The Dictator features scenes ranging from Admiral General Aladeen discovering masturbation for the first time, to a scene where he helps deliver a baby, but then tries to throw it in a trash can when he realizes it's a girl. One unforgettable scene that didn't make it into the final film, shows Aladeen being assaulted by a woman who's trying to kill him with her comically oversized breasts.
Aug 21, 2012
The Dictator Deleted Scene Shows Aladeen Facing Death By Breasts
For a third weekend in a row The Avengers held an easy first place lead, this week adding an additional $55 million to its $457 million total US sales. Now the number six all-time money maker in the US, it's set to possibly climb all the way to third place on that list, behind only Titanic and The Dark Knight.
May 20, 2012
Weekend Box Office: Trifecta Avengers Sunk Your Battleship
With Friday numbers in, it's clear that The Avengers is really the only thing anybody wants to see right now. According to estimates at Deadline it made $15 million Friday, putting it on pace for $54 million for the weekend-- a hearty $4 million more than predicted. Battleship, meanwhile, made $9 million, now on pace for a $25 million weekend
May 19, 2012
Battleship Performs Even Worse Than Expected, Makes $9 Million On Friday
This week on Operation Kino, we're firing a missile at B-6 and taking out your destroyer, as we review the biggest board game adaptation of all time, Battleship. From there we get into a discussion inspired by The Dictator, about modern satire and whether or not anybody is trying to make them anymore
May 18, 2012
Operation Kino #63: The Dumb Glory Of Battleship And The Death Of Modern Satire
Katey, who wrote that negative The Dictator review, left the movie wanting Baron Cohen to move on to more roles like the one he had in Hugo, using his physical comedy skills to fit into a larger, more solid story. Sean, on the other hand, loved The Dictator, and wants Baron Cohen to continue crafting these outrageous and funny movies
Katey Rich and Sean O'Connell
May 16, 2012
Great Debate: After The Dictator, Should Sacha Baron Cohen Change His Act?
There was Baron Cohen in character as Admiral General Aladeen, there were the sexy female guards flanking him, there were the scores of passionate supporters holding up signs supporting the General and cheering whenever he told them to. But while the press conference at the end of The Dictator involves a key surprise, the real-life press conference contained absolutely none
May 15, 2012
Sacha Baron Cohen Controls The Media With Scripted Jokes At The Dictator Press Conference
If you are on the fence about The Dictator, I offer this extended clip which features the eponymous anti-hero trying to blend in as an American with the help of his contemptuous countrymanl, played by the hysterical Jason Mantzoukas. Here you'll see the irreverent brand of humor that Cohen is known for on full and shocking display, but moreover you'll see Mantzoukas—who provides one of the film's funniest performances—in full effect:
May 15, 2012
Extended Clip From The Dictator Reveals Its Secret Weapon
Given that it's the new movie from Sacha Baron Cohen, you can pretty safely assume that The Dictator can only be properly promoted in a red band general, which allows him and his co-stars to unleash all the gross visual gags, curse words and threats of violence the movie has to offer
May 07, 2012
The Dictator Red-Band Trailer Shows A Very Awkward Childbirth
I like that this shows off mostly new footage and jokes, and the one scene that is repeated from the trailers-- the fake Olympics footrace, in which he shoots the rest of the competition-- continues to make me laugh every time. We know that Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy can be broad
Apr 26, 2012
Opening Scene Of The Dictator Has Obama Condemning General Aladeen
With all the hype surrounding the big, effects-heavy blockbusters of the coming summer season, Sacha Baron Cohen's comparatively low-key comedy The Dictator is flying a bit more under the radar. It seems like we haven't heard a peep out of his new character, Admiral General Aladeen
Apr 18, 2012
New Poster For The Dictator Takes Over Central Park
The film's latest trailer finally unveiled its plot, showing Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen being stripped of his signature beard and released upon the streets of New York. Without his facial hair, he is unrecognizable and so has no power or place; that is until a kind-hearted hipster (Anna Faris) takes him in. Still, the main focus of that promo was Aladeen unleashed upon Manhattan. But in The Dictator's latest sneak peek we get a better look at the interplay between Cohen and Faris.
Like many of you, I was under the impression for months that director Tim Burton's Dark Shadows was going to be a horror film. Based on the 1960s soap opera of the same name, the movie was thought to be move away from the family-friendly fare that he has been producing for the last few years and a move back to his darker, weirder roots.
Apr 09, 2012
The Dictator Shifts Release Date To Get Away From Dark Shadows
Though we've seen a good amount of footage from Larry Charles' The Dictator, the truth is that the trailers that have been released haven't actually told us much about the story. Rather than spelling out plot points, the previews have been entirely dedicated to Admiral General Aladeen - the lead character played by Sacha Baron Cohen - and the ways in which he is a fascist, power-hungry asshole.
Mar 27, 2012
New Trailer For The Dictator Finally Reveals What The Movie Is About
Cohen's best moments of comedy usually involve challenging the status quo-- like Bruno interviewing Ron Paul, or Borat leading a singalong at a rodeo-- and it's hard to argue that the Academy isn't an aging institution to deserves to be taken down a peg. But it's also an event that, at some level, respects the movies
Feb 24, 2012
Shut Up, Sacha Baron Cohen: The Oscars Are Not About You
Does any of this help the Oscars or The Dictator? Maybe not, but I do know I’ll be keeping a close eye on the usually vapid red-carpet procession to see what Baron Cohen tries. And wouldn’t it be great if Martin Scorsese’s Hugo took home an Oscar in ANY category, giving Baron Cohen – a member of the ensemble – the chance to make it to the stage? Sunday might not be as boring as we fear.
Feb 24, 2012
Sacha Baron Cohen Takes Over The Today Show To Protest The Oscars
Nobody likes to stir up controversy quite like Sacha Baron Cohen, and now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has played right into his hands. First reported earlier today, Cohen was planning on attending Sunday's ceremony as Admiral General Aladeen, his character from the upcoming comedy The Dictator. At the time what was unknown was if the AMPAS would allow him to participate in the event, as they have the right to veto such a move. So guess what they did?
Feb 22, 2012
Sacha Baron Cohen Will Not Be Allowed To Attend This Year's Oscars
There are strict Academy rules forbidding the advertising of any specific movies during the broadcast-- they only started allowing trailers during the commercial breaks last year, after all-- so if General Aladeen is to take control of the cameras, it'll likely happen during the pre-show. But it's unclear if Cohen can show up in aviator glasses, a giant beard
Feb 22, 2012
Will Sacha Baron Cohen Get Away With A Publicity Stunt At The Oscars?
The man of many characters, Sacha Baron Cohen, is coming back to the big screen as Admiral General Aladeen, otherwise known as simply The Dictator. The star's newest effort looks as outrageous, controversial and hilarious as his first and, if you are itching for more of the film's fictional setting and leader, the Republic of Wadiya now has an official website.
Feb 02, 2012
Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator Launches A Republic Of Wadiya Website
There's something nice about how short and sweet this is, and the gag in which Baron Cohen's dictator General Aladeen runs a footrace and shoots all his competition still makes me laugh. I can't help but feel like they could have done a little bit more to tailor this ad toward the Super Bowl, though. It's the biggest day of the year for TV advertising
Feb 01, 2012
The Dictator Super Bowl Spot: General Aladeen Has Bought NBC
Though the trailer for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is pretty damn epic and amazing, the biggest news of the past 24 hours has been the death of Kim Jong Il, the North Korean dictator who led the country for the last 17 years. Because of his strict policies and bizarre propaganda machine (not to mention the portrayal in Team America: World Police), the death of the political leader has been the butt of many jokes over the course of the last day.
Dec 19, 2011
The Dictator's Admiral General Aladeen Responds To The Death Of Kim Jong Il
So basically imagine Borat with actual power, and hailing from a made-up country that allows Baron Cohen to push the envelope even further with terrorist jokes, atrocity jokes, and then one about a woman crushing bricks with her breasts, which I can't really figure out. Directed by Borat's Larry Charles, The Dictator is set for release on May 11 next year
Dec 14, 2011
The Dictator Trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen And His Giant Beard Take Manhattan
We know from press releases that Faris's character kicks up a relationship with the dictator himself when he's deposed and left wandering the streets of the city, so I guess what we're seeing here is the dictator falling on hard times without the military behind him
Jul 12, 2011
Sacha Baron Cohen Gets Disheveled On A Scooter In Dictator Set Photos
Of course, it's entirely possible she's wearing a wig-- and if I were as well known as she is for my lustrous blonde hair, I might not take that risk either-- but it's still a pretty striking look, and one that likely makes sense, as her character isn't some bombshell but the owner of a health food store. The Dictator is shooting in New York right now
Jun 28, 2011
Anna Faris Goes Dark And Short-Haired In Set Photo From The Dictator
With neither action (Jonah Hex) nor drama (Passion Play) nor horror (Jennifer's Body) panning out as Megan Fox hoped in her post-Transformers career, it seems as though she now wants to be a comedian. Already on her in-development list is Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With Kids and Judd Apatow's This is Forty, but now she's adding another laugher to her resume.
Jun 21, 2011
Megan Fox And John C. Reilly Have Parts In Larry Charles' The Dictator
It’s not entirely clear what form Sacha Baron Cohen’s next movie will take, but it seems impossible that he could pull off another one of those “gotcha” movies in which he wanders around embarrassing real people. It seems more likely that it’ll be some sort of straight improv comedy, and that seems even more likely after the release of the first photo from the film.
Jun 09, 2011
First Look At Sacha Baron Cohen In Costume As The Dictator
The lead character is a ruthless dictator of a third world country who arrives at the United Nations, only to find he's been overthrown by his second-in-command and replaced by a lookalike, a naive goatherder. Left adrift the dictator wanders New York and meets Faris's character
May 02, 2011
Anna Faris Snags The Lead Role In Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator
Unlike John C. Reilly, his deviations into more ludicrous fare don't rival his more critically-acclaimed work, but as an every now and again thing, I can support Kingsley's occasional taking of a strange role. He did it with the underseen Wackness in 2008, and now he's going even further in Sacha Baron Cohen's newest.
Apr 29, 2011
Ben Kingsley Joins Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator