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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.

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.

The Academy Grows A Pair, Sacha Baron Cohen Will Show Up At The Oscars As 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 6:53 PM
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Perhaps realizing that not having The Muppets perform their Best Song nomination, and relying on Cirque Du Soleil as the big centerpiece of entertainment (aside from handing out awards of course) on Sunday night, the Academy has relented on their ban -- sort of -- and allowed Sacha Baron Cohen to show up as his character from "The Dictator" on the red carpet before changing into his formal attire for the ceremony.

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

  • By The Playlist
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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.

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