May 08, 2014

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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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“Bruno’s” Baron Cohen trumps Bingo player in court

By Staff
Sacha Baron Cohen has a great attorney.
When the actor is accused of any mischief, he can sleep at night knowing that – he’ll get off.
Richelle Olson sued Baron Cohen for $25,000, claiming that he disrupted her Bingo game during the production of “Bruno” in 2007. Similar to Bruno’s interviewees, Olson suffered emotional distress from the incident, from what she labels as his ‘vulgar.’
However, Baron Cohen had the last laugh when the judge came down in his favor, ordering Olson to shell out $17,000 in legal fees to the British comedian per U.K.’s The Sun.
Olson claims that Baron Cohen ordered his camera crew to attack her after she tried to grab the mike away from the comedian. The Bingo scene was cut from the final print.

Cohen, Bateman, Carell, Fey, Stiller to present Oscar Show

BY STAFF
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.