July 29, 2013 |
World premieres of movies from Eli Roth, Lucky McKee and Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto will populate the Midnight Madness section at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Organizers announced late Monday that “The Green Inferno,” Roth's South America-set story of American activists who take an unfortunate -- and ultimately cannibalistic -- trip to the Amazon, will be among the nine titles to play Midnight Madness. So too will Matsumoto's “R100,” about a man who joins a mysterious club that doesn't allow its members to leave.
April 15, 2013 |
Maybe Aubrey Plaza is on to something with her crazy stunts - the MTV Movie Awards she spectacularly crashed Sunday posted big ratings gains. The "Parks & Recreation" costar was supposedly tossed from the premises after coming onstage unannounced and trying to grab an award from actor Will Ferrell. But the audience apparently didn't mind: An average of 3.8-million total viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen. That was up 11% compared with last year's show. In MTV's core demographic of adults aged 18 to 34, the show did even better, zooming 45%. Critics often focus on the ribald banter at the show, but PR stunts are maybe just as notable a feature.
March 29, 2013 |
Comedic actor and film star Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, actress Isla Fisher, have leased out their Hollywood Hills West investment property for $10,000 a month. The Midcentury-style home, built in 1959 and later renovated, came on the market in March for lease at $9,950 a month or for sale at $2.595 million. The couple own another house nearby that they bought several years ago for $14 million. The single-story house for sale features canyon and mountain views, beamed ceilings, a river rock fireplace, a media room/den, four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,806 square feet of living space.
February 11, 2013 |
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, actress Isla Fisher, have listed a Hollywood Hills West house at $2.595 million. The Midcentury-style home, built in 1959 and recently renovated, had been leased out at $10,995 a month. The single-story house features canyon and mountain views, beamed ceilings that rise to 22 feet, a river-rock fireplace, a media room/den, four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,806 square feet of living space. The lot, less than a third of an acre, includes a lagoon-style swimming pool, a spa and an outdoor gym. Baron Cohen, 41, is known for his portrayal of offbeat characters in such films as "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" (2006)
October 15, 2012 |
Queen guitarist Brian May has reignited talk of a long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic when he confirmed a shooting schedule and Sacha Baron Cohen's participation as Mercury. While that information sinks in, think of Cohen, best known for his star-turns as bumbling Kazakh journalist Borat or flamboyant gossip reporter Bruno, strutting onstage in a bright green leotard singing “Fat Bottom Girls,” or reenacting key lyrical moments from “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The update was announced on May's website last week, where he wrote of a meeting among fellow Queen members. “Our main agenda was the Freddie film … which, I'm happy to tell you, is on course,” he wrote, adding that the meeting mostly involved contractual concerns. “The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule -- filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie.
May 16, 2012 |
Like its creator and star Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedy of "The Dictator" is mercurial to the extreme and as crude as the massive oil reserves of Wadiya, the fictional North African nation where his latest movie prank begins. By turns hysterical, heretical, guilty, innocent, silly, sophisticated, teasing and tedious, the film follows the power-mad leader Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen as he loses his bearings, his beard and his heart in New York City. "The Dictator" underscores both Baron Cohen's genius and his folly, and delivers the actor's signature blend of scatological outrage, sagacity and at least one full-frontal assault with a flaccid unmentionable.