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French film-maker is surprise choice for British comedian's upcoming James Bond-style movie
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The Hollywood Reporter revealed in August that Cohen was planning a James Bond-style spoof about a spy forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother. The actor has written the screenplay with Wreck It Ralph's Phil Johnston.
Leterrier, who is in negotiations, is an unlikely choice. All of Baron Cohen's starring movie roles (bar 2002's Ali G Indahouse) have been overseen by Us film-maker Larry Charles. Leterrier has been responsible for action fantasy epics such as The Incredible Hulk and the recent Clash of the Titans remake, which misfired. »
- Ben Child
The bumbling English spy character did wonders for Mike Myers’ career (Austin Powers), and to a lesser extent Rowan Atkinson’s (Johnny English). Now, comedy actor and virtuoso prankster Sacha Baron Cohen is set to enter the world of English espionage in Grimsby, a spy comedy from Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier.
Grimsby will find the Borat actor starring as a black ops agent forced to go on the run with his long lost brother, a soccer-loving hooligan. The film will hopefully combine Cohen’s outrageous humour with impressive action set pieces, which Leterrier (who previously directed Transporter 2 and Now You See Me) can definitely pull off.
Cohen hasn’t been seen on the big screen since his role as Thénardier in Les Misérables. Aside from Grimsby, he is also currently developing The Lesbian, a comedy based on a true story about a Hong Kong billionaire who »
- Jordan Adler
Australian soap stars have form on British stages. Jason Donovan pulled on Joseph's technicolour dreamcoat. Dannii Minogue followed a stint in Home and Away with Lady Macbeth. Literally hundreds of them have done panto.
Now Natalie Imbruglia, who became a Grammy-nominated singer after two years on Neighbours, is to make her first non-panto stage appearance, starring in a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's 1997 play Things We Do For Love.
To date, Imbruglia's only stage role in the UK was as Snow White at the Marlowe theatre in Canterbury, a production famous for the non-appearance of Spike Milligan.
However, next April, the 38-year-old will play Nikki Wickstead, the top floor resident currently shacked up with her irritating, clean-living fiancée, at the Theatre Royal Bath, before embarking on a national tour.
The artistic director of »
- Matt Trueman
Photo: Marco VitturBack in the dim, distant days of 2010, when Britain’s 2012 Olympic glory seemed like a fantasy, BBC Films decided to make a film about the rivalry between middle-distance runners Sebastian (Aka Lord) Coe and Steve Ovett. Gold, as it is now known, has been pottering along ever since but has now put on a burst of speed with news that The Woman In Black’s director James Watkins is aboard alongside that film’s star, one Daniel Radcliffe.Though the film wasn’t ready for 2012, the addition of this particular duo gives it a much better chance of finally reaching our screens. Radcliffe will play Coe, in a story that charts the rivalry between Coe and Ovett – at times fierce; at others cordial – which began with a school cross-country race in 1972 and came to a head at the Moscow Games in 1980.While Johnny English’s William Davies originally »
Jason Statham has become known for his many action films. But now comes word that the actor is looking to branch out a bit by taking a role in the upcoming "Susan Cooper" comedy, which already has Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Bridesmaids) on board. "Susan Cooper" will be directed by Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids) and will focus on an unlikely secret agent, played by McCarthy. Statham will play a spy on the same side. While full story details have yet to be revealed, it's being reported that the tone will be similar to the many James Bond parodies like Rowan Atkinson's "Johnny English" and Leslie Nielsen's "Spy Hard." »
There used to a simpler, more blissful time when the Movie Extra was a dependable, undisruptive influence on movies: they would turn up, do their bit and head home for the day, their pockets nicely lined with a small but fair fee, and their egos sufficiently massaged to stop them ever having unjust aspirations to conquer the world of “real” acting.
But then, we discovered that there was actually a clandestine history of Extras not doing as they should have, ruining scenes either by badly over-acting, or simply being bad at things normal people manage every day, like not walking into doorframes, or eating convincingly. Their actions, whether conscious or otherwise stole focus and ruined their scenes, and it seems the rabbit hole goes even further, with more revelations of useless and destructive Extras emerging all the time.
Very occasionally, they can be a positive influence, like the careless cab »
- Simon Gallagher
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
Co-founder Bevan will accept the award on behalf of his creative workshop, which has been responsible for numerous internationally acclaimed productions over nearly 30 years.
The company has made more than 100 productions grossing more than $6bn worldwide and reaping over 250 Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.
The 9th Zff (Sept 26 - Oct 6) will present a retrospective of 12 Working Title Films productions including:
My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears/1985)Four Weddings And A Funeral (Mike Newell/1994)Fargo (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen/1996)Elizabeth (Shekhar Kapur/1998)The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen/1998)Notting Hill (Roger Michell/1999)High Fidelity (Stephen Frears/2000)About A Boy (Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz/2002)Atonement »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
This week Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg are crowned our reigning kings of bathos, that most British of pastimes. As writers (and in Wright's case, director) of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and now The World's End, the stock-in trade of their "Cornetto trilogy" has been undercutting Hollywood bombast, mug of tea in hand. At their best, these send-ups of zombie apocalypse, buddy cop actioner and 70s paranoia thrillers are powered by a higher form of parody: simultaneously full of love for Hollywood and affirming the supremacy of humdrum Brit realities. In The World's End, I liked the idea of the piece of crap Blairite public art in Newton Haven (the town to which Pegg and his gang return for their nostalgic pub-crawl) that turns out to have a secret sci-fi purpose. »
- Phil Hoad
After 2011's Bridesmaids and his June 28 release The Heat , Paul Feig will continue to dominate the female-driven comedy realm with a new project, the just-announced Susan Cooper . The film is said to be a "realistic comedy about a female James Bond," but one that steers clear of spoof territory as opposed to films like Get Smart and Johnny English . Feig penned the script himself and looks to produce at Fox through his Feigco Entertainment banner. While in New York City promoting The Heat , Feig elaborated on the balance between comedy and realistic spy action in Susan Cooper and also touched on the possibilities for a Bridesmaids sequel, a project now entirely dependent on Kristen Wiig. ComingSoon.net: I've read a bit about "Susan Cooper" and »
The news come from The Wrap who says, it will be "a realistic comedy about a female James Bond, rather than a parody along the lines of Get Smart or Johnny English." An insider also describes the project as "a two-hander in the vein of The Heat that lends itself to a possible franchise."
The Heat is Feig's next film coming out this month. It's a female buddy cop story that stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. I personally don't think that looks that good, but when the trailer plays for audiences in the theaters people laugh, so I'm sure it will do ok.
The director is currently on the hunt for a his lead actress. Apparently he was inspired to make the movie back in 2006 with »
- Joey Paur
Director Paul Feig has been one of the most outspoken voices about the lack of female-centered projects in Hollywood. His 2011 comedy Bridesmaids was a huge success, and this summer’s action-comedy The Heat will continue Feig’s pattern of mainstream movies featuring strong female characters at their core.
With that in mind, Feig has been developing the first of a potential spy-franchise for 20th Century Fox currently titled Susan Cooper. Although intended as a comedy, sources indicate the tone will be more realistic (inspired by the grounded approach to James Bond in Casino Royale), as opposed to the broad, cartoonish humor of movies like Johnny English or Get Smart.
The director’s Feigco Entertainment has a ...
- Anthony Vieira
Paul Feig will be continuing his recent trend of directing comedies led by a female cast with Susan Cooper. His 2011 female-led feature, Bridesmaids, was a mega success, bringing in $288 million. That film will be followed by The Heat later this month. After bridal parties and buddy cops, Feig’s new focus will be on a female spy who is said to be reminiscent of James Bond.
While not much can be said of the plot, Feig will be taking a more realistic approach, unlike other spy comedies such as Austin Powers or Johnny English. Similar to The Heat, two characters will lead the story. The possibility of creating a franchise is also being discussed.
In addition to directing, Feig has provided the script and will be producing. He was supposedly inspired by one of his favorite movies, the 1967 spoof Casino Royale starring Peter Sellers. If the two films have anything in common, »
- Katherine Kranz
“Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” director Paul Feig (above, who looks a bit like a more sophisticated Andy Dick) has written and plans to direct a new spy movie franchise centering around a female James Bond for 20th Century Fox. Since Feig has spent most of his time in comedies, the spy franchise will be a comedy, but not a parody of the spy genre ala “Johnny English” or “Get Smart”. The funny thing is, “Susan Cooper” is being described as a “realistic comedy”. I’m not sure what that means exactly, or how it relates to the idea of a female James Bond/spy character. In any case, the search is now on for a female lead for the film. I’m guessing they’ll want someone in their early ’30s or late ’20s who can do action and stick around for sequels. A few years ago I would automatically think Sandra Bullock, »
This summer, director Paul Feig will attempt another summer comedy hit with The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as two cops from different sides of the tracks. It remains to be seen if the film will become as successful as Feig's wedding comedy Bridesmaids, but those are some big shoes to fill. In the meantime, Feig is already lining up his next project, and it seems like he's the man to keep female comedians working on the big screen. The Wrap has word that Feig is developing a James Bond style action comedy called Susan Cooper with an eye towards the project kicking off a franchise for Fox. More below! Unlike more recent spy comedies like Get Smart and Johnny English, this will take a more realistic approach the the female secret agent element. So it sounds like we might be dealing with something more akin to Beverly Hills Cop »
- Ethan Anderton
Paul Feig has begun developing Susan Cooper.
The Bridesmaids director is working on the film which is intended to launch a female spy franchise at 20th Century Fox, reports The Wrap.
Feig is currently searching for a female lead for Susan Cooper.
The director also wrote the script and will produce through his Feigco Entertainment banner's first look deal at Fox.
Watch a trailer for the film below (Warning: Explicit content): »
Paul Feig, champion of women in film is working on something else for the ladies. After being inspired by the reintroduction of James Bond with Daniel Craig in 2006s Casino Royale, Feig decided to write a Bond inspired female comedy called Susan Cooper. While I did mention that it was a comedy, it will not be a parody like Johnny English. Instead it will hold more of a basis in reality. It will also be a two-hander similar to The Heat. Currently Feig is looking for his female lead. »
- Niki Stephens
Following the overwhelming success of 2011's Bridesmaids and the upcoming release of his Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy buddy cop movie The Heat , out June 28, filmmaker Paul Feig isn't resting on his laurels as he's already developing a new female-friendly comedy called Susan Cooper , which is meant to be a possible female spy franchise for 20th Century Fox. Feig is currently looking for an actress to play that the title role in the two-handed comedy that will be more along the lines of a serious spy movie like James Bond than a spoof spy comedy like Johnny English , according to The Wrap . Feig wrote the script with plans to produce through his first look deal at Fox with Feigco Entertainment banner along with the company's new executive VP Jessie Henderson and Fox's »
Paul Feig — Bridesmaids and The Heat director, Freaks and Geeks creator — is looking to helm a spy flick he wrote called Susan Cooper. TheWrap says it's "a realistic comedy about a female James Bond, rather than a parody along the lines of Get Smart or Johnny English. ... It's described by an individual familiar with the project as a two-hander in the vein of The Heat that lends itself to a possible franchise." Make it like Bridesmaids plus action and we're in. »
- Zach Dionne
The Dunkirk evacuation, one of the biggest course changing moments of World War II, is set to be brought to the big screen in a new movie from Working Title UK.
Deadline say Oliver Parker is attached to direct Dunkirk, a spec script from Gavin Scott that will re-tell the story of courage from those British civilians who over nine days in May 1940 used hundreds of small boats to cross the English Channel to rescue 200,000 British and 140,000 French troops from the advancing Germans. In British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s immortal We shall fight them on the beaches speech on June 4th, he hailed the rescue mission as a “miracle of deliverance”.
For Parker, this will be his most mature film for a while having previously shot the oddball adaptation of Dorian Gray and the two farcical comedies St. Trinian’s and most recently Johnny English Reborn, the latter which »
- Matt Holmes
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