Did you know that Anna Faris grew up acting in Arthur Miller and plays about the Holocaust? This profile details how she moved from those roles to House Bunny and Scary Movie, and most recently The Dictator. Here's how she describes her experience working on the improv-heavy set of the latter:
“You have to really be on your toes be very malleable,” says Faris. “Sacha definitely thrives on making people uncomfortable. He’s like a bulldog that way. When he senses he’s making someone mildly uncomfortable, he just clenches on and won’t let go. It’s fun for an actor to be able to play off that. You just had [...]
Academy Awards producer Brian Grazer has announced that Sacha Baron Cohen will be on the red carpet dressed as General Aladeen from The Dictator, but he will be "part of the show… as himself." It's a surprisingly civil compromise, considering that just this morning, "Aladeen" was threatening the Academy with "unforeseen and unimaginable consequences." But at the end of the day, everyone involved got exactly what they wanted: lots of free publicity. And that's what's most important.
Get ready for a red carpet scandal. Sacha Baron Cohen wants to attend the Academy Awards as his character from The Dictator, but there's a chance the Academy will veto his costume choice. They're not big fans of promoting specific movies during the Oscar telecast, apparently. But at least for the pre-show red carpet, it doesn't seem like the Academy has much of a leg to stand on – they can't stop an actor from wearing what he wants, right? Plus, total commitment to the character is SBC's whole shtick. It's actually kind of surprising that he hasn't already tried to attend the Oscars as Borat or Bruno.
- Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will all guest star on Bob's Burgers this season. Aziz plays "a geeky teenage gamer who mentors Bob on a game called Burger Boss in exchange for Bob’s help with a bully problem." In a separate episode, Offerman and Mullally will play "aging, married hippie farmers who wind up hiring Bob’s kids…as 'weed pickers.'" Bob's Burgers, you've done it again! ("Done it" = procured awesome, funny guest stars. Spelling that out doesn't sound as declarative and snappy, weirdly enough.)
- Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as Thenardier in the movie musical version of Les Miserables. With comedy talent [...]
In case you had any any lingering, Bruno-induced doubts about Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator, at least you can feel secure that someone is about to topsy-turvey that motherfucker. According to The Hollywood Reporter, J.B, Smoove joins The Dictatoralongside Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley and Jason Mantzoukas, as well as cameos from Johh C. Reilly and Megan Fox. The Curb Your Enthusiasm actor will be playing the role of "Usher." Little else is known about the part, which I will chose to believe is the "Confessions Part II" singer until I am physically planted in the theater, watching the trailers.
Donald Trump learned how to use his computer's video camera yesterday to deliver an opinion that nobody asked for about Sacha Baron Cohen's red carpet stunt this weekend. He calls the act "disgraceful" and claims that if the security guard standing by had been "real security," Cohen would be in the hospital. Now, I haven't been to security school, but I'm pretty sure "Awards Show Detail" doesn't mean you're supposed to punch people enough times to send them to the ER when all they do is get someone's suit messy (as part of a joke that the Academy knew was coming, no less). Luckily for America, [...]
Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen took some time out of his busy schedule of executions to discuss the Academy's recent disapproval of his plan to attend the Oscars. "Normally I would be impressed by an act of cowardice by a faceless regime,” he said to the Today Show this morning. “But this is personal. I have issued them an ultimatum: They have until midday on Sunday to give me my tickets back. If they do not, they will see and face unforeseen and unimaginable consequences." Who knows what Aladeen's capable of? The only thing clear right now is that his buddy Sacha Baron Cohen sure knows how to [...]
What do you do when you're in the middle of promoting a movie about a selfish, egomaniacal dictator, and then a real-life selfish, egomaniacal dictator dies? Release an in-character statement eulogizing your friend, doy. Here's what General Aladeen of The Dictator has to say about Kim Jong Il's death:
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM HIS EXCELLENCY ADMIRAL GENERAL ALADEEN – SUPREME LEADER, ALL TRIUMPHANT GENERAL AND CHIEF OPTHAMOLOGIST OF PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF WADIYA
I am saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend Kim Jong-Il. Our thoughts go out to his wife and 813 children. “K-Jo” was a great leader, good friend and average double’s badminton partner. He [...]
After bursting onto the American comedy scene in Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen has arguably had the most success in the US out of a recent pack of British comic actors that have sought stardom in Hollywood, besting the likes of Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Simon Pegg, and Russell Brand with appearances in wildly-popular films like Borat, Talladega Nights, and Brüno.
Baron Cohen isn't afraid to shy away from the spotlight, taking long breaks between his projects – partly because he's very selective and partly because a lot of stuff he's signed on for has fallen apart. He's starred in a diverse array of films outside of his own comedies, [...]
Awards, shmazords. The biggest thing you missed by falling asleep at 8:30 last night instead of watching the Oscars was Sacha Baron Cohen delivering on his promise of red carpet Dictator-ship and pouring the ashes of Kim Jong Il all over a clearly unhappy Ryan Seacrest. General Aladeen gets a bit of ash on his own feet, too, but luckily his socks were inexpensive.
So after hearing that Sacha Baron Cohen was planning to attend the Oscars dressed as his character from The Dictator, the Academy notified Cohen's representation and the studio behind the movie that they want a full report on his plans, including what color socks and underwear he will be wearing and whether he's really going to wear that? (No, it's fine, it looks fine on you. I just thought you might try on the suit I got you last month. I just don't want you to be underdressed and feel uncomfortable. No, I'm just saying, do whatever you want, but don't complain to me if everyone else [...]
The first trailer for The Dictator is out and it features ziplines, a bitter postcoital Megan Fox, and a woman (or a man dressed as a woman?) breaking a brick with what looks to be a giant steel boob. And of course, Sacha Baron Cohen's General Aladeen riding down 5th Avenue in a camel cavalcade, paying tribute to our beautiful, AIDSy country. This summer, we will all be power-hungry dictators. Metaphorically.
Very nice! Sacha Baron Cohen has taken a role in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movieDjango Unchained. His "small but very important" role was previously offered to Jonah Hill, who is equally funny to imagine slicing people's ears off and plucking their eyes out and doing generally Tarantinoesque things. The movie comes out Christmas Day 2012, but it's never too early to start betting on what kind of accent Sacha Baron Cohen will be doing. Or to start wishing that someone, anyone, will make a Borat-Pulp Fiction mash-up movie.
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