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Johnny Vegas Joins Sacha Baron Cohen In ‘Grimsby’

10 June 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy Grimsby boasts a welter of hefty acting names, from Mark Strong and Ian McShane to David Harewood and Gabourey Sidibe. But he has now cast a heavyweight from the comedy circuit in the unmistakable form of Johnny Vegas. Relatively unknown in the movie world, potter-turned-comedian-turned actor Vegas starred in the disastrous Sex Lives Of The Potato Men (2004) and also provided his own unique commentary on why he didn’t get a role in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy:

I actually went to a casting for Sam Gamgee and got a call back with the director. But I did a gig the night before and the mike broke so I ended up shouting and lost my voice. They probably thought I was rubbish anyway. I went through a few months of getting drunk and e-mailing the official site saying it should have been me. »

- Steve Palace

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #83. Ben Wheatley’s Freak Shift

21 February 2014 7:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »


Director: Ben Wheatley

Writer: Ben Wheatley

Producers: Claire Jones, Andrew Starke

U.S. Distributor: Right Available

Cast: Unknown

While the frequently working Wheatley announced this would be his next film, it seems that filming was supposed to begin in late 2013 or early 2014. Knowing how rapidly he is able to complete his projects, we wouldn’t be surprised if this is ready for the fall, right after his version of the series “Ideal” starring Johnny Vegas has been completed. Whatever the scenario, this sounds like a return to more outlandish Wheatley territory after this year’s departure in experimental hallucinations with the inventive A Field In England.

Gist: An American sci-fi film, like “Hill Street Blues” with monsters and women cops.

Release Date: Wheatley is a festival darling, so if it’s ready by the latter end of the year, expect a possible out of competition slot somewhere.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Martin Scorsese Endorses Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England in New Us Trailer and Poster

14 January 2014 2:42 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following its release in the UK last summer, Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England is finally about to get its stateside release at the start of next month.

Drafthouse Films is also launching a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release, taking a similar direction to the unique multi-platform release we saw here last year.

With its Us release right around the corner, Drafthouse has released a new trailer teasing just some of the chaos that ensues in Wheatley’s latest, along with an appropriately psychedelic poster designed by Jay Shaw to match. And in case you needed any more persuading, Martin Scorsese himself is quoted as a fan of the film.

England: 1648 Ad. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O’Neil and Cutler. O’Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in »

- Kenji Lloyd

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