This week Tim has had enough of Christmas and would like you all to stop even though Christmas ended nearly a week ago. Also Tom becomes a member of a museum and feels pretty smug about it. In this episode the guys discuss the movies of 2012, including Sleepwalk with Me, Moonrise Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Underworld, Red Tails, Chronicle, Ghost Rider, Wanderlust, A Thousand Words, 21 Jump Street, The Hunger Games, Cabin in the Woods, Dark Shadows, The Dictator, Battleship, Men in Black 3 and Life of Pi.
It is important to note that neither Tim nor Tom have seen the majority of the [...]
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 [...]
Steer clear of this Dictator trailer if you don't want to learn too much about the plot. For the rest of us, it's a pretty fun departure from the fast and furious previous trailers. And hey, there's John C. Reilly and Anna Faris and Jason Mantzoukas and – is that Jon Glaser ordering a coffee? Why yes, I think it is.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Jason Mantzoukas knows what he and his beard looks like so he's never surprised when security stops him at the airport. At least, he's able to get a bunch of OTPHJs (over the pants hand jobs) out of it, right? If he was a terrorist, however, as he explains below, all Homeland Security would need to do is throw some eggs at him or make him eat gefilte fish and the terrorism would be over.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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