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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ box office: ‘Captain America 2′ to pass $100 million on opening weekend? (photo: Chris Evans and Robert Redford in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) The Avengers effect has yet to subside. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel to both The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, debuted with an estimated $10.2 million from Thursday night (April 3, 2014) screenings in North America, including $1.2 million at 344 IMAX locations. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and featuring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and veteran Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to enjoy the biggest April weekend opening ever at the domestic box office, even after factoring in inflation. At 3,938 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will surely surpass the current April record-holder, Justin Lin’s Fast Five. Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, the Rio de Janeiro-set »
- Zac Gille
When Christophe Lambert was tapped CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp in 2010, he got a lukewarm welcome from the local film industry. Indeed, he was best known as a leading advertising exec with ties to France’s then-president Nicolas Sarkozy. Since then, there’s been nothing but applause for Lambert, who has led EuropaCorp to a record €19.6 million ($25.5 million) net profit for 2012-13. Under his watch, EuropaCorp has opened its La Cite du Cinema studio and backlot outside Paris, signed strategic output deals in key international markets, and diversified into TV production and theatrical exhibition. Lambert last month launched a decisive phase of the shingle’s expansion, reaching a $130 million deal to create Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution (Red), a U.S. distribution company jointly owned with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media. Variety’s Elsa Keslassy spoke with Lambert about the new company’s slate, the cost of doing business in the U. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Like just about everything else that Marvel Studios has been doing for the last six years, from features to television, the series of short films known as Marvel One Shots have really been growing. The first one, titled The Consultant and released with Kenneth Branagh.s Thor on Blu-ray, was simply a conversation between S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) cut together with footage from Louis Leterrier.s The Incredible Hulk, but now the studio is making nearly 15-minute pieces complete with action sequences and known actors. And the latest, All Hail The King, is the biggest Marvel One Shot yet. Both written and directed by Drew Pearce, who co-wrote Iron Man 3 with Shane Back, the new short film catches up with Trevor Slattery (Sir Ben Kingsley), the drug addicted British actor who pretended to be the terrorist leader known as »
News Glen Chapman 17 Feb 2014 - 07:07
A date has been set for Sacha Baron Cohen's next comedy, it's been revealed. Enitled Grimsby, the film will be directed by Louis Leterrier (of The Incredible Hulk and Now You See Me fame) and will follow a British black-ops operative who finds himself on the run and reunites with his estranged brother who happens to be a football hooligan.
Cohen will play both parts and co-wrote the script with Peter Baynham, who worked on Borat (and co-wrote Arthur Christmas). The movie will shoot this summer with a release date of July 31st 2015 in America.
In other Cohen news he has renewed his first look deal with Paramount. The deal will last three years and Cohen seems happy about it. »
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard something about how there are several big tentpoles – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genesis – slated to open in Summer 2015 (“Summer” in Hollywood, that is). Will there be any movies arriving during that time period that fall outside the categories of sequels, reboots, or adaptations based on pop intellectual properties (comic books, video games, etc.)?
Well yes, believe it or not, and one such project is Grimsby, a spy comedy co-written and headlined by Sacha Baron Cohen, with Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans (2010)) calling the shots on the production scheduled to begin this summer. It may be that Leterrier’s ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Inspired by the Hollywood studio's controversial The Wolf of Wall Street, the British shock comedian signs two-movie deal
Sacha Baron Cohen has renewed his first-look deal with Paramount Pictures after apparently finding himself inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio's cocaine-snorting antics in the controversial Oscar-tipped Martin Scorsese black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street.
The actor and comedian's production company, Four By Two Films, has announced a three-year, two-movie deal with the Hollywood film studio. Paramount also financed Scorsese's controversial tale of 1980s and 90s excess amongst the ersatz stockbrokers of discredited Long Island firm Stratton Oakmont, and the Borat star later said he was delighted to be part of the same team.
"Any studio that puts out a movie where Leonardo DiCaprio snorts cocaine from a hooker's anus is a place I'm happy to call home," he said, in comments translated from the original French. »
- Ben Child
Sacha Baron Cohen's forthcoming comedy, Grimsby, has received an official release date, with the film set to open in the Us on 31 July 2015. Deadline reports that the Louis Leterrier-directed film has also got a new distributor, with Sony set to release the picture in place of Paramount. Grimsby will follow a British black-ops agent, who is forced to go on the run with his estranged brother, a beer-swilling football hooligan. Naturally, Cohen will be playing both parts… Cohen co-wrote the script with his Borat partner Peter...
- George Wales
The story follows a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, an English soccer hooligan. Sony plans to release “Grimsby” in the U.S. on July 31, 2015.
Variety reported in December that “Now You See Me” director Louis Leterrier had been attached as the “Grimsby” director. Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston sold the film as a pitch to Paramount last August; Peter Baynham is also writing.
Baron Cohen has also re-upped his first-look deal at Paramount for his Four by Two banner with a three-year term and a two-film commitment.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
You can now add a Sacha Baron Cohen comedy to the crowded 2015 film slate. We learned last year that Cohen would be teaming up with Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier for his next film, Grimsby, and now Deadline reports that the film has moved from Paramount to Sony Pictures, which will distribute the pic on July 31, 2015. The story revolves around a British black-ops spy who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, an idiotic English soccer hooligan, with Cohen playing the latter. The comedian penned the script with his Borat co-writer Peter Baynham and Oscar-nominated Philomena co-writer Phil Johnston. Production is set to begin this summer. The only other film slated for release on July 31st is Fox’s Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, but that pic doesn’t have a firm director yet so who knows whether that will stick. However, Grimsby will »
- Adam Chitwood
Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby, which was formerly set up at Paramount, has moved to Sony Pictures, with the studio setting a July 31, 2015 release date, where it will go up against Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
It isn't known why the project was moved from Paramount to Sony, especially since Sacha Baron Cohen just renewed his first-look deal at Paramount earlier today, with a three-year commitment that includes at least two movies. Grimsby centers on a British spy, whose brother (Sacha Baron Cohen) is an idiotic soccer hooligan.
"Sacha is a uniquely gifted performer with worldwide audience appeal and this concept suits his brilliant comic talents perfectly. Grimsby is an exciting addition to our 2015 summer slate."
Update, 11:45 Am: Just got a quote from Sacha Baron Cohen on his Paramount re-up. It was delivered in French, but here is the translation: “Any studio that puts out a movie where Leonardo DiCaprio snorts cocaine from a hooker’s anus is a place I’m happy to call home.” Here it is in French: “N’importe quel studio ne met un film où Leonardo di Caprio renifle de la cocaïne de l’anus d’une prostituée est un endroit que je suis heureux d’appeler à la maison,” said Baron Cohen today while vacationing with his mistress in Villenueve, Southern France. Earlier Exclusive, 11:24 am Pst: Paramount Pictures has renewed its first look deal with Sacha Baron Cohen’s Four By Two Films, with a three year term and a commitment to make two pictures. At the same time, Sony Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to Grimsby, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Sacha Baron Cohen's next film as writer and star will be titled Grimsby and is now slated for a release in the already busy summer season in 2015. Unlike his films Borat, Bruno, or The Dictator, Grimsby will be released by Sony instead of Paramount. Director Louis Leterrier will take the camera for this project instead of Cohen's longtime collaborator, Larry Charles. Grimsby is switching studios for an undisclosed reason, though it doesn't seem to be financial as Cohen recently signed a »
- Alex Maidy
“We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we’ve found the right match with Ed Skrein, who’s not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin (the ‘Transporter’s’ leading role) with brio,” EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert told Variety.
Although plot details are still kept under wraps, Lambert said the first installment of “Transporter” reboot will return to the French Riviera, site of the first pic. He said the writers have given more »
- Elsa Keslassy
In a time when sequels and reboots rule the roost, it’s somewhat gratifying to see an original film do well at the theater. One of last year’s successes was Louis Leterrier’s flashy, showbiz heist movie Now You See Me, in which Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher played a group of magicians who uncover the secrets to pulling off shows so incredible that they seem almost impossible.
Now You See Me was a modest success at the box office, grossing over $350 million worldwide, and Lionsgate has taken this as a sign that moviegoers are eager to see more fresh new properties and ideas.
Just kidding. A sequel to Now ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
The Transporter movies are very silly, and their sequels have helped pushed their directors into bigger franchises. Transporter 2 eventually launched Louis Leterrier to The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, and Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton went on to Taken 2 and now he's set for Taken 3. But the films themselves have disappeared with Transporter 3 hitting theaters back in 2008, although they've continued as a TV series starring Chris Vance, first in 2011 on Cinemax, and now a second season on TNT later this year. Rather than simply picking the films back up and recasting the simple role of a guy who is good at driving and fighting, Luc Besson's EuropaCorp is going to reboot the series and turn it into becoming an origin story. That's kind of dumb, but then again so are the Transporter movies. Hit the jump for more. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Matt Goldberg
An adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's beloved comic book series Y: The Last Man has been in languishing in development for several years at New Line Cinema, with filmmakers such as D.J. Caruso and Louis Leterrier once attached to direct. The last we heard about the project was in January 2013, when Dan Trachtenberg signed on to helm the apocalyptic adventure, but now the project is facing yet another hurdle.
"It's my understanding that the rights to Y: The Last Man will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn't start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be »
A film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan's brilliant comic series Y: The Last Man has been in development hell for years, and now the rights might finally revert back to Vaughan and co-creator Pia Guerra. For those who haven't read the series (and you absolutely should because it's amazing), it takes place in a world where all men have died except for one, college student/amateur escape artist Yorick Brown (the "Y" refers not only to his name, but that he has a "Y" chromosome). The adaptation has gone through multiple directors including D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye), which also had Shia Labeouf attached to star, then moving on to helmer Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me), and a year ago to Dan Trachtenberg, who directed a Portal fan film. Because none of these projects have ever started, New Line Cinema's option is running out, and so it might go back to Vaughan. »
- Matt Goldberg
Plot details are currently being kept underwraps, as is the role that Baron Cohen is up for. However, Variety‘s report does reveal that he will play the villain. Through the Looking Glass would mean a reunion of sorts for Baron Cohen and Depp, who starred together in Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber.
Who do you guys think the actor could be playing? »
- Josh Wilding
Just last fall, before Thanksgiving, we learned that Disney would send their sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to theaters on May 27th, 2016. Both Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are returning as The Mad Hatter and Alice respectively, and now we have word on the villain for the sequel called Through the Looking Glass. Variety reports Borat and Brüno star Sacha Baron Cohen is currently in talks to take the antagonist role, but the only details about the character known right now are that he is called Time. Coincidentally, Cohen previously worked with Johnny Depp on Burton's 2007 adaptation of Sweeney Todd. Cohen will shoot the recently annonced spy comedy Grimsby with Louis Leterrier early this summer before heading over to the Disney sequel. The actor is just as theatrical as Depp when it comes to roles like this, so his part as the film's villain should prove to be fruitful. »
- Ethan Anderton
Plot details are being kept underwraps. Pic will bow on May 27, 2016.
Baron Cohen will play the villain, although details behind the character are unknown.
Baron Cohen has been developing a handful of projects, including the Louis Leterrier-directed “Grimsby” that he will shoot in early summer and will then segway into the “Through the Looking Glass” shoot.
He is also developing “The Lesbian” at Paramount, which he will star in and produce.
The Wme-repped Baron Cohen was last seen in “Les Miserables.” Baron Cohen and Depp previously worked together on Warner Bros. film, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
- Justin Kroll
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