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Mark Strong Heads To Grimsby

24 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Mark Strong has played both heroes and villains and we know he can be funny when it counts. For his next trick, he’s going to have to put up with a rowdy Sacha Baron Cohen, joining the cast of Grimsby.With a script from Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham, the new comedy finds a top-notch British secret agent (Strong) forced to go on the lam with his long-lost, loud-mouthed brother (Cohen), a football hooligan who hails from… well, you can work that out from the title. Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier will be bringing his action background to the film, which will be more along the lines of The Dictator than Cohen’s ambush-style comedy of Borat and Bruno.Sony is backing this one, working alongside Nira Park and Big Talk productions, but there’s no word on an exact start date yet. Strong, who was »

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Cast of Joe Wright's Peter Pan Film Fills Out as Production Begins

24 April 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Warner Bros. announced the start of production on Joe Wright's Pan, a film said to be an origin story and darker take on J.M. Barrie's beloved character Peter Pan, and with it comes a list of the entire cast. Previous announced cast members include Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis) as Hook; Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator) as Smee; and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter. The casting of Mara as Tiger Lilly gained a certain amount of scrutiny, but it would appear the rest of Wright's cast has been filled in with a rather eclectic group of actors, including Australian Aboriginal actor Jack Charles (pictured) playing Tiger Lily's father known as The Chief. Other members include Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables) as Mary; Taejoo Na (The Kick) as Kwahu; Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall »

- Brad Brevet

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The big blockbusters of summer 2015

28 March 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42

Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup

Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.

But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.

We kick off at the start of April (although note that March has Kenneth Branagh’s live action Cinderella movie, »

- sarahd

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FX Orders Billy Crystal Comedy Pilot 'The Comedians' to Series

19 March 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Billy Crystal is coming back to the small screen, and not just via his upcoming HBO special. Crystal's new comedy pilot, "The Comedians," has received a series order from FX, according to Deadline. The premise finds Crystal's veteran comic character teaming up with Josh Gad's young up-and-comer for a sketch show. The pilot was written and directed by Larry Charles ("The Dictator," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), who also serves as the show's executive producer along with Crystal, Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Ben Wexler ("Community"). Based off the Swedish series "Ulveson and Herngren," "The Comedians" is a half-hour, single camera comedy that will certainly bring in an older demographic than FX usually attracts with shows like "Archer" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Crystal guest starred on Lisa Kudrow's Showtime show, "Web Therapy" last year. He appeared with the "Friends" star in "Analyze This" and "Analyze That »

- Ben Travers

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FX Orders Billy Crystal Comedy Pilot 'The Comedians' to Series

19 March 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Billy Crystal is coming back to the small screen, and not just via his upcoming HBO special. Crystal's new comedy pilot, "The Comedians," has received a series order from FX, according to Deadline. The premise finds Crystal's veteran comic character teaming up with Josh Gad's young up-and-comer for a sketch show. The pilot was written and directed by Larry Charles ("The Dictator," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), who also serves as the show's executive producer along with Crystal, Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Ben Wexler ("Community"). Based off the Swedish series "Ulveson and Herngren," "The Comedians" is a half-hour, single camera comedy that will certainly bring in an older demographic than FX usually attracts with shows like "Archer" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Crystal guest starred on Lisa Kudrow's Showtime show, "Web Therapy" last year. He appeared with the "Friends" star in "Analyze This" and "Analyze That »

- Ben Travers

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When Tony Benn met Ali G - a rare, honest politician holding his own

14 March 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Before Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen was Ali G.

A shard of light in Channel 4's otherwise forgettable 11 'O Clock Show (who's heard of that "Ricky Gervais" character since?), Cohen's comic creation would simply lampoon the great and good.

Often, Cohen's victim's appeared to bend over backward in a bid to show some non-existent "yoof" credentials.

Honesty being his defining virtue, Tony Benn, who died this morning at the age of 88, refused to play that game - a rare man pushing back against the ridiculous views being spouted opposite him.

"You're not living in the real world, my friend," Benn spluttered indignantly.

"You're living in a world where just everybody is just so bloody greedy that there's no hope of building a better society, and that's why we're in a mess."

While David Cameron desperately tries to show his laddy football credentials by telling non-Jewish football »

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Adeel Akhtar Is Smee in Joe Wright's 'Peter Pan' Adaptation

13 March 2014 6:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one day after Rooney Mara entered negotiations to play Tiger Lily in Pan, Adeel Akhtar has joined the cast as Smee.

The project puts a new spin on author J.M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan, with young Peter being whisked away to Neverland for the first time, leading the locals in a rebellion against the nefarious pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Garrett Hedlund stars as Captain Hook, who starts out as an ally to young Peter Pan, before turning to his nefarious ways. Smee, who was portrayed by Bob Hoskins in Steven Spielberg's 1991 adaptation Hook, is the right-hand man to Hook. The producers still have not cast Peter Pan at this time.

Our report from yesterday revealed that director Joe Wright is setting up a multi-cultural cast, in an effort to challenge the audience's pre-conceived notions of these classic characters. Jason Fuchs wrote the script, with Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster and Sarah Schechter producing. »

- MovieWeb

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HBO Pacts with ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Seinfeld’ Alum Alec Berg

7 March 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has inked a two-year overall deal with “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Seinfeld” vet Alec Berg.

The writer-director at present is working as an exec producer and showrunner on HBO’s Mike Judge comedy “Silicon Valley.” The new deal calls for Berg to develop new projects for the pay cabler and supervise other prospects. “Silicon Valley” is set to bow April 6.

Berg spent four seasons on HBO’s Larry David laffer “Curb,” and before that he worked with David on NBC’s “Seinfeld.” In the feature realm he wrote and produced the 2012 Sacha Baron Cohen vehicle “The Dictator,” and he wrote the 2004 comedy “Eurotrip.”

Berg is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman of Hansen Jacobson.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Lawrence Sher Directing O' Lucky Day

6 March 2014 12:50 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in October we brought you the news that Peter Dinklage had signed up for a Bad Santa-like "R-rated leprechaun comedy". At the time the Paramount project was untitled and didn't have a director in place, but both those issues have now been rectified. The film is called O' Lucky Day, and the director will be Lawrence Sher.Sher is following Wally Pfister's recent form, seizing the director's chair following a successful career as a cinematographer. In particular, he's known for his association with Todd Phillips, acting as Dp on all three Hangover films and Due Date. He also shot Garden State, The ChumscrubberDan In Real Life, Paul and The Dictator. But it's not all indies and comedies: he recently contributed some additional photography to Godzilla. The only plot synopsis available for O' Lucky Day so far is that it involves Dinklage trying to pass himself off as a real leprechaun. »

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2014 Governors Ball Preview For 86th Academy Awards

20 February 2014 7:20 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Members of the press were given a yummy first-hand look at the food and décor of this year’s Governors Ball, which will immediately follow the 86th Oscars ceremony on Sunday, March 2, in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood Highland Center.

Thursday morning’s preview was a deluge of all the senses and proved why the Governors Ball is Hollywood’s most glamorous post-Oscar party in town.

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Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, John Legend, will perform for the Ball’s 1,500 invited guests of Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

Everyone will feast on signature favorites such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged Cheddar and remoulade, incorporating local produce and sustainable seafood.

Now that’s a party!

Modern presentations such as crispy lobster shrimp dumplings with five spice and bites »

- Michelle McCue

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby gets a 2015 release date

14 February 2014 9:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sacha Baron Cohen's (Borat, The Dictator) football hooligan / spy comedy Grimsby has been handed a Summer 2015 release.

Directed by Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk, Now You See Me), the film focuses on a British black ops spy who is forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother (played by Cohen).

Cohen penned the script alongside his regular collaborator Peter Baynham, with Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids, Wreck-It Ralph) partnering up with the two. Grimsby will open a week after another comedy, Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, on July 31st 2015.

Why not head on over to our newly-launched Flickering Myth Forum to discuss this story, or anything else that takes your fancy »

- Gary Collinson

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Sacha Baron Cohen to follow up Dictator success with Paramount deal

14 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Inspired by the Hollywood studio's controversial The Wolf of Wall Street, the British shock comedian signs two-movie deal

Sacha Baron Cohen quits Freddie Mercury film

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

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Sacha Baron Cohen Comedy Grimsby Gets Summer 2015 Release

13 February 2014 12:03 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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.

Here's what Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad had to say about Sacha Baron Cohen.

"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."

Louis Leterrier is directing from a script co-written by Sacha Baron Cohen and Peter Baynham, who previously collaborated on »

- MovieWeb

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Sacha Baron Cohen's next film Grimsby will be released Summer 2015

13 February 2014 7:14 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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

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Sacha Baron Cohen in Talks For Alice in Wonderland Sequel, Through the Looking Glass

22 January 2014 5:16 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Dictator and Les Miserables star Sacha Baron Cohen is in early talks to join Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in Disney’s upcoming sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

The follow-up is set to be directed by The Muppets’ helmer James Bobin, with a planned release date of May 27th, 2016. Linda Woolverton will return to pen the screenplay.

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.

Baron Cohen has been developing a handful of projects, including the Louis Leterrier directed Grimsby and The Lesbian at Paramount (which he will star in and produce). 

Who do you guys think the actor could be playing? »

- Josh Wilding

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Sacha Baron Cohen in talks for Alice in Wonderland sequel

22 January 2014 2:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Even though the planned sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland isn't scheduled for release for over two years, time, it seems, is of the essence.

Variety are reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen (Les Miserables, The Dictator) "will play the villain though the details behind the character are unknown." Bleeding Cool, however, claim that chief antagonist is called Time.

The BC article also states that the director, James Bobin (The Muppets), and the studio have been "looking at both male and female actors for the part," so if Cohen isn't cast, we could well end up with a female actor in the role.

Through the Looking Glass will see Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) reprising their roles of Alice and the Mad Hatter, respectively. The film is set for a 27th May, 2016 release. »

- Oliver Davis

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Sacha Baron Cohen in Talks for Alice In Wonderland Sequel; Bruce Willis Joins Sci-Fi Thriller, Vice; Lindsay Lohan Movie Is Inconceivable

21 January 2014 4:02 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's a look at today's latest casting news: Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator) is in early talks to join Disney's sequel to Alice in Wonderland, titled Through the Looking Glass.  James Bobin directs and Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will reprise their roles.  The sequel opens May 27, 2016. Bruce Willis (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) has joined the sci-fi thriller, Vice, co-starring Ambyr Childers (2 Guns). Lindsay Lohan (The Canyons) will produce and star in the indie psychological thriller, Inconceivable. Hit the jump for more on each project. Variety reports that Baron Cohen is in early talks for Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.  Details on both the plot and the nature of Baron Cohen's role are being kept quiet, but The Wrap reports that he may play a villain named Time.  If a deal goes through, it would mark a reteam of Baron Cohen and Depp, who previously starred together in »

- Dave Trumbore

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Sacha Baron Cohen May Join Johnny Depp in Walt Disney Pictures' Alice In Wonderland Sequel

21 January 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are set to return to Wonderland in the upcoming sequel to Disney's worldwide hit that's loosely based on the works of author Lewis Carroll. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct the new picture, titled Through the Looking Glass, and Variety now reports that Sacha Baron Cohen (Hugo, Les Miserables) has entered early talks with the studio to join the film's cast. There's no word yet on which character he might play as story details are being kept under wraps. Cohen was recently seen in theaters in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues where he cameoed as a BBC news anchor. He's currently developing a new film with Paramount Pictures who released his last comedy The Dictator. Alice in Wonderland was directed by Tim Burton and grossed over $1 billion when it was »

- Pietro Filipponi

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