A gifted figure skater, Sasha Cohen demonstrated enormous talent and grace well beyond her years. Born Oct. 26, 1984 in Los Angeles, Alexandra Pauline Cohen grew up studying gymnastics and ballet, whi...
I see what Sacha Baron Cohen is doing. He and director Larry Charles are approaching all the beautiful, funny women in Hollywood for the female lead in The Dictator. So far the frontrunners are SNL mainstay Kristen Wiig, so-cute-and-funny-it's-not-even-fair Anna Farris and thoroughly excellent Gillian Jacobs from Community. The only way they could possibly make this list of potentials even better was if they included Cohen’s real-life wife Isla Fisher. But I’d imagine that would rack up some serious babysitting fees, so maybe not.
If you don’t recall, The Dictator finds Cohen as a brutal tyrant who gets lost in the US. He’ll also play a common goat herder. Jason Mantzoukas has been cast as his assistant/sidekick.
Of course, who they hire for the role will impact the film in a major way. Like Borat and Bruno, the entire thing will be heavily improvised, so the entire cast will have a big part in shaping the tone. But honestly, no matter who they pick the film will likely turn out awesome.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Step right up ladies and gentlemen (in November) for Martin Scorsese's first ever 3D film. That's right. Hugo Cabret is set to hit theaters on November 23, just in time for all of us turkey-stuffed givers of thanks to waddle to the theaters and see what ol' Marty's put together for our viewing pleasure. Sony Pictures had previously set the film for a December release which didn't satisfy the producers' desire for a Thanksgiving release. Paramount jumped at the opportunity and now we'll all have the chance to spend Thanksgiving weekend avoiding Black Friday Sale shit shows by hiding out in a dark theater and experiencing Jude Law in 3D for the first time in our lives. Lovely.
The film also stars Sasha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Chloe Moretz, and Emily Mortimer and is set in 1930s Paris where a young orphan gets swept into a magical mystery adventure. Law plays the boy's late father and the film is based off of the award-winning book by Brian Selznick.
Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg have joined the already jam-packed cast of Martin Scorsese’s 3D fantasy, Hugo Cabret. Shooting for the film has been underway for a few weeks, but Mortimer, last seen in Shutter Island, and Stuhlbarg, star of A Serious Man, were recently added in supporting roles.
Hugo Cabret tells the story of a Parisian orphan (Asa Butterfield) who lives in the walls of a train station and encounters a number of eccentric characters. The huge cast so far consists of Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee and Richard Griffiths, with the recent additions of Mortimer and Stahlberg as a flower shop girl and film restorer, respectively.
Scorsese is producing the film with Graham King, Johnny Depp, and Tim Headington, for GK Films, with a script from John Logan. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Charles Newirth and Christi Dembrowski are executive producing. Hugo Cabret began production at the start of July in London, and will be released December 9, 2011 by Sony.
Martin Scorsese has assembled an all-star cast for his 3D debut. Jude Law, Ray Winstone and Frances De La Tour (of the Potter franchise), as well as industry veterans Christopher Lee and Richard Griffiths, have been added to the cast of Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret. They join cast members Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory, Chloe Moretz, and Asa Butterfield as the lead.
The film, which adapts Brian Selsnick’s bestselling illustrated novel The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, tells the story of a young orphan (Butterfield) who lives in the walls of a Paris train station and encounters a number of eccentric characters, including a young girl (Moretz, probably) and a toymaker. Jon Logan, of Gladiator and the upcoming animated film Rango, has written the screenplay.
Scorsese is producing the film with Graham King, Johnny Depp, and Tim Headington, for GK Films. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Charles Newirth and Christi Dembrowski are executive producing. Hugo Cabret began production yesterday in London, and will be released December 2011 by Sony.
Source: The Wrap
Beyonce, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift were the toast of the music world on Sunday night after taking home the 52nd annual Grammy Awards' biggest prizes.
Beyonce was the Los Angeles event's biggest winner, claiming six of the 10 honors for which she was nominated.
These included Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance awards for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
Swift took home her first four Grammys, including the coveted Album of the Year award, and Kings of Leon's anthem "Use Somebody" earned the rockers prizes for Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The Black Eyed Peas and Jay-Z were also triple winners at the Grammys, as was the San Francisco Symphony, thanks to its album Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10.
The event's winners were overshadowed by a clutch of terrific performances from acts like Green Day, Pink, Dave Matthews Band, Beyonce and the Black Eyed Peas.
Elton John and Lady Gaga collaborated to open the show, and there were further mash-ups for Jamie Foxx, T-Pain and Slash, Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli, Eminem, Drake and Lil Wayne, and Taylor Swift and Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks.
But the event's highlight was a star-studded tribute to Michael Jackson; Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Smokey Robinson and Carrie Underwood teamed up to perform the King of Pop's "Earth Song."
The stunning collaboration was accompanied by a 3-D version of the "Earth Song" video Jackson planned to use as a backdrop during his This Is It concerts last summer.
Stars like Beyonce, Rihanna and will.i.am were among the audience members who donned special 3-D glasses to fully appreciate the spectacular musical moment.
They ended the song with their backs to the crowd, staring at images of Jackson, which were flashed onto the big screen behind them, as the audience rose to its feet to applaud the performance, which presenter Lionel Richie called "unbelievable."
Following the showstopper, Jackson's children Prince and Paris took the Staples Center stage to honor their father, a recipient of one of the night's Lifetime Achievement Awards.
In his first public speaking appearance, Prince thanked God for "watching over us these past seven months" and "our grandma and grandpa for their love and support."
Both Jackson children ended their brief acceptance speeches with the words "We love you daddy".
The big winners of the 2010 Grammys are:
Record Of The Year: Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Song Of The Year: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
Best New Artist: Zak Brown Band
Album Of The Year: Fearless - Taylor Swift
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Halo - Beyonce
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Make It Mine - Jason Mraz
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Throw Down Your Heart - Bela Fleck
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Potato Hole - Booker T. Jones
Best Pop Vocal Album: The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
Best Dance Recording: Poker Face - Lady Gaga
Best Electronic/Dance Album: The Fame - Lady Gaga
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden - Michael Buble
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Working On A Dream - Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Best Hard Rock Performance: War Machine - AC/DC
Best Metal Performance: Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: A Day In The Life - Jeff Beck
Best Rock Song: Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Best Rock Album: 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
Best Alternative Music Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Pretty Wings - Maxwell
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Blame It - Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: At Last - Beyonce
Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Pearls - India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore
Best R&B Song: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
Best R&B Album: Blacksummers' Night - Maxwell
Best Contemporary R&B Album: I Am... Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
Best Rap Solo Performance: D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune) - Jay-Z
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: Crack A Bottle - Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Run This Town - Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
Best Rap Song: Run This Town - Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
Best Rap Album: Relapse - Eminem
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: White Horse - Taylor Swift
Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Sweet Thing - Keith Urban
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Run To You - Lady Antebellum
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: I Told You So - Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
Best Country Instrumental Performance: Producer's Medley - Steve Wariner
Best Country Song: White Horse - Taylor Swift
Best Country Album: Fearless - Taylor Swift
Best Spoken Word Album: Always Looking Up - Michael J. Fox
Best Comedy Album: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! - Stephen Colbert
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Slumdog Millionaire - Various Artists
Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Up - Michael Giacchino
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Jai Ho (From Slumdog Millionaire) - Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters
Lifetime Achievement Award: Leonard Cohen
Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Jackson
Lifetime Achievement Award: Loretta Lynn
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bobby Darin
Lifetime Achievement Award: Clark Terry
Lifetime Achievement Award: David 'Honeyboy' Edwards
Lifetime Achievement Award: Andre Previn
Trustees Award: Walter C. Miller
Trustees Award: Florence Greenberg
Trustees Award: Harold Bradley
Presidents Merit Award: Doug Morris
Presidents Merit Award: Placido Domingo
Presidents Merit Award: Ken Ehrlich
MusiCares Person of the Year: Neil Young
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The outrageous film, starring Cohen as gay Austrian fashionista Bruno, has been a success in the U.S. and U.K., debuting atop box office charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
But officials in the eastern European country are refusing to allow it to be released in their cinemas because of the "unjustified" shots of genitals and homosexual sex scenes. The decision to ban the film came after nine out of the culture ministry's 14 members agreed to veto its release.
Explaining the ruling in a letter to the country's film distributor Sinergia, officials say: "The Ukrainian ministry of culture has decided to ban all showings of this film on Ukrainian territory.
"The film contains unjustified showing of genital organs and sexual relations and shows homosexual acts and homosexual perversions in an explicitly realist manner. (It also contains) sadistic manifestations which could damage the morality of citizens.".
A gifted figure skater, Sasha Cohen demonstrated enormous talent and grace well beyond her years. Born Oct. 26, 1984 in Los Angeles, Alexandra Pauline Cohen grew up studying gymnastics and ballet, which helped her develop her powerful ice skating style, characterized by her unparalleled flexibility. Taking second at the 2000 U.S. National Championships, Cohen earned silver again at the 2002 Nationals and that same year, went on to notch a fourth-place finish at both the Winter Olympics and World Championships. Arguably the best spinner in the world, Cohen won a string of silver medals, including at the 2002, 2004 and 2005 Nationals, 2004 and 2005 Worlds, and at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Although she won gold at the 2006 Nationals, Cohen's competitive career was cut short due to injuries, although she remained in the spotlight. "Project Runway" (Bravo, 2004-08; Lifetime, 2009- ) built a challenge around her and she booked appearances as herself on "Las Vegas" (NBC, 2003-08), "Hell's Kitchen" (Fox, 2005- ) and the Will Ferrell ice-skating comedy "Blades of Glory" (2007). After penning 2005's <i>Fire on Ice: Autobiography of a Champion Figure Skater</i>, the attractive Cohen notched acting roles on an episode of "CSI: NY" (CBS, 2004- ) as well as in the films "Moondance Alexander" (2007) and "Bratz" (2007) but proved how charmingly she could play bartender and banter with Andy Cohen, Amy Sedaris and Bruce Jenner on an especially memorably episode of "Watch What Happens: Live" (Bravo, 2009- ).<p><i>By Jonathan Riggs</i>