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    Press Release to Toh! from The Esteemed Dictator of The Republic of Wadiya

    To sell his upcoming film "The Dictator" (May 16), Sacha Baron Cohen, as is his wont, is immersing himself in character. Following Cohen's opening promo salvo --his intentional slip-up on Ryan Seacrest on the Oscar red carpet--Paramount now has blasted an official "press release" from the Esteemed D...

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    Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' Spills Kim Jong-il's Ashes All Over Ryan Seacrest At The Oscars

    Well, the Oscars are over and as usual, the pundits will be spending the day weighing in on the broadcast. On the plus side, it was mostly a fast moving and thankfully not too painful three hour show but the comedy of Billy Crystal definitely showed its age in an era now ruled by the outrageousness ...

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

    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 sh...

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    Oscar Roundup: Dawn Hudson and Billy Crystal Talk, Why Deadline Ran Sacha Baron Cohen Story, People Mag Cashes in on Red Carpet

    The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson to discuss critics, the Brett Ratner backstory, and tackle the white-male rap. The interview is available to subscribers only, but THR posted a brief lead-in. MediaBistro did post a juicy quote about what Hudson sees as her big...

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    Teaser Trailer for 'Madagascar 3'

    Of all the crass DreamWorks Animation properties out there ("Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda," etc) the one that seems the most rudderless and out-of-touch is the "Madagascar" franchise. The original film had a semi-funny premise, about a pack of wild animals in a New York ...

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    Sacha Baron Cohen Cast As Monsieur Thenardier In Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

    It looks like Sacha Baron Cohen is set to get musical and go French once again. The man who squared off against Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street," and recently twirled a villainous moustache as the station inspector in "Hugo," is combining skills fro...

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

    '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 "Th...

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

    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...

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

    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 Cabre...

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    'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Star J.B. Smoove Bags A Role In Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

    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 cou...

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