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'The Simpsons' - 'The Greatest Story Ever D'Ohed' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 29th 2010 3:05AM
'The Simpsons' - 'The Greatest Story ever Doh'd'(S21E16) It's always tricky to try and mix comedy with Jerusalem. Unless you're willing to throw caution to the wind and risk offending various religious groups and individuals, you almost always wind up with something that's bland and lame. For 'The Simpsons,' cutting edge and risque seems to be a thing long in their past, and the latter product is what we got.

Everything from Sacha Baron Cohen's aggressive tour guide to the jokes and the storyline in general didn't work this week. I'm not sure if it's because the writer, Kevin Curran, was trying too hard not to offend Muslims, Jews or Christians, but he wound up wringing every bit of humor out of the episode.

Normally, at least one or two jokes can hit, even in a bad episode of 'The Simpsons,' but this one actually got painful to continue sitting through.

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What to Watch: March 22 - 28

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 22nd 2010 2:41AM


Cougar Town
- Wednesday March 24, 9:30 pm, Citytv/ABC

Sheryl Crow guest stars as a wine rep who sets her sights on Grayson. A wine rep, for those who aren't sure, is someone who lubricates the sales of wine to restaurants, bars, hotels, etc. It usually involves charm, some wine knowledge and an ability to hold one's liquor. They have so absolutely nailed the general feeling of the show with this choice of occupation that I think they should start over with the show and call it 'The Wine Reps' and make Jules and Ellie wine reps too. In all other ways the plot would remain the same - and the characters would drag a bottle of merlot around with them in every scene.

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'The Late Shift 2': Who Should Play Whom?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 15th 2010 11:06AM
News that New York Times reporter Bill Carter is working on a pseudo-sequel to his groundbreaking book The Late Shift' made a smile creep across my face. I haven't yet read the book, but the buzz it caused and the weird stories that came out of it just by word of mouth gave it an aura of mysterious wonder that made the television industry infinitely more fascinating than it already was.

It also spawned a pretty decent made-for-TV HBO movie. Now I don't know what kind of craziness "Round Two" has to offer, but the players involved are definitely going to have all sorts of wild secrets revealed from Carter's work and when it does, HBO is going to want the movie rights. So here's who should play who in this new tragic merry-go-round of television programming hilarity that shall be called 'The Late Shift 2'.

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Larry Charles Project Picked Up by CBS

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 12th 2010 5:00PM
Paul Kaye will star in a new pilot helmed by Larry Charles and Ant hinesAccording to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Larry Charles and Ant Hines, the director and writer behind 'Borat' and 'Bruno,' are teaming up again for a new CBS pilot starring English comedian and actor Paul Kaye. The project, which the Reporter says stars Kaye as a "British low-life moving to LA to reconnect with his daughter who is a teen celebrity," is untitled.

Charles has been much acclaimed for his work with Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as Larry David on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' Jerry Seinfeld on 'Seinfeld,' and Paul Reiser on 'Mad About You.' In Kaye, he has another talented comedian who likes to instigate trouble and who can move easily between characters.

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'30 Rock,' 'Mad Men' Win Emmys & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 21st 2009 1:03PM
30 Rock Mad Men Emmys'30 Rock' and 'Mad Men' dominate the Emmys (again), while the show sees its best audience in three years.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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Sacha Baron Cohen will guest voice on The Simpsons

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 19th 2009 5:03PM
Sacha and the SimpsonsPractically every other celebrity on Earth has been a guest voice on The Simpsons. Hell, then even managed to land the reclusive author Alan Moore for a comic book-themed episode. Now, Borat and Bruno star Sacha Baron Cohen will be lending his voice to an episode of the animated series.

Supposedly, Cohen will play an "angry but funny" tour guide that helps them while the family tours Israel with their church group. For such a low income family, the Simpsons sure get to tour a lot of different countries. Homer even went up into space at one point.

Cohen will not be playing any of his trademark characters, and that's probably for the best. They were getting a little stale anyway. Perhaps he could invent a new character (or at least a character voice) for this appearance.

In other facts about the episode, Homer gets Jerusalem complex while visiting and thinks he's God. And to the Fox network, he is.

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Brüno: a mini-review

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 11th 2009 5:01PM
BrünoGranted, Brüno is a movie and thus falls outside the purview of this site, but it is based on a character that originally appeared on a television show (Da Ali G Show), so I'm hoping I can get a little leeway on this brief review of the movie, which i happened to catch last night.

Minor spoilers follow ...

Like its predecessor Borat (also a character from Da Ali G Show), the movie relies on shock humor. It certainly has its moments.

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Why has this "Bruno" vs. Eminem thing been in the news all week?

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 4th 2009 1:07PM
Sacha Baron Cohen and Eminem and the 2009 MTV Movie AwardsI was fine with the initial story that it may have been a hoax, because it was news. After all the stunt Sacha "Bruno" Baron Cohen pulled putting his ass in the notoriously sensitive Eminem's face was the big buzz moment of the MTV Movie Awards. But it didn't stop there. Finally, after speculation and reports all week about it, Eminem admitted it was a stunt. Fine. Great. Does this mean it's over? I can't tell you how many "news" stories I read about this.

Everyone had their own take on it. You'd have thought it was the JFK assassination all over again. "There was one shooter with a camera zoomed in on Eminem's face. That's the only person who knew what was happening." "Impossible. Who worked the rig that lowered Cohen? Clearly there was a conspiracy." "But Eminem had to have been in on that conspiracy. Can you really lower a man on top of someone without them knowing it." "Perhaps, but did Em know Cohen's ass was bare." "Oh I think he most certainly did." Who cares, honestly?!

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Showtime likes the laughs, renews Tracey Ullman

by Allison Waldman, posted May 3rd 2008 9:06AM
Tracey tongueDo you love Tracey Ullman? Yeah, who doesn't? The lady's a riot. Showtime is so enamored of the Brit-com-queen that they've ordered a second season -- seven fresh episodes -- of Tracey Ullman's State of the Union. The network has also lined up another English artist for 2009. Comedy star Marc Wootton is locked in for six episodes.

"I won't hold it against them that both are from the U.K.," laughed Showtime prez Robert Greenblatt. "Tracey Ullman is the veteran genius who continues to impress us with her versatility, while Marc Wootton is the up-and-comer who will surprise our audience with his own unique voice. This is an embarrassment of riches for us in the comedy department."

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Sacha Baron Cohen not so funny in Spain

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 11th 2006 7:33PM
Ali GVariety is reporting that, despite comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's current international popularity, both of his signature characters are having a tough time gaining any kind of traction in, of all countries, Spain. Not only has the Borat movie only taken in 2.1 million euros since being released almost a month ago, but the TV3 network's broadcasts of the old HBO series Da Ali G Show are tanking in the ratings. The article speculates a bit as to why this is happening: since the TV3 network has been showing Britcoms like Blackadder with success, that's not a reason; the time slot seems to be suitable for the audience the network wants to attract.

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Sacha Baron Cohen, former male model - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 2nd 2006 2:24PM
sacha baron cohenThere's an old British 'Where Are They Now'-type special up on YouTube that is all about Sacha Baron Cohen. The special looks a little dated because it focuses on his work on television as Ali G, and it shows Kristoff, an Albanian reporter character that strongly resembles Borat. It chronicles Cohen's childhood-- he attended an affluent school and then went to Cambridge. There are some old, cringe-worthy video clips of him and his brother ridiculing Jews and of Cohen hosting various cable access shows. One interesting revelation is a picture is of Cohen as a model. That's right- behind the Ali G and Borat characters is a rather good-looking fellow. His short stint as a fashion model reportedly inspired his red carpet reporter character, Bruno.

The video is after the jump. It's pretty long, so if you just want to see the modeling bit, it's at 8:00.

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It's Borat-mania on HBO

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 31st 2006 9:00AM

BoratWith the release of Borat this Friday to movie theaters around America, HBO wants to remind you that they were the ones who gave U.S. audiences a look at the lovable Sacha Baron Cohen character that appeared regularly on Da Ali G Show. So, with that in mind, the network is going to go Borat crazy over the next two weeks.

It will begin this upcoming Saturday when HBO airs all 12 episodes of Ali G not once, but twice. The run of episodes (I get tired of saying marathon because it really isn't) will begin at noon and end at 6:00 PM. Then, the network will air eight episodes on Monday (from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am) and four on Tuesday (8:00 pm to 10:00 pm). If you miss those episodes they will be available on HBO on Demand from November until late January.

One can hope that the media blitz on this new movie as well as the word on the street makes Borat the hit of the year in the theaters. We shall see come this Friday.

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How Borat does it

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 12th 2006 11:57AM
boratIf you've never seen Sacha Baron Cohen's character Borat in action, I'll direct you to this recent post, or, just go to YouTube and type in "Borat" and enjoy the hilarity. The character, an out-of-his-element news reporter from Kazakhstan, was part of Cohen's Da Ali G Show and is the center of the upcoming movie Borat: Culture Leanings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. If you're wondering how Cohen and his team get normal people to appear on his show, and, more impressively, get them to sign releases allowing themselves to be seen on television, Devin Gordon of Newsweek spoke with some of the people who were duped by Cohen/Borat. Some of them found it funny, others not so much. While I'm not always the biggest fan of mining humor by accosting unsuspecting people on camera, I find Borat absolutely hysterical. I think part of his secret is acting as if he has no idea that anything he's doing or saying is wrong.

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