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Sacha Baron Cohen Settles Legal Battle With Palestinian Grocer

July 20th, 2012 8:19am EDT
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...

Sacha Baron Cohen Opens Up About His Deportation Fears

June 18th, 2012 12:44pm EDT
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...

'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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Will Sacha Baron Cohen Score Again With 'The Dictator'?

July 16th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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 ...

'Bruno' Lawsuit Transferred To NYC

March 3rd, 2011 11:19am EST
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....

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.


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, 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...

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, 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.

Another 'Bruno' Lawsuit Dismissed

August 10th, 2010 8:03am EDT
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...

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...

Rihanna In Concert Just Can't Be Beat

May 11th, 2010 6:45pm EDT
Rihanna performed in Birminghan, UK, last week in a sparkly, low-cut bodysuit that we don't think is very flattering. Did she use the same designer as Lady Gaga from the "Poker Face" star's visit to England in February? Despite the ho-hum costume, we love how Rihanna is riding a canon at her concert - perhaps she's channeling Bruno?

Rihanna recently picked up $45,000 for an hour-long appearance in one of Liverpool, England's nightclubs. She earned the large amount for staying in Bamboo's VIP section for 60 minutes, according to Britain's Daily Mail.

The pop star was recently listed on M...

'Bruno' Bingo Lawsuit Dismissed

May 5th, 2010 11:00am EDT
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...

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. 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."

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Survey Says: George Clooney Keeps Getting Better With Age

December 29th, 2009 8:29am EST
George Clooney
George Clooney has two extra good reasons to celebrate this holiday season - he has scored two big wins on Parade magazine's end-of-year honors list.

The popular magazine asked readers to vote in a range of quirky categories, including most surprising celebrity split of the year and celebrity you would most like to kiss under the mistletoe.

In the poll, surprisingly Patrick Swayze's death saddened readers more than Michael Jackson's this year - by almost twice as many votes - and Jennifer Aniston beat former love rival Angelina Jolie to the top spot on the list of female celebrities r...

In Honor Of The Festival of Lights: Hottest Jewish Celebrities

December 11th, 2009 10:00am EST
Best Looking Jewish Celebrities
In honor of the Festival of Lights starting December 12 we here at Starpulse wanted to link the Jewish Holiday with Hollywood and we came up with … The Best Looking Jewish Celebrities!

It is a very extensive list and to make the top ten is a distinct honor as there are more than a few good looking Jewish Celebs in Hollywood right now. A few may surprise you and being half-Jewish counts.

10. Amanda Bynes

Besides having one of the best pairs of gams in Hollywood Amanda Bynes is a very successful 23 year old. In 2006 she was named one of Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 and ra...

Another Lawsuit Brought Against Sacha Baron Coen Over 'Bruno'

December 7th, 2009 8:53pm EST
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Sacha Baron Cohen is facing a $112 million lawsuit over his controversial movie "Bruno". Palestinian grocer Ayman Abu Aita has filed suit against the British funnyman after a caption in the film described him as "Terrorist group leader, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade."

Abu Aita was named as a mock-terrorist when Cohen turned a hotel near Bethlehem into a refugee camp in Lebanon - but many didn't get the joke.

Cohen subsequently appeared on TV to promote the movie and told talk show host David Letterman that producers had found this "real terrorist" through a contact in America's Central Inte...

25 Top Movies Of 2009 (So Far)

November 26th, 2009 9:44am EST
As with every year there are dozens of great movies but there are even more really bad ones. 2009 will be marked by Quentin Tarantino and Sacha Baron Cohen comebacks along with a bevy of bad movies, highlighted by Megan Fox's performance in Jennifer's Body. There were plenty of good movies and we may have the most fun making fun of the bad and helpless ones, but let's take a look at the best movies of 2009.

Most blockbuster movies are filled with overrated stars (i.e. Will Smith and Tom Cruise) and are seemingly contrived, made only to make money. Thankfully this year there were not as ...

Check Out 'Bruno' on Blu-Ray, Hi-Def & DVD Nov. 17

November 17th, 2009 8:00am EST
Sacha Baron Cohen (the creator and star of Borat) returns to the big screen in the hilarious adventures of Austria’s favorite fashionista, Brüno.

In this gleefully anarchic mockumentary, the flamboyant television host loses his homeland talk show, “Funkyzeit,” and does what any self-respecting wannabe would do—he moves to Hollywood to pursue worldwide super-stardom. From worlds of fashion and entertainment to the military, Brüno puts his worst foot forward as Baron Cohen fearlessly tramples the boundaries of good taste in ways that confound celebrities and just plain folks alike.


'Bruno' Banned In Malaysia For Being Based On 'Gay Life'

September 29th, 2009 8:46am EDT
British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen's movie Bruno has been banned by authorities in Malaysia because it depicts "gay life."

The outrageous film, starring Cohen as gay Austrian fashionista Bruno, was a success in the U.S. and U.K., hitting the top of the box office charts on both sides of the Atlantic after it debuted earlier this year.

However, officials in Asia have been less than receptive - members of Malaysia's Film Censorship Board are refusing to allow the comedy to be screened in theatres because it could offend Muslims, who make up the majority of the population.

A spokes...

Summer Movie Awards Part 2: Best Film, Worst Title & More

September 10th, 2009 10:00am EDT
The summer movie season is finally at its end. Yesterday we listed Part 1 of the first annual "Summer Movie Awards" in categories such as: surprise hit, the bomb nobody noticed, indie hit, and most disappointing. Check out more films that deserve to be recognized for their summer performances:

The Death by Twitter Award

Winner: "Bruno"

This movie made more than 20 percent of its gross in the first night. After that evening, the Twiterrati hit their little squawk box to spread the word that there was far too much spreading of limbs in this bit of borderline pornography. The resul...

'Paper Heart' Review: Charlyne Yi's Oddball Semi-sweet Documentary

August 6th, 2009 10:11am EDT
Paper Heart
"The Power of love is a curious thing. Make a one man weep, make another man sing." - Hugh Anthony Cregg III (Huey Lewis) 1985.

"Paper Heart" is an oddball of a film disguised as a semi-sweet documentary on which nothing can be taken at face value -- though they might want you to -- and that's what's so curious. If Charlyne Yi's goal was to make a type film that no one has ever seen before, she just may have pulled it off. Of course, this isn't always a worthwhile goal: John Lennon wanted to record a song that no one had ever heard before and he came up with "Revolution 9" for The Beatle...

Faux Documentaries Entertain Film & TV Audiences

August 5th, 2009 11:52am EDT
Documentary films, the traditional kind that the average person simply ignores, have long since given way to the popular faux documentary. These films, unlike their parent genre, have been and continue to be wildly successful. In fact, they are now so tightly woven into our culture that we truly forget what they are.

Christopher Guest's films Best in Show, For Your Consideration, and A Mighty Wind were all based on a fake, typically unseen camera crew following a group during or to an event. Sacha Baron Cohen also took this approach, with an obviously irreverent tone, with Da Ali G S...

'Bruno' Thanked For Boosting Tourism To Austria

July 24th, 2009 10:16am EDT
Austrian tourism officials have praised Sacha Baron Cohen for publicizing the country in his comedy movie Bruno.

Funnyman Cohen plays an Austrian fashionista in the satirical film and has come under fire for some its gags, with one of the nation's culture ministers branding his portrayal of Austria "totally inappropriate".

Although most of the scenes portraying the capital city of Vienna were actually filmed in Paris, fans have flocked to Bruno's hometown to take in the local sights.

And tourism chief Norbert Kettner says hotel bookings in Vienna have soared 120 per cent since B...

Sacha Baron Cohen To Hang Up Bruno Character

July 18th, 2009 12:11pm EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen is preparing to hang up his hot pants - he is waving goodbye to his Bruno character once he has finished promoting the movie.

Cohen's outrageous new big screen outing sees him play a gay Austrian fashionista, and the comedy star has stayed in character for almost all public appearances and interviews promoting the movie.

The Borat star confesses he is sad that his time as Bruno is coming to an end, but he knows he can no longer trick people with the character now the film has been released.

He says, "It's wonderful that the films are successful, but every new pers...

Brittny Gastineau's Jamie-Lynn Spears Abortion 'Joke' In 'Bruno'

July 15th, 2009 4:18pm EDT
Brittny Gastineau Bruno Jamie Lynn Spears Abortion
Reality TV star, model and socialite Brittny Gastineau claims her comments in the movie 'Bruno' that Jamie-Lynn Spears should abort her baby were a "joke."

In the film, Sacha Baron Cohen interviews the 25-year-old star of the E! show Gastineau Girls in his Bruno character showing her a sonogram which he claims is of then unborn Jamie-Lynn Spears' child. After making fun of the baby's oversized arms and "too small" head, Bruno asks her if Spears should keep the baby, to which Gastineau bluntly replied, "Abort It!"

But now Gastineau is covering her tracks, telling Us, "When I got there,...

Woman Changes Charges In 'Bruno' Lawsuit

July 13th, 2009 9:24am EDT
Bruno Lawsuit
A woman who launched a lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen for allegedly assaulting her during filming for outrageous new comedy Bruno is now suing the funnyman for "emotional distress."

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 claimed Cohen, who appeared in character as his outrageous gay Austrian alter-ego, used "vulgar and offensive language" when he took to the stage to call the numbers during the charity bingo game - and when she tried to snatch the microphon...

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