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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.
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The Giver opens this week, and that means it's time to familiarize yourself with the star of the big-screen adaptation. Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas, the young hero of Lois Lowry's famous novel, opposite Jeff Bridges. If you haven't heard of him, you probably didn't catch his run on the Australian soap Home and Away - the same show on which Chris Hemsworth, Isla Fisher, and Guy Pearce got their big breaks. He also turned up in Maleficent this year as Prince Phillip, but when we caught up with him recently, we really just wanted some intel on The Giver. Don't be jealous, but he totally jammed out with The Dude. Popsugar: Did you have any hesitation signing up for an adaptation of such a beloved book? Brenton Thwaites: No, my only concern in the beginning was my age. We worked that out by aging Jonas up a bit from the book. »
Sick of explosion-filled blockbusters and snoozy summer reality TV? Here’s a solution: Try looking to the Southern Hemisphere to fill your entertainment needs. Several EW staffers have fallen under the spell of Australian TV and music, especially Josh Thomas’s charming comedy Please Like Me (which returns to Pivot on Friday at 10:30 p.m. Et).
And it’s not just people who write about this stuff for a living: A friend of mine is obsessed with Dance Academy, a teen drama that’s exactly what it sounds like (and is available for streaming on Netflix). Another swears by Australia’s Next Top Model, »
- Hillary Busis
Jumping from average romcom to average romcom with all the enthusiasm of a bored teenager slogging through their homework, Jennifer Aniston just keeps on trucking. Romcoms are all well and good for some, but ever since Friends wrapped up at the turn of the millennium her’s has been a career in slow but steady decline. To that effect, Life of Crime is actually a pretty pleasant surprise, with Aniston swapping her usual Girl Next Door role for that of a beleaguered housewife taken hostage by a trio of barely competent crooks. That’s not to say the film’s any good, but I’d much rather watch Aniston try (and largely fail) to work outside her usual range than have to sit through Along Came Polly 2: Rodolfo’s Revenge.
- Dominic Mill
Exclusive: Screenwriter and producer Ed Ricourt has signed with Wme in all areas. Last summer the scribe enjoyed a hit with his first produced script, Summit’s magician caper Now You See Me, which Ricourt penned with Boaz Yakin sharing credits with Ed Solomon. The pic starred Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine and grossed $351M worldwide, spawning an upcoming sequel. Ricourt is currently a consulting producer on Netflix’s upcoming Marvel series Aka Jessica Jones, about an ex-superheroine who hangs up her costume to open her own detective agency. He’s also scripting graphic novel […] »
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
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. »
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
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. »
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.
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 »
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
Monty Python legend Eric Idle posted the picture of himself with the actor on Twitter.
So who did I bump into on my walk today but my La neighbour? He's here filming. I love coincidence. pic.twitter.com/JHp2lbzptj
— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) July 3, 2014
The film centres around a British black ops spy (Mark Strong) who is forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother (Cohen).
Louis Leterrier is directing the film, which is shooting over the summer.
Grimsby will be released on July 31, 2015. »
It’s a small world, even if you’re a world famous comedian. Currently in the thick of resurrecting Monty Python at the O2 Arena, Eric Idle ran into a mate whilst out for a stroll. He Tweeted the encounter and the result is a movie exclusive as it features none other than Sacha Baron Cohen in costume for new comedy Grimsby…
@EricIdle: So who did I bump into on my walk today but my La neighbour? He’s here filming. I love coincidence.
Speaking of coincidence, it appears Idle was also dressed somewhat sportily, so he could well end up with a cameo in the football flick. The story (co-written with Wreck-it Ralph’s Phil Johnston) sees Cohen’s dozy hooligan working alongside his long lost secret agent brother, played by Mark Strong. As well as a heavyweight cast including Ian McShane and Gabourey Sidibe the production has comedy »
- Steve Palace
"Monty Python" actor Eric Idle was just walking around his Los Angles neighborhood when he ran into Sacha Baron Cohen, who was in the middle of shooting his "Grimsby" comedy. And thanks to Idle, we have our first look at Cohen from the film. Check it out below. The new movie follows a secret agent who learns that he has a long-lost brother, a dim-witted soccer fan, with whom he must team up. It co-stars Mark Strong, Annabelle Wallis, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher. "Grimsby" is directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) and is set to hit theaters on July 31st, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
While the Adam Sandler and Kevin James types of the world lazily riff on their personas each time out, there are few in the comedy world who commit so fully to their character creations than Sacha Baron Cohen. He thinks of every detail, backwards and forwards, and is determined to deliver something three dimensional each time out. And that's why we look forward to his big screen work every single time. And coming next summer is "Grimsby," an action/comedy vehicle, directed by Louis Leterrier ("Clash Of The Titans," "Now You See Me"). The first look is here, and once again, Cohen has transformed. This time around he's playing a dim soccer fan who gets tangled up with his long lost brother, who also happens to be a secret agent. Mark Strong, Annabelle Wallis, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher star in this one, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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