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Sacha Baron Cohen Allowed To Hit The Oscars Red Carpet As 'The Dictator'

February 25th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Dictator
Sacha Baron Cohen has been given permission to terrorize Oscar nominees and presenters as The Dictator on the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Reports suggested the zany British comic had been banned from the big night after revealing he planned to arrive in character as his latest comedy creation, but Oscar bosses insisted they simply wanted to know what he had planned before agreeing to let him walk the red carpet.

It's still not clear exactly what Cohen will do, but Oscars producer Brian Grazer appears to be more than happy to let him turn up as the bearded tyrant.

He says,...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Responds To Oscars Banishment Controversy

February 24th, 2012 11:27am EST
The Dictator
British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen has responded to the controversy over his appearance at the Oscars by posting a spoof video in character as The Dictator demanding the return of his tickets.

The Bruno star hit headlines this week after he was reportedly banned from turning up at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday in costume as Admiral General Aladeen, the leader of fictional country Wadiya, from his latest movie.

Oscars bosses spoke out to insist he hadn't been told to stay away, but Cohen has now released a video to address the controversy. He appears in character in the film and ...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Not Banned From The Oscars

February 23rd, 2012 8:09am EST
Sacha Baron Cohen
A representative for the Academy Awards has denied Sacha Baron Cohen has been banned Sunday night's ceremony over his plans to show up dressed as The Dictator.

The British comic reportedly made it clear to Oscar bosses that he wanted to walk the red carpet in the guise of the wacky alter-ego from his latest film, which is loosely based on late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The star is due to appear at the prizegiving to support Martin Scorsese's Hugo, in which he co-starred, as the film competes for the coveted Best Picture trophy, and rumors suggested Academy chiefs didn't want his an...
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Taylor Swift Lands 'Les Miserables' Role Over Scarlett Johansson & Lea Michele?

January 4th, 2012 2:20pm EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift and Amanda Seyfried are in talks to complete the star-studded cast of director Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" movie adaptation.

The singer and the "Mamma Mia!" star are set to join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter in the much-anticipated film musical, which is scheduled to start shooting this spring.

Theatre news website BroadwayWorld.com has confirmed that Swift is in negotiations to play Eponine and Seyfried is slated to play Cosette in the project.

The site previously reported that "Glee" star Lea ...
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Two Jews' Review 'Hugo' Only One Feels Scorsese's 3D Fantasy Will Capture Your Heart (Video)

November 24th, 2011 11:00am EST
Hugo
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: When you hear the name, Martin Scorsese several things may pop into your mind... New York City, Italian Gangsters, Films about Italian Gangsters... Casino, Heat and Goodfellas, just to name a few.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure you would never associate this extraordinary filmmaker with a children's fantasy film, shot in 3D and set in Paris in the 1930's. However, with Scorsese's newest film 'Hugo' that's about to change.

'Hugo', directed by Martin Scorsese, is based on the illustrated bestselling novel, The Invention of Hug...
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Happy 70th Birthday, Paul Simon!

October 13th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Paul Simon
Happy birthday, Paul Simon - the singer/songwriter turns 70 today.

Folk legend, 12-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Simon has done it all and has yet to hang up his mic - he's clearly "Still Crazy After All These Years!"

He helped define the sound of the Sixties as one half of Simon & Garfunkel before making his mark as a successful solo artist with a string of critically-acclaimed albums.

Now Simon celebrates another milestone as he enters his next decade and WENN has dug up 10 fascinating facts to mark the occasion.

- Simon was named one of the "100 People W...
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Happy 40th Birthday, Sacha Baron Cohen!

October 13th, 2011 8:53am EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has every reason to celebrate on Thursday - he turns 40.

The funnyman is famous for creating comedy characters Ali G, Borat, and Bruno - and between his alter-egos he's pulled pranks on stars including David Beckham, Eminem and Paula Abdul.

Cohen, who's married to actress Isla Fisher, keeps his personal life private, but there's no hiding his big day.

To mark Cohen's 40th, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the star. Happy birthday, Sacha!

- Born in London in 1971, Cohen was raised in a Jewish family and attended the U.K.'s prestigious Univer...
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Will Sacha Baron Cohen Score Again With 'The Dictator'?

July 16th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
dictator
Sacha Baron Cohen, one of the most talented and controversial actors in Hollywood, is currently filming his next movie, The Dictator, which will likely spark as much public discussion as his first two films. In the comedy, which is scheduled to be released May 11, 2012, Baron Cohen plays two different characters: one is an oppressive dictator of a Middle Eastern country who is overthrown, and the second is the poor goat herder lookalike that replaces him. The film’s log line describes it as “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the ...
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Anna Faris Trades Her Blonde Locks For Cropped Brown Hair In 'The Dictator' (Photos)

June 28th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Anna Faris
We spotted Anna Faris on the set of her new film "The Dictator" in Midtown Manhattan yesterday. We hope her brown hair is a wig because we think she looks better as a blonde. What do you think?

In one shot, she and Sacha Baron Cohen filmed a scooter scene. Cohen wore a raggedy old sweater and torn pants with a helmet containing the sticker "Free Earth Collective."

The film centers on a foreign dictator and a goat herder (both played by Cohen) as they make their way across America.
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'Bruno' Lawsuit Transferred To NYC

March 3rd, 2011 11:19am EST
Bruno
Sacha Baron Cohen's ongoing legal battle with a Palestinian grocer featured in his Bruno movie has been moved to a New York City court.

Ayman Abu Aita filed a defamation lawsuit against funnyman Baron Cohen, David Letterman and others in a Manhattan court on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

He previously lodged the $110 million complaint in Washington, D.C.'s Superior Court after a caption in the controversial 2009 film described him as "Terrorist group leader, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade."

TV host David Letterman was included in the suit after airing the clip on his talk show....
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Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Saddam Hussein In 'The Dictator'

January 21st, 2011 8:48am EST
Sacha Baron Cohen
Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play a ruthless leader inspired by late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in new comedy The Dictator.

The Borat creator has signed up to play the tyrannic former president in a film based on a romantic novel, thought to be written by the dictator in 2000.

Zabibah and the King, which was released in Iraq under the late leader's supposed pseudonym The Author, told the story of a king who falls in love with a married commoner. It was a bestseller.

Baron Cohen is planning to bring a touch of humor to the much-hated politician's tale in a film Paramount Pictu...
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Brian May 'Very Excited' About Freddie Mercury Movie

January 12th, 2011 7:53am EST
Queen
Queen star Brian May has thrown his support behind an upcoming biopic of his late bandmate Freddie Mercury, insisting he's "very excited" to see Sacha Baron Cohen tackle the role.

It was announced last year that the British funnyman will portray the tragic rock icon in a new movie, penned by acclaimed screenwriter Peter Morgan.

May has now confirmed work has commenced on the film, which will begin shooting later this year ahead of a planned 2012 release.

A message from May posted on Queen's official website reads, "Work is now fully under way for the much-vaunted feature film on the life...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: September

January 2nd, 2011 1:00pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was the big winner and talking point at the MTV Video Music Awards this month - she picked up eight accolades and stunned everyone by taking to the stage in a meat dress. Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz confirmed the news she was pregnant with Javier Bardem's baby, and Angelina Jolie - who visited flood-ravaged Pakistan - was named Best Celebrity Role Model in an online poll.

George Michael began his eight-week prison sentence in London after being found guilty of cannabis possession and driving under the influence of drugs, and Guns N' Roses were booed and bottled offstage in Ireland a...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: March

January 1st, 2011 1:00pm EST
Lil Wayne
It was a shocking way to start the spring as March saw two of Hollywood's biggest star couples announce break-ups - Kate Winslet parted ways with her second husband Sam Mendes after seven years and Sandra Bullock's Oscar win was overshadowed after she found out partner Jesse James had cheated on her.

More scandals came as the month progressed, with fiery supermodel Naomi Campbell accused of attacking her driver by striking him on the head, and Michael Jackson's mum Katherine visited by welfare officials in Los Angeles over allegations one of her grandkids had purchased a stun gun.

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Another 'Bruno' Lawsuit Dropped

November 19th, 2010 8:16am EST
Sacha Baron Cohen
A cameraman has dropped his case against Sacha Baron Cohen over an alleged attack at a gay rights rally in 2008, because the legal wrangling has taken a toll on his "emotional well being."

Photographer Mike Skiff filed suit against the British funnyman last month, claiming he was injured in a scuffle at a rally in Los Angeles while Cohen was shooting scenes for his 2009 comedy Bruno.

He accused crewmembers of violently confronting him "with the threat of being clubbed with wooden signs" when he began to film the fracas and alleges he was shoved, pulled and wrestled to the ground.

Howev...
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Man Sues Sacha Baron Cohen Over Gay Marriage Fracas

October 27th, 2010 8:20am EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen
A cameraman is suing funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen over an alleged attack at a gay marriage rally in Los Angeles.

Photographer Mike Skiff claims he was injured in a scuffle at a Prop 8 rally in 2008 when Cohen and his "Bruno" crew showed up with the intention to "promote violent discord" between the assembled factions.

According to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday and obtained by TMZ.com, the Brit and his moviemaking pals carried signs "contrived for the sole purpose of inciting and sparking unrest to enhance the dramatic effect of what they may capture for their film."

Skiff claims he began to s...
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Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Freddie Mercury

September 17th, 2010 8:21am EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen
British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen has signed a deal to rock cinema audiences as Queen legend Freddie Mercury.

The outrageous "Bruno" star is to portray one of rock's most flamboyant characters in a film about the "Radio Gaga" hitmaker's rise to the top of the world's charts.

The film will reportedly lead up to Mercury's show-stopping appearance at Live Aid in 1985.

According to TheWrap.com, the project will be produced by Robert De Niro's company Tribeca Productions and is set to start shooting next year.

Mercury died from AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia in 1991.
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Isla Fisher And Sacha Baron Cohen 'Welcome Second Child'

September 14th, 2010 8:04am EDT
Isla Fisher
Secretive couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen have reportedly welcomed their second child - the couple has been spotted pushing a baby's pram in London.

The pair refused to comment on speculation the Wedding Crashers actress was expecting after she was seen sporting a bulging belly in April.

The rumors came just a month after the couple exchanged vows in a small, private ceremony in Paris, France in March in front of close friends and family. And it seems the speculation was true - after remaining out of the spotlight since May, Fisher was seen pushing a baby's pram in the U.K. cap...
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Joaquin Phoenix Walks The Line Of Reality And Performance Art In Trailer For 'I'm Still Here' (Video)

August 18th, 2010 11:01am EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Did Joaquin Phoenix really tumble off the edge and let himself go last year? Or did he simply stay "in-character" for several months? The trailer for I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix offers a sneak peek at what's to come, with little answers.

We are either watching a man's tragic downfall towards Howard Hughes levels of insanity, or a brilliant actor taking on a role of himself in another life. In the trailer we see Phoenix gain weight, allow his hair to grow thick and unkempt along with a beard - but we also see him apparently thrive on the streets, on a speeding boat, and...
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Another 'Bruno' Lawsuit Dismissed

August 10th, 2010 8:03am EDT
Bruno
Sacha Baron Cohen has chalked up another legal victory over his Bruno movie after a judge dismissed a lawsuit against the star.

The British funnyman was accused of plagiarizing a scene from an unmade movie called Himbos, in which a man dressed in a Velcro suit causes chaos at a fashion show.

Baron Cohen can also be seen wearing an outfit made of the sticky fabric as his fashionista alter ego Bruno in the 2009 movie, but a judge has ruled the footage isn't similar enough to Himbos to proceed. The case was dismissed on Monday, according to legal documents filed in federal court in Califor...
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Summer Of Love: Celebrities Who Got Married This Season

July 29th, 2010 2:02pm EDT
Miranda Kerr
This has been a busy summer for celebrity weddings. 18 couples have tied the knot since May, with four getting married on the same day! The biggest news was most likely Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr's wedding, and then soon after the announcement of a child on the way.

May weddings included: Sacha Baren Cohen and Isla Fisher made it official, Seth Green and Clare Grant got married, Alanis Morissette walked down the aisle, and Jane Lynch married her partner in Massachusetts.

In June, Rush Limbaugh celebrated his fourth wedding, Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford were joined in holy matri...
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The Most Memorable Meals We've Seen At The Movies

July 29th, 2010 9:25am EDT
Dinner for Schmucks
Anytime you’ve got Steve Carell and Paul Rudd sitting around a table breaking bread, it’s going to be a unique and hilarious dining experience. At least that's what audiences will be counting on when they sit down to watch the comedy “Dinner for Schmucks.” The film, which opens Friday, July 30, stars Rudd as an executive, who brings Carell’s character to his boss’s monthly dinner party for idiots.

This got us thinking about some of the most memorable meals we’ve seen at the movies. Take a look, and let us know which of your favorites weren’t on the menu!

"American Beauty" - Pass the as...
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Jonah Hill Added To 'Bruno' Lawsuit

May 14th, 2010 9:17am EDT
Jonah Hill
Actor Jonah Hill and director Jay Roach have been dragged into an ongoing legal battle over Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno movie.

Palestinian grocer Ayman Abu Aita filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the British funnyman last year after a caption in the controversial film described him as "Terrorist group leader, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade." Abu Aita alleged he was defamed when he was named as a mock-terrorist in the movie - as many viewers didn't get the joke.

He included David Letterman in the suit after the TV host aired the clip on his talk show, and now his legal team has added Hi...
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'Bruno' Bingo Lawsuit Dismissed

May 5th, 2010 11:00am EDT
Bruno
A woman who sued Sacha Baron Cohen for "emotional distress" after she was caught up in the filming of his outrageous Bruno movie has lost her case and been ordered to pay the funnyman's legal fees.

Richelle Olson filed suit against Cohen and studio chiefs at NBC Universal, claiming she was injured in a stunt at a bingo hall in Palmdale, California in 2007. She originally claimed she had been a victim of a "physical struggle" which left her wheelchair bound and suffering from "brain bleeds" after trying to remove a microphone from Cohen, who had interrupted the bingo game as his gay Austri...
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Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones To Return For 'Men In Black 3' - In 3D

April 21st, 2010 11:58pm EDT
Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are heading back to the big screen for a third "Men in Black" movie, according to reports.

The duo will reteam as Kay and Jay in a 3D sequel.

So far the hit franchise has made well over $1 billion globally.

The last "Men In Black" film hit cinemas in 2002.

Last month it was rumored that Sacha Baron Cohen and Josh Brolin would be starring in the film as two new lead characters.

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Isla Fisher Pregnant Again?

April 19th, 2010 9:47am EDT
Isla Fisher
Newlywed actress Isla Fisher has fueled rumors she's expecting her second child with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen after she was snapped sporting a bulging belly.

The "Wedding Crashers" star exchanged vows with Cohen in a small, private ceremony in Paris, France, in March in front of close friends and family.

But the couple appears to be preparing for a new addition to its family after the Aussie star was spotted out in Los Angeles this weekend with what appears to be a distinctive baby bump.

Fisher and Borat actor Cohen, who have been together since 2002, are already parents to two-year-ol...
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Sacha Baron Cohen And Isla Fisher's Nanny Deported

April 4th, 2010 9:00am EDT
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Newlyweds Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher were quizzed by Britain's border police after their American nanny entered the U.K. illegally.

The pair was returning to the funnyman's native Britain from Paris, France with their nanny Ruth Pfenning following their secret wedding in the French capital last month when officials from the U.K. Border Agency held Pfenning for trying to enter the country without the correct documents.

The trio was quizzed by officials before Pfenning was deported to America, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.

A representative for the Agency tells the...
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Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher Get Married In Paris

March 22nd, 2010 8:29am EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher
Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher have wed in a small private ceremony in Paris, France. Reports suggest the "Borat" star and the Aussie actress partner exchanged vows a week ago at a traditional Jewish ceremony in front of close friends and family.

The couple started dating in 2002 and became engaged six years ago.

They were rumored to have wed in February, but their representative rubbished the reports, insisting they had simply been celebrating a Jewish holiday.

But now Fisher, who shares a two-year-old daughter, called Olive, with the funnyman, has confirmed the wedding took place.

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Sacha Baron Cohen & Josh Brolin In Talks For 'Men In Black III'

March 9th, 2010 11:27pm EST
Men In Black
Sacha Baron Cohen, Josh Brolin and "Flight Of The Conchords" star Jemaine Clement are frontrunners to land lead roles in the third "Men In Black" movie, according to Internet gossip.

The trio are reportedly in talks to replace Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the alien-fighting action comedy franchise.

BloodyDisgusting.com reports Brit Cohen and Clement are both being considered for an agent called Yaz.

Both "Men In Black" films have made over $1 billion globally.

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Producers Wanted Sacha Baron Cohen To Host Oscars

February 20th, 2010 12:28pm EST
Sacha Baron Cohen
Outrageous funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen was first-time Oscars producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman's first choice to host the 2010 Academy Awards.

The movie moguls eventually agreed that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin should co-host the big night, but only after Academy bosses laughed off the idea of the Brit comedian's characters Borat, Ali G and Bruno showing up onstage at the Oscars.

Shankman reveals, "The Academy swatted it (idea) down. They thought it was too big of a wild card."

See more photos of Sacha Baron Cohen here!

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