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

February 25th, 2012 11:00am EST
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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
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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
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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
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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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Sacha Baron Cohen Is Feeling 'Les Miserable'

December 8th, 2011 12:58pm EST
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If you're feeling miserable today, here's something that should pick you up: According to digital spy, funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen is taking on the deliciously villainous role of Monsieur Thenardier in the upcoming film adaptation of "Les Miserables."

See? We bet you're feeling better already.

Cohen, of course, is known mostly for the kind of improvisational shock humor that turned "Borat" into a surprise worldwide hit and turned "Bruno" into, well, a movie. But in recent times he's been branching out more and more into serious roles, such as in the 2007 hit "Sweeny Todd" and this year's h...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Megan Fox And John C. Reilly To Follow 'The Dictator'

June 22nd, 2011 8:47am EDT
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Sacha Baron Cohen has found himself two more lowly minions.

"The Dictator" continues to gather its own mini-nation of followers as both Megan Fox and John C. Reilly have joined the cast of Cohen's latest outrageous comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Both Fox and Reilly will just be making cameos in the film, though the details of their roles -- as with most of the film's details -- are being kept closely under wraps.

The former "Transformers" vixen and "Cedar Rapids" scene-stealer join Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley and Jason Mantzoukas in "the heroic story of a dictator who risked h...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Proves Size (of Beard) Matters in First 'Dictator' Pic

June 9th, 2011 3:17pm EDT
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There is no costume too crazy for British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen. He donned a ridiculous mustache for "Borat," the shortest shorts on the planet for "Bruno" and now he's headed back to the facial hair for his latest, "The Dictator."

The first image of Cohen (see below) as the titular warlord as surfaced over at Huffington Post and makes the character look like a military version of Weird Al Yankovic in the "Amish Paradise" video. In the movie, the actor plays a Saddam Hussein-like leader who finds himself replaced by a goat herder and looking for life-changing experiences in New York C...
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Anna Farris Signs Up For 'The Dictator'

May 3rd, 2011 11:41am EDT
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Over the past few years, Anna Faris has shown a wide array of talents. Beyond anchoring the "Scary Movie" franchise, she's dabbled in serious drama ("Brokeback Mountain," "Lost in Translation"), black comedy ("Serve and Protect") and even a little animation ("Yogi Bear"). Yes, it's clear Faris has the skills to pay the bills.

But can she take dictation?

Well, we're about to find out, because The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Faris has just signed on to play opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in his upcoming comedy "The Dictator."

You may recall that just last week, we reported Faris was a...
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'Bruno' Lawsuit Transferred To NYC

March 3rd, 2011 11:19am EST
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Rapper ...
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Another 'Bruno' Lawsuit Dropped

November 19th, 2010 8:16am EST
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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
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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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