This much more light-hearted sequel reinvigorates the franchise after Disney's quirky but murky 2010 reboot of Lewis Carroll's classic, which sent the heroine into Underland (not Wonderland) for a dark adventure that spiralled into a Lord of the Rings-scale battle. Thankfully this time the odyssey remains personal, centred on lively characters rather than overwrought plotting. And Alice's time-travelling quest is both pointed and engaging.
After captaining her late father's ship on a global journey, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to 1875 London to bad news: her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has made decisions that take her future out of her hands. As she struggles to respond, she is summoned back to Underland to help her friend Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is emotionally devastated by the fact that his entire family has been killed. So Alice decides to help by confronting Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) and stealing a device that will allow her to travel back to help the younger Hatter. But she also becomes entangled in the early life of the White and Red Queens (Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway), and the feud that grew between them as young sisters. Meanwhile, Time is terrified that Alice is unravelling the fabric of reality.
The emotional nature of Alice's mission adds a surprising layer of suspense to the entire film, while director James Bobin (The Muppets) adds a breezy comical tone to Tim Burton's stunningly visual designs. Some of the more wacky flourishes don't quite work (such as the "sea of time" imagery or Time's hand-powered vehicle), but the film more than makes up for these with wonderful character details. This lets the actors relax into their roles while cranking up the surreal touches. Wasikowska is great as the plucky heroine fighting for her right to control her own life, a strong point that's made without preaching.
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Rebel Wilson used a body double for Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Brothers Grimsby because she has a strict no-nudity policy.
There isn't much the Pitch Perfect star won't do on camera for the sake of comedy, including grossly over-the-top kissing scenes, crazy drunk antics and wearing embarrassing costumes, but she isn't comfortable going nude for a movie and opted for a body double for her recent film Grimsby.
"They wanted full-frontal nudity. We write in the contract, specifically, 'No nudity,'" she told Britain's Marie Claire magazine. "They got in another girl - this larger burlesque dancer from South Africa - to be a nude double. And they got her to do all this stuff."
Her co-star Sacha Baron Cohen, who also co-wrote and produced the comedy, pointed out to Rebel that the double looked good, as if hinting for her to have a go, but she continued to refuse.
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James Bobin wants people to feel sorry for Sacha Baron Cohen in Alice Through the Looking Glass.
The filmmaker directs the British funnyman in the fantasy flick, a sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland. It was new territory for both men as James took over from Tim Burton at the helm and Sacha joined the franchise as Time, who is set on destroying the Underworld which Alice (Mia Wasikowska) previously discovered.
Having worked together on several occasions before this collaboration, James knew he was in for a treat teaming up with Sacha again.
"I’ve worked with him, as you know, for many years," James told Den of Geek. "This is like going back to the last century, we worked together on The Ali G Show and The Eleven O’Clock Show in the 1990s. And one of the things I’m always aware of, with him... he’s very good at playing... like, Borat does some really terrible things, and says some terrible things, but he’s a very likeable person. You really feel for him. And you often feel sorry for him.
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Sacha Baron Cohen , Isla Fisher - Alice Through The Looking Glass European Premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals. at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 10th May 2016
Johnny Depp and Sacha Baron Cohen spent so long improvising a scene in Alice Through the Looking Glass that a camera melted.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star reprises his role as the Mad Hatter in the sequel, in which Mia Wasikowska's Alice travels back in time to learn the truth about Hatter's family in a bid to save him from going insane in the present.
Alice steals a time-travelling device from Time himself, played by Sacha, and on his mission to get his gadget back, he bumps into a past Mad Hatter at his tea party. The acting duo made the most of their only one-on-one scene by enjoying a 30-minute long improvised take that made the studio so hot a camera broke.
Sacha told reporters at the U.K. press conference, "I think we did do one improv take during that that lasted so long and the studio was so hot because it's blue screen, so it's just filled with lights, that I think the camera melted."
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Sacha Baron Cohen is in mourning following the death of his millionaire businessman father.
Gerald Baron Cohen passed away on Tuesday (02May16) at the age of 83. According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, he died following a "short illness" and was surrounded by family at his London home during his final hours.
The Borat star was very close to his father, and often attended Hollywood events with Sacha and his wife, Australian actress Isla Fisher. In recent years, the trio attended the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs together.
Gerald was born in England but raised in Wales, and spent most of his life between both countries. He owned two upscale menswear stores in Wales and had a string of properties in both Cardiff and London.
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Adam Lambert has cleared up reports he and Sam Smith dated.
The American Idol alumnus was linked to British singer Sam after the pair was spotted on a night out in New York in March (16). However Adam explains it was far from the romantic rendezvous the press made it out to be.
“I saw the headlines and wrote him, ‘Oh my god, they think we’re dating!’” he laughed to Britain’s Metro’s newspaper. “To be honest, we’re not that close but the little interaction we’ve had, he’s lovely, such a sweet guy.
“Sam was out with a group of his friends, I was out with a group of mine, and we were all drinking and having a laugh.”
Continue reading: Adam Lambert: 'There's No Romance With Sam Smith'
Bono thinks Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen are the key to fighting extremism.
The U2 frontman spoke during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday (12Apr16), the aim of which was to deal with the "causes and consequences of violent extremism and the role of foreign assistance", to plead for more money to be given to refugees.
During his speech, Bono made the bold suggestion that laughter could be an effective weapon against extremist groups such as the so called Islamic State, and that comedians may be the answer.
"The first people that Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the dadaists and surrealists," he said. "It's like, you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them when they are goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power. So I am suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen, thank you."
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Says Cohen's claims against the content of the film are unfounded.
Brian May is painfully truthful about his opinion of Sacha Baron Cohen after the comedian pulled out of the Freddie Mercury biopic over disagreements about the content of the movie. When Cohen suggested that producers wanted something that was essentially a watered down reality, May wasn't happy.
Sacha Baron Cohen branded an a***
'Grimsby' star Sacha Baron Cohen could well have made the perfect Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic that's currently in the works. However, he decided to walk away from the project once he realised that it wouldn't be as candid as he'd have liked. He opened up about the conflict on The Howard Stern Show, claiming that May was 'not a great movie producer' and only interested to 'protect their legacy as a band'.
Veteran rocker Brian May has attacked Sacha Baron Cohen for telling "untruths" about his exit from the long-gestating Queen biopic.
The Borat funnyman had been set to play flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury in the film he was helping to develop, but he walked away from the project in 2013.
The British actor has since claimed he quit over artistic differences, revealing he clashed with the surviving Queen members over how the movie should depict the more salacious aspects of the late singer's rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
"They wanted to protect their legacy as a band," he said during a candid radio interview on The Howard Stern Show last month (Mar16).
Continue reading: Brian May Slams Sacha Baron Cohen For Queen Biopic Comments
Cohen had been in talks to play Mercury, but left the biopic after disagreements on the film’s direction.
Queen guitarist Brian May has hit out at Sacha Baron Cohen, calling him an ‘arse’ over his recent comments about the planned Freddie Mercury biopic. Last month Cohen had said he left the film because the remaining members of Queen wanted to make a family friendly biopic, while the actor wanted something grittier.
Brian May has called Sacha Baron Cohen an ‘arse’.
“Sacha became an arse,” May told the Mail on Sunday. “We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas but he went off and told untruths about what happened. Why would he go away and say that we didn’t want to make a gritty film?"
Continue reading: Brian May Brands Sacha Baron Cohen An 'Arse' Over Freddie Mercury Biopic
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