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2015 FX Bowling Party

Jackie Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the 2015 FX Bowling Party which was held at Lucky Strike Bowling in New York, United States - Wednesday 22nd April 2015

FX Network Bowling Party at Lucky Strike Lanes

Jackie Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the 2015 FX Bowling Party which was held at Lucky Strike Bowling in New York, United States - Wednesday 22nd April 2015

FOX Summer TCA 2013 All-Star Party

Jackie Marcus Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer - FOX Summer TCA 2013 All-Star Party - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 1st August 2013

Jackie Marcus Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer

WGA's 101 Best Written Series

Jeff Schaffer - WGA's 101 Best Written Series at the Writers Guild Theater - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 3rd June 2013

2013 FX Upfront Presentation - Arrivals

Jon Lajoie, Jackie Schaffer, Jeff Schaffer and Stephen Rannazzisi - 2013 FX Upfront Presentation - Arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Thursday 28th March 2013

Jon Lajoie, Jackie Schaffer, Jeff Schaffer and Stephen Rannazzisi
Jackie Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer
Jackie Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer

The Dictator Review


Good
This may look like a wildly irreverent satire about a North African despot, but it doesn't take long to realise that the filmmakers' target is somewhere else.

And the biting script never pulls its punches, leaping us laughing at the audacity while making a serious point.

Aladeen (Baron Cohen) is the pampered dictator of Wadiya, who travels to New York to tell the UN to stop nosing around his nuclear "energy" plants. But his Uncle Tamir (Kingsley) is plotting to kill him and replace him with a double who will sign a democratic constitution essentially selling the country to oil companies. Aladeen manages to escape, but no one recognises him cleanly shaven, so he teams up with health-food activist Zoey (Faris) and a countryman (Mantzoukas) to get his country back.

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Bruno Review


Excellent
Sacha Baron Cohen brings a third alter ego (after Ali G and Borat) to the big screen with this often painfully funny comedy. This time only a few scenes are strictly documentary, and the best bits are when he tackles serious issues in provocative-amusing ways.

After a fashion-show disaster, Austrian TV host Bruno (Baron Cohen) is fired from his show Funkyzeit. So he decides to become a big star in America instead. He tries just about everything, from working as an extra in Medium to testing his own pilot series. Next he adopts a celebrity cause (peace in the Middle East), tries to get TV coverage as a terrorist kidnapee, adopts an African baby and then visits a gay converter so he can become a straight star like his heroes Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kevin Spacey.

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Eurotrip Review


OK
Who would've thought, in this dreary month of studio-dumped product, that true joy could come in the form of Vinnie Jones and a busload of football hooligans barreling down a French highway in the wrong lane with Vinnie screaming, "Piss off! Drive on the right side of the road!" Well, me neither, but nonetheless Eurotrip manages to be that oddly rare quantity these days: the actually enjoyable stupid comedy.

Starring a bunch of nobodies, leavened with a few clever star cameos, and written and directed by guys you've never heard of, Eurotrip wastes no time with the setup and getting its young stars to Europe. Upon graduating from high school, Scotty (Scott Mechlowicz) gets dumped by his girlfriend (Smallville's Kristen Kreuk), who then makes out with the lead singer of the band playing at the graduation party (an oddly-placed Matt Damon, lip-synching a song called "Scotty Doesn't Know"). Simultaneously, Scotty discovers that his German e-mail pen pal, whom he thought was a guy, is actually an extremely hot blonde. Unfortunately, drunk and despondent, he has just told her to stop writing (thinking it was a guy coming on to him). Spiritually devastated, Scotty decides to head across the Atlantic with his friends - requisite crazy guy Cooper (Jacob Pitts), nerd Jamie (Travis Wester), and Jamie's tomboy sister (Michelle Trachtenberg) - to seek the Aryan beauty of his dreams.

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The Cat in the Hat Review


Unbearable
Make a movie about a black cat, and you're just asking to be cursed with a streak of bad luck. Yet even the most hardened cynic will be surprised at how far Universal's The Cat in the Hat strays from the childish antics of Dr. Seuss' original work. Judging from this humorless monstrosity, the Cat team spent 10 years working on their film's decorative appearance and a combined 10 minutes writing sleazy jokes and a catastrophic script that I wouldn't use to line a litter box.

Director Bo Welch and production designer Alex McDowell earn a few points for their visions. Welch perfected his craft on lavishly bizarre features like Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, and McDowell's design work on Cat literally sets Seuss's story free from the page. The gorgeous sets form a pastel feast for the eyes. They're a sight to be seen, yet they're inserted into an unwatchable bomb that shouldn't be seen by anyone.

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