Brothers Grimsby, which he also produced and…
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Borat director locked into Luke and Owen Wilson prison comedy

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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Borat director locked into Luke and Owen Wilson prison comedy

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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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's Brothers Grimsby Has Plenty of Shocks, Just Not Enough Laughs

The spectrum of outrageousness in The Brothers Grimsby, Sacha Baron Cohen's uneven new comedy, could be said to be bracketed by two jokes: One is about an elephant's vagina. The other is about Donald Trump getting AIDS. You shouldn't consider either of those spoilers. Think instead that you've been offered the chance to kick the tires on a car before deciding whether you'd feel secure going for a ride. The elephant vagina joke is probably a classic example of the Baron Cohen brand of humor, which should be firmly stamped in the consciousness of anyone who saw Borat or Brüno.
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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's Brothers Grimsby Has Plenty of Shocks, Just Not Enough Laughs

The spectrum of outrageousness in The Brothers Grimsby, Sacha Baron Cohen's uneven new comedy, could be said to be bracketed by two jokes: One is about an elephant's vagina. The other is about Donald Trump getting AIDS. You shouldn't consider either of those spoilers. Think instead that you've been offered the chance to kick the tires on a car before deciding whether you'd feel secure going for a ride. The elephant vagina joke is probably a classic example of the Baron Cohen brand of humor, which should be firmly stamped in the consciousness of anyone who saw Borat or Brüno.
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[Review] The Brothers Grimsby

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
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Exclusive Interview: Sacha Baron Cohen Talks The Brothers Grimsby, Censorship, And Mark Strong

Originally, my interview with The Brothers Grimsby star Sacha Baron Cohen was supposed to be a little a lot different. Press were told that Cohen would be in-character as “Nobby” Butcher, and that he’d be positioned in a bed, alongside a model (rumored to be plus-sized). This was the interview I prepared for, as I horrifyingly imagined going toe-to-toe with one of the most fearless comedians of our time. All I knew was that’d I’d enter, offer a 16 oz. tallboy of whatever piss-water I purchased on the way over, and see where the beer-swilling got me.

Thanks to a last minute change, interviewers were given a rare opportunity to speak with Cohen himself. Previously, the guerrilla jokester mainly did press in-character, keeping with the aesthetic of Borat’s radical views, or Brüno’s alternative lifestyle. Nobby would have been a blast to interact with, but that doesn
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The Brothers Grimsby Review

Am I shocked that Sacha Baron Cohen has once again pushed the boundaries of tasteful perversion to new, demonstrably scarring realms? Of course not. But, when you watch a film like Borat or Brüno, offensive content can be assumed. The Brothers Grimsby, on the other hand, is – or was supposed to be – a more narrative espionage thriller laced with Cohen’s innocence-eviscerating sense of humor. And it is, mostly. Cohen’s focus glistens with a 90s buddy-spy vibe, yet as adventure gives way to juvenility, we start to wonder whether dick jokes are merely supplemental, or if these inappropriate gags just needed a home, and Grimsby seemed like a fit enough place.

Cohen stars as Carl “Nobby” Butcher, a drunken soccer hooligan who finally reunites with his brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), after being separated at a Grimsby orphanage. Nobby, the older of the two, stayed behind so Sebastian could be adopted by a loving family.
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