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Russell Brand

Russell Brand at the Palace of Fine Arts

It's been three long years since San Francisco has seen comedian-actor Russell Brand on stage, but the hilarious character who had us dying of laughter in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek is making a special one-night-only appearance at the Palace of Fine Arts on Nov. 29.

An Odyssey Homer Never Envisioned: The Hilarious ‘Get Him to the Greek’

Aldous Snow is living the rock ’n’ roll nightmare, stuck on the downside of a career sabotaged by canceled gigs, bubble-brained vanity projects and addiction. He’s blazing a path to the front page of the tabloids, his days and nights a blur of sex and drugs, and it’s not just his music that’s suffering.

Enter Aaron Green, the junior record exec and diehard fan determined to resurrect Snow’s career – and jumpstart his own – by convincing the world’s most decadent rocker to revisit the stage that made him a star, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Snow, now a laughable self-parody, embraces the plan, but following through is last on his list of priorities.

Notes from a Darkened Theater: The Future of Batman and a Jester in King Arthur's Court

Recently, the Sun – the London-based tabloid that seems to pride itself on movie-related misinformation – reported that Eddie Murphy and Shia LaBeouf would be joining Christian Bale and rumored Catwoman Rachel Weisz in Christopher Nolan’s next Batman sequel, tentatively titled Gotham.

Though the rumor has been categorically (and convincingly) denied, I believe Murphy could make a fine Riddler, provided he muted his act to suit the dark tone of the material, as Robin Williams did for another Nolan production, Insomnia. But LaBeouf as Robin? Spare us.

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