April 21, 2014

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Sacha Baron Cohen wants J.B. Smoove for “Dictator”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Curb your enthusiasm about this next casting announcement; “Curb Your Enthusiasm” co-star J.B. Smoove has a new gig.
The comedian has joined “The Dictator,” Sacha Baron Cohen’s in-production comedy about a despot who “risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed,” a Paramount press release states. No word on who Smoove will play, though, as THR reports details of the comedy, which is being directed by “Borat” helmer Larry Charles, are “being closely guarded.”
Now that Smoove also is back on screen in HBO’s “Curb” with Larry David, he’s taking the time to launch a new endeavor. The “Hall Pass” actor will launch a comedy Web site over at TheRuckus.com, where he’ll likely promote upcoming appearances in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” and the Jonah Hill comedy, “The Sitter.”
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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Next Comedy “The Dictator”

hollywoodnews.com: Paramount Pictures announced today that Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy THE DICTATOR will be released worldwide on May 11, 2012. The studio also announced that Larry Charles (‘Borat’, ‘Bruno’) has come aboard to direct.
The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel “Zabibah and The King” by Saddam Hussein.

Producing alongside Baron Cohen are Scott Rudin, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel. The project marks the first collaboration for Rudin (‘The Social Network,’ ‘True Grit’) and Baron Cohen, while Berg, Schaffer and Mandel (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) join him as screenwriters on the movie. The movie is the latest collaboration between Baron Cohen and Charles, who previously worked together on ‘Borat’ as well as ‘Bruno’. Dan Mazer (‘Borat’ ‘Bruno’), Ant Hines (“Borat” “Bruno”) and Peter Baynham (‘Borat’) will serve as executive producers, reuniting the rest of the Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe winning ?Borat? team. Todd Schulman (“Borat” ‘Bruno’) is co-producing under Baron Cohen’s Four By Two Films banner.

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Interview: “Dinner for Schmucks” director Jay Roach on Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Sacha Baron Cohen

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Don’t call it a remake.
Yes, Jay Roach’s latest comedy “Dinner for Schmucks,” which opens this Friday, drops Steve Carell and Paul Rudd into hilariously uncomfortable situations that are reminiscent of French director Francis Veber’s 1998 comedy, “The Dinner Game.”
But Roach, who recently spoke with Hollywood News about the production, was quick to point out that they moved away from the “Dinner Game” premise to weave their own, unique joke.
The film stars Rudd as a ladder-climbing corporate executive who is asked to invite an idiot to a strange dinner-party game. He thinks he discovers a slam-dunk dork in Carell. Then, however, Roach says their film goes down several different avenues as it distances itself from Veber’s film, which he considers a masterpiece.
“Our film starts with that premise. It’s inspired by (the original movie). But the entire third act was not part of the original French film. It’s a great film. I am a huge fan of Veber. But we went with ‘Inspired by’ instead of ‘Based on’ because I felt we couldn’t beat his jokes. And though we borrow the concept of the story, basically none of the jokes are the same,” Roach said.
For Roach, it’s always a learning process. In addition to directing Myers through the “Austin Powers” films, he helmed two “Meet the Parents” films and served as a producer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s outrageous “Borat” and “Bruno” comedies.
“His comedy is so specific, and he is so amazing at it,” Roach said of Cohen. “I’ve never seen an audience laugh harder than they laughed at ‘Borat.’ I can remember, literally, just looking around at the audience during that naked fight sequence and going, ‘Oh my God, I will never direct anything that has people flopping around in their seats as hard as they are right now.’
“So I learned from those experiences that he is a master,” Roach continued. “I was a producer on those films, and I helped with the post process where we screened it over and over and kept finding the film with the interactions with the audience. I think I evolved through that.”
Audiences will find out how far Roach’s comedy styles have evolved when “Dinner for Schmucks” opens in theaters Friday, July 30.
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Sacha Baron Cohen: Highest paid British thespian in the U.S.

By Staff
Soon after it was declared that Carey Mulligan is U.K.’s highest paid actress in Hollywood for her turn in the U.S. remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Sacha Baron Cohen is the country’s best paid export.
For his next film, Paramount Pictures’ “The Goat Herder,” Baron Cohen could potentially get paid upward of $45.8 million, that is if it banks “Borat” domestic money — $128.5 million.
Apparently, Paramount believes Baron Cohen has a second life after “Bruno” which deep-sixed at the U.S. with $60.1 million.
Here’s how it breaks down: Baron Cohen will receive a base pay of $20 million, plus 20% of the first box office gross according to The Daily Mail.
“Goat Herder” follows a deposed tyrant and a goat herder in a case of mistaken identities.
The film is budgeted at close to $70 million.
(Already the film smells like the 1988 $11 million box office stinker “Moon Over Parador” in which Richard Dreyfuss, as an out-of-work actor, resumes the post of a third world dictator, of whom he looks like).
Baron Cohen’s paycheck comes at an odd-time for Hollywood which has been strapped for cash: Many studios have curbed their spending on top dollar talent as franchise films with fresh face actors have shown a better box office track record than those titles top-loaded with stars.
Prior to Baron Cohen, “Harry Potter” leading man Daniel Radcliffe was the previous top earner stateside for Great Britan, taking home $38 million for the two-part installment “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Sacha Baron Cohen weds to Isla Fisher

BY STAFF
According to Women’s Day “Borat” and “Bruno” star Sacha Baron Cohen has sealed the deal with his longtime girlfriend, Australian actress Isla Fisher. They reported that the ceremony took place in Paris, where the couple spent a week at the Hotel Ritz and were spotted touring the Place Vendome wearing matching berets.
The couple have been dating for around 8 years and already have a daughter named Olive.
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Cohen, Bateman, Carell, Fey, Stiller to present Oscar Show

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Comedic talents Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Ben Stiller will help bring laughs to the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced. This will be the debut appearances for Baron Cohen and Bateman. Stiller has appeared on five previous Oscar telecasts, Carell has presented on three and Fey made her debut last year.
Baron Cohen, who is known for creating outlandish characters, came to national attention in 2003 on the HBO series “Da Ali G Show,” in which he played the title character. His film credits include “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” “Sweeney Todd The Barber of Fleet Street” and “Bruno.”
Bateman is in the Oscar-nominated film “Up in the Air” and is attached to several upcoming projects. His other film credits include “Juno,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Hancock” and “State of Play.” He previously starred in the comedy cult hit “Arrested Development.”
Carell will be seen next in “Date Night” and recently completed work on “Despicable Me” and “Dinner for Schmucks.” His other film credits include “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Evan Almighty,” “Dan in Real Life” and “Get Smart.”
Fey came to prominence as a regular on “Saturday Night Live” and currently stars in, produces and writes for “30 Rock.” She will be seen next opposite Carell in “Date Night.” Her other film credits include “Mean Girls” and “Baby Mama.”
Stiller recently completed work on “Meet the Fockers Sequel” and is attached to several projects. His film credits include “Empire of the Sun,” “Reality Bites,” “Flirting with Disaster,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Meet the Fockers,” “Night at the Museum” and “Tropic Thunder.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.