Sacha Baron Cohen Spy Series

Sacha Baron Cohen is best known for his wild comedic antics as characters like Ali G, Borat and Bruno in faux documentary movies and TV shows where he behaves inappropriately in front of real people who have no idea that everything happening in front of them is one big joke. But now he’s heading into dramatic territory with a new limited series at Netflix.

The Spy is a six episode series that will see Sacha Baron Cohen playing real-life spy Eli Cohen (no relation), who worked for Israel in the early 1960s, going undercover in Syria. Read More »

Tyrant Cancelled After Three Seasons

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Last night, what was meant to be Tyrant‘s season three finale is now its series finale. After three seasons, FX has cancelled creator Gideon Raff‘s Middle East-set drama. The show could find itself a new home, but as of this moment, after a total of 32 episodes, Tyrant is done.

Below, learn more about the Tyrant cancellation.

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David Yates Takes Over FX Pilot ‘Tyrant’

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Losing a multiple Oscar-winner for your project is never a good thing. But, replacing him with a guy responsible for billions in box office isn’t bad. That’s what happening on the FX pilot Tyrant. Ang Lee was set to direct the first episode of the show, which is about “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation” but he dropped out. He’ll now be replaced by David Yates. He directed the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth Harry Potter films, which grossed over $4 billion worldwide. Read More »

The film and TV businesses have melded and merged in a way that would have been unfathomable a decade or two ago. Directors and actors regularly bounce between films and television in a way that implicitly argues that the divisions between the two are technical at best.

Once, the notion that someone would do a TV pilot after winning the Best Director Oscar would have seemed crazy. But Ang Lee has just been announced as the director and executive producer of the pilot for the FX show Tyrant. The project was developed by Homeland exec producer Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff, who created Homeland‘s inspiration, the Israeli show Hatufim (Prisoners of War).

The show will follow the life of “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” More info is below, via the press release. Read More »

We have a three-and-a-half-minute first look at Showtime’s new series Homeland, which the network picked up last week for 12 episodes. The thriller stars Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Anderson, who begins to suspect that the recent rescue of longtime POW Scott Brody (Damian Lewis) is actually one piece in a larger terrorist plot by al Qaeda. The always welcome Mandy Patinkin also stars, as Anderson’s boss/mentor Saul Berenson. Watch the clip after the jump.

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