April 23, 2014

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After- parties and more after-parties at the Golden Globe Awards

By the time the Golden Globes were over, the whole Beverly Hilton was bursting to party. On the 6th floor of the Hilton leading to the roof, I was nearly run over by the cast of “Les Miserables,” all of whom were in high spirits after their big wins in the Comedy/Musical category.
Anne Hathaway led the charge down a narrow passage into the party carrying her Globe and smiling wildly. Director Tom Hooper and star Hugh Jackman were next, followed by co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried, as well as Sacha Baron Cohen with wife Isla Fisher.
“Les Miz” is a coup now for Universal Pictures chief Ron Meyer and his lieutenants Donna Langley and Adam Fogelson. It’s been a long time since Universal won anything, and now they can boast of a $200 million plus box office plus lots of shiny gold statues.
For Hooper it’s also a real vindication after some tough reviews and a snub by the Academy Awards. The director of “The King’s Speech” looked a little exhausted at this point. “It’s been a long haul,” he said, recalling the very first screening on November 24th at Lincoln Center.
Meanwhile, the Universal party was also home to “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who lost the Globes but finished their first wide release weekend at number 1. Today they head to London to launch “Zero Dark Thirty” in the U.K. Even though Bigelow makes serious movies, she has a good sense of humor. I asked how she liked Tina Fey’s joke about the “torture” of being married once to “Titanic” director James Cameron. It was the hit of the night. “It was very funny,” Bigelow conceded.
For a second Hugh Jackman showed us his Globe statue and said, “This is so great I can’t tell you.” And then we headed down to Club 55 in the basement of the Hilton, where HBO was literally teeming with celebrities from the casts of “Girls” and “The Newsroom” to miscellaneous stars like Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt to Jeff Garlin of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Steve Buscemi of “Boardwalk Empire.”
Jeff Daniels, his wife, Kathleen, Hollywood legend Jane Fonda and boyfriend Richard Perry (famed record producer of hits by Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, and Ringo Starr) and Sam Waterston were all having a fine time, while elsewhere a stunning Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were chatting [...]

Ryan Seacrest on Sacha Baron Cohen ashes stunt

HollywoodNews.com: Ryan Seacrest had a slightly messy day at the Oscars yesterday while interviewing celebrities for E! as outrageous Sacha Baron Cohen came onto the red carpet for a talk while dressed as “The Dictator.”
Seacrest knew he’d be talking with the actor while dressed as his character, but he apparently didn’t expect to be covered in some fake ashes by the end of it, states Reality Rewind.
“I definitely did not know that he was going to do that! He comes over, and I asked him a couple of questions, but… You know that feeling in your gut. You feel like, ‘This is going too normally,’” Seacrest said about the build-up.
Seacrest did handle the disaster like a pro, although Cohen probably would have enjoyed a little more of a freak out.
What did you think about this incident?
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Oscars: Is Sacha Baron Cohen banned or not? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: So is he banned or isn’t he?
We’re still trying to figure out if the Academy kicked Sacha Baron Cohen out of the Oscars this coming Sunday because he planned on attending the ceremony in character as “The Dictator,” the lead of his upcoming comedy. Though word quickly circulated that Cohen could not attend the Oscars, an Academy spokesman told THR that the comedian isn’t banned, but they are “waiting to hear what he’s going to do.”
Cohen, of course, has been invited as a member of the “Hugo” cast, as Martin Scorsese’s 3D drama is up for multiple awards including Best Picture. But the spotlight-grabbing exhibitionist put the Academy on high alert with his “Dictator” plans.
“We don’t think it’s appropriate,” the Academy spokesman said. “But his tickets haven’t been pulled. We’re waiting to hear back.”
Truthfully, I think the Oscars needs this kind of spontaneity, especially in the absence of Eddie Murphy as the event’s host. Cohen reportedly wanted to commandeer the red carpet, which is the perfect place for his brand of chicanery. That way, if people weren’t interested in his sideshow, they could hop to E! or log onto Oscars.com to see the fashions of the event and avoid the “Dictator” commercial.
We’ll wait to hear what Cohen has planned, though knowing him, he’ll keep it up his sleeve for as long as physically possible … then probably change his mind three times the day of the show.
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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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Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris up for Cohen’s “The Dictator”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: No one’s saying Kristen Wiig isn’t popular. Her “Saturday Night Live” skits usually are the only reason to hit Hulu on a Sunday morning, and her presence actually elevated flat garbage like “MacGruber.”
But when “Bridesmaids” hits later this summer, Wiig is going to blow up. Blow up real good. She’s about to become a major player, and will likely have her pick of choice projects once people see that she can be funny, sweet, raunchy and endearing … usually in the same scene.
So if “The Dictator” producers are smart (and a little bit lucky), they will lock Wiig up for its lead role before “Bridesmaids” catapults her to another stratosphere.
THR says Wiig is one of three actresses being considered for the part opposite Sacha Baron Cohen. Anna Faris and “Community” star Gillian Jacobs are the other two talents reportedly in consideration for a comedy inspired by Saddam Hussein’s novel “Zabibah and the King.” In what sounds like a riff on Charlie Chaplin’s legendary “The Great Dictator,” Cohen would play both a goat-herder and an oppressive dictator.
They really can’t go wrong with Faris or Jacobs. Both ladies are funny, and Cohen likely will do all of the heavy lifting.
But casting Wiig would put “Dictator” on another level. We’ll see if they can get the job done.
“The Dictator” has a May 11, 2012 release date, as of right now.
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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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Jennifer Aniston dines with prince, hosts holiday party

HollywoodNews.com: Jennifer Aniston has had a busy social life lately, dining with royalty and entertaining her closest friends for the holidays.
Aniston was recently invited to a dinner with Prince Robert of Luxembourg thrown by Domain Clarence Dillon wines, states UsMagazine.com. Stars like Sacha Baron Cohen, Quincy Jones and Adrien Brody also attended the gourmet event.
And earlier in December, Aniston started getting in the holiday spirit by throwing a party for about 100 guests. She reportedly had her Beverly Hills home decked out in candles and white lights.
Do you think Jennifer Aniston would be a good party host?
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Sacha Baron Cohen ready to play late Queen singer Freddy Mercury

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: He’ll be the champion, my friends. And he’ll keep on fighting ‘til the end.
We’re talking about funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen, who has signed on to play Queen frontman Freddy Mercury in a planned biopic, according to Reuters. The project has no director at thie time, but will work off a script penned by Peter Morgan, writer of “The Queen” and Clint Eastwood’s latest, “Hereafter.”
The picture, which will shoot early next year, reportedly focuses on Queen’s highest moments, culminating with the band’s 1985 performance at Live Aid. It’s unclear whether the film will follow all the way through to Mercury’s death. He died in 1991 at the age of 45, after battling AIDS for years.
We know Cohen is funny. This project will tell us if he can act. And, I presume, if he can sing.
More details on the Freddy Mercury project as they emerge.
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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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Full Cast of Scorsese’s “Hugo Cabret” includes former Potter Actors

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Not too long after famed director Martin Scorsese stated he’d be interested in working with Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, comes word that his latest film, Hugo Cabret, has some well-known actors who also have ties to the wizarding franchise.
Richard Griffiths (Vernon Durley) Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime) and Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) have all been named as part of the cast of Scorsese’s first ever 3D film, which is already in production. The film is based on the novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”, and is about an orphan in the 1930s who lives in the walls of a train station. He is tasked with finishing the work of his late father on a broken robot.
Other notables in the cast include Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jude Law.
Hugo Cabret is scheduled for release in December 2011.
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