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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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Ed Sheeran and Sacha Baron Cohen do Arabic rap

December 4th, 2013 4:20am EST
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran and Sacha Baron Cohen teamed up to sing an Arabic rap on Thanksgiving (28.12.13).
The 'Everything Has Changed' hitmaker celebrated the holiday at a party hosted by actress Courteney Cox, and he had a great time entertaining the guest, especially when the comedian joined him on stage.
Ed told E! News: "Courteney set up like a PA system and I did a show there. It was very random. One of my all time favorite actors and comedians, Sacha Baron Cohen, was there and we ended up jamming and he did a rap in Arabic and stuff. It was very funny."
The 22-year-old singer ended up havin...
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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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Julia Roberts praises pal George Clooney at BAFTA LA Awards

November 10th, 2013 1:50pm EST
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Julia Roberts honored her friend George Clooney at the 2013 BAFTA LA Awards on Saturday night (11.09.13).
The 'Pretty Woman' actress praised the Hollywood heavyweight for his acting talent as well as his "gifted prankster" skills as she took to the stage to present him with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film prize.
Speaking at the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, Julia joked: "George Clooney, or as my daughter calls his, 'George Looney.' So, so honored to be here tonight. And there are two obvious reasons why I was chosen to do this.
"One, ...
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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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Dominic Cooper for Freddie Mercury biopic?

October 4th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Dominic Cooper has been linked to the role of Freddie Mercury in the new biopic.
The 35-year-old actor - known for playing Darcy in 'Dead Man Down' - is reportedly being lined up to replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the long-planned movie about the legendary Queen singer, according to the Latino Review.
The 'Borat' actor was reportedly dropped from the film earlier this year after drummer Roger Taylor claimed he and Brian May believed the star would turn the movie into a comedy with his performance.
He said previously: "We felt Sacha probably wasn't right. We didn't want it to be a joke. We wan...
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Sacha Baron Cohen was too funny to play Freddie Mercury

September 24th, 2013 3:00am EDT
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Rockers Queen decided against Sacha Baron Cohen playing their late bandmate Freddie Mercury on the big screen over fears the Brit was too funny for the part.

The Borat star is said to have fallen out with the remaining members of legendary band Queen, who had script and director approval, and now drummer Roger Taylor has opened up about the doomed movie and Cohen's casting.

He says, "We felt Sacha probably wasn't right. We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved."

The much-anticipated biopic is believed to have since been shelved and Taylor admits there's not much hope fo...
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Daniel Radcliffe To Play Freddie Mercury?

September 21st, 2013 3:45pm EDT
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe has reportedly been offered the role of Freddie Mercury in a new biopic.

'The Dictator' star Sacha Baron Cohen was originally set to play the iconic Queen front man before he quit over creative differences with surviving band mates Brian May and Roger Taylor - and now the 'Harry Potter' actor could take on the part.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: "Daniel has be told the part is his if he wants it.

"Despite his youth, Daniel has impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year's movie 'Kill Your Darlings'.

"Plus, he's closer in...
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Freddie Mercury film 'probably not going to happen'

September 3rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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The screenwriter of the much-anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic fears the project will be shelved after Sacha Baron Cohen's decision to walk away from the film.

Cohen reportedly fell out with the remaining members of Mercury's band Queen, who have script and director approval, and now revered writer Peter Morgan has opened up about the doomed movie.

He tells the BBC, "It's probably not going to happen."

The film, which was originally scheduled for a 2012 release, has faced a slew of delays, but rocker Brian May assured fans last year (12) that the movie "should be ready" to hit screens i...
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Kanye West's $3 Million Pay Day: Performs For Controversial Kazakhstan President

September 3rd, 2013 11:15am EDT
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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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Sacha Baron Cohen exits Freddie Mercury biopic - report

July 22nd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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British actor Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled out of a new Freddie Mercury biopic, according to a U.S. report.

The funnyman was set to play the late Queen frontman in the film - and even took singing lessons to perfect his vocals for his role.

However, sources tell Deadline.com that the Bruno star has stepped away from the project after falling out with the remaining members of Queen about his portrayal of their friend and bandmate.

The website claims Cohen wanted the biopic to be a "gritty R-rated tell-all" about the star, while Brian May and Roger Taylor were reportedly keen for the proje...
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Isla Fisher was snubbed by Sacha Baron Cohen's agent

June 3rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
Isla Fisher
Actress Isla Fisher has denied speculation her husband Sacha Baron Cohen helped her land her big break, insisting the funnyman's agent refused to work with her at the start of her career.

The Australian beauty turned to her then-boyfriend Cohen out of desperation when she was dumped by her own representative, but admits she was snubbed by her partner's agent.

Fisher tells Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine, "I really have had no help. In fact, the one time I did ask for help was after my agent in L.A. fired me. I was auditioning for all sorts of things but kept getting told no, so she just f...
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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
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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 Takes Aim At Spoofing James Bond

August 7th, 2012 8:05am EDT
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Sacha Baron Cohen is a man on a mission. He's about to poke fun at the biggest spy in the film world. Is it Mission Impossible's Ethan Hunt? Nope. It's Daniel Craig's alter ego, James Bond.

The world's most famous agent has met his match. Sacha Baron Cohen is taking on James Bond -- in a spoof!

The actor is known for his over the top characters such as Borat, Bruno and Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen from The Dictator. Now, we can add a "007" knock-off to his growing roster.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen and his partner Phil Johnston have sold a pitch to Paramount Pictures f...
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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
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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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'The Dictator' And 15 Other Beards That Steal Movies

May 16th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
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Sacha Baron Cohen brings his trademark ridicu-shock humor to his new film "The Dictator," but it may be his beard that steals the show.

He plays Admiral General Aladeen, deposed dictator of the (fictional) Republic of Wadiya, who flees to the U.S. when his country converts to democracy. As a dictator, he's used to ruling with an iron fist, an incorrigible sense of righteous cruelty, and a thick, bushy beard that could house several terrified baby sparrows.

Aladeen may feel like a fish out of water in New York City, but he'd feel right at home among Hollywood's most magnificent beards of a...
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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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