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Amazon Orders Comedy Pilot from Bob Nelson and Sacha Baron Cohen

Nebraska writer Bob Nelson has a new coming-of-age comedy in the works at Amazon. According to Deadline, the streaming network has ordered a single-cam half-hour comedy called Highston from Nelson and produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, with Little Miss Sunshine duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris onboard to direct. The series follows Highston Liggetts, "a kind 19-year-old and perched on the edge of adulthood. When he encounters a world he doesn’t understand, like Elwood P. Dowd, he retreats into his vast imagination, where famous 'friends' are his companions and mentors." The cast has not yet been announced.

FXX Will Air Every Episode of 'Da Ali G Show' as 'Ali G: Rezurection' with New Intros by Sacha Baron Cohen

Cable channel FXX announced today that they've bought the rights to Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy series Da Ali G Show, and will start airing the show under the new title Ali G: Rezurection in February 2014, with each episode featuring a new original intro from Baron Cohen (presumably in character as Ali G). This includes all 18 episodes of the show: the 6 that were made for Channel 4 in the UK in 2000 and the 12 that Baron Cohen and company produced for HBO from 2003 to 2004. The UK episodes have never aired on American TV. Baron Cohen last publicly played Ali G while accepting a [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen Hires the 'Klown' Writers to Script His Next Movie

Denmark's finest comedians are taking the reins of Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie. Variety reports that Baron Cohen has hired Danish duo Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, who wrote and starred in the cult hit comedy Klown (or Klovn in Denmark) and the TV series of the same name upon which the movie was based, to write his upcoming film The Lesbian. Announced last year, The Lesbian is a starring vehicle for Baron Cohen based on Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, who offered $64 million to any man who could convince his lesbian daughter to marry him so she wouldn't marry her longtime girlfriend. You know, [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen Still Hasn’t Played Every Despicable Character, Moving from Dictator to Homophobe

Last week, Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao made headlines when, upon hearing his daughter was wedding her longtime girlfriend, offered $64 million to any man who can succeed in marrying her instead. While the news story prompted disgust and outrage from most people who heard it, it prompted a movie idea from Sacha Baron Cohen, who was keen enough to realize that Chao’s bigotry would make for an excellent big budget comedy. Baron Cohen has sold Paramount a movie called The Lesbian, which is based on the news story and would presumably see him playing the intolerant billionaire. Having crossed evil dictator and now, raging homophobe of his [...]

Summer Comedy Preview: Movies

We’re only a week into summer movie season, and it’s already overloaded with superheroes. More excitement is coming too, as Hollywood rolls out what are expected to be its biggest hits this time ever year. There's no shortage of comedies this summer, as Batman and Spider-man will be duking it out at the box office with the likes of Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and, um, Wes Anderson.

What's in store for us comedy wise? The return of the Men in Black! A movie based on a pregnancy guidebook! A comedy based on a novel by Saddam Hussein! And a comedy that had to change its name because of the [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen Is Getting Ready to Make His Spy Comedy 'Grimsby'

Last August, Sacha Baron Cohen sold a spy comedy to Paramount, and now, the movie is finally gearing up for production. Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans) has been hired to direct the action-comedy, which is called Grimsby, Variety reports. The film follows a British black ops agent who has to go on the run with his brother, an obnoxious Northern England soccer hooligan. There's no word on which part Baron Cohen will be playing. Baron Cohen wrote Grimsby with Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids), and they purposefully sought an action director for the project. Filming is expected to take place early next year.


Talking to 'Borat' and 'Bruno' Co-Writer Dan Mazer About His New Movie 'I Give It a Year'

As Sacha Baron Cohen's longtime writing/producing partner, Dan Mazer is responsible for co-scripting BoratBrüno, and both the US and UK versions of Da Ali G Show, but now he's going out on his own with a new comedy that he wrote and directed solo. Called I Give It a Year, Mazer's feature directorial debut stars Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, and Minnie Driver. The film hits theaters tomorrow in the States following its UK release. I recently had the chance to talk with Mazer about the comfort of making a non-prank movie, his love of Nathan for You, and the next wave of British comedians [...]

Ali G Accepts Sacha Baron Cohen's Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards

The British Comedy Awards were held in, um, Britain last night, and Ben Kingsley presented his The Dictator co-star Sacha Baron Cohen with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Cohen came out as Ali G to accept the award, marking his first public appearance as the character since HBO's Da Ali G Show in 2004. Hit the jump for more acceptance speeches from last night's awards, which went out to shows that you'll probably start hearing about here in the States two years from now, such as Julia Davis's melodramatic 19th century shipwreck comedy Hunderby, which took home two prizes.

Sacha Baron Cohen Is Writing World's First Spy Spoof Ever

Sacha Baron Cohen is working with Cedar Rapids scribe Phil Johnston on a parodical take on James Bond films. In their version the serious spy type "is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan." Cohen said he isn't necessarily going to be in the movie but it sure seems like he would be. The question is: Which role would he play? The more frightening question is: Would he play both brothers? Either way, it will be nice to see him play a British person again.

What Do We Think of The First Scene of The Dictator?

Personally, I thought this was pretty solid. Like, the baby beard and pube thing is cheap but not so awful that you'd throw it down a well (that's an expression, right?). But the changing 800 Wadiyan words to Aladeen chunk is damn near hilarious, especially the execution. Both those actors are super funny and I really enjoyed is how straight they played it. For such a broad comedy, it would be easy to wink or speed through to the punchline, but they let the pace slow down so to best focus on the Assistant Manager from Outsourced's face. Do we think this movie is going to be good? Will it [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen Pretended to Kill an Old Lady While Receiving an Award This Weekend

Sacha Baron Cohen was award the Charlie Chaplin Award For Excellence In Comedy over the weekend at the annual BAFTA LA Britannia Awards, and he couldn't accept such an honor without pulling off a brutal prank. A woman, who introduced as an 87-year-old actress named Grace Collington who co-starred with Chaplin as a child, gifted Cohen with an original cane of Chaplin's; things got a big violent after that. According to TV Guide, Cohen "dedicated" his award to Collington, saying, "It's obviously a tragedy , but on the bright side what a great way to go. She'll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam section. … Anyway, tonight is not [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen Drops Out of the Freddie Mercury Biopic

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has been working on a biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for three years now, but he has now left the project due to creative differences, Deadline reports. The disagreement occurred between Cohen and the remaining members of Queen, who have approval over the movie's director and script. Mercury's Queen bandmates want the biopic to be a family friendly PG-rate movie, while Cohen wants a gritty R-rated story.  Cohen had recruited screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, Last King of Scotland) and directors like David Fincher (The Social Network, Benjamin Button) and Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King's Speech), but the band didn't approve of [...]

Queen Guitarist Says Sacha Baron Cohen's Freddie Mercury Biopic Is Coming in 2014

Sacha Baron Cohen signed on to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the Queen frontman's life over two years ago, but it's taken a little while to get production going. Queen guitarist Brian May just released this statement on his official website last week, saying, "The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule – filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie. The film should be ready for release early in 2014."

Review Roundup: "The Dictator' Has Some Moments But It's Not Enough

There were a lot of publicity stunts used to promote The Dictator, which made it apparent very early that people just didn't care that much about this movie. General Aladeen is not going to be the 2012's omnipresent Borat. And the lousy box office projections reflect this. The only thing that might have saved it was if it was so good that overwhelming critical fawning overshadowed all the negative opinion. So what did the critics have to say?

Just for some context, Borat was as much of critical smash as it was a box office one, garnering a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 89 on Metacritic. Bruno faired much [...]