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Sacha Baron Cohen Will Become ‘Mandrake the Magician’

by Matt Singer June 8, 2016 @ 8:37 AM
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Some funny timing: Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the release of The Phantom, the adaptation of the old comic strip hero created by Lee Falk. Falk was a prodigious talent who also worked as a theater director and novelist; as a comic-strip creator he also founded the long-running strip Mandrake the Magician, about a guy who used his magic powers (like hypnosis, invisibility, levitation) to fight crime. Created in 1934, Mandrake is sometimes billed as the first superhero. (He arrived about four years before Superman’s debut in Action Comics #1.) And 20 years after The Phantom movie, Mandrake will follow his colleague to the screen.

‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Trailer: Alice Battles Time, Literally

by Britt Hayes March 29, 2016 @ 8:26 PM
Alice Through the Looking Glass is one of the more curious sequel developments in recent years. Tim Burton’s CGI / live-action Wonderland hybrid (okay, the scales were definitely tipped in CGI’s favor) did fairly well at the box office, but we can thank international audiences for its real success…and for this sequel, which has a brand new trailer filled with wacky characters and lots of cute wordplay involving “time.”

Report: ‘The Brothers Grimsby’ Has Sony Execs Upset Over Donald Trump AIDS Scene

by Britt Hayes March 3, 2016 @ 6:14 PM
There was a considerable period of time when a new Sacha Baron Cohen movie was a highly-anticipated event, and yet we haven’t seen much marketing for his upcoming spy comedy The Brothers Grimsby. Granted, Cohen hasn’t been very active since The Dictator, and you wouldn’t be wrong for assuming that his waning popularity might have something to do with Sony’s lackluster marketing push — the underwhelming trailers don’t help, either. But a new report suggests that there might be another reason that general audiences aren’t very aware of The Brothers Grimsby, and that reason might be Donald Trump.

The New ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Trailer Gets Super Trippy

by Charles Bramesco February 16, 2016 @ 9:43 AM
Psychedelic rock icons Jefferson Airplane brought their acid-laced San Francisco sound to national prominence on the strength of such trippy singles as “Somebody to Love” and “Embryonic Journey” during counterculture’s...

Time Is of the Essence in the ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Trailer

by Charles Bramesco November 5, 2015 @ 8:34 AM
Yes, the first substantial look into the 2010 smash’s sequel is here, five long years later and not a moment too soon. Starting with Alan Rickman’s purred opening line, “You’ve been gone too long, Alice,” a possible nod to the unusually long gap separating installments of the franchise, time is the name of the game.

Action, Sex Noises Abound in Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘The Brothers Grimsby’ Trailer

by Charles Bramesco October 30, 2015 @ 10:37 AM
It’s been a while since the pop-cultural mainstream heard from prankish funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen. The humorist known for oafish, deviously irritating characters like Borat, Ali G, and Bruno has been pretty...

Amazon 2015 Pilots Include Shane Black Western, Louis C.K. / Tig Notaro Comedy

by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 23, 2015 @ 10:17 AM
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Amazon original series have been picking up steam over the last year or so, between Emmy and Golden Globe wins for Transparent, and more high-concept launches like The Man in the High Castle, so who’s ready for 2015? Even more talent populates the next crop of Amazon pilots to choose from, including Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, Sacha Baron Cohen, and a can’t-miss comedy from Tig Notaro, Louis C.K. and Diablo Cody.

Sacha Baron Cohen Back on the Freddie Mercury Biopic, Now With Total Creative Control

by Britt Hayes March 28, 2015 @ 12:27 PM
A biopic based on the life of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been in the works for years, with Sacha Baron Cohen previously attached to star before he was forced off the project by surviving band members who disagreed with his vision. Since then, the project has fumbled, with various actors and directors rumored for the biopic, which has made negligible progress since Cohen’s departure. Now it appears that the surviving bandmates have had a change of heart, pulling Cohen back onto the project, this time granting him complete control.