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Freddie Mercury Biopic With Sacha Baron Cohen Aiming For Spring 2013 Shoot, 2014 Release

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 15, 2012 11:21 AM
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One of the more immediate recognitions of perfect casting in recent years, the news of Sacha Baron Cohen tackling the role of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, has excited fans of both talents since the biopic was announced in 2010. Development has stuttered in the interim though, even as the film's producers reinforced the film's active status, but after a confirmation this past summer -- in the form of director Stephen Frears growing close to helming the project -- a new tidbit from Queen guitarist Brian May himself has reignited the discussion even further.

Sacha Baron Cohen Brings 'The Lesbian' To Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2012 5:48 PM
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Headlines write themselves sometimes. And when it's Sacha Baron Cohen and the title of the movie project is "The Lesbian," half the work is pretty much done already.

Sacha Baron Cohen Lines Up Spy Spoof At Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 3:59 PM
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He's played a dimwitted journalist from Kazakhstan, a gay fashionista, a French race car driver, a French train station guard, a dictator and a seriously clueless hip hop loving surburban dude. And now, Sacha Baron Cohen is ready to take on one of the most classic of comic characters, the spy.

Quentin Tarantino Remains Uncertain About 'Kill Bill 3'; Says Jonah Hill Isn't Replacing Sacha Baron Cohen In 'Django Unchained'

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 14, 2012 4:29 PM
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Devotees at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 were in for a rude awakening on Saturday morning. Despite fans camping out at 7 a.m. for an 11:30 a.m. Hall H presentation for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming slavery-drama-cum-revenge-thriller "Django Unchained," the lines for the panel were unprecedented and several thousand fans who thought they were early, were left out of luck.

Watch: Clip From 'The Dictator' Shows Film's Secret Weapon Jason Mantzoukas Plus New Images From Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 3:42 PM
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"The Dictator" opens in just a couple of days, and while Paramount had initially moved the film to get out of the way of "Dark Shadows," it was actually "The Avengers" they would end up avoiding, as the superhero movie continued smashing box office records in week two. But if you already saw the comic book movie, then we urge you to see Sacha Baron Cohen's latest...why? Because it's pretty fucking funny.

Nothing To See Here: There's Little Reason To Be Worried About 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 11, 2012 12:22 PM
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Let's try and keep this brief, shall we? Two actors dropped out of Quentin Tarantino's would-be subversive Western cum slave epic "Django Unchained" this week -- to be more exact, the news of these two actors dropping out of the film came out this week. Presumably this actually happened a while ago. Sacha Baron Cohen had to exit the film to do press for his upcoming comedy, "The Dictator," and he and his people surely gave Tarantino and the producers a heads up about this, so it came as no sudden surprise.

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!

Sacha Baron Cohen Has Dropped Out Of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 9, 2012 5:18 PM
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Everyone and their mother wants to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to be in one so badly he flew to Germany to convince QT he could play a Nazi Jew hunter who spoke fluent French, German and Italian in "Inglourious Basterds." It didn't pan out, obviously, but clearly his persistence (and moxie) paid off for Tarantino's latest, the slave/vengeance epic "Django Unchained," wherein DiCaprio plays the main villain.

Stephen Frears Frontrunner To Direct Freddie Mercury Biopic Starring Sacha Baron Cohen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 2:39 PM
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With Sacha Baron Cohen heading back into theaters next week with another loudly accented, outrageous comic character creation, it's easy to forget he has aspirations beyond comedy. For a couple of years now he's been attached to a biopic about late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury boasting a script from "The Queen" scribe Peter Morgan. At one point, the plan was to shoot it last August, but when we spoke to Morgan in the fall, he explained how it all went down. "Projects have great momentum, and then they slow down. I wrote it, they've got it. Maybe they're sneakily rewriting it, I've got no idea. They were in a great hurry to do it, and then Sacha committed to doing 'The Dictator.' So at that moment, all our afterburners were slowed down. 'Cause at one point, we were frantic, but Sacha had been working on the other one for four years. So I think he's up to his eyeballs at the moment," he said. But it looks like Baron Cohen wants to get back to it.

Watch: 'The Dictator' Takes Martin Scorsese Hostage On SNL; Red Band Trailer Arrives

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 7, 2012 1:04 PM
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Jacknuhn! The Supreme Leader, All Triumphant General and Chief Opthamologist of People's Republic of Wadiya's Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) arrived on U.S. shores this weekend to drop by Weekend Update on "Saturday Night Live" with host Seth Meyers to discuss his upcoming film, "The Dictator" (a follow-up to his earlier films like "Planet Of The Rapes" and "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn's Legs").

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