Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Call me crazy, but I still have faith in Sacha Baron Cohen.
But he’s tested that faith. Repeatedly. This year. Anyone who manages to appear in Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Brothers Grimsby within the space of a few months can do that. And yet, I think it’s impossible to deny that the man is a good actor and when he’s paired with the right collaborators and given the right material, he’s one of the most inventive and surprising talents working today.
One thing he has proven repeatedly in various interviews is that he generally has good taste in other projects, which explains why he’s a fan of the great Danish comedy Klown and why he’s attached to star in an American remake.
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After a three-year absence from the big screen, Sach Baron Cohen returned with this year’s The Brothers Grimsby and Alice Through the Looking Glass. The action-comedy was one of the first box-office bombs of the year, while the recent Disney sequel failed to live up to expectations. Cohen doesn’t have any other projects that we know of currently scheduled for release, but he’s just signed on to play Mandrake the Magician, the comic book hero created in 1934 by Lee Falk.
Below, learn more about the Mandrake the Magician movie.
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It’s been over six years since our last trip to Underland. In 2010, director Tim Burton reimagined Lewis Carroll‘s classic story with his box office hit, which made over a billion dollars worldwide. Burton decided not to return for the upcoming sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Instead, director James Bobin (The Muppets Movie) has stepped in to show a new side of both Alice and Underland.
We were recently invited to see footage from the sequel, in addition to participating in roundtable interviews with the filmmakers. Check out our Alice Through the Looking Glass preview below, and watch the latest trailer, below.
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Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
This weekend marked the start of Daylight Savings Time in the U.S., and that means the past 36 or so hours have been rough for a lot of folks. At some point in the wee hours of Sunday morning, an hour simply vanished into thin air, leaving us with one less hour to sleep, or work, or spend time with our families, or binge-watch House of Cards, or whatever else we’d normally do with that time.
Now a new Alice Through the Looking Glass spot wonders where that time went, and suggests Sacha Baron Cohen, as the embodiment of Time itself, might have had something to do with its disappearance. Check out the newest footage from the James Bobin-directed fantasy adventure below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This weekend sees the release of The Brothers Grimsby, the latest comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen. And here’s the thing about Mr. Cohen – even when I don’t love his movies, I find him fascinating. From his early career as a television prankster who roped real people into interacting with his fictional characters, to his Hollywood career, where he worked with directors like Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, he has never shown us a half-measure. Cohen is a performer who commits to his characters and his concepts like no one else.
And since his new movie is on the horizon, this certainly feels like the perfect opportunity to run down his finest moments on screen.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sacha Baron Cohen takes his time picking his projects. He’s got two big films coming out this year, the spy comedy The Brothers Grimsby and the Disney fantasy sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, and they’re his first onscreen roles since 2012’s Les Misérables. Beyond that, his future is a little bit murkier. So what’s next for the committed comedian who gave us Borat, Ali G, and Brüno? Will he lay low for another several years, or does he have another movie lined up?
As it turns out, Baron Cohen’s plan is to get back to work on an old project of his that’s never quite gotten off the ground: The Lesbian, which we first heard about in 2012. And now he’s served up the intriguing detail that The Lesbian is actually a musical. Read his comments below. Read More »
After years of working on the Freddie Mercury biopic, Sacha Baron Cohen parted ways with the project over “creative differences.” Cohen envisioned a warts-and-all, honest bio film, but the remaining members of Queen, unfortunately, were not supportive of that vision.
Below, Sacha Baron Cohen discusses what went wrong with the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic, which David Fincher wanted to direct at one point.
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Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Last night, ABC aired The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. The two-hour special was a star-studded celebration of Disney’s storied past, from Mickey Mouse to Beauty and the Beast to Star Wars: The Force Awakens… but the studio also took the chance to look forward at some of its upcoming offerings. In addition to new concept art for Star Wars Land, the studio also served up new footage from its three live-action fairy tales due out this year: Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Mia Wasikowska returns for that last one as Alice, who get caught up in a race against Time — literally, since Time turns out to be a man played by Sacha Baron Cohen. The Alice in Wonderland sequel also features the returns of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, and the voice of Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, in what has turned out to be his final film. Watch the latest Alice Through the Looking Glass TV spot below. Read More »
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After making a huge splash by bringing his small screen character Borat to the big screen in one of the most unique and hilarious comedies of the past 20 years (despite endless quotes from everyone nearly ruining it), Sacha Baron Cohen hasn’t exactly captured the magic of that feature film outing, but he’s not giving up.
The latest comedy from the creator and star of Da Ali G Show is The Brothers Grimsby, a conventional action comedy starring Mark Strong as one of the greatest spies working today, who suddenly finds his career and life in jeopardy when his estranged, screw-up of a brother shows up to reconnect with him. A new Brothers Grimsby red band trailer has just surfaced, taking full advantage of the roster of characters Cohen has played before in order to help audiences get interested in this new one. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Brothers Grimsby, or Grimsby, depending on which side of the Atlantic you call home, certainly sounds amusing enough. Mark Strong is England’s top spy, an unstoppable James Bond type with all of the skills you’d find in a movie action hero. Sacha Baron Cohen is his loser brother, a disgusting soccer hooligan. Naturally, the two of them are thrust together to save the world from a villainous plot of some kind. But in terms of execution… Well, let’s just say that the marketing hasn’t been particularly inspiring.
Sony has released a batch of new clips from the film, as well as a few “red band TV spots” (how is that a thing?), to promote the film’s U.K. release. Hence the Grimsby instead of The Brothers Grimsby. You can check them out below, if that sounds like your kind of thing.
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