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His time has come: the revenge of Alan Partridge

For two decades, Alan Partridge has been a glorious failure. But now he’s made a triumphant return from the Travel Tavern to be the BBC’s face of Brexit Britain. We trace his journey from humble football commentator to national icon

Alan is 20 years old, if you start counting from his desolate and anguish-filled sitcom I’m Alan Partridge, or 25 if you take into account the radio birth of his chat-show Knowing Me Knowing You. Or 26 if you mean the first time the nation heard his voice as a humble sports commentator in the news spoof On the Hour. He’s a legendary monster who only gets more relevant. When Nigel Farage appeared on the Brexit boat on the Thames in his double-breasted, gold-buttoned blazer, many noted the eerie similarity to Alan’s attire. And now Alan Partridge – Middle England’s resentful id – is about to be reborn on
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Locksmith confirms first animated feature, Ron’s Gone Wrong

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Ron's Gone Wrong is a big new animated movie, set to be produced in the middle of London...

New British animation studio Locksmith Animation has followed up its announcement of a deal with 20th Century Fox with the news of its first movie. The film will be called Ron’s Gone Wrong, and will be produced in London, in conjunction with effects house Double Negative.

The movie is to be directed by J P Vine (of Pixar vintage) and Alessandro Carloni (the co-director of Kung Fu Panda 3), and the script has been penned by Peter Baynham and Locksmith co-founder Sarah Smith.

Furthermore, a release date of November 6th 2020 has been confirmed.

As for story details, here’s what we know about Ron’s Gone Wrong, courtesy of the official synopsis…

Ron’S Gone Wrong tells the story of the wonderful walking, talking, digitally connected bot that sweeps
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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen hits comedy rock bottom in the awful 'Brothers Grimsby'

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Review: Sacha Baron Cohen hits comedy rock bottom in the awful 'Brothers Grimsby'
Sacha Baron Cohen is a very smart, very funny man. One of the best parts of his publicity tour for The Brothers Grimsby has been hearing him give interviews out of character about his process when working on Da Ali G Show, Borat, and Bruno. The worst part of it, unfortunately, is the movie The Brothers Grimsby, which is an entirely laughless affair and easily the low point of Cohen's career so far. No one is more shocked by my reaction to the movie than I am. I am an easy laugh. I'll admit it. I am predisposed to laughter. That's my natural state, my preferred condition. I love comedy. I love all forms of comedy. I love cerebral wordplay. I love silly physical slapstick. I love the gross. I love the esoteric. If you search through my collection, you'll find all kinds of things, and I love that. Every now and then,
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‘The Brothers Grimsby’ Review: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Latest is Stupid-Smart, Silly-Surprising

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The Brothers Grimsby” is funny. Get over it. I say this because I was certain it’d be yet another middling spoof of Bond films along the lines of Rowan Atkinson’s “Johnny English” movies, or worse, the ill-conceived and poorly executed Melissa McCarthy espionage comedy “Spy.” “The Brothers Grimsby” isn’t any of those; as noted, it’s funny. Directed by Louis Leterrier, (“Now You See Me”) and written by co-star Sacha Baron Cohen, with Peter Baynham (“Alan Partridge”) and Phil Johnston (“Zootopia”), the film spends all of about 40 seconds setting up the premise, which proves to be 20 seconds more than.
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Grimsby review: : “Gloriously grotesque though throughly entertaining.”

Grimsby review: It’s Carry-On Spying with Sacha Baron Cohen in this grotesquely funny original comedy that will have you both wincing and weeping with laughter.

Grimsby review by Paul Heath, February, 2016. Sacha Baron Cohen returns to the screen in this offensively funny Grimsby, a film that targets the British working classes, football hooliganism, international espionage and Daniel Radcliffe.

Louis Letterier‘s film, co-written by Sacha Baron Cohen, along with Peter Baynham and Phil Johnson, focusses on Grimsby native Nobby (Baron Cohen), a father of eleven who pines for his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), who has been missing from Nobby’s life for 28 years. Sebastian, as we learn over the gloriously shot first person Pov opening credits, is now a top British spy tasked with averting a global terrorist attack. When Nobby learns that Sebastian is going to be present at a top political event in London, his mates
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Grimsby review

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong star in Grimsby. It might just be the most horrible and funny film of the year (at least so far...)

There’s a bit, late on in Grimsby, when Sacha Baron Cohen’s Nobby gets hold of a gun and finds it surprisingly easy to shoot people. “I understand why you love guns so much,” he tells his brother, Mark Strong’s Sebastian. “It completely detaches you from the guilt of your actions.” The bathos this creates is a good example of how in comedy a big laugh legitimises just about anything, here allowing you to forget quite happily that the main character is no longer a bungling chancer but an actual killer. I felt the same about the rest of it; the fact it made me laugh just about earned it a free pass for being, at times, scabrously horrible.
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Film Review: ‘The Brothers Grimsby’

Film Review: ‘The Brothers Grimsby’
An engorged animal member delivers the most inspired gag, so to speak, in “The Brothers Grimsby,” a smutty but strained spy spoof in which most of the human-based comedy stays comparatively flaccid. Threadbare even by the raggedy standards of writer-star Sacha Baron Cohen’s post-“Borat” output, this tale of two estranged siblings — raised on opposite ends of the British class spectrum — reuniting to fight a global terrorism syndicate scores some stray yuks with its uneasy blend of jocular genre satire, extreme gross-out content and casually bloody, video-game-style action. Yet for all the boundaries it ostensibly pushes, the pic’s mirth-to-minute ratio is notably lower than that of last year’s sweeter-natured “Spy.” Some timely punchlines may earn these brothers a degree of fleeting pop-cultural notoriety; it remains to be seen, however, just how many HIV-aids jokes auds are willing to laugh at in an otherwise sparsely filled 82 minutes.

On local turf,
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You, Me and the Apocalypse Season One Review

You, Me and the Apocalypse Season One

Starring Mathew Baynton, Joel Fry, Pauline Quirke, Jenna Fischer, Kyle Soller, Rob Lowe, Gaia Scodellaro, Paterson Joseph, Megan Mullally, Diana Rigg, Fabian McCallum.

Synopsis:

When a group of ordinary people learn that an eight-mile wide comet is on a collision course with Earth, they hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television.

This show blows your hair back. Coming across like something Peter Baynham, Chris Morris and Brian Eldon might be involved in. We’re late to the party and someone else cracked open those televisual amphetamines in our absence. As You, Me and the Apocalypse takes a biblical catastrophe and literally starts where we end.

Jumping between Slough, New Mexico and Umbria in Italy. Taking in a bank clerk, overly protective mother and nun suffering from an evangelical crisis of conscience. We get an opener
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'Brothers Grimsby' Red Band Trailer #2 Is Definitely Nsfw

'Brothers Grimsby' Red Band Trailer #2 Is Definitely Nsfw
With the March 11 release date getting closer and closer for Sony Pictures' comedy The Brothers Grimsby, the studio has released the second red band trailer for this upcoming comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen. This new footage features some bizarre situations and some R-rated language, which shouldn't be watched by viewers under the age of 18. In related news, Sacha Baron Cohen also stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, where he debuted possibly one of the strangest clips in late-night TV history.

Before the clip aired Jimmy Kimmel revealed that they couldn't show the whole clip on the air, since it is "extremely graphic," so what they did was show a portion of this scene that was safe for TV, and then cut away to show TV viewers the audiences reaction to the scene. Even Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Rodriguez went into the audience to watch this apparently outrageous scene unfold.
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27 British films to look out for in 2016

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Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…

While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.

2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.

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'Brothers Grimsby' Poster: Sacha Baron Cohen Comes Out Shooting

'Brothers Grimsby' Poster: Sacha Baron Cohen Comes Out Shooting
'From the man you brought you Borat!' Proudly proclaims the new one-sheet poster for The Brothers Grimsby. In this action-packed comedy, Mark Strong and Sacha Baron Cohen are teaming up to kick back some cold pints and save the world from an ominous threat. Behind every hero is an embarrassing sibling. And Nobby might be the most embarrassing of them all.

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's an English football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian.

After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother,
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'Brothers Grimsby' Trailer Has Sacha Baron Cohen on a Secret Mission

'Brothers Grimsby' Trailer Has Sacha Baron Cohen on a Secret Mission
Way back in October, we got our first taste of The Brothers Grimsby, the latest comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen. And it surprised fans and casual viewers alike, as this Red Band trailer looked like a bonafide action movie. In fact, the sneak preview contained a fun bit that was better than anything seen in terms of action this fall. Now, we get the official green band trailer. It slowly trickles in the comedy. And it's funny!

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's an English football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian.

After they were adopted by different families as children,
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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members
Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run,
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'Brothers Grimsby' Red Band Trailer Starring Sacha Baron Cohen

'Brothers Grimsby' Red Band Trailer Starring Sacha Baron Cohen
Earlier this year, Sony Pictures pushed its spy comedy Grimsby out of its July 31, 2015 release date, moving it to March 4, 2016. This move was surely for the best, since Paramount ended up moving its spy thriller Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation into that same date, which took in $682 million worldwide. Today, Sony Pictures (via IGN) has changed the title to The Brothers Grimsby, while releasing the first red band trailer and photo.

Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, reunites with his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), a deadly MI6 agent, to prevent a massive global terror attack and prove that behind every great spy is an embarrassing sibling. Nobby has everything a man from Grimsby could want, including 11 children and the most gorgeous girlfriend in the northeast of England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian, who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for
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'Mortdecai' TV Spots: Johnny Depp Saves the World

'Mortdecai' TV Spots: Johnny Depp Saves the World
If you loved Johnny Depp's quirky, unexpected turn in this fall's horror comedy Tusk, you'll surely want to check out his next mad creation for the big screen in Mortdecai. The caper comedy only has a little more than a month before it hits cinemas across the country. Lionsgate has released two new TV spots from this David Koepp directed adventure, which show Depp having a lot of fun.

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and a special charm. He is in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account. Will this painting lead him to a treasure filled with Nazi gold?

This international adventure also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn,
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Watch This Sexy, Tantalizing Lingerie Ad Written and Directed by Penélope Cruz

When Penélope Cruz isn’t busy making out with Scientologists, palling around with Pedro Almodóvar, or being addicted to breastfeeding, she’s apparently writing and directing sexy ads for Agent Provocateur. Cruz’s flesh-baring video for the British lingerie brand features a group of models in the desert and one very helpless man. We’ll let you uncover the threadbare narrative for yourself — and we’re taking bets on whether or not the women perform an aerobics routine or actually dance. Don’t blink and miss the Cruz cameo, too. You can catch the Spanish actress in the upcoming Louis Leterrier film Grimsby with Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson — cowritten by Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham. [via Design...

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Sacha Baron Cohen kisses Rebel Wilson on set of hooligan comedy Grimsby

Sacha Baron Cohen kisses Rebel Wilson on set of hooligan comedy Grimsby
Sacha Baron Cohen was pictured kissing his co-star Rebel Wilson on the set of comedy caper Grimsby in South Africa over the weekend (August 17).

The 42-year-old actor was spotted wearing an England shirt and a red and white novelty hat while sporting an uneven fringe and long sideburns, as he shot scenes in Cape Town.

The Malay quarter was transformed into a city in Chile during filming of a fictional football match between the South American country and England.

Baron Cohen and Pitch Perfect star Wilson were seen kissing tenderly on the lips, surrounded by fellow football supporters cheering and waving flags while milling around after the match.

The Louis Leterrier-directed spy spoof stars Mark Strong as a black ops agent who goes on the run with his long lost hooligan brother (Baron Cohen). The Borat star co-wrote the screenplay along with Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham.

Strong was
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Penelope Joins Strong & Baron Cohen in 'Grimsby'

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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).

The film was written by Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph), and Peter Baynham- who also co-wrote Borat and Bruno with Baron Cohen. 

Not much is known about any of the characters in the film, but we do know that Cruz will be joining a cast that also includes Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, Scott Adkins,
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Sacha Baron Cohen Films 'Grimsby' In England With Mark Strong

Sacha Baron Cohen was dressed in character on the streets of Essex while filming scenes for Grimsby Thursday afternoon with costar Mark Strong.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong Film Grimsby

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.

Cohen’s wife Isla Fisher, Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane and Gabourey Sidibe are all among the cast.
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Penelope Cruz Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in 'Grimsby'

Penelope Cruz Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in 'Grimsby'
Pen&#233lope Cruz is in final talks to join the Paramount Pictures spy comedy Grimsby, alongside a cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong.

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 Pen&#233lope Cruz is playing a benevolent corporate leader who may be hiding a secret.

The supporting cast also includes Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas and Sacha Baron Cohen's wife Isla Fisher.

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.

Pen&#233lope Cruz most recently starred
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