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Sacha Baron Cohen No Longer Playing Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury After Differences With Band
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Sacha Baron Cohen & Freddy Mercury

We found out that Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen was going to play Freddie Mercury, the late great singer of the band Queen, back in 2010. But now, sadly, the actor has been forced to walk away from the project.

Cohen brought in two-time Academy Award nominee Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) to write the script, and he had been looking for potential directors to take on the biopic. Unfortunately he could never find approval from the remaining members of Queen, who have final say on both the screenplay and director. According to sources, it was this same final say from Queen that also ultimately led to Cohen’s departure. While he was aiming to make a more mature, R-rated tell-all about Mercury, Queen seems determined for the movie to be a more family-friendly PG-rated biopic.

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Netflix Review: Hugo
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Netflix Review: HugoHugo
Netflix Streaming
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Richard Griffiths
Paramount Pictures
Originally Released: November 23, 2011

With all the praise surrounding the immersive 3D experience of Hugo, I truthfully didn’t think I would enjoy watching the movie on the small screen in a streaming viewing experience. In fact, with the “kid’s movie” stigma attached to it, I’m fairly sure I wanted to dislike it.

But it is impossible to dislike a Martin Scorsese film.

Despite the deficiency of 3D immersion, Scorsese had my attention riveted from the very beginning of the movie. With several early sequences that embodies his trademark single-shot “how the hell did he film this” technique(s), connected with high standard acting from a stellar cast, Hugo stands well enough on its own without that 3D garbage, thank-you-very-much!

Actually, the coupling of Scorsese’s filming and direction techniques, with the excellent cast make this a superb movie experience. And when it comes to the cast, Scorsese most definitely has an eyeball for talent: Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Richard Griffiths, Jude Law, and more all favor the screen in Hugo, but it is Asa Butterfield’s performance as the title character that tremendously grabs you.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Takes Aim At Spoofing James Bond
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Recently Sacha Baron Cohen took a step away from the mockumentary genre and went forward with the raunchy political comedy The Dictator. But after spoofing rappers, journalists, and fashion experts, the comedian is putting a satire of the spy genre in his crosshairs.

A report says that Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston have successfully sold a spy comedy pitch to Paramount. No amount was disclosed, but it is said that the pitch sold for high six to low seven figures.

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Doom Digest: Blade Runner, Martin Freeman, Harry Potter, Spider-Man, The Avengers
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Doom Digest

Every day here at Doom HQ we receive tons of tips from our readers about really cool stuff from the world of geek, as well as promotional materials for new films, comic books, collectibles, and much more. While we do our best to bring you as much of it as possible, we don’t always have enough geek manpower available to cover it all on a daily basis. But we hate the idea of all of this really cool stuff wasting away in our inbox. How could we NOT cover it? Hence why we’ve resurrected our long-defunct column Bits Of Doom, now rebranded and revamped as Doom Digest, a collection of easily digestible bits of news, videos, photos, and other goodies.

Today: Martin Freeman beatboxing in Ali G Indahouse, Spider-Man bathrobes, Harry Potter supercut of all the spells, artist recreation of the magazine covers seen in Blade Runner, how The Avengers should have ended, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures takes it final journey at Disney World, plus Bits Of Doom.

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Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen Depart From Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’
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Cameras may have already started rolling but a few cast members are finding it difficult to commit to the film schedule for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. A couple of weeks back Joseph Gordon-Levitt had to pull out of his role as one of two slave trading siblings because of his commitment to his directorial debut. Now comes word that Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen will no longer be appearing in the film, which is currently shooting for a December release.

Cohen made the announcement of him exiting the role on The Howard Stern Show, citing scheduling conflicts with his press tour for The Dictator as the reason why he had to exit the project. There is also the issue of shooting his role in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables that comes into conflict with shooting his cameo in Django Unchained.

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Watch Now: ‘The Dictator’ Red Band Trailer
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The Dictator

The always popular RED BAND trailer (or naughty little trailer, as no one at all likes to call it) for Sacha Baron Cohen‘s latest comedy, The Dictator, has found its way online.

As you’ll recall the movie began as what sounded like Baron Cohen playing Saddam Hussein, but has evolved into the actor playing a fictional dictator (parodying all of the overly eccentric nutjob tyrants we’ve seen over the years) who finds himself stuck in America trying to adjust to the culture change.

You can check out the red band trailer for The Dictator below. And, although this one is tame compare to other restricted trailers we’ve seen, it should still be considered NSFW.

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Check Out The First Poster For Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’
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Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming “southern” Django Unchained won’t be hitting theaters until Christmas, but in the meantime the Weinstein Company and Columbia Pictures have released the film’s first poster.

You can check it out here below.

No cruddy Photoshop hack work here folks, this is the real deal. Tarantino has spoken many times in the past about his unabashed love for Italian spaghetti westerns and how they have influenced his own style of filmmaking. Several of his recent films, including Kill Bill V.2 and Inglourious Basterds, have worn that influence with pride. Tarantino has even used music score cues composed for the best Italian westerns by the great Ennio Morricone on the soundtracks of some of his past features. Thus, it’s very fitting that the poster for Django Unchained would recall the minimalist movie poster style of the 1960’s when directors like Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, and Enzo G. Castellari were revered as cinematic gods to western fans and young movie geeks like Tarantino who were just itching for the sweaty, bloody thrills they a spaghetti western could deliver without fail.

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Oscar Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Dictator’ Dumps Kim Jong Il’s Ashes On Ryan Seacrest
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Dictator

When Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen shows up somewhere in character, it’s guaranteed that he’ll pull a stunt. And that’s exactly what the actor did when he walked the Red Carpet at last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards and then “spilled” the supposed ashes of Kim Jong Il onto interviewer Ryan Seacrest.

You can watch the entire escapade in the video here below.

Cohen arrived to the Oscars dressed as Admiral General Aladeen, his character from the upcoming film The Dictator, carrying an urn he said was filled with the ashes of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and flanked by his two female personal security officers. He made his way down the Red Carpet to Ryan Seacrest, who was covering the Red Carpet arrives for E!

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Watch Now: Greg Nicotero Discusses Working on Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’
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Django Unchained

Special effects make-up wizard Greg Nicotero (the “N” in KNB EFX) has become a close collaborator of writer-director Quentin Tarantino after working his FX magic on many of the iconoclastic filmmaker’s best known works including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Inglourious Basterds.

Nicotero spoke with MTV about working with Tarantino on the director’s latest film, Django Unchained, recently during a Television Critics Association event for AMC’s The Walking Dead, on which he serves as effects supervisor and co-executive producer. You can watch a video of Nicotero’s comments here below.

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‘Borat’ Star Sacha Baron Cohen Channels Saddam Hussein In ‘The Dictator’ Trailer
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The Dictator

When we first heard about Borat and Bruno star Sacha Baron Cohen‘s upcoming project, The Dictator, it sounded like he would actually be playing infamous tyrant Saddam Hussein.

We now know that Cohen is actually just parodying Middle Eastern dictators in general—perhaps even more Muammar Gaddafi than Saddam—but you can see the inspirations shining through. The movie is said to be based on a book written by Hussein titled Zabibah and the King, and promises to tell the “heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.”

Now the first trailer for The Dictator has been released online, and you can check it out below now.

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