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BAFTA Los Angeles just sealed the deal for a killer acceptance speech, tapping Ricky Gervais of Golden Globe roasting/hosting fame to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at this year's British Academy Britannia Awards, the annual gala that always seems to deliver on memorable moments. Here’s hoping he can match Sacha Baron Cohen, who pushed an elderly wheelchair-bound woman off the stage during his 2013 acceptance speech, or even Daniel… »
To celebrate the release of the supremely funny Grimsby, which arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, we have three copies of the film to give away.
Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, has everything a man from the poor fishing town of Grimsby could want, including nine children and the most attractive girlfriend in Northern England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6’s deadliest assassin, but he’s just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.
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- Paul Heath
★★☆☆☆ Sacha Baron Cohen has found fame and notoriety playing out our collective prejudices in living, breathing form, in order to make us realise how untenable they are. Borat's social satire worked because of its mockumentary form; even as Baron Cohen played a ridiculous Kazakh journalist, he gained some all-too-true reactions from his interview subjects, showing an America too comfortable with its own bigotry. After Bruno and The Dictator, his next outrageous character is Nobby Grimsby, his new target James Bond and its suggestive/squeamish, middle-class treatment of sexuality. Except he's been cut and pasted into a sub-90 minute Johnny English sequel, starring Mark Strong and directed by the journeyman who brought us 2008's Incredible Hulk and the Clash of the Titans remake.
- CineVue UK
A makeover of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film marketing operation that began earlier this year gained steam Friday with the news that the unit’s president of domestic marketing, Dwight Caines, will be replaced by Christine Birch, who returned to the studio a little more than three months ago.
Josh Greenstein, Spe’s president of worldwide marketing and distribution, announced the management makeover in a memo to staff members. He said that Caines, whose contract is up this fall, “wanted to make a change and explore other opportunities after the ‘Ghostbusters’ marketing campaign is completed.”
The female-powered comedy remake premieres July 15 and Caines will leave later in the summer. Although insiders said Caines’ exit was voluntary, it had become clear since Greenstein lured Birch back to Sony — where she previously had worked for 12 years — that she and Caines had overlapping duties. A revamp seemed inevitable.
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- James Rainey
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Brothers Grimsby (comedy; Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong; includes hilarious outtakes; rated R) My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (romantic comedy sequel; Nia Vardalos, John Corbet; rated PG-13) Knight of Cups (drama; Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman; rated R) Midnight Special (sci-fi/thriller; Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon; rated PG-13) The Duel (action-Western; Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
I would be more than happy to be up in the air with Mark Strong. If Sacha Baron Cohen were there as well, however, it might give me reason to fear for my life. We have an exclusive deleted scene from The Brothers Grimsby for your viewing pleasure below. It features both the Mr. Cohen and Mr. Strong, who always impresses me with the variety of his facial expressions. Here's the official synopsis: Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, has everything a man from the poor fishing town of Grimsby could want, including nine children and the most attractive girlfriend in Northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), who Nobby has spent...
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.........................Sacha Baron Cohen turns superspy in his latest comedy, coming to disc next week! »
Sacha Baron Cohen is set to star as classic comic strip character Mandrake, in the upcoming Warner Bros. film adaptation of Mandrake the Magician, according to reports on Tuesday. Sacha Baron Cohen To Star In ‘Mandrake the Magician’ Film Based on the 1934 Lee Falk newspaper comic strip, the plot centers around the adventures of […]
- Shantel Whitaker
Way back in 2002 it was announced that Warner Bros. had snapped up the rights to Mandrake the Magician, a character often referred to as the first comic book superhero, and now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that it has found its star in Sacha Baron Cohen (Bruno, Grimsby).
Mandrake the Magician was created by Lee Falk (who would subsequently create The Phantom) in 1934 as a syndicated comic strip, which ultimately ran until 2013. The character and his assistant Lothar also featured in the 1980s cartoon Defenders of the Earth alongside The Phantom and Flash Gordon.
- Gary Collinson
Mandrake the Magician: Sacha Baron Cohen (Alice Through the Looking Glass, above) will star in Mandrake the Magician, based on a popular comic strip. Etan Cohen (Get Hard) will direct. First published in 1934, the comic strip revolved around a magician who traveled the world to fight evil. Reportedly, the movie will be set in the modern day after Mandrake is recruited by the U.S. government. [Tracking Board] Blade Runner Sequel: Mackenzie Davis (TV's Halt and Catch Fire, above) has joined the cast of the sequel to Blade Runner. Her role has not been revealed. Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista lead the cast. Principal photography under the direction of Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) is expected to begin in July. The movie is scheduled for...
- Peter Martin
Sacha Baron Cohen hasn’t had the greatest year so far, fronting the comedy flop “The Brothers Grimsby,” while featuring in the blockbuster misfire “Alice Through The Looking Glass.” And while that double whammy might slow the careers of some actors down, it would seem that Warner Bros. doesn’t have a reservation about banking on Cohen’s […]
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- Kevin Jagernauth
The actor’s reported casting as the neglected comic-strip character marks a further move away from the gonzo comedy with which he made his name
For his next trick, Sacha Baron Cohen will reportedly star as Mandrake the Magician, the popular comic-strip character conjured up in 1934 by The Phantom creator Lee Falk, according to The Tracking Board.
Cohen – whose last project, Grimsby, bombed at the box office – will play the magician whose super-skill is based on his ability to quickly hypnotise people. Mandrake was syndicated across a number of Us newspapers before hanging up his top hat in 2013. He used his powers to defeat gangsters, ne’er-do-wells and mysterious creatures from other dimensions.
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- Henry Barnes and agencies
Grimsby may not have gone down as well as actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen had hoped, but there’s a chance his first foray into comic book territory will fare better. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen’s set to produce and star in Mandrake The Magician, an adaptation of the 30s strip created by Lee Falk.
Mandrake’s director is said to be Etan Cohen, the Tropic Thunder writer who made his directorial debut with the flaccid Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard last year. The combination of the two Cohens suggests that we might be in for a tongue-in-cheek take on Mandrake, whose abilities include hypnosis, teleportation and invisibility.
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With the superhero genre already saturated with offerings by Marvel Studios and DC Comics, there doesn't seem like there's a lot of room left for the little guys. However, there are a couple projects in play that hearken back to the days before Stan Lee appeared in every Marvel film, and before even Batman started saving the day on the big screen. And as luck would have it, Mandrake The Magician is about to have his day on the big screen, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing the titular hero. Tracking Board scooped the news, as well as the fact that Mandrake The Magician would be making his studio home at Warner Bros . the same studio that also owns / produces the DC Comics Cinematic Universe. Along for the ride with Sacha Baron Cohen in the lead is writer/director Etan Cohen, who previously worked with the studio as the writer/director »
Mandrake the Magician: Sacha Baron Cohen (Alice Through the Looking Glass, above) will star in Mandrake the Magician, based on a popular comic strip. Etan Cohen (Get Hard) will direct. First published in 1934, the comic strip revolved around a magician who traveled the world to fight evil. Reportedly, the movie will be set in the modern day after Mandrake is recruited by the U.S. government. [Tracking Board] Blade Runner Sequel: Mackenzie Davis (TV's Halt and Catch Fire,...
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The Tracking Board are reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play Mandrake The Magician in a new film based on the comic strip of the same name. The film is based over at Warner Bros. and Etan Cohen is set to direct.
Mandrake The Magician is a syndicated newspaper comic strip, created by Lee Falk. Mandrake began publication on June 11, 1934. Phil Davis soon took over as the strip’s illustrator, while Falk continued to script.
No news on when the new film will start production, but we’ll keep you updated.
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- Paul Heath
It was way back in 2012 that Warner Bros. first revealed plans to bring Mandrake the Magician to the big screen, but the project seems to finally be gaining some traction thanks to the apparent addition of Sacha Baron Cohen as the titular character. The Brothers Grimsby and Alice Through the Looking Glass has yet […]
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- Josh Wilding
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to play Mandrake the Magician in a new film adaptation of the Lee Falk 1930s comic strip for Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment says The Tracking Board.
Additionally, writer/director Etan Coen is set to helm the project and he will develop both this and the already announced remake of "Cannonball Run" simultaneously.
Mandrake is a stage magician and crime fighter who has hypnotic powers that can induce hallucinations. He fights alongside the African 'Prince of the Seven Nations' Lothar.
The film's story will be made contemporary and involve Mandrake being offered the chance to lead a secret mission for the United States Government. No word on when it will begin production. »
- Garth Franklin
Sacha Baron Cohen is circling a feature film adaptation of the Mandrake The Magician comic strip, a project that we’re hearing is in very early days at Warner Bros with Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen angling to direct (he made his helming debut with Get Hard). There is no script for this, and very few deals are made, we’re told. But any new potential project with Baron Cohen is an eye-opener — even after his last effort The Brothers Grimsby failed to move the needle for… »
Doctor Strange won't be the only magic game in town as The Tracking Board is reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen is attached to star and produce Mandrake The Magician, an adaptation of the classic comic strip by the same name. Created by Lee Falk in 1934, the strip followed the adventures of Mandrake, an illusionist and escape artist with the power to hypnotize his foes. Along with Lothar, an... Read More »
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