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Thanks to "Fargo" and "American Horror Story: Coven," FX had a huge Emmy nomination haul two weeks ago. And with "Fargo" leading the way, the network still has some of the best reviewed shows on TV. However, "Tyrant" and "The Strain" both drew mixed reviews, as did the comedies "Married" and "You Are The Worst." Fxx is still struggling to find an identity as it awaits a massive influx of "Simpsons" repeats. And just last week, FX announced that it would no longer be providing L+Sd ratings for reporters, preferring the fuller picture of Live+3 and Live+7 numbers. So let's just say that FX President John Landgraf will have plenty to talk about on Monday (July 21) morning at the Television Critics Association press tour... Click through and follow along... 9:19 a.m. We were delayed a bit by a couple embargoed released for announcements that are coming in the next five minutes. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Local media reports indicate that natives of Grimsby, England have been horrified by the way the town is being set up for the film. Though shooting is taking place in a small town just outside of London, not in Grimbsy itself, locals who have caught wind of the production say that producers are aiming to make it looks like the northern England port town -- but with run-down, offensive results.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that residents have seen the Grimsby stand-in filled with "gardens covered in rubbish, graffiti scrawled on walls, cars on bricks and boarded up shops. Pictures that have emerged from the shoot show characters urinating out of windows, drunks passed out on benches »
- Katie Roberts
Sacha Baron Cohen has pissed off people in the English town of Grimsby -- who say his new film depicts them as hooligans and low-lifes -- but town leaders tell TMZ ... angry residents need to chill.Some Grimbarians are threatening to boycott the release of the flick, if Cohen doesn't re-edit the movie to fairly portray the townspeople. They believe Cohen's movie makes them look like the "Borat" portrayal of Kazakhstan.But City Council members »
- TMZ Staff
London – Never one to tiptoe away from causing offense, British comic Sacha Baron Cohen has this time upset residents of an entire British town, according to local media reports. The latest offering from The Dictator and Bruno star, Sony’s James Bond spoof Grimsby — named after a port town in northern England — has recently been shooting in a village just outside of London, which has been made to look like a somewhat run-down version of the title location. But locals from Grimsby haven’t been altogether amused by the aesthetic results, which have reportedly seen gardens covered in
- Alex Ritman
The town is expected to be portrayed as a rundown home of football hooliganism in Grimsby.
The comedy has begun shooting in the Essex port town of Tilbury, which has been transformed for the film into a version of the Lincolnshire town populated by drunks and people urinating in the street.
"It is using the town's name in potentially a poor light," he said. "What also worries me is that there is no benefit to the local economy which is carrying the town's name. Anything that you associate with football hooliganism is going to be negative, but I hope people will be open-minded when they watch the film.
"My view is quite simple. We don't have a massive issue with hooliganism. »
It’s Saturday, so you know what that means! It’s time for the latest edition of the WhatCulture.com News Brief, where we bring you the hottest movie and television related news to hit the web over the last week. In the last installment I mentioned that the Hollywood news cycle was slowing down a bit… but that has seemingly changed this week, as we have a lot to talk about today!
These recaps tend to be a bit superhero and blockbuster heavy, but this week Tinseltown gave us a bit more to work with, creating a more evenly balanced array of news items to talk about. On one end of the spectrum we have updates on Ridley Scott’s next biblical epic, and the upcoming spin-off of The Conjuring (which gives me nightmares from the premise alone). Then we’ve got news about TV shows like True Detective, »
- James Garcia
Described as a “soccer hooligan action comedy,” Grimsby stars Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as a British black-ops agent who is forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother, played by Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen.
Cruz will reportedly play the film’s femme fatale, and joins The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides co-star Ian McShane, Pitch Perfect‘s Rebel Wilson, Peaky Blinders‘ Annabelle Wallis, Homeland‘s David Harewood, Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), English comedian Johnny Vegas, and Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby, Wedding Crashers).
Grimsby is currently filming, and is set to hit theaters on July 31st, 2015.
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- James Garcia
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Penelope Cruz, the Spanish beauty that has appeared in films like Vanilla Sky, The Counselor, and Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has agreed to join the cast of Sony's spy comedy Grimsby.
The film will center on a James Bond-esque super spy, played by Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass), who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown. There, he winds up having to team up with his soccer hooligan of a brother, who'll be played by Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat).
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Briefly: The latest Sacha Baron Cohen movie has a talented new addition, as his comedy Grimsby has just recruited Penelope Cruz. Unlike some of Baron Cohen’s other films, Grimsby is a scripted film about a soccer hooligan whose brother is a secret agent. He co-wrote the script and Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is directing. Baron Cohen plays […]
- Germain Lussier
Sacha Baron Cohen already has his gorgeous wife Isla Fisher on board his spy comedy Grimsby at Sony Pictures, but another lovely lately has just entered the mix as well. THR has word that Penelope Cruz is in final talks to join the film about a soccer hooligan (Cohen) forced to team up with his a British black ops agent brother (Mark Strong). It's interesting that Cruz is taking a role in this kind of spy comedy since the actress has been rumored a couple times for a role in the James Bond franchise as one of the signature vixens. But in this film, she'll be playing a philanthropic corporate leader who might be keeping a secret. That means Cruz could either be an undercover agent, or some kind of villain. She joins a cast that also includes Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and more. This marks just the »
- Ethan Anderton
Today, the sizable cast of Sacha Baron Cohen’s spy comedy Grimsby continues to grow, with news that Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) has joined the cast in an important supporting role.
Though the specifics of Cruz’s role are officially being kept under wraps, insiders report that the actress is playing “a philanthropic corporate leader who may (or may not) be more than she seems.” Does this mean that Cruz could be playing the film’s big bad? That’s entirely possible, though Ian McShane is also in the cast, so he could be taking on the role of the main antagonist.
Grimsby stars Mark Strong as a James Bond-like secret agent who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown during a dangerous assignment. There, he’s forced to team up with his English football hooligan brother (Baron Cohen), who gets wrapped up in the action as well. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The long developing adaptation of Neil Gaiman's short story "How To Talk To Girls At Parties" is finally getting a bit of traction. Elle Fanning will star in the "two-hander love story focusing on a schoolboy and punk who uses music and art as a way to escape and a female alien tourist (Fanning) who wants to escape her tour group and explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon." So, a less murder-y version of "Under The Skin"? John Cameron Mitchell ("Shortbus") co-wrote the script and will direct, and you can read the original short story for free right here. [THR] The ensemble of Sacha Baron Cohen's action comedy "Grimsby" just got a little big bigger. Penelope Cruz has joined Mark Strong, Annabelle Wallis, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher in the movie about a black »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film centres around a British black ops spy (Strong) who is forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother (Cohen).
Eric Idle revealed a first picture of Cohen's look for the film last week.
Cruz is expected to play a philanthropic corporate leader who may be more than she seems.
Grimsby will be released on July 31, 2015. »
Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming spy comedy Grimsby will start filming soon in the United Kingdom and South Africa, and THR has learned another actress is close to joining its cast. The site is reporting Penelope Cruz is in final negotiations to star in Grimsby, and sources have told THR she will play "a philanthropic corporate leader who may (or may not) be more than she seems." Grimsby will follow a Black Ops agent (Mark Strong) who must team up with his soccer »
- Jesse Giroux
For the day on set, Cohen looked nearly unrecognizable in a shaggy wig with bangs and mutton chops stretching down to his chin. In his role as a British soccer hooligan, Cohen sported a English national team jersey paired with wide-legged jean capris and sport sandals with socks. The Borat actor also appeared to be wearing a fake beer belly under his jersey top.
In the comedy feature, Cohen plays a supporter of lower league squad Grimsby Town, in Purfleet, England. The hapless soccer junkie is ultimately roped into a spy mission with his brother – a James Bond-styled spy agent played by Strong.
"47 Ronin" and "Helix" star Hiroyuki Sanada is set to join Ian McKellen in Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes" which is currently filming in London. The story follows an aging Sherlock Holmes who sets out to solve an unfinished case before he loses his keen mental faculties.
Sanada will play Umezaki, a Prickly Ash plant enthusiast who Holmes visits in Japan. Laura Linney is also onboard as Holmes’ housekeeper. Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the script based on Mitch Cullin's novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind". [Source: Deadline]
Penelope Cruz is in final negotiations to join Sacha Baron Cohen in Louis Leterrier's spy comedy "Grimsby" at Sony Pictures. Cruz will play a philanthropic corporate leader who may (or may not) be more than she seems.
- Garth Franklin
The story centers on a covert operative (Mark Strong) who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown, where he reluctantly teams up with his soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Insiders claim that Penélope Cruz is playing a benevolent corporate leader who may be hiding a secret.
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is directing from a script co-written by Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham. Nira Park is producing alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, with shooting scheduled to begin this summer in the U.K. and South Africa.
Penélope Cruz most recently starred »
• Jonah Hill is in talks to join 22 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! The film follows a 1950s Hollywood fixer, working to keep the studio’s stars in check. George Clooney and Josh Brolin will star. Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are in negotiations, and Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the film. [The Wrap]
• Penelope Cruz is in final negotiations to join Sacha Baron Cohen in Grimsby. Louis Leterrier is directing Sony’s spy comedy, which follows a James Bond type (Mark Strong) who has to hide in his hometown and team with his goofy, »
- C. Molly Smith
Here's today's latest casting news: Elle Fanning is attached to star in How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a John Cameron Mitchell-directed adaptation of a Neil Gaiman short story. Penelope Cruz is in final negotiations to join Louis Letterier's spy comedy, Grimsby, starring Sacha Baron Cohen. Kate Lyn Sheil (You're Next) has joined Guy Pearce, Kristen Stewart, and Nicholas Hoult in Drake Doremus' futuristic indie film, Equals. Hit the jump for more on each movie. First up from Heat Vision is word that Fanning will star in How to Talk to Girls at Parties. Nominated for a Hugo Award and winning the Locus Award for Best Short Story, Gaiman's 2006 work tells of two teen boys attending a party in 1970s London. One of them quickly pairs off with a girl, while the other is left to make the best of it and soon finds that the girls are not what they seem. »
- Dave Trumbore
Penelope Cruz is in negotiations to join Sacha Baron Cohen in the soccer hooligan action comedy “Grimsby,” an individual familiar with the project tells TheWrap. Louis Letterier is directing the film which follows Mark Strong as a British black ops spy who is forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother (Baron Cohen). Also read: Isla Fisher Joins Husband Sacha Baron Cohen in Sony's Spy Spoof ‘Grimsby’ (Exclusive) Ian McShane, Rebel Wilson, Annabelle Wallis, David Harewood, Gabourey Sidibe and English comedian Johnny Vegas all co-star, while Isla Fisher also has a supporting role. »
- Linda Ge
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