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Sacha Baron Cohen Heads To 'Alice In Wonderland 2,' Daniel Radcliffe Builds 'Brooklyn Bridge' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 22, 2014 10:42 AM
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Since crossing over into the mainstream with 2006’s “Borat,” Sacha Baron Cohen has worked with the likes of Tom Hooper, Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, a feat impressive for any actor, much less a comedic one. Variety reports Baron Cohen is in early talks to re-team with his “Sweeney Todd” co-star Johnny Depp for the slow-brewing “Alice in Wonderland” sequel, “Through the Looking Glass.”

Louis Leterrier To Direct Sacha Baron Cohen Spy Spoof 'Grimsby'; Nanni Moretti & Jerzy Skolimowski Prep New Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 2:06 PM
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After making his name with string of action flicks and fantasy adventures—"Transporter 2," "The Incredible Hulk" and this summer's surprise hit "Now You See Me"—Louis Leterrier is going to try something a little bit different: comedy. The director has signed on to helm Sacha Baron Cohen in the spy spoof "Grimsby."

Dominic Cooper Rumored For Freddie Mercury Biopic, Queen Feared Sacha Baron Cohen Would Be "A Joke"

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 3, 2013 10:15 AM
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The long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic hit a snag this past summer when its lead, Sacha Baron Cohen, dropped out over disagreements with the surviving members of Queen over the direction of the film. Cohen pushed for R-rated and serious take on the frontman while Mercury’s family and bandmates apparently pushed for a PG and more family-friendly angle. Also, it seems that they were worried no one would take Cohen seriously. “We felt Sacha probably wasn’t right in the end. We didn’t want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved,” Queen drummer Roger Taylor told Mojo. Mercury’s estate is still pushing forward with their plans for the biopic, however, and two actors are being rumored to be in the running for music icon.

Sacha Baron Cohen Bails On Freddie Mercury Biopic After Clashing With Queen Over R-Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2013 5:28 PM
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What sounds more rock 'n' roll when it comes to a movie about the magnetic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury: an R-rated drama that portrays the singer from all sides or a PG-rated love in? That seems to be at the crux of Sacha Baron Cohen's decision to exit the long developing biopic.

The Playlist Bares All: 20 Unforgettable Nude Scenes

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 12, 2013 10:51 AM
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20 Unforgettable Nude Scenes
Not to dick around, but we've got nudity on the boob right now. Mind. On the mind. Thing is, with an intriguing article over at EW exploring the death of the movie sex scene and the rise of the New Prudishness, with waves made over Kristen Stewart's nudity and handjobs in "On the Road," and now with this week's "Trance" under fire from some quarters for Rosario Dawson's (some say plot-driven, others say gratuitous) birthday suit scene, we've been thinking about nakedness in film almost as much as Seth McFarlane was when he wrote his already-infamous Oscars opening song, though largely without, we hope, the sniggering misogyny.

Tom Hooper Sought To Direct Sacha Baron Cohen's Freddie Mercury Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2013 10:25 AM
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Speculation continues to grow regarding the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic that Sacha Baron Cohen has been attached to for quite some time. The film, which will follow Queen from their early years to their Live Aid performance in 1985, is set up over at Sony and GK Films and development has been slow to say the least. Though Stephen Frears was thought to be close to helming the project at one point, it looks like the movie could wind up in someone else’s hands instead.

Sacha Baron Cohen Chose 'Les Miserables' Over 'Django Unchained,' Explains What His Small Role Would Have Been

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2013 3:55 PM
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Most actors would kill to have the kind of "Sophie's Choice" decision Sacha Baron Cohen was faced with about a year ago. Way back in the fall of 2011, it was reported that the comic actor had boarded Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." But six months later, the actor had dropped out (one of a handful who came and went -- like Kevin Costner, Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Anthony LaPaglia -- as the film's production grew longer and longer). So, what gives? Well, it looks like a meatier role coupled with a tight deadline forced him out.

Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen Brings Back Ali G for British Comedy Awards

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 13, 2012 9:41 AM
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Swapping endlessly through his gallery of eccentrics and comedic personalities, actor Sacha Baron Cohen has nonetheless been nudged toward a conventional film career, as his exploitative, shock-based humor lacks the anonymity needed for the roles to thrive. However, before that transition is made final, Cohen was given an award for his contributions to comedy, and in doing so he brought back the character that gave him his start.

New Images Of Jean Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, Marius, The Thénardiers & More From 'Les Miserables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 9:17 AM
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We gotta ask...what's going with Éponine? As Universal continues going hard on the marketing campaign for "Les Miserables," Samantha Barks seems conspicuously absent from much of it. Secret weapon or stumbling block? Here's hoping for the former, but unfortunately, she isn't in this latest batch of promo images for the movie, snapped by the legendary Annie Leibovtiz for Vogue.

Sacha Baron Cohen & Helena Bonham Carter Step Out Of A Tim Burton Movie In New 'Les Misérables' Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 9:37 AM
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Thus far, the marketing for Universal's upcoming Oscar hopeful "Les Misérables" has been spot on. Promising epic grandeur, emotional and exquisite production values, all with a top flight cast, excitement has been running high. And then there's this....

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