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Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Villain In ‘Alice in Wonderland 2’?

January 22nd, 2014 8:30am EST
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Sacha Baron Cohen is in early negotiations for role in the Alice in Wonderland Sequel.

According to Variety, the Borat star is in talks to take on the role of a villain in Through the Looking Glass, which is the follow-up to the 2010 blockbuster.

The sequel will see the 42-year-old actor reunite with his Sweeney Todd co-star Johnny Depp, who will reprise his role as the Mad Hatter, while Mia Wasikowska will return as Alice.

However this time, James Bobin will direct the movie instead of Tim Burton, who directed the first Alice in Wonderland four years ago.

Meanwhile, Cohen is also devel...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Plays Hilarious Prank On BAFTA Brittania Awards Audience - See It!

November 11th, 2013 9:47am EST
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Sacha Baron Cohen pranked guests at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts' (BAFTA) Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday by making them think he killed a woman in a wheelchair.

The comedian was honored with the Charlie Chaplin Brittania Award For Excellence in Comedy during the ceremony, and actress Salma Hayek presented the award with an elderly woman in a wheelchair. Hayek introduced the woman as 89-year-old Grace Collington, the "oldest surviving actor to have worked with Charlie Chaplin in a silent movie."

Cohen stepped up to collect his award, and while Collin...
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'Da Ali G Show' Set To Air On FXX

November 5th, 2013 6:06pm EST
Da Ali G Show
The TV show that introduced Sacha Baron Cohen to American audiences is back. Da Ali G Show, which originated on Britain's "11 O'Clock Show" and later appeared on HBO, is headed to FXX.

FOX secured a deal with Cohen to air previously unseen episodes and skits from the British version and he will be filming new introductions to the HBO episode repeats. The season will be called "Ali G: Da Rezurection."

FX executive Nick Grad said, "We’re thrilled to be in business with Sacha Baron Cohen. We’re also excited to introduce Da Ali G Show and Sacha’s characters to a new audience on FXX, and we ca...
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Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Soccer Hooligan In Next Role

October 30th, 2013 9:03am EDT
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Cambridge graduate Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as a football thug in his next film.

The 42-year-old actor, who has managed to offend whole nations and races, gay groups and politicians as fictional characters Ali G, Borat and Bruno as well as Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen, is now developing his next controversial character that of an overzealous fan.

Apparently, Cohen has undergone extensive research to ensure he pushes his latest alter-ego to the limit as a source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Sadly the football hooligan seems here to stay. Sacha loves playing extreme character...
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Kanye West's $3 Million Pay Day: Performs For Controversial Kazakhstan President

September 3rd, 2013 11:15am EDT
Kanye West
A source confirmed that Kanye West banked a couple MILLION this weekend performing in Kazakhstan!!

Apparently, Kanye was invited by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to perform at his grandson’s wedding Saturday night in Almaty at the Hotel Royal Tulip.

It was said that Kanye was paid a very “generous amount,” somewhere around $3 million to perform his most popular hits like, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and a few other popular tracks of his.

Just so we all understand the caliber of Kazakhstan’s president; apparently, he’s worth billions, and is considered by some to be an extreme dictator who ...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Quits Freddie Mercury Biopic

July 23rd, 2013 9:55am EDT
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Sacha Baron Cohen has reportedly pulled out of an upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic due to creative differences with Queen.

The British actor purportedly had a falling out with the remaining members of the band about his portrayal of the iconic singer, according to Deadline.com.

Cohen reportedly wanted the film to be a "gritty R-rated tell-all" about Mercury, while Brian May and Roger Taylor wanted the project to focus on the entire band.

The film was originally set to be released in 2012. Last year, May assured fans it would be released in 2014 with Cohen as the star.

Cohen sang in movie...
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Isla Fisher: 'My Marriage Isn't Normal'

March 26th, 2013 8:31am EDT
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Isla Fisher admits being married to Sacha Baron Cohen has given her some surreal moments thanks to his controversial brand of comedy.

The Bachelorette actress claims being married to the notorious comedian means she constantly worries about his safety as well as their financial well-being because of the risky nature of his films.

She laughed: "It's definitely not a normal relationship. You know there have been times in the past with the guerrilla style film making of Borat and Bruno where there were surreal conversations, 'How many people are suing us? Are you wanted in any states? Are y...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Takes Singing Lessons To Prepare For Freddie Mercury Role

March 25th, 2013 9:02am EDT
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Sacha Baron Cohen is reportedly taking singing lessons to prepare himself for his role as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

It isn't the first time the comedian has showed off his vocal skills on the big screen. He also sang in movie musicals "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and "Les Miserables."

Filming on the untitled biopic is expected to begin this spring, and Cohen is reportedly training with a vocal coach to make sure he can hit the high notes just like the late superstar.
 
A source told British newspaper The Sun, "Sacha is a huge Queen fan and is focused on getting F...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Had To Re-Write 'The Dictator' When Real-Life Dictators Died

September 6th, 2012 7:37pm EDT
The Dictator
Sacha Baron Cohen had to repeatedly re-write the script for his hit movie The Dictator when the targets of his jokes died.

The British funnyman plays an Arabic despot inspired by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the hit comedy, but working on the film was a painstaking task as events around the world regularly conspired against him.

He had penned a hoard of gags about Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi, al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il but was forced to adapt the script several times when all three men died last year.

Cohen tells British GQ magazine, ...
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Check Out 'The Dictator' On Blu-ray, DVD Combo Pack & More Aug. 21

August 19th, 2012 6:31am EDT
The Dictator
Comic Sacha Baron Cohen re-teams with director Larry Charles ("Borat," "Bruno") for "The Dictator," a satirical tale of an oppressive, democracy-hating dictator and a goatherder (both played by Cohen) whose misadventures in America lead to a series of outrageous culture clashes.

Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, and Curb Your Enthusiasm's J.B. Smoove co-star.

Prior to the film's release in theaters, the heads of the National Network for Arab American Communities accused Cohen of giving their community a "negative stereotype."

Cohen also attended the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival riding a...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Settles Legal Battle With Palestinian Grocer

July 20th, 2012 8:19am EDT
Bruno
A Palestinian grocer who sued Sacha Baron Cohen after appearing in his 2009 movie Bruno has settled his lawsuit with the comedian.

Ayman Abu Aita filed a $110 million defamation suit at Washington, D.C.'s Superior Court after a caption in the controversial film described him as "Terrorist group leader, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade."

His case later moved to a New York court after he included TV host David Letterman in the suit for airing the clip on his talk show.

Abu Aita claimed to have suffered a "loss of reputation" and death threats after the movie's release, but lawyers for Cohen argu...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Opens Up About His Deportation Fears

June 18th, 2012 12:44pm EDT
Bruno
British actor Sacha Baron Cohen is careful about where he agrees to film in the U.S. amid fears of deportation because of outstanding arrest warrants.

The comedian, who is based in Los Angeles with his wife Isla Fisher and their two daughters, reveals his stay in the country is precarious as police in Arizona and Kansas are reportedly still enthusiastic to arrest him for previous movie stunts.

He tells Britain's Sunday Express newspaper, "There are towns in certain states that I can't shoot in. If I get arrested my visa could be taken away."

Opening up about a narrow escape while film...
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Anna Faris Says Sacha Baron Cohen Is 'Shrouded In Mystery'

June 16th, 2012 10:27am EDT
Anna Faris
Anna Faris struggled to get acquainted with Sacha Baron Cohen while filming The Dictator as the funnyman kept himself "shrouded in mystery."

The actress plays the comedian's leading lady Zoe in the outrageous comedy, about Admiral General Aladeen, the leader of fictional Arab country Wadiya.

However, despite working together for months, Faris admits she failed to forge a close relationship with the Brit.

She tells culture magazine Flaunt, "He's shrouded in mystery. He's hard to just have a casual conversation with. He was always incredibly nice, and such a gentleman, but I still feel ...
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'Battleship' Posts Disappointing Weekend, 'Avengers' Jumps To 4th Highest Gross Of All-Time

May 21st, 2012 2:03pm EDT
The Avengers
On Friday we forecasted that Battleship had no chance beating The Avengers over the weekend, but we had no idea the board game-turned-movie would debut so low.

Expected to make around $40 million its first three days, Battleship could only muster $25 million. A $209 million production budget and sizeable market spend means the film has some work to do if it doesn't want to be a total loss.

Meanwhile, Avengers continues to dominate the box office here in the United States and across the world. Domestically the film took in another $55 million, just over estimates. That puts its US total at...
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English Town Changes Its Name To Avoid Ali G Association

May 21st, 2012 11:34am EDT
Da Ali G Show
A British town made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy creation Ali G has been renamed.

Staines in Surrey, England was famously lampooned by the British comic as the hometown of his rapper character in popular TV series Da Ali G Show and 2002 movie Ali G Indahouse.

However, officials in the area have now voted to change the town's name to Staines-upon-Thames in a bid to distance themselves from the Ali G link.

Local councilor Colin Davis tells Britain's Independent, "There is no doubt that the name Staines lends itself readily to humor. We are actually a green and leafy town, with l...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Causing Unrest In Arab-American Community Over His Portrayal Of Middle Easterners In 'The Dictator'

May 16th, 2012 8:49pm EDT
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Stop us if you've heard this one before - Sacha Baron Cohen is causing controversy with his latest film.

The comedian who brought his Da Ali G Show characters Borat and Bruno to the big screen is at it again with The Dictator, this time firing up the Arab-American community over his portrayal of fictional Middle East dictator Admiral General Aladeen, leader of the (also fictional) country of Wadiya.

The heads of an Arab-American group are accusing Cohen of giving their community a "negative stereotype" with his latest portrayal.

The star caused a stir in France on Wednesday, when he arri...
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Review 'The Dictator': Sacha Baron Cohen Fans Will Enjoy Its Crude, Obnoxious & Outrageous Humor

May 16th, 2012 1:16pm EDT
The Dictator
Sacha Baron Cohen... People either love him or hate him. It's hard to feel indifferent about this outrageous, over the top and at times, super obnoxious, man. Personally, I admire his chutzpah.

In his new film, 'The Dictator' a mock-documentary directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno and Religulous) Sacha plays Admiral General Aladeen, a bearded North African dictator of the oil rich country, Wadiyas.

To get a sense about what kind of man the Admiral General is...His heroes are North Korea's Kim Jong-il, Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

Aladeen has been in power since he was seven years old...
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'Dictator' Sacha Baron Cohen Makes A Grand Entrance On A Camel In Cannes

May 16th, 2012 10:30am EDT
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Sacha Baron Cohen enjoys stunts and completely embodying the characters he plays - on the big screen and off. Yesterday he arrived as "The Dictator" at the Carlton Hotel during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival riding a camel. He was surrounded by a posse of armed women.

The satirical film centers on an oppressive, democracy-hating dictator and a goatherder (both played by Cohen) whose misadventures in America lead to a series of outrageous culture clashes. Anna Faris co-stars.

The movie's stars have been making headlines for months. Last week a newly pregnant Faris inadvertently fla...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Battleship,' 'The Dictator,' & More

May 14th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Last week’s Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration “Dark Shadows” turned out to be rather disappointing. The film starts out strong, but loses steam as it progresses. It has plenty of Burton’s trademark grim style with musical accompaniment by Danny Elfman, and some decent humor. However the villain is very one-dimensional, the climax is weak, and in many ways the film feels like a watered-down version of other classic Burton works like “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands.” My Grade: C+

At the box office this week, you’ll find the science fiction action flick “Battleship,” the ensemble pr...
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A Pregnant Anna Faris Flashes Her Underwear At 'Dictator' Premiere

May 11th, 2012 9:30am EDT
Anna Faris
It's one of a star's biggest fears - showing off too much on the red carpet. That's exactly what happened to Anna Faris at "The Dictator" premiere in London yesterday.

But what makes the situation worse is that the actress is pregnant! She just revealed she's expecing with husband Chris Pratt.

Anna wore a red dress with a long slit up the leg at the film's premiere and accidentally flashed her white panties to photographers when a gust of wind blew up against her. At least she was wearing underwear!

But Anna didn't seem too phased by the incident. She smoothed down her gown and continue...
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Ryan Seacrest: Sacha Baron Cohen Was 'Very Apologetic' For Oscars Stunt

May 8th, 2012 1:53pm EDT
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Apparently, there's more to Sacha Baron Cohen than the doofus characters he plays on the big screen. In February, the actor attended the E! Oscars pre-show and spilled a an urn containing what he claimed were the remains of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il all over Ryan Seacrest's tuxedo. He was in character for his upcoming film "The Dictator."

Bogus security guards pretended to escort Cohen away as a bemused Seacrest told TV viewers, "Part of me thought he would be up to something... I had an idea something was coming."

During filming of "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, Cohe...
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'The Dictator' Red Band Trailer Hits The Web

May 7th, 2012 3:25pm EDT
The Dictator
The uncensored trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator is here, giving us a sneak peek at what to expect in the raunchy comedy.

The Dictator follows the story of psychopath North African leader General Aladeen and his trip to America. After getting his beard shaven off, a broke Aladeen has to find a way to regain his power on the streets of New York City.

Warning: This trailer is uncensored!

The trailer shows the general delivering a baby (then asking the parents if he should dispose of it, since it is "unfortunately" a girl), beating up customers whe...
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Kazakhstan Government Official: 'I Am Grateful To Borat For Helping Attract Tourists'

April 25th, 2012 3:09pm EDT
Borat
Kazakhstan government officials have thanked British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen for giving the country a tourism boost with his hit comedy creation Borat.

The comedian lampooned the country in his 2006 movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, which follows fictitious Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev as he travels through the U.S.

Government officials in Kazakhstan were initially very wary of Cohen's creation, launching a public relations campaign to counteract a possible backlash from the film and even threatening to sue the star over a ...
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Anna Faris Talks About Her 'Revolting' Armpit Hair She Grew For 'Dictator'

April 20th, 2012 9:25am EDT
The Dictator
Actress Anna Faris couldn't wait to finish filming Sacha Baron Cohen's outrageous comedy The Dictator - because the funnyman insisted she grow disgusting armpit hair for her role as an organic grocery store boss.

While Cohen and her co-stars were celebrating at the wrap party, Faris was in the shower hacking off months of unsightly growth.

In a taped interview with TV host Jay Leno, which will appear on his Tonight Show on Friday, the Lost in Translation star reveals, "It took a few months, but I was naive enough to think... 'It's got to be kind of light and cute, wispy,' but it really ...
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Megan Fox Credits 'The Dictator' With Reigniting Her Love Of Acting

April 10th, 2012 9:16am EDT
Megan Fox
Megan Fox fell back in love with acting thanks to her cameo appearance in The Dictator, because it gave her the chance to break away from her "sexy, icy image."

The Transformers beauty has made a name for herself playing sultry sirens or mean girls in films such as Jennifer's Body and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

She is set to appear in Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie - in which she's credited as "herself" and gets paid to sleep with the title character - and she relished the chance to show off her comedic talents and change film fans' opinions of her.

She tells Britain's The ...
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Interview - 'Hugo' Star Michael Stuhlbarg: The Film Is 'Like A Pop-Up Book In Real Life'

March 19th, 2012 6:00pm EDT
'Hugo'
Author’s note: This review contains spoilers.

Hugo star Michael Stuhlbarg seems to have been just as amazed by the world of the Oscar-winning film as fans and critics alike.

"It was amazing...like being in a pop-up book, but in real life," he said in a recent interview.

Indeed, 'Hugo' is a story that teems with childlike wonderment and curiosity. The film, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, tells the tale of an orphan who lives Paris’ Gare Montparnasse and his struggles to repair an automaton left to him by his father. As Hugo (Asa B...
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Donald Trump Takes Aim At Sacha Baron Cohen Over Oscars Prank

February 29th, 2012 10:05pm EST
Donald Trump
Property tycoon-turned-reality TV star Donald Trump has blasted funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen for the ash-spilling prank he pulled at the Oscars on Sunday.

The businessman was appalled when Cohen, in character as his new film character from The Dictator, tipped what he claimed were late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's remains all over red carpet TV reporter Ryan Seacrest - and now he's speaking out in defense of the American Idol host, who had to change after he was left covered with powder.

Calling in to TV news show Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday, Trump said, "I didn't like it. I tho...
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Blu-ray 3D Review: 'Hugo' - Martin Scorsese's Homage To 'Cinemagician' Georges Méliès Proves 3D Isn't Just For Action Films

February 28th, 2012 9:37pm EST
Hugo Blu-ray 3D
When one thinks of Martin Scorsese rarely does the word 'family' cross their mind (unless they're thinking of Goodfellas, that is); and neither does the term 3D. So when the prolific director decided to bring Brian Selznick's 2007 children's book The Invention Of Hugo Cabret to life on the big screen - and in 3D - he was entering new territory.

The end result, Hugo, is nothing short of amazing. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning five: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Five reasons to see it the way it was meant to be...
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84th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Fashion (See Pictures!)

February 27th, 2012 2:39am EST
Oscars 2012
The Academy Awards aren't just about the movies - they're about the fashion and what the stars wore on the red carpet at the year's biggest event.

This year, much like the ceremony itself, there were few surprises and all the stars looked fabulous on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Well, okay - Kristen Wiig's brown J. Mendel dress and Meryl Streep's gold Lanvin gown? Not so much.

This year's highlights include Angelina Jolie looking stunning - although also a bit thin - in a black Atelier Versace dress that's almost an exact match of the one Jennifer Aniston wore ...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Spills Ashes All Over Oscars Red Carpet While In Character As 'The Dictator'

February 26th, 2012 8:22pm EST
The Dictator
Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen lived out his threat to arrive at the Oscars in character as The Dictator - and he dropped fake ashes all over the red carpet.

The comic turned up at the Academy Awards on Sunday as Admiral Aladeen, the leader of fictional country Wadiya, flanked by two busty beret-wearing, flower-wielding female soldiers.

Dressed all in white and wearing sunglasses and a bushy beard, Cohen's alter-ego carried an urn containing what he claimed were the remains of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as he chatted to the media, refusing to come out of character.

Talking about th...
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