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'Mr Robot' Star Rami Malek To Portray Freddie Mercury In Queen Biopic


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American actor Rami Malek has become the latest star to sign up to portray Freddie Mercury in the much-disrupted Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The 35 year old star, who won an Emmy for his role as the troubled hacker Elliot Alderson in ‘Mr. Robot’, is to play the late rock icon in a biopic movie that’s set to be directed by X-Men’s Bryan Singer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Singer himself confirmed the news of his and Malek’s involvement via his own Instagram account on Friday night (November 4th), sharing a photo of the four Queen members’ faces as they appear in the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Review

Excellent

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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'Sacha Baron Cohen Is An A***': Brian May Is Brutally Honest About Comedian's Departure From Freddie Mercury Biopic


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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.

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'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'.

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Brian May Brands Sacha Baron Cohen An 'Arse' Over Freddie Mercury Biopic


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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.

Sacha Baron CohenBrian 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?"

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Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass Trailer


As Alice is once again taken into the magical and mysterious world that she's somehow connected to, Alice finds herself with her friends on the other side of the looking glass. Through Alice doesn't really know why, she's attached to the peculiar world and its inhabitants but her latest visit will put the young girl in grave danger. 

The Red Queen has gained a dangerous new ally who is out to find the young blonde haired girl. As the clock ticks and tocks, the game of kings becomes a whole new reality and Alice must find a way to beat her opponents. 

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is based on the characters from Lewis Carroll's novel and is produced by Tim Burton. The Muppets director James Bobin directs the feature film.  

Sacha Baron Cohen Reveals Why He Left Freddie Mercury Biopic


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Sacha Baron Cohen has finally revealed why he left the planned Freddie Mercury biopic, after working on the project for six years. Appearing on Howard Stern’s radio show, Cohen explained that differences with Mercury’s former bandmates over the direction of the film caused his exit, as the actor had wanted to include the wilder side of the frontman’s life.

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen has spoken out about the Freddie Mercury biopic.

"There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury," Cohen explained. "The guy was wild. He was living an extreme lifestyle There are stories of little people with plates of cocaine on their heads walking around a party."

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Sony Reportedly Anxious Over Donald Trump AIDS Scene In 'Grimsby'


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Cinema-goers who have been to see Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy movie Grimsby – known as The Brothers Grimsby in the States – have been cheering a scene in which presidential hopeful Donald Trump is infected with HIV.

However, a new report citing industry sources indicates that Sony, the studio behind the movie, was extremely nervous about the scene and pushed to have it cut from the final edit. In the event, because Cohen has final authority over the movie (a rare move in the industry for a producer/actor), it remained in the full theatrical release, according to The Huffington Post.

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen with wife Isla Fisher in February 2016

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Grimsby Review

OK

Although it contains some memorably outrageous comedy moments, this movie (retitled The Brothers Grimsby for North America) is such an awkward combination of gross-out humour, violent action and sappy sentimentality that it never becomes a classic. Sacha Baron Cohen creates yet another lively alter ego as lager lout Noddy, although he isn't nearly as fully formed as the indelible Ali G, Borat and Bruno.

Noddy Butcher lives in Grimsby, northeast England, with his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and 9 or maybe 11 kids. His main passions in life are football and beer, then he learns that his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong) is alive and working as a super-spy. So Noddy heads to London and crashes Sebastian's latest mission, protecting a model-turned-philanthropist (Penelope Cruz). In the havoc, the brothers end up on the run trying to both clear their names and prevent an impending terror attack. This takes them to South Africa and Chile, as they're pursued by both a villainous thug (Scott Adkins) and a ruthless assassin (Sam Hazeldine) hired by Sebastian's boss (Ian McShane). Along the way, they're assisted by Sebastian's love-lorn colleague (Isla Fisher), locals (including Gabourey Sidibe and Barkhad Abdi) and the gang from Nobby's hometown pub.

The script merrily pushes the boundaries of taste, often with riotous vulgarity. Some of this is so jaw-dropping that it's funny (an unforgettable scene involving a herd of elephants), while other jokes are harder to take (a running gag about HIV infection). Most of the humour centres squarely on male genitalia and anal insertion, which gives the film an oddly homophobic undercurrent that will only amuse the drunken yobs in the audience. More interesting is the wildly astute pastiche of Britain's perceived benefits fraud subculture. But director Louis Leterrier (The Transporter) seems uninterested in this, instead focussing on intensely brutal action, which results in an unusually high body count for a comedy.

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Residents Of Grimsby Reveal Fears For Town's Image As Sacha Baron Cohen's Comedy Is Released


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Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie Grimsby finally hits cinemas this week, but many residents and business owners of the Humberside port town are displeased at the portrayal of their home and fear that the film might to damage to its reputation.

Christina Robinson, a shop assistant at Brides & Maids in the town, believes the filmmakers took inspiration from their old premises and reckons that might cause an image problem for the business, she tells local newspaper the Grimsby Telegraph.

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Sacha Baron Cohen - Sacha Baron Cohen attends the Fan Screening of 'Grimsby' at Pathé Arena - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Thursday 18th February 2016

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Sacha Baron Cohen - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at Royal Opera House - Press Room at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Sacha Baron Cohen Jokes About 'Best White Actress' Award At BAFTAs


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When it comes to racial inequality in the film industry, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen wasn't afraid to put his point across as he arrived at the 69th BAFTA awards at the weekend. With the Academy Awards still causing a lively diversity debate, he insists that the problem goes much deeper than the Oscars.

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Cohen was at the BAFTAs to present the award for Best Leading Actress, and he acknowledged that the British award ceremony was also at risk of being condemned for its under-representation of black actors, actresses and filmmakers. 'I'm here to give the award for the best white actress', he joked to reporters on the red carpet, according to the Guardian. 'I hear many Caucasians were nominated.'

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Sacha Baron Cohen , Isla Fisher - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at Royal Opera House - Arrivals at Covent Garden, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th February 2016

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Sacha Baron Cohen , Isla Fisher - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Sacha Baron Cohen , Isla Fisher - EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2016 - Arrivals at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Isla Fisher , Sacha Baron Cohen - The Charles Finch & Chanel Pre-BAFTAS Dinner at Annabel's - Outside Arrivals at BAFTAS - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th February 2016

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Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
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Sacha Baron Cohen Revives 'Borat' To Mock Donald Trump


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It’s been nearly a decade since British actor and satirist Sacha Baron Cohen retired arguably his most famous comic creation ‘Borat’, following the hit movie of the same name for which he won a Golden Globe in 2007.

However, Cohen briefly revived the Kazakh journalist for an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on Wednesday night (December 9th), in which he poked fun at Donald Trump and introduced the world to a new character with a trailer for upcoming spy comedy movie The Brothers Grimsby.

BoratSacha Baron Cohen brought back 'Borat' for one night only, in order to mock Donald Trump

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center, Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher - 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong - Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong film a scene for the movie Grimsby in Essex - Essex, United Kingdom - Thursday 10th July 2014

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong - Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong spotted filming 'Grimsby' in Essex - Purfleet, United Kingdom - Thursday 10th July 2014

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Sacha Baron Cohen - Sacha Baron Cohan filming scenes for his upcoming movie 'Grimsby' on location in Greenwich - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd July 2014

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Sacha Baron Cohen Adds To 'Grimsby' Cast With McShane, Harewood, Sidibe And Vegas


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Sacha Baron Cohen’s spoof spy comedy, ‘Grimsby’, is beginning to take shape. According to the Hollywood Reporter, actor Ian McShane (Hercules) David Harewood (Homeland), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) and English comedian Johnny Vegas have all been added.

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen's new comedy has a stellar cast behind it

Produced by Baron Cohen and Nira Park, and executive produced by Louise Rosner, Todd Schulman, Johnston, Baynham, James Biddle, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan,Ant Hines and Adam McKay, the story focuses on a British black-ops spy (Mark Strong), who, forced to go on the run, teams up with his hapless brother, an English football hooligan (Baron Cohen).

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Tonight Matthew, I'm Going To Be Freddy Mercury - Ben Whishaw


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Remember Stars in Their Eyes? That was good wasn’t it, and while it may have provided an incredibly cheap platform on which to build this story – surrounding Ben Whishaw’s upcoming turn as Freddie Mercury in a biopic of the mercurial singer – we maintain its validity and quality. But that’s enough nostalgia now; it’s time to step back into 2013.

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Whishaw has replaced Sacha Baron Cohen - reports the BBC -  who pulled out of playing the late Queen star because of creative differences with the band. He wanted to portray every facet of Mercury’s life included the more debauched and unsavoury times, as well as the creative entertainment powerhouse that he was. The remaining Queen members on board, though, wanted a family friendly exposition of his life, and ties were cut.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Threatens Family Of Old Lady He Chucked Off Stage [Video]


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Of all Sacha Baron Cohen's outrageous and cringe-worthy stunts that he's pulled off over the years, his Britannia Awards prank has caused a great deal more analysis and disbelief than any other. Sacha was introduced to the awards show stage to be honoured for his contribution to comedy by actress Salma Hayek and an old, wheelchair-bound lady who was introduced as Grace Collington, a former child star who worked with Charlie Chaplin.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Momentarily Appeared To Have Killed An Old Lady.

Grace offered the Borat actor Chaplin's iconic cane, saying "This is from City Lights." The audience "aww'd" and Sacha began to tap dance with it, emulating the legendary 20th century performer. Cohen then leant his full body weight of the cane which snapped sending the actor careering into Grace's wheelchair and throwing her off the stage into the audience below with a scream.

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George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen Among Most Colorful Honorees At BAFTA LA Britannia Awards


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Last night’s BAFTA LA Britannia awards were definitely George Clooney’s time to shine. Except for the prank that actor Sacha Baron Cohen couldn’t help himself from pulling, that is. Clooney and Baron Cohen were both honored alongside a handful of other stars – including Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kathryn Bigelow and Idris Elba - for various achievements in film, USA Today reports.

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Sacha Baron Cohen accepted the award with grace and... no, not really, but it was pretty funny.

But on to Cohen’s rather startling prank. When the actor went on stage to be presented with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, things got very out of hand very quickly. As Baron Cohen accepted the award – a Chaplin-esque cane e from an elderly woman in a wheelchair, introduced as the oldest living actor to have worked with Chaplin himself. In the spirit of the award, the actor did a clumsy little tap dance, during which he tripped, and sent the woman flying to the shock of the attendees. If you’re curious to see the moment, Tune in to the show tonight on BBC America at 9 p.m. ET to see how she fared (she survived, folks, its all good).

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Salma Hayek, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher - 2013 BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th November 2013

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher - 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th November 2013

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Most Ridiculous Celebrity Halloween Costumes 2013: Paris Hilton, Kelly Brook, Tim Allen [Pictures]


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It's that time of year again guys. We compile a list of the most bizarre celebrity Halloween costumes of 2013. We're not choosing the best costumes here - oh no - we're choosing the most ridiculous. Sort of the worst, but the best worst ones. You get the picture.

We anticipated that Breaking Bad Halloween costumes would be huge this year and so we've been disappointed with the celebrity effort on that front. Where are all the Jesse Pinkmans, the Walter Whites and the Gus Frings? Maybe they'll emerge later in the week but at the minute we're getting an influx of Miley Cyrus costumes, something we're not happy about at all.

We start with the frankly bizarre Paris Hilton, who still appears to be living life as a sweet sixteen birthday girl. She's 32. This year, she spent $5,000 on several ensembles for the annual Halloween party at the Playboy mansion on Saturday (October 26, 2013). Amongst them was the teddy bear outfit Miley Cyrus twerked in at the MTV Video Music Awards. She also put together a little Katy Perry 'Roar' jungle outfit. 

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher - Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisherseen arriving at a pre Halloween Fancy dress party at the home of Kate Hudson. - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Sunday 27th October 2013

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher

Daniel Radcliffe A No-Go For Freddy Mercury Role, But Why?


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Since Sacha Baron-Cohen dropped out of the Freddy Mercury biopic, a few names have been touted for his return.

Johnny Depp was even mentioned following his high-profile flop as Tonto in Lone Ranger, and so was Daniel Radcliffe, who has moved to quash the rumours.

He told Empire magazine: "There’s no truth to it at all. It’s one of those very, very funny things: it came out of a story in the Daily Star and then you see newspapers like The Guardian using The Star as their source, and it grows and grows until it's 'Daniel Radcliffe playing Freddie Mercury!', which I was never going to do."

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Daniel Radcliffe Rumoured Freddie Mercury Replacement After Sacha Baron Cohen Steps Out


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Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury: it was almost too perfect. The looks, the singing ability, the eccentricity, the confidence; the planned Queen biopic was bound to be a hit. However, then Baron Cohen shocked by stepping away from the movie, and leaving the iconic role open. The 41 year-old comedian pulled out of the movie a few months ago due to "creative differences."

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Daniel Radcliffe Rumoured To Play Freddie Mercury.

According to Deadline, the band who wanted a more PG-ready film whilst Baron Cohen pushed for a grittier tell-all R-rated version that would take a deeper look at the talented singer's life both on and off the stage. A compromise could not be reach and Sacha threw in the towel.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Too Much Of A Joke For Freddy Mercury Biopic - A Huge Mistake?


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So, it was creative differences all along. The remaining band members - Roger Taylor and Bryan May – have revealed exactly why Sacha Baron Cohen was forced out of the Freddie Mercury biopic, but have they made a huge mistake?

"We felt Sacha probably wasn't right. We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved," Taylor explained in an interview with Mojo. "I thought the music business was slow, but this has been like swimming in treacle," the drummer added.

Of course, Baron Cohen is famous for his comedy roles, but the bravery in which he approached Borat – a film for which he was nominated for multiple awards – served to show his range as an actor. It would seem as though he’s still waiting for the dramatic role to define his career; May and Taylor could have passed up a juggernaut.

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Alright, That's Enough - I Need A Break, Says Daniel Radcliffe


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Since he burst onto the scene as a wee magician all those years ago, Daniel Radcliffe has become a global star. Eight Harry Potter films secured him a lifetime of wealth and fame, but the 24-year-old Fulham-born actor hasn’t stopped working since, so maybe it’s time for a break.

“I do need a break – doing Cripple was amazing but the last month was slightly exhausting,” he told The Daily Star. “I’ve got three weeks off in October and I’m going to bum around New York and see some shows. I need to get some proper downtime.”

Sounds great, doesn’t it, some time in New York to see some shows, eat great burgers and quaff premium grade sodas. And he deserves it after playing The Cripple Of Inishmaan in London’s West End. But his brief haitus could be halted by a new job: replacing Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury.

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Sacha Baron Cohen - Celebrities arrive at Nice airport ahead of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - Nice, France - Tuesday 14th May 2013

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Egypt Film Director's Sundance Camel Stunt Falls Flat


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Jason Andreozzi’s movie, about Egypt during the Arab Spring, didn’t make into this year’s Sundance Festival. That didn’t stop the director trying to grab the industry’s attention though. On Friday afternoon, police in Utah, where the iconic film festival is held, cited Andreozzi for riding a camel down Main Street. Yes. A camel. And yes, down Main Street, one of the busiest places in Utah right now.

According to Associated Press, the police objected to Andreozzi’s bizarre form of transport and cited him for his actions. We’re not sure if there’s a specific law about riding a camel in Utah, but he got warned, anyway. They also warned him about distributing flyers, too, though the filmmaker insists that he wasn’t handing out any flyers. He chose to ride a camel through the city because, of course, many people instantly associate the animal with Egypt. Whether or not his film will get any recognition from the stunt remains to be seen but so far it’s certainly one of the stranger stories to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Perhaps Andreozzi was inspired by Sacha Baron Cohen’s stunt at Cannes last year. The star of The Dictator arrived at the French film festival, also on a camel and dressed as General Aladeen – his character from the movie. If we’re giving out marks for publicity stunt expertise, however, this one’s got to go to Cohen, we’re afraid. 

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Amanda Seyfried; Sacha Baron Cohen; Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne NBC Universal's 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards After Party - Arrivals Featuring: Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 13 Jan 2013

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Helena Bonham Carter; Sacha Baron Cohen; Amanda Seyfried; Eddie Redmayne; Anne Hathaway; and Hugh Jackman 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Press Room Featuring: Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Anne Hathaway, and Hugh Jackman Where: Beverly Hills, CA, United States When: 13 Jan 2013

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Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Beverly Hilton Hotel

Video - Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman And Others At 'Les Miserables' NY Premiere


Triumphant Return To British Comedy Awards For Sacha Baron Cohen


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Sacha Baron Cohen was one of the stars at last night’s British Comedy Awards, winning the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Back in 1999, he won the Best Male Comedy Newcomer award at the very same awards event. In those 13 years, he has made himself not just a household name in Britain, but a global star as well, with movies such as Borat and The Dictator.

In the UK of course, he made his name as Ali G and he was dressed as the iconic character when he collected his accolade, joking about his gold tracksuit: “lot has changed in ten years, times are tough. I've even had to start getting my tracksuits from second hand clothes shops.” He then turned round to reveal the word ‘Savile’ on the back, in reference to the disgraced former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Ziegfeld Theatre Monday 10th December 2012 'Les Miserables' New York Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre - Arrivals

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Ziegfeld Theatre

Pictures: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman And Les Miserables Stars Turn Out In Force For London Premiere


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Cast Of Les Miserables at London Premiere

The entire cast of Les Miserables in Leicester Square, London

Given that all it needed was for the bulk of the cast to turn up to make it a truly star-studded premiere, it was no surprise that the London opening of the Tom Hooper directed Les Miserables had a turn out that could be match by almost no other. With the likes of Gillian Anderson, Ellie Goulding, Steven Fry and Idris Elba looking on, the center stage was undoubtedly taken by stars of the movie Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter.

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Isla Fisher, Sasha Baron Cohen and Empire Leicester Square - Isla Fisher and Sasha Baron Cohen Wednesday 5th December 2012 World Premiere of 'Les Miserables' held at the Odeon & Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals

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Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher and Empire Leicester Square
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Isla Fisher and Empire Leicester Square

Isla Fisher, Sacha Baron Cohen and Empire Leicester Square - Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen Wednesday 5th December 2012 World Premiere of 'Les Miserables' held at the Odeon & Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals

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Sacha Baron Cohen Thursday 29th November 2012 seen arriving at LAX international airport after catching a flight from the UK.He uses his coat to cover up from the photographers.

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Freddie Mercury Movie Set For 2014 Release


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Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury in a movie set for release in 2014, according to Queen guitarist Brian May. Filming on the biopic is set to begin in the Spring of next year.

After a 'band meeting', May told fans on his official website, "The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule - filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie." According to Cinema Blend, High Fidelity director Stephen Fears is the frontrunner to helm the movie, though May failed to mention him in his latest post. Comedic actor Cohen - the man behind Borat, Bruno and The Dictator - is certainly a solid choice for the role of Mercury. The actor proved in Tim Burton's 'Sweeney Todd' that he can hold a tune, and has plenty of on-screen presence (he'll need every bit of that to portray the Queen frontman.)


Mercury was the subject of the BBC documentary' The Great Pretender' on Tuesday evening (October 16, 2012). You can read our review of the programme HERE.


Les Miserables Trailer


Jean Valjean was imprisoned in France's Toulin prison for over a decade after stealing a loaf of bread and making several escape attempts. After being paroled, Jean (known as Prisoner 24601) finds himself re-offending and therefore on the run from the uncompromising police inspector Javert who is thoroughly determined to get him back behind bars no matter what. Changing his identity, Jean finds himself at the heart of a revolution known as the June Rebellion in 1832 Paris. Jean eventually becomes a town mayor, while still evading capture, and meets the impoverished Fantine who struggles to care for her illegitimate daughter Cosette. Jean agrees become the child's guardian and brings her up.

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The Dictator Review


Very Good
This may look like a wildly irreverent satire about a North African despot, but it doesn't take long to realise that the filmmakers' target is somewhere else.

And the biting script never pulls its punches, leaping us laughing at the audacity while making a serious point.

Aladeen (Baron Cohen) is the pampered dictator of Wadiya, who travels to New York to tell the UN to stop nosing around his nuclear "energy" plants. But his Uncle Tamir (Kingsley) is plotting to kill him and replace him with a double who will sign a democratic constitution essentially selling the country to oil companies. Aladeen manages to escape, but no one recognises him cleanly shaven, so he teams up with health-food activist Zoey (Faris) and a countryman (Mantzoukas) to get his country back.

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Video - Sacha Baron Cohen Appears Shy When Arriving For David Letterman


Controversial actor Sacha Baron Cohen looks surprisingly shy without his infamous alter-egos as he arrives at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. He waves to photographers but doesn't linger too long for photos and allows fans to take pictures with him.

BAFTA winning Sacha usually appears in public as one of his comic (and usually provocative) aliases including Ali G, Borat, Bruno and, more recently, The Dictator. His newest character has proved to be just as cringingly controversial as his previous, having claimed that he was the killer of rap icon Tupac Shakur; and that's just one of a string of stories regarding the controversial nature of General Aladeen

Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival poses on the Croisette during the 65th Cannes Film Festival dressed as Admiral General The Dictator Wednesday 16th May 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival

Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival Wednesday 16th May 2012 arriving at Le Grand Journal TV Show during the 65th Cannes Film Festival

Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival

Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival Wednesday 16th May 2012 th Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival
Sacha Baron Cohen and Cannes Film Festival

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Trailer


After escaping to Africa from Madagascar, Alex the lion; Gloria the hippo; Melman the giraffe and Marty the zebra decide it's time to head back to New York once and for all. Unfortunately, they have to rely on the penguins - Skipper; Kowalski; Rico and Private - and the two chimpanzees, Mason and Phil and their combined mechanical knowledge, to get them back home. Nothing can go wrong this time, though, can it?

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The Dictator Trailer


General Aladeen is the ruler of a country called Wadiya. However, he is not a fair ruler, he is a dictator and his reign over Wadiya becomes cause for concern for the United Nations, who holds a meeting to discuss the future of the country. General Aladeen is told to attend, so he travels to America, determined not to introduce democracy into his country. While in America, he also wanders around in New York and ends up in bed with a shocked Megan Fox.

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Hugo Review


Excellent

Based on the Brian Selznick novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Scorsese's first family movie combines a young boy's adventure with a cinematic history lesson. It's a celebration of wide-eyed wonder that's a joy to watch, although the title isn't the only thing that's dumbed-down.

In early 1930s Paris, the orphaned Hugo (Butterfield) lives in Montparnasse station, where he scurries through forgotten passageways maintaining the clocks. He learned this skill from his late father (Law), but an automaton they were fixing is his only reminder of his happier childhood. Dodging the tenacious station inspector (Baron Cohen), Hugo worms his way into the life of grouchy shopkeeper Georges (Kingsley), and has a series of adventures with his goddaughter Isabelle (Moretz). When they learn that Georges is forgotten pioneer filmmaker Georges Melies, they decide to help bring him back to life.

Scorsese tells this story with bravura moviemaking trickery, from whooshing tracking shots to wonderfully inventive uses of 3D. He also peppers the screen with witty references to film history from Modern Times to Vertigo, clips from early cinema and flashbacks to the Lumiere brothers' exhibition and Melies' busy studio. Meanwhile, the main plot unfolds with a warmly inviting glow, sharply telling details and a colourful cast of memorable side characters.
Intriguingly, everyone is a bit opaque; like the automaton, the gears turn but we never really understand them.

Butterfield's Hugo may be consumed by an inner yearning, but he's always on guard, providing a watchful pair of eyes through which we see the drama, romance and slapstick of the station. And it's in these details that Scorsese and his cast draw us in. Standouts are Baron Cohen, who adds layers of comedy and pathos to every scene, and McCrory (as Mrs Melies), with her barely suppressed enthusiasm. As usual, Kingsley never lets his guard down: he invests this broken man with a bit too much dignity.

As the film progresses, the passion for the movies is infectious. Scorsese's gorgeous visual approach and writer Logan's controlled cleverness never overwhelm the human story. And even if Melies' life and Paris' geography are adjusted for no real reason, the film's warm drama and delightful imagery really get under the skin, making us fall in love with the movies all over again.

Hugo Trailer


Hugo is a twelve year old boy who lives in Paris and loves mysteries. One day, in 1930, his father presents him with a wind up figure. His father tells him it's a music box that a magician probably built. The only thing missing is the key used to wind up the music box. The keyhole is in the shape of a heart. Hugo and his father want to find the heart shaped key - whose whereabouts is a mystery - so they can make their music box work.

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Bruno Review


Excellent
Sacha Baron Cohen brings a third alter ego (after Ali G and Borat) to the big screen with this often painfully funny comedy. This time only a few scenes are strictly documentary, and the best bits are when he tackles serious issues in provocative-amusing ways.

After a fashion-show disaster, Austrian TV host Bruno (Baron Cohen) is fired from his show Funkyzeit. So he decides to become a big star in America instead. He tries just about everything, from working as an extra in Medium to testing his own pilot series. Next he adopts a celebrity cause (peace in the Middle East), tries to get TV coverage as a terrorist kidnapee, adopts an African baby and then visits a gay converter so he can become a straight star like his heroes Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kevin Spacey.

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Review


Weak
To a film critic, the mainstream is like a ravenous shark with a defective hypothalamus. As long as Hollywood seeds the entertainment waters with chum, the masses will feed and feed until their dead, lifeless eyes roll back in their head. Examples of this baffling binge and purge are released every year -- inexplicable, unexplainable crowd-pleasers like Wild Hogs, Norbit, and Night at the Museum. Now comes Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, the even louder, more obnoxious sequel to Dreamworks' loud, obnoxious CG original. This is a film about more: More already dated pop culture references, more digitally-rendered eye candy, more abject pandering to a seemingly easy-to-satisfy demographic.

After being stranded on the tiny, titular African island, our four heroes -- egomaniacal lion Alex (Ben Stiller), hypochondriac giraffe Melmen (David Schwimmer), smart alecky zebra Marty (Chris Rock), and lovelorn hippo Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) -- are finally headed home. On a junk airplane refurbished by those pesky penguins, self-proclaimed King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen), along with his right-hand advisor Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer) will take the quartet back to New York. Of course, things don't go as planned, and everyone ends up in the middle of a wildlife preserve in Africa. There, Alex meets up with his dad (Bernie Mac), mom (Sherrie Shepherd), and conniving Uncle Makunga (Alec Baldwin). When the fun-loving feline fails at the tribe's right of passage, however, it's clear these big city critters need to get back to Manhattan, and fast.

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Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Trailer


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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Review


Very Good
Quite possibly the strangest holiday release since Miramax rolled out its bloodsucking Dracula update in December 2000, Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street reproduces Stephen Sondheim's moody musical as a theatrically macabre vengeance play that gleefully soaks its numbers in gallons of gooey, red stage blood. It's a mesmerizing mess of a film that alternates its high notes with blatant missteps. Yet for all its unmistakable faults, it casts such a complete spell that I'm chomping at the bit to see it again (and again).

Where other studios might have demanded proven singers for the parts, Paramount (bravely?) permits Burton to practice extreme nepotism. The director recruits his better half, Johnny Depp, for the title role of a wrongfully jailed barber who seeks vengeance against a covetous judge (Alan Rickman) and his troll-like lackey (Timothy Spall). As for the role of Mrs. Lovett, it goes to Burton's wife, Helena Bonham Carter. A meat-pie maker, Lovett helps dispose of Sweeney's human victims by turning them into delectable delicacies.

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Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan Review


Extraordinary
Kazakhstan has a pretty sunny disposition for what is, ostensibly, a hellhole. In the middle of this dirt patch between Russia and China lies, a man toils to make his life better. He makes his living as a television reporter for Kazakhstan TV and his sister is the fourth most popular prostitute in the country. His name is Borat Sagdiyev, he has a moustache reserved for used car dealers, and he's just landed on American shores.

Dreamt up by Sacha Baron Cohen on some lucid night, Borat is a creation of surreptitious glee. An anti-Semite to the nth degree, he badmouths the "nitwit" enemy nation of Uzbekistan, calls his pain-in-the-ass neighbor a girl for having an iPod mini instead of an iPod, and likes to make "sexy time" with his mother-in-law. This is just in Kazakhstan; America is chock full of more dangerous, giddy propositions.

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Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan Review


Extraordinary
Kazakhstan has a pretty sunny disposition for what is, ostensibly, a hellhole. In the middle of this dirt patch between Russia and China lies, a man toils to make his life better. He makes his living as a television reporter for Kazakhstan TV and his sister is the fourth most popular prostitute in the country. His name is Borat Sagdiyev, he has a moustache reserved for used car dealers, and he's just landed on American shores.

Dreamt up by Sacha Baron Cohen on some lucid night, Borat is a creation of surreptitious glee. An anti-Semite to the nth degree, he badmouths the "nitwit" enemy nation of Uzbekistan, calls his pain-in-the-ass neighbor a girl for having an iPod mini instead of an iPod, and likes to make "sexy time" with his mother-in-law. This is just in Kazakhstan; America is chock full of more dangerous, giddy propositions.

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby Review


Very Good
America, meet your newest folk hero. His name is Ricky Bobby, and unlike his more humble legendary predecessors like Davy Crockett and such, this dim-but-daring NASCAR driver was born to win. He's a brand new kind of champion for the "shock-and-awe" America, living his life by one motto: "If you're not first, you're last."And whether you're a member of the NASCAR Nation or dead on the other side of the fence with the rest of us urban-intellectual elitists, you'll find Ricky Bobby and Talladega Nights funny and entertaining. It skirts the line between parody and homage so well that you will hardly be able to tell whether Will Ferrell and his Anchorman collaborator Adam McKay are poking fun at or celebrating NASCAR culture.The story follows Ricky (Ferrell) from his childhood, in which his deadbeat racecar driver dad (Gary Cole) instilled in him that lifetime motto, to his redneck adulthood, where - with the help of loyal pal Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly) - he climbs the NASCAR ranks to become the best racer in the land. He's got it all: the "smoking hot" wife (Leslie Bibb), his sons Walker and Texas Ranger, product endorsements galore (lampooned a little uncomfortably with many product placements), and the love of fans everywhere.But it all comes crashing down when gay French driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen of Ali G fame) comes on the scene, stealing his days of thunder. When Ricky tries to take him on in a big race, they both wreck spectacularly, putting Ricky in the hospital and into a career tailspin. In order to get his groove back, he heads home and rediscovers his original sensei, dad Reese Bobby. And so begins the long road back, which is hilariously strewn with cougars, blindfolds, and Lucky Charms (you'll see).The biggest question for most fans is, "How funny is Ferrell?" Well, for my money, he's very big on the chuckle quotient, but I wasn't falling out of my chair, as I have with some of his other efforts. It's subjective, of course, but much of the material seems a little tame. Instead, I found that the most ingenious moments came when Ferrell, Reilly, and Cole are just allowed to riff, and they end up with these incredibly wacky, edgier, side-splitting bits. One of my faves involves Reilly's Naughton telling a half-comatose Ricky about his foray into nude male modeling. Priceless.Overall, the gags throughout are funny but sometimes come a little cheap. While I don't think any of our Southern, NASCAR-loving friends will take offense, some of them do cut a little too close to just pointing out how ridiculous white-trash Americans live. But, whatever... everyone seems to love Larry the Cable Guy, right?The bottom line here is that this movie is created to be so likeable and probably tested against the broadest mainstream audience possible that it's going to be a monster hit. If you want your wild and crazy Will Ferrell, look for him elsewhere. But if you just want a few laughs from a movie that you know everyone's going to enjoy, Ricky Bobby's definitely your man.Hey, Macarena!

The Jolly Boys' Last Stand Review


Good
In general it's probably a terrible idea to put the words "jolly boys" in your movie title. But this is a Brit-flick, a Brit-com, as it were, kind of a cross between Four Weddings and a Funeral and Jackass.

And there's something too that. It's awfully British and strange, but The Jolly Boys' Last Stand has something engaging that defies its rather basic premise. And here it is: A group of "lads," (that is, "dudes") find they're getting older and still up to their same drunken antics. But one of their membership, Spider (Andy Serkis) -- aka "El Presidente" -- sees that this isn't really going anywhere, and when he decides to get married and hunker down at work, the rest of the group starts to wonder if their leader isn't going astray. The best man decides to make a congratulations video for Spider, but his real goal is to get him to realize how much fun the life he's leaving behind is.

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The Jolly Boys' Last Stand Review


Good
In general it's probably a terrible idea to put the words "jolly boys" in your movie title. But this is a Brit-flick, a Brit-com, as it were, kind of a cross between Four Weddings and a Funeral and Jackass.

And there's something too that. It's awfully British and strange, but The Jolly Boys' Last Stand has something engaging that defies its rather basic premise. And here it is: A group of "lads," (that is, "dudes") find they're getting older and still up to their same drunken antics. But one of their membership, Spider (Andy Serkis) -- aka "El Presidente" -- sees that this isn't really going anywhere, and when he decides to get married and hunker down at work, the rest of the group starts to wonder if their leader isn't going astray. The best man decides to make a congratulations video for Spider, but his real goal is to get him to realize how much fun the life he's leaving behind is.

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Madagascar Review


Good
It's a testament to how great animated filmmaking has become that Madagascar is just a pretty good movie. If it had been released in 1995, audiences would have been stunned at the animation, the storyline, and the fun celebrity voices. Now, it's been-there-done-that and, "Oh, when is Shrek 3 coming out?" and consistent, legitimate Oscar talk for Pixar.

Of course, there are worst ways to spend your Memorial Day weekend than to share in the adventures of four wild animals at the Central Park Zoo. The zoo's star, Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller), is a headlining lion who loves being the limelight. His best friend, Marty (Chris Rock), a zebra, yearns to go beyond the zoo's walls and return to the wild. At the duo's side is boisterous, level-headed hippo, Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) and hypochondriac giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer).

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Madagascar Review


OK
Somehow, somewhere I lost the notes I took during thepress screening of "Madagascar," and I didn't realize it untilI sat down to write this review some two weeks later. But having spentthe last hour jotting down everything I could recall about the computer-animatedcritter comedy, I've managed to confirmed one thing I do remember thinkingat the time: "Madagascar" is largely forgettable.

A screwball adventure about four animals who escape fromtheir supposedly cushy captivity of the Central Park Zoo and eventuallyend up lost in the wild, "Madagascar" has good energy, fairlysteady chuckles for kids (fart jokes and spit-takes galore), and a fewout-loud laughs for adults, mostly stemming from hilarious homages to moviesfrom "Chariots of Fire" to "AmericanBeauty" to "Planet of the Apes."

But eliciting more than a passing interest in the creaturecharacters and their escapades is another matter. While the animation iscreatively stylized (the animals have blocky toes, spiraled nostrils andamusing flexibility), their personalities have no panache because theirvoices lack verve.

Ben Stiller provides a little ho-hum egoism as pamperedlion Alex, who becomes panicked about coping with life on a tropical islandwhere the foursome crash-lands after falling overboard from a ship takingthem to a Kenya preserve. ChrisRock voices antsy zebra Marty, whose itch toexplore leads the critters into entertaining episodes in Times Square andGrand Central Station before they're captured and put on that ship in thefirst place. David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett-Smith are a hypochondriacgiraffe and a sassy hippo who get more than they bargained for by searchingManhattan for the runway zebra.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Movie Review

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Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass Trailer

As Alice is once again taken into the magical and mysterious world that she's somehow...

Grimsby Movie Review

Grimsby Movie Review

Although it contains some memorably outrageous comedy moments, this movie (retitled The Brothers Grimsby for...

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Grimsby Trailer

Nobby is a good ol' northern lad who loves nothing more than spending time with...

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Alice Through The Looking Glass - Teaser Trailer

Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time...

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Grimsby - Red Band Teaser Trailer

Nobby and Sebastian are long lost brothers who live completely different lives. Sebastian is a...

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer

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Anchorman 2 Trailer

Anchorman 2 Trailer

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