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LFF '11: 'The Queen' Scribe Peter Morgan Says He's Not Necessarily Done With Tony Blair Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2011 7:03 AM
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'360' Writer Tells Us Freddie Mercury Biopic Is Waiting For Sacha Baron Cohen, Motor Racing Won't Be Focus Of Ron Howard's 'Rush'Exclusive: Getting two Oscar nominations in two years tends to make your inbox a little fuller than it was before, so it's no surprise that picking up nods in 2007 for "The Queen" and 2009 for "Frost/Nixon" has made Peter Morgan one of the busiest screenwriters around. The British director has since worked with Tom Hooper and Clint Eastwood, as well as penning Fernando Meirelles' latest, "360," which opened the BFI London Film Festival last week.

Martin Scorsese's Unfinished 'Hugo' Is An Enchanting Fairytale & Affectionate Loveletter To Cinema

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  • October 11, 2011 3:51 AM
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Filmmaker Introduces Work-In-Progress 3D Film At Surprise New York Film Festival ScreeningWhat else could it have been? When Monday's New York Film Festival "secret" screening was announced last week, speculation went into overdrive. Most missed the fact that the picture would be a 2011 release which greatly narrowed down the field. Clint Eastwood's "J.Edgar"? The NYFF/Eastwood relationship is a close one, but the picture is already promised to the AFI festival in early November. David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" was another big theory, but that film's still in the editing room. That left either Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" or one of Steven Spielberg's fall pictures, but considering Scorsese already debuted his George Harrison doc this month, it seemed rather obvious, even before the secret was unveiled this afternoon.

Martin Scorsese's Trailer For 'Hugo' Looks Like The 3D Adventure We've All Been Waiting For

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 14, 2011 10:33 AM
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In recent years, we've seen 3D films done by the likes of James Cameron, Michael Bay and botched by others we won't bother naming, but none of us have seen a 3D movie, a family adventure film no less, by Martin Scorsese. And so the trailer for his upcoming film, "Hugo" (formerly known as "Hugo Cabret") has hit and we must say it looks pretty damn wonderful, thrilling and charming (vibrant use of music too, though that doesn't sound like composer Howard Shore's work; he wrote the score).

'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.

First Official Look At Sacha Baron Cohen In Military Gear In 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2011 3:45 AM
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Yesterday brought us the first unofficial set photo of Sacha Baron Cohen in his upcoming dual role comedy "The Dictator," and the studio has responded by dropping an official picture today.

Sacha Baron Cohen Gets Another Memorable Costume In First Look At 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 1:19 AM
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Sacha Baron Cohen's creations of Ali G, Borat and Bruno are instantly recognizable characters, but what is often taken for granted is how much their costuming is a big part of what makes them so memorable. Of course, Ali G likes to drape himself in colorful tracksuits and bling, while Borat prefers cheap suits and one piece swimsuits. As for Bruno, he's fashionable in a way that usually only works in magazines. For his latest character in "The Dictator" a new set photo reveals that Cohen hasn't given up the eye-catching carb just yet.

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.

Sacha Baron Cohen's Dual Role, Saddam Hussein Inspired Comedy 'The Dictator' Hits May 11, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 3:48 AM
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It's been a couple of years since "Bruno" and if you've been feeling an absence of Sacha Baron Cohen on the big screen, that's all about to change. Of course, he has a role in Martin Scorsese's 3D family film "Hugo Cabret" set to hit at the end of the year, and now, his high concept comedy "The Dictator" has landed a release date of May 11, 2012 and will undoubtedly become his next starring vehicle.

Brian May & Roger Taylor Say Freddie Mercury Biopic With Sacha Baron Cohen Aiming To Shoot In August

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2011 7:44 AM
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'We Will Rock You' Feature Film Also In The WorksOne of the many, many projects linked to Sacha Baron Cohen over the past year or so was a biopic of legendary Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Boasting a script by Peter Morgan ("The Queen"), the project has the approval of the surviving members of the band who will act as producers on the film. The story will focus on the earlier years of Queen, leading up to the band's 1985 Live Aid concert -- one that salvaged their reputation after the band broke an anti-apartheid boycott and played gigs in South Africa. "I didn't want to write an AIDS movie, to be honest with you. And then, I just looked at the period — it's sort of where he rejects [the other members of Queen] and comes back to them. It's sort of like a family movie. It's sort of like I hate my family, I want to be independent, and then I come back," Morgan said about the script last year.

Sacha Baron Cohen Might Star In Remake Of Spanish Hit 'Torrente' (Or He Might Not)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 12:19 AM
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The LA Times should really know better than this, as we're sure this is just one of a handful of projects percolating for the selective funny man Sacha Baron Cohen, but here we are anyway writing about it.

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