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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' Rules With Comic Authority & Big Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 10:11 PM
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At a first glance, Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" almost seems too easy. Another accent, another elaborate costume, more manscaping and this time with the softball target of despotic leaders -- it almost seemed as if the comic actor was pouring an ocean of fish into a tiny thimble and then pointing a comedy bazooka at it. And for the first fifteen to twenty minutes, "The Dictator" is kind of that obvious, and as a result, a bit uneven. But once the movie really finds its groove, Cohen's latest character creation easily stands up with his best work. Frequently laugh out loud funny, button pushing, and the rare comedy that actually gets more enjoyable as it goes on, "The Dictator" delivers the goods. All hail Admiral General Aladeen!

'Scary Movie 5' To Mainly Be A Parody Of 'Black Swan,' Anna Faris Not Returning

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 8, 2012 11:22 AM
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Spoof movies have never been particularly well regarded. When they’re good, like the original 1980 “Airplane,” they deftly satirize many tropes of your favorite films while also creating laughs derived from their own comedic situations. When they’re bad, they’re most likely directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the title ends with the word “Movie,” and they spend most their time recreating your favorite scenes from films in an exacting manner infused with Carmen Electra and potty humor. The “Scary Movie” films have always fallen somewhere between the highs and lows of that spectrum, with the franchise's early releases hitting at a time when the horror market was ripe with films containing casts that consisted mostly of The WB alumni, with titles like “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” reaching the point of franchise exhaustion. There was plenty of material to work with, and, admittedly, the brothers Damon and Marlon Wayans actually gave audiences a raunchy good time at the movies with the first installment in 2000.

New Pics Of Sacha Baron Cohen, Megan Fox & Anna Faris In 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 10:44 AM
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Believe it or not, The Playlist likes nothing more than a dumb, hilarious movie. And Sacha Baron Cohen is one of the best at delivering big laughs from big broad characters, while also having some smarts riding beneath the surface. And while it didn't make our top ten list of summer blockbusters we're looking forward to, there was certainly some debate around the water cooler as a few us are definitely on board for Cohen's next, "The Dictator."

Watch: 'The Dictator' Meets An Educated Woman In First Clip From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 5:22 PM
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This summer Sacha Baron Cohen heads back to theaters with another new character, outrageous accent and bad haircut, but can he bring the laughs? We'll see soon with "The Dictator."

Rose Byrne & Anna Faris Say 'I Give It A Year'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 6, 2012 9:03 AM
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We certainly never saw it coming back when he was turning in small but hilarious performances in Edgar Wright's "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," but in 2012 Rafe Spall is set to become a leading man in a Working Title rom-com. Neither did we imagine that any offspring of Timothy Spall (as much as we love him) would ever be a romantic lead. But after significant roles in "Anonymous" and "One Day" Spall the younger looks set to be a star, and now we know who his other half will be in his first big rom-com. And lucky, lucky him, because it's only the stunning and ridiculously talented Rose Byrne.

Review: 'What's Your Number?' Squanders All Goodwill Toward Anna Faris & Chris Evans In 100 Minutes

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • September 29, 2011 2:01 AM
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You will enjoy “What’s Your Number?” only if you’re mentally deficient and/or consider looking at Chris Evans’s V-shaped lower abs for 100 minutes a good use of mental energy (note that these aren’t mutually exclusive). Don’t get us wrong: we can appreciate a mindless romantic comedy--and a nice set of abs--with the cosmo-craving crowd, but we actually need something resembling romance and/or comedy if that’s what we’re promised. And if we want to gape at Evan’s chiseled torso, we’ll just loop the reveal scene from “Captain America” over and over again, thank you very much.

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Star J.B. Smoove Bags A Role In Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 6, 2011 1:39 AM
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Star's Brother Erran Baron Cohen To Compose The MusicMore or less everyone involved in long-running HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has done pretty well out of it outside of the day job: creator/star Larry David toplined a Woody Allen film (albeit a terrible one...) and bagged a supporting turn in "The Three Stooges," Jeff Garlin's become a Pixar stalwart second only to John Ratzenberger, while Cheryl Hines got to make her directorial debut on "Serious Moonlight." But perhaps the biggest breakout seems to be the actor who's behind one of the most seminal supporting characters on the show: J.B. Smoove, who's played Leon Black on the last couple of seasons of the sitcom.

Anna Faris Will Provide Organic Food To 'The Dictator' Sacha Baron Cohen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 4:13 AM
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With three funny ladies in contention for the part, there was no doubt whoever landed it would be good for the role, it was just a matter of who it wound up being.

Kristen Wiig & Anna Faris In The Mix For Female Lead In Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2011 12:47 PM
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Gillian Jacobs Also In Contention; Jason Mantzoukas In Negotiations For Sidekick RoleWith Sacha Baron Cohen's next new character comedy "The Dictator" due into theaters a year from now, guess they better get around to casting it right? Well, a trio of very funny ladies are leading the pack to star opposite Cohen in the film.

Watch: Anna Faris Falls In Love, Mid-Season Replacement Sitcom Style, In 'What's Your Number'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 26, 2011 12:54 PM
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As It Turns Out, Martin Freeman & Anthony Mackie Are Also In The Cast Anna Faris is an extremely talented comedienne. There's no denying that. Ever since her early appearances in the "Scary Movie" franchise, she's shone, even with material that's generally far beneath her. But every time it looks like she's heading for the A-list -- the surprise success of "The House Bunny," for instance, or demonstrating her range in "Brokeback Mountain" -- the next few projects tank, and she's reduced to playing straight woman to talking CGI animals in "Yogi Bear."

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