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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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Sacha Baron Cohen Was Considered as Oscar Host

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 19th 2010 3:03PM
sacha_baron_cohen_headshotThe history of the Academy Awards telecast has been generally a pretty traditional show. You've had historic moments of bad taste like Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White, bizarre musical opening numbers from the likes of Lucie Arnaz and Liza Minnelli -- not together -- and, of course, great highs like most of the Billy Crystal musical medleys of the Best Oscar nominees.

This year if Billy were there, his medley would be about 20 minutes long to include all ten nominated movies! They'd have needed an oxygen tank in the wings to revive him after that.

But here's a wickedly wild idea that might have set the Oscars into to fierce wilderness of 'oh-my-God' TV. The Oscar producers were toying with the idea of having Sacha Baron Cohen host the show. Yep, believe it. Producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic were on NPR's 'Fresh Air' with Teri Gross, and they said when they contemplated shaking up the broadcast, they thought of 'Borat.'

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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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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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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 11th 2009 9:03AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:
  • I've never been a fan of all-nighters, and flat-out refused to do them in college. But movies about all-nighters are always fun. Check out the latest Cinematical Seven: Movies That Pull an All-Nighter.
  • I saw Borat the night it opened and thought it was absolutely hilarious. So why do I have absolutely zero interest in seeing Bruno? Cinematical bit the bullet: you can read their review here.
  • The summer of 1981 was the first summer I was alive, so I probably wasn't watching too many movies. However, there were some great ones that summer, like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Fox and the Hound! See what else came out when Cinematical continues to examine their favorite summers.
  • Are you headed to Comic-Con this year? Check out the newly-released Comic-Con 2009 schedule here.
  • I'm really looking forward to the new Judd Apatow movie, Funny People. You can check out the new red-band trailer here, plus a bonus Adam Sandler prank call circa 1991.

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Chuck: Chuck Versus the First Kill

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 14th 2009 9:46AM
chuck and sarah posing

Trust. Five little letters that represent so, so much. For Chuck, trust has been key to his agreeing to be the American government's good little intersect. He's gone along with all the dangerous assignments, put his life on the line, lied to his friends and family, and every step of the way, he's trusted that Casey and Sarah and the General are working for the country's best interest, and by extension, his best interest.

After convincing the General that the only way to keep Fulcrum from getting their own intersect, the one not in Chuck's head, was to steal back Orion before he succeeds in building another unit. The fact that Orion was also Steve Bartowski -- Chuck's primary objective, i.e. "get back dad" -- was evident. However, for appearances, he let the team believe that he believed saving the interset was the most important thing.

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Sacha Baron Cohen disrupts Medium filming

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 17th 2008 7:03PM
BrunoThis is actually kinda funny and I'm surprised no one has attempted this before.

Sacha Baron Cohen, also known as Borat, was somehow cast as an extra for an episode of NBC's Medium, and in typical Borat fashion he disrupted the scene. In fact, he screwed things up so much that the show had to shut down filming for a while on November 7.

Actually, Cohen wasn't Borat in the footage he was Bruno, one of Cohen's other characters.

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What are the best movies based on TV shows?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 7th 2008 1:03PM

Mission ImpossibleWe've talked a lot here at TV Squad about movies made from TV shows. A while back, Anna listed her picks for the 10 best movies based on TV shows, and then Paul listed his picks for the 10 worst. (I also chimed in with my picks for 5 TV shows that are better than the original movie). Now Rotten Tomatoes picks the 50 best movies made from TV shows, and the results are...odd.

Now, some of the choices are predictable if not accurate, including Star Trek II, Wayne's World, South Park, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables, and The Brady Bunch Movie. And fans of Firefly will be happy to see Serenity on the list (and in the top 10!).

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FOX turns Borat into a cop

by Paul Goebel, posted Sep 21st 2007 9:28AM

BoratThe FOX network has announced plans for a brand new cop show about a police officer from Albania who is transplanted to the US.

The one hour project, currently tittled Raffik, will be a fish-out-of-water story focusing on the officer's reactions to the wonders of America.

The only details of the project that have been revealed are that Anthony Horowitz is the creator. Horowitz previously created Foyle's War and also worked on Poirot both for ITV.

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Borat director Larry Charles signs deal with ABC

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 6th 2007 3:43PM
Larry CharlesMost TV viewers don't know who Larry Charles is, but fans of the shows Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm are well aware of him. As one of the more underrated members of Larry David's team, he wrote some of both shows' most memorable episodes. His last project, as the director of the Borat movie, also earned him praise, even if he toiled away deep in Sacha Baron Cohen's shadow.

But the success of Borat has been good for everyone, including Charles: Variety is reporting that he has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the ABC TV Studio for what the industry rag said was in the "mid-seven figures." In the deal, Charles will write and direct a number of projects, including "scripted and hybrid comedies and possibly even animation," according to the article. This will be the first time he has worked for broadcast TV in a number of years.

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Ellen promises not to suck on Oscar night

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2007 2:40PM

EllenI thought Jon Stewart did a fine job as Oscar host, but I can understand them wanting to go with a more "traditional" choice. And with Ellen, I think the mainstream people get someone who they can enjoy (her daytime talk show is a hit) and the people who want their humor a little more wiseass will get their way too (people forget Ellen can be quite clever).

In this interview with TV Guide, DeGeneres promises not to suck, and also says that she's not going to copy what people in the past have done. Meaning, she's not going to put on the dance shows and dance a la Billy Crystal. She does say that it's going to be a little more fun and casual than most years.

And her favorite Oscars host was Johnny Carson, so that's a good sign.

NPR wants you to write an Oscar speech
Ellen DeGeneres stand-up special on Comedy Central in February

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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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ABC commits to high concept series

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 4th 2006 4:34PM
Matt Reeves and J.J. AbramsFelicity co-creator Matt Reeves has a high concept series in development for ABC. (That's poor Matt on the right, sitting behind Felicity's more famous half J.J. Abrams.) Called Ordinary Joe, Reeves' new series follows the story of a man, who at 21 had to decide whether to go after the girl he always wanted, choose the girl who always wanted him or remain single. The show picks up 12 years later and flashbacks to the three different versions of his life that would have been depending on what choice he made. Each episode intertwines the series of events that follows the three different life choices - connecting them via theme.

It's a little Sliding Doors, a little Run Lola Run. All of my favorite themes are there -- fate, regret, choices, connection, what's unchanging about a person and what's not. Ever since 24's success, networks have been looking for high concept shows like this. Hugh Jackman has a Rashomon-like project in the works. There are a slew of part-scripted, part-documentary Borat-y projects in the works, too. What will float, and what will sink? We'll have to wait and see. Let's just hope the lead in Ordinary Joe gets a haircut in each version of his life so we can tell the difference.

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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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