Residents of British port town Grimsby have taken aim at comedian Sacha Baron Cohen over his depiction of the place as a run-down, garbage-strewn wasteland in his new spy caper, also called Grimsby.
Early footage from the film, which is currently being shot just outside London, has upset Grimsby locals because it appears the Borat star is keen to play down the town as a dump populated by drunks.
Photos from the set appear to show characters urinating out of windows, drunks passed out on benches and mothers offering cans of beer to children on the street, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
One local tells local newspaper The Grimsby Telegraph, "I've lived here all my life. It's an up-and-coming area, and I'm not pleased that this is the way the world will get their first and maybe only look at Grimsby."
The film features Baron Cohen, his wife Isla Fisher, Gabourey Sidibe, Penelope Cruz, Rebel Wilson and Mark Strong. Grimsby will hit cinemas next year (15).
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Australian actress Rebel Wilson struggled to complete her TV show Super Fun Night because her father died early into production. The Bridesmaids star landed her own U.S. TV series last year (13) that she created, wrote, produced and starred in, and she has now revealed she battled personal heartbreak while trying to finish the project. Wilson tearfully tells Australia's Hit magazine, "What a lot of people maybe didn't know was that my father passed away in the second week of production of the show." The comedy received mixed reviews and was cancelled after one series due to dwindling ratings, and the rocky experience has put the actress off TV projects. She adds, "I think my style of comedy is very Australian but it has American influences and British influences as well. Perhaps my tone was a little (off) to some of the American audiences. Some people are like 'Would you try again?' but I think I will stick with movies for the time being. I think the pace of that is much better for me going forward as a writer. It's insane to write and perform and do seven pages of TV comedy a day."
Celebrities including Eva Longoria, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Milian celebrated America's Independence Day on Friday (04Jul14) by posting snaps online of their beach and pool parties. Former Desperate Housewives star Longoria uploaded an image to Twitter.com while sunning herself on the sand, and Gellar shared a snap of herself playing in the ocean with her daughter, adding, "Hope everyone's holiday is as relaxing and as full of love as mine."
Singer Milian, who split from fiance Jas Prince in June (14), posted a picture of herself in a revealing cut-out bikini and wrote, "Have a great weekend! 4th of July was by far the best I've had in years."
Also attending socialite Paris Hilton's beach party in Malibu, California was actor Ryan Phillippe and Wiz Khalifa's wife Amber Rose.
Justin Bieber and Ashley Tisdale both relaxed on luxury yachts, while Taylor Swift had a pool party. She posted a video of her and TV star Jaime King diving into the water on inflatable animals. They later baked a cake and decorated it with the American flag.
Fireworks were a hot talking point on Twitter.com. TV stars including Lena Dunham and Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale uploaded pictures of themselves playing with sparklers, while Chloe Grace Moretz shared a video on Instagram.com of her setting off a rocket on the corner of a street.
However, Rebel Wilson suffered a minor injury during her celebrations, writing, "Only burnt 1 t*t with our illegal fireworks display."
As the summer reaches its peak and the Fourth of July swiftly approaches, it's time to look back on the six months of 2014 that have passed in order to evaluate where we stand in terms of pop culture. But while most lists and articles choose to only focus on the best, most exciting, and most memorable moments that have occured in television and movies so far this year, we feel this retrospective wouldn't be complete without a look back on all of the worst that Hollywood has offered us in 2014. From unfunny, offensive premieres to movies that are held together by crude jokes and slow-motion sword fights to the once great shows that have seen a dramatic decline in quality, there's plenty to repress about the year in entertainment. Allow us to refresh your memory...
Dads Nobody had high expectations for Dads. It was a live-action Seth MacFarlane comedy about two immature best friends whose fathers move back in with them. It was probably never going to be a great sitcom. And yet, nobody expected just how terrible Dads actually turned out to be, an unfunny combinations of racism, misogyny and the way it turned two great character actors (Martin Mull and Peter Reigert) into walking fart jokes. Thankfully, Fox decided to put everyone out of their misery by cancelling the show in May, even though everyone blocked it from their minds well before that.
The Other Woman The Other Woman had everything it needed to be a success: two talented, likeable comedias in Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz, a well-worn dramatic trope at the center of its plot, an attractive leading men, Nicki Minaj, and an early summer release date that ensured it wasn’t competing with any major blockbusters. Unfortunately, it also had a terrible, unfunny, insultingly stupid script that managed to somehow tell a story about women who bond over their cheating significant other in the most misogynistic fashion imaginable. Truly, The Other Woman did the impossible.
Sherlock, Season 3 For a while, it seemed as if the BBC’s modern adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories could do no wrong. They were smart, well-written, well-acted, and well-directed; more like mini-movies than a television series. But then the third season premiered, and instead of the sharply crafted mystery we had come to expect, we got a pandering, oddly-paced, awkwardly-written show that shunted the cases to the side in favor of plotholes and fangirl fodder. The fact that we had to wait three years for Sherlock to make such a disappointing return only compounded all of our issues into a giant letdown of a season.
Super Fun Night After her breakout roles in Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, America wanted nothing more than to spend more time with Rebel Wilson. Unfortunately, they changed their minds once her TV show, Super Fun Night, premiered. Everything that they loved about Wilson – the accent, the confidence, the charm, the wit, the jokes, the sweetness – was gone, and in its place was an painfully awkward, unfunny show with a painfully awkward, unlikable protagonist with an American accent. Luckily, Pitch Perfect 2 is set to hit theaters soon, at which point everyone will forget that Super Fun Night ever happened, and our perfect image of Wilson as the ideal best friend will be restored.
That Awkward Moment Like The Other Woman, That Awkward Moment is a marvel. It’s a film that takes another familiar premise (in this case, friends making a pact to stay out of relationships, only to fall in love) and three of the most charming, talented and good looking young actors in Hollywood (Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan) and squanders its potential on bad voice overs and boner jokes. Also, Efron’s character might have been a sociopath. Regardless, That Awkward Moment felt like less of a disappointment than an insult to intelligent audiences everywhere.
House of Cards, Season 2 If we were to ask you what the worst thing about the first season of House of Cards was, chances are you’d say the convoluted policy talk, Francis petty feuds, or or the unrealistic way he managed to get away with everything. Unfortunately, showrunner Beau Willimon disagreed with the rest of us, and made those three elements the focus of the entire second season. He must have assumed that we’d be too distracted by Kevin Spacey chewing the scenery to mind the boring, long-winded and convoluted discussions of foreign policy, the comic idiocy of President Walker, the far-fetched plots designed to conveniently dispose of characters who asked questions, and the fact that Francis had turned from a manipulative power player into a full-blown cartoon villain. We wouldn’t be surprised if next season, he wore a top hat and a monocle and twirled his mustache during his asides to the camera.
The Legend of Hercules If you were in the Twilight films and your name isn’t Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, or Anna Kendrick, your biggest career challenge is overcoming the stigma of being a supporting player in the most devisive movie series of all time. So we don’t blame Kellan Lutz for branching out into leading man territory with The Legend of Hercules. How was he to know that the film would be stupid, nonsensical and only tangentially related to its source material? Or that it would be a cheap-looking, boring, plodding mess that lacked any sense of fun? Really, he was just trying to be something other than Emmett Cullen for a change.
A Million Ways to Die in the West Seth MacFarlane has not had a great year so far. First, critics reacted to Dads as if someone had dumped a pile of hot garbage on their freshly mowed lawn, and then he made A Million Ways to Die in the West, a comedy that basically shot Blazing Saddles in the face. Terribly unfunny, over-reliant on references and repeated jokes and a waste of a stellar cast, the worst thing about the film was the fact that it completely lacked MacFarlane’s voice, which, while not for everyone, at least has a distinctive comedic perspective. At least there’s always Ted 2, right?
I Wanna Marry Harry Sometimes, a network isn’t just content to put crap on television to fill airtime during the summer. Sometimes, they want to provoke a reaction – any reaction – and so they come up with a show that crushes your soul, and destroys any lingering hope you might have had in not only the future of television, but also society as a whole. In 2014, that show was I Wanna Marry Harry, a festering sore disguised as a reality TV competition in which girls are tricked into competing for the affections of a potato with legs. And that’s the nicest way I could possibly describe that show.
The Cancelation of Enlisted What hurts the most about losing Enlisted, Fox’s funny, original and criminally underrated show isn’t the fact that the network made it impossible for the show to gain a following and then used its lack of ratings as an excuse for cancelation. It’s not that we lost a wonderful, well-written show that could be both hysterically funny and incredibly moving. It wasn’t even that the world never got a chance to appreciate the talents of the wonderful ensemble, all of whom created hilarious, realistic, delightful characters. No, what hurts the most about the decision to cancel Enlisted is that it was announced in the same week that I Wanna Marry Harry premiered. Never has a metaphorical slap in the face felt so painful.
"He's woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord." Actor Peter Capaldi on his inspiration for the new Doctor Who's look.
Australian actress Rebel Wilson has contacted police over allegations her name and image have been used to promote a weight loss product without her permission.
The Pitch Perfect star was alerted to an online promotion which allegedly suggested she uses a pumpkin-shaped fruit from Indonesia to lose weight, and included 'before and after' snaps.
In a message to a Twitter.com follower, Wilson writes, "This is some scam, I have no idea what that is or why they are using my image," before warning all her fans, "Hey guys, just to be clear, if you see an ad for some weight loss product with my name and picture on it, it is 100 per cent not me. Some bs (bulls**t) scam!"
Wilson goes on to confirm she has alerted police to the situation, adding, "Hey everyone, especially friends in Australia, if you see a post about me relating to some 'diet' product: this is a SCAM. Police alerted... They are unlawfully using my name and image. Please ignore."
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Han Solo is many things: a pilot, a smuggler, a loyal friend to Chewbacca, and a hero, to name just a few. But more than anything else, Han Solo is obnoxious. His wisecracks and comebacks have become the stuff of cinematic legend, but if Harrison Ford weren't around to give the character so much style, we'd probably roll our eyes every time he opened his mouth; thanks to Ford, we love Han Solo because he's aggravating and sarcastic, not in spite of it. Finding the right balance of charismatic and insufferable is a Herculean task, and that doesn't even take into consideration all of the shooting, flying and stunts that playing Han Solo requires.
In honor of the man who brought Han to life in all of his mischievous, obnoxious glory - and who is currently nursing a broken leg after an on-set injury - we've rounded up the absolute best of Han Solo's most obnoxious wisecracks and comebacks. Get well soon, Mr. Ford.
About Ben Kenobi: “Where did you dig up that old fossil?” We’d deduct points for redundancy – a fossil is, by nature, old – but we’d have to give them right back to him for style.
To Chewbacca: “Laugh it up, fuzzball.” If anyone else had delivered an insult this lame, we’d make fun of him. But somehow, Han Solo pulls it off.
To C-3PO, while evacuating the Rebel Hoth base: “Hurry up, goldenrod! Or you're gonna be a permanent resident!” Apparently there is a less creative insult than “fuzzball.” Well done.
To Leia: "Look, Your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person: me."Now you're getting the hang of this whole insult thing! You can practically feel the sarcasm dripping off this one.
After commandeering an attack station and shooting the intercom: “Boring conversation anyway.” Well, that’s certainly one way to get out of an awkward conversation.
About the Ewoks: “Well, short help is better than no help at all.” Good thing the Ewoks aren’t too bothered about blatant backhanded compliments.
To the barkeep, after shooting Greedo: “Sorry about the mess.” What’s cooler than taking out the guy who’s been threatening to kill you for years when he’s not paying attention? Following it up with a quick one-liner while tipping the bartender.
As the garbage compactor closes in: “One thing's for sure, we're all gonna be a lot thinner.” Han Solo has never let the opportunity for jokes pass him by, even in what might be his last moments. At least he’ll die laughing, right?
Upon hearing that Luke is a Jedi: “A Jedi Knight? Jeez, I'm out of it for a little while, everyone gets delusions of grandeur!” Because, truly, where would everyone else be if Han Solo weren’t around to keep them in their place?
After Leia tells him that she loves him: “I know.” Just what every girl dreams of hearing from the man she’s in love with. How sweet.
On himself: “Not a bad bit of rescuing, huh? You know, sometimes I amaze even myself.” It’s always important to have confidence in your abilities.
Actress Isla Fisher is set to join her husband Sacha Baron Cohen in new comedy Grimsby.
The Great Gatsby star will join Cohen, Rebel Wilson and Gabourey Sidibe in the movie about a British spy who is forced to go on the run and team up with his soccer star brother, according to TheWrap.com.
The project, which begins production this summer (14), also reunites Fisher with her Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier. Cohen is among the several producers.
New mum Gwen Stefani and her band No Doubt have been given a huge career boost after signing a management deal with revered music mogul Irving Azoff.
The group recently parted ways with Jim Guerinot's Rebel Waltz Management, after almost 16 years, and, according to Billboard, No Doubt have been snapped up by Azoff's company, which also boasts the Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Steely Dan and Van Halen, among its impressive roster.
Ironically, Stefani will replace Aguilera on the seventh season of U.S. TV singing competition series The Voice later this year (14).
Actor Karlheinz Bohm has died at the age of 86. The star passed away on Thursday (29May14) in Grodig, in his native Austria.
Bohm, who was the son of conductor Karl Bohm and singer Thea Linhard, was best known for his role as Kaiser Franz Joseph in 1955's Sissi and its two sequels, Sissi: The Young Empress and Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress.
He also starred as Jacob Grimm in The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm in 1962, Ludwig van Beethoven in The Magnificent Rebel, and Mark Lewis in Peeping Tom.
In addition to his acting work, Bohm was also known for his philanthropic ventures, founding Humans for Humans (Menchen fur Menchen), which raises money to help the poor in Ethiopia.
He is survived by his seven children, including actress Katharina Bohm.
"Johnny Yuma was a rebel, he roamed through the West...he got fightin' mad, this rebel lad, he packed no star as he wandered far where the only law was a hook-and-a-draw, the rebel, Johnny Yuma...." The series, set in the post-Civil War West, relates the exploits of Johnny Yuma, an embittered, leather-tough young Confederate who journeys West after the war to seek self-identity.