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Conan O'Brien is the first late-night host to film in Cuba in more than five decades, and Team Coco just unveiled a preview of the "Conan in Cuba" shenanigans, set to air tomorrow. There's our Conan, spreading his wings, singing random Nutella phrases in Spanish, looking at people's boobs, dancing like a crab in a wheelchair, and pulling off a reverse-Borat in a grocery store. The hour-long episode was shot over Presidents' Day weekend, shortly after news broke that the U.S.-Cuba embargo would thaw. O'Brien's comedy diplomacy sounds like it was hilarious and, much like the host's immersion into the worlds of Tinder, Grindr, and Korean spa life, definitely at his own expense. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Jennifer Aniston and her longtime friend Isla Fisher met up at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty on Sunday night, and the Cake star couldn't help but get playful with Isla's growing baby bump. She kneeled down and posed for photos while kissing Isla's belly, making for some supersweet snaps during the soiree. Isla and her husband, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, are currently expecting their third child together; the couple confirmed the news of their growing family back in October, and the new bundle of joy will join daughters Olive and Elula. While Isla and Sacha slipped into the Vanity Fair event without attending Sunday's Academy Awards, Jennifer and her fiancé, Justin Theroux, enjoyed the show in their prime seats behind Jennifer Lopez and Meryl Streep after Jen tried to pick up Emma Stone on the red carpet. Jennifer also took the stage with David Oyelowo to present the award for best documentary feature. »
Bad weather hurting theme park attendance and a weak lineup of films that hurt its distribution business meant weaker financial results for Australian multinational Village Roadshow Limited.
For the six months to end of December – the first half of its 2015 financial year – the film and entertainment group reported revenues down 2% at Us$417 million (A$470 million) and net profits down 27% to Us$12.2 million (A$13.8 million) compared with the same period last year.
The bad weather affecting the East Coast of Australia particularly damaged its business in Sydney and the Gold Coast.
The company says the second half will be significantly better than the first, but still represent a drop on the 2014 financial year. “The second half of FY2015 is expected to be significantly stronger than the first half, however due to the results to 31 December 2014, it is estimated that Vrl’s attributable net profit, before material items and discontinued operations for »
- Patrick Frater
After the party, it's the afterparty, which is exactly what had A-listers flocking to the Wallis Annenberg Center For the Performing Arts for Vanity Fair's annual Oscars bash on Sunday. The red carpet wrapped up, and the big show ended, so it was time for stars like Amy Adams, Jennifer Aniston, Jared Leto, and more to let their hair down and party. We also caught a glimpse of cute couples like Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, and Sacha Baron Cohen and a pregnant Isla Fisher. Keep reading to see all the best photos from the Vanity Fair afterparty! »
Strike! Jennifer Aniston rang in her 46th birthday with a bevy of her closest A-list pals and bowling on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The Cake actress rented out the Spare Room inside Hollywood’s famed Roosevelt Hotel and partied with fiancé Justin Theroux and pals Courteney Cox, Jimmy Kimmel, Molly McNearney, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Malin Akerman, Isla Fisher, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tobey Maguire, Jennifer Meyer, Ken Marino, Amy Adams, Lake Bell, and her beloved hair stylist Chris McMillan. According to an insider, the group arrived around 9 p.m. [...] »
Check out the guest list of celebrities who joined Jennifer Aniston to celebrate her recent 46th birthday. Jen and a bunch of her closest Hollywood friends enjoyed a star-studded birthday dinner on Thursday. The 'Cake' actress turned 46 last week and she and her fiance Justin Theroux were joined at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel by friends including Courteney Cox, Jimmy Kimmel, Malin Akerman, Amy Adams, Lake Bell, and Ken Marino, as well as couples Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, and Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Mayer for a celebratory meal. A source told E! News: ''The party appeared to be over just before 1 a.m. in the morning. ''Jennifer and Justin left through a different entrance as the rest of the party grabbed their cars from valet.'' One friend who couldn't make the dinner was Reese Witherspoon, but the 'Wild' star sent »
Only Jennifer Aniston could throw such a big (and private) birthday bash! While turning the big 4-6 earlier this week, the A-list actress managed to organize an epic celebration with more than a few famous faces. E! News has learned Justin Theroux's fiancée gathered her celebrity BFFs for a fabulous dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood this past Thursday. Eyewitnesses spotted Courteney Cox, Jimmy Kimmel, Malin Akerman, Amy Adams, Lake Bell and Ken Marino arriving around 9 p.m. for a tasty meal. There was also a handful of couples including Tobey Maguire, Sacha Baron Cohen and John Krasinski who all brought along their wives. "The party appeared to be over just before 1 a.m. in »
Sticking up for the controversial North Korea-baiting comedy is hard when it’s so unfunny
The censorship row over Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s satire The Interview – whose Us release was briefly halted by North Korean activist-hackers outraged by its mockery of Kim Jong-un – feels redolent of a more polite age, a Marquess of Queensberry age. In the light of the Charlie Hebdo murders, it seems trivial. The movie is now out in the Us and Europe, and it would be nice in a #JeSuisTheInterview spirit to stick up for it – to hail it as something in the tradition of Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be Or Not to Be, or indeed Sacha Baron Cohen’s xenophobia comedies. But after a promisingly crass start, the film runs out of ideas and after some T&A material and violent slapstick, winds up in a mood of plumply sentimental solemnity.
Related: James Franco »
- Peter Bradshaw
Happy birthday and bon appetit! Isla Fisher rang in her 39th birthday with husband Sacha Baron Cohen and pals Courteney Cox, Naomi Watts, and Liv Schreiber — and a swanky cooking tutorial! The A-list pals joined the pregnant star for a cooking class at Eatz Los Angeles, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “It was a small group,” the insider explains of the clan, who turned their dinner party into a private cooking class. “It was a very hands on class with unlimited alcohol,” the source says, adding [...] »
Despite the fact that Sony Pictures chiefs Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton were supportive of the project, Rogen and Goldberg took the script, which was originally titled “Kill Kim Jong Un,” to a team of comedians and actors including Jonah Hill and Sacha Baron Cohen for an outside opinion.
They asked if it would be a good idea to name the movie’s dictator Kim Jong-un, “and the consensus was that it would make the movie funnier and more interesting,” they said.
Rogen and Goldberg said that it “seemed wrong” to back away from depicting Kim Jong-un in the movie. “That would be like saying, ‘Don’t make fun of Hitler because it’ll piss off Hitler.’ Because Hitler’s »
- Shelli Weinstein
Ed Bassmaster's antics have earned him 1.8 million subscribers and close to 500 million views on YouTube. Now, Bassmaster is looking to bring that audience to TV with The Ed Bassmaster Show, which will showcase his shtick on Country Music Television (Cmt).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Ed Bassmaster Show will be produced by Diga, the production company run by former MTV execs Tony Disanto and Liz Gateley. Diga has apparently been keen on Bassmaster for some time. In THR's report, Disanto spoke highly of the comedian and prankster, calling him "almost like Ali G meets Eddie Murphy in Nutty Professor."
The Ed Bassmaster Show won't take its titular star out of his comfort zone. Instead, Bassmaster will bring viewers the same array of colorful characters he portrays on his YouTube channel. By donning various disguises, Bassmaster will "surprise, confuse and sometimes prank unsuspecting people across America," according to THR. »
- Sam Gutelle
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants The Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).
Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film.
CAA is representing domestic rights.
An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz »
- Michelle McCue
Good news for Tom Cruise fans! Paramount Pictures has moved the impending sequel Mission: Impossible 5 from it's Christmas Day 2015 release slot to a much more appealing summer date. The shift was presumably made to get the movie out of the way of next winter's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is set to open a week earlier on December 18.
Mission: Impossible 5 moves from December 25 to July 31, a full five months earlier than expected. While no plot details have been officially divulged at this time, it is known that Tom Cruise will return as Ethan Hunt. He will be joined by past franchise stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg. Director Christopher McQuarrie, who worked with Tom Cruise on the 2012 adaptation Jack Reacher, has already completed principal photography on Mission: Impossible 5, and is in the midst of pos-production on the film. A trailer is expected to arrive shortly. »
It's no secret that Matthew Vaughn was, under the original plan, going to move on to X-Men: Days Of Future Past after his success with X-Men: First Class. But instead, the director of Kick-Ass, Stardust and Layer Cake opted for Kingsman: The Secret Service instead.
In a chat ahead of the release of the new film, he tells us about why, about queuing up for effects shots, and the Stardust sequel that never was...
When I saw the film you came in and did a brief introduction. You described it then as the film you're most proud of doing to date. But why? Given some of the films you've made in the past, what made this one so special to you?
Because it was a culmination of everything »
Nicolas Cage has been cast in Osama Bin Laden hunt comedy Army of One.
Cage will play construction worked Gary Faulkner, who made several attempts to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The semi-scripted film is expected to diverge from the original narrative.
Cage was most recently seen in Dying of the Light. »
Sony Pictures and The Weinstein Company have pulled the ol’ switcheroo in trading release dates for Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy Grimsby and the Jake Gyllenhaal-led boxing drama, Southpaw. Initially, Cohen’s football hooligan film occupied the July 31 spot, though Sony has opted to push the comedy back into February 2016, where it will go toe to toe with Ben-Hur.
In its place, The Weinstein Company quickly snapped up the vacant release date, which means that it is Gyllenhaal’s sports film that will make its bow on July 31, 2015. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Southpaw will step into the boxing shoes of Billy “The Great” Hope, a talented fighter who teeters on the edge of a breakdown following a family tragedy. Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker are also on board for the flick, and Fuqua sung the praises of his leading man in a recent interview.
Jake is going to change how people see him. »
- Michael Briers
In response, The Weinstein Company has now slotted in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" for that July 31st release date. Coming off his emaciated look in "Nightcrawler," Jake Gyllenhaal buffed up for "Southpaw" which deals with a middleweight boxing champion who struggles after he experiences a personal tragedy.
The move offers something one normally doesn't get in the middle of summer - a serious, dramatic piece targeting adults. A welcome move though in some quarters.
Source: Box-Office Mojo »
- Garth Franklin
Paramount Pictures has pushed its spy comedy Grimsby from its originally-slated July 31, 2015 release date to February 26, 2016. The spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen was set to go up against Warner Bros. Point Break remake, Focus Features' Selfless and The Weinstein Company's Southpaw on July 31, 2015. Now it will face Paramount's Ben-Hur remake next winter.
Grimsby centers on a British secret agent (Mark Strong) who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown with his dim-witted soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Penélope Cruz also stars as a benevolent corporate leader who is hiding a secret. Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas and Isla Fisher round out the supporting cast.
Aside from a small cameo in Anchorman 2, Sacha Baron Cohen hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2012. And that’s not going to change this year, either, as his soccer hooligan comedy Grimsby has just been moved to 2016. More on the new Grimsby release date after the jump. Exhibitor Relations noted the […]
- Angie Han
After being originally slated for release this summer, Sacha Baron Cohen's spy and soccer hooligan comedy Grimsby has been pushed back seven months and won't arrive until February 26th, 2016. We're not sure what the hold up is, especially since the film was shooting last summer (get a first look here), but maybe test screenings aren't working out so they're going to reshoot some stuff. It's much easier to do that kind of thing with a comedy than a blockbuster. Or maybe it's just not a good summer release. That's really just speculation on our part, but now we know why we hadn't seen any official photos from the film yet. Here's the Twitter update from Erc Box Office announcing the release date change: Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby has been pushed back 7 months and will now open Feb. 26, 2016 instead of this summer.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) January 21, 2015 For those who don't know, »
- Ethan Anderton
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