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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.

First Look: Sacha Baron Cohen & Ben Kingsley In Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo Cabret'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 8, 2010 5:01 AM
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After months of photography in Paris and London, here's our first look at Sacha Baron Cohen as the train station inspector and Ben Kingsley as silent French filmmaker Georges Méliès in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's best-selling children's historical fiction book, "The Invention Of Hugo Cabret."

Martin Scorsese Talks 'Hugo Cabret,' Hints At Struggles With 3D

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2010 3:11 AM
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'Hugo Cabret' To Cost More Than 'Inception'?For better or worse, it could be argued that Martin Scorsese's been operating within his comfort zone in recent years: "The Departed" and the HBO pilot "Boardwalk Empire," while both terrific, were both within the gangster genre that Scorsese's always been most at home in, and the divisive psychological thriller "Shutter Island" wasn't too far off either. But the director's next film, the book adaptation "Hugo Cabret," marks a real stretch for the filmmaker -- not only is it his first family film, but it's also his first to be shot in 3D.

Larry Charles Takes On Directing Gig For Sacha Baron Cohen's Dual-Role Picture, 'The Dictator'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 16, 2010 3:22 AM
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Paramount Project Sees Comedian Playing Both A Foreign Dictator & A Goat Herder Who Get Lost In The U.S.Despite the box-office disappointment* that was "Brüno," Sacha Baron Cohen is still commanding high figures these days and is very much in demand. For his next project, Paramount agreed to give the star $20 million against 20% first-dollar gross, all based on a pitch.

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