Anna Faris may co-star in 'Dictator'

Anna Faris may co-star in 'Dictator'

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- Comic actress Anna Faris is in talks to co-star with Sacha Baron Cohen in "The Dictator," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Cohen to star in film based on Saddam book

Cohen to star in film based on Saddam book

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures says Sacha Baron Cohen's next big-screen comedy, "The Dictator," is based on a novel by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Charles developing new comedy series

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- Writer-producer Larry Charles is developing a new U.S. television comedy series called "iCON," EPIX and Media Rights Capital announced Tuesday.

Charles: 'Religulous' targets all religion

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The upcoming new U.S. movie "Religulous" was created to "destroy the whole system" of organized religion worldwide, director Larry Charles says.

Madonna shows documentary in Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The Traverse City Film Festival in rural Michigan got some major Hollywood glitz Saturday when Madonna showed her documentary about Malawi orphans.

Kanye West says reality show not reality

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West to star in unscripted HBO series

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The hectic life of U.S. rapper Kanye West will be at the heart of a planned unscripted TV series on the HBO cable network. The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday said that the "Late Registration" rapper's busy lifestyle will act material for the as-yet-untitled

Nominees for 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards, which were announced Thursday in Los Angeles:

Richard Belzer returns to comedy roots

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Actor Richard Belzer, from crime drama "SVU," will return to his comedic roots with an upcoming sketch-style comedy film titled "This is America."

Nominees for 55th Prime Time Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 55th Prime Time Emmy Awards, announced Thursday in Los Angeles:

Rock News Two: The week in pop

John Entwistle, bassist for the rock group The Who, died on Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 57. Entwistle's death came on the eve of the kickoff of a U.S. tour by The Who, with the first date scheduled for Friday night at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Billy Joel finished his 10-day rehab stint Wednesday and left for his home in the Hamptons. The piano man checked into Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., last week after complaining of depression to friends and crashing his car.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
Larry Charles
Larry Charles attends the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for "Religulous" at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, Canada on September 7, 2008. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)

Larry Charles (born February 20, 1956) is an American writer, director, and producer. He is best known as a staff writer for the American sitcom Seinfeld for its first 5 seasons, contributing some of the show's darkest and most absurd storylines. He has also directed the films Borat, Religulous, Br√ľno, and The Dictator.

Born in Brooklyn to a Jewish family, Charles performed stand-up comedy in the 1970s until he was hired to write for the short-lived sketch comedy show Fridays (where he worked with Larry David, who would later give him a job as a writer on Seinfeld and director on Curb Your Enthusiasm). This began a career in television writing which included The Arsenio Hall Show and eventually Seinfeld.

Although series co-creators Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld wrote the bulk of the show's episodes during the first five seasons, Charles was their second in command during this period. Charles had met Seinfeld co-creator Larry David when he was part of the writing staff of the ABC sketch show Fridays, on which David and Michael Richards were also part of the show's ensemble cast. Charles had been unable to write for the show's first season, as he had been writing for The Arsenio Hall Show during its production.

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