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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
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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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'Battleship' Posts Disappointing Weekend, 'Avengers' Jumps To 4th Highest Gross Of All-Time

May 21st, 2012 2:03pm EDT
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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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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
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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
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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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Anna Faris Calmed Comedy Fears After Keenen Ivory Wayans Advice

May 8th, 2012 11:45pm EDT
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Actress Anna Faris honed her skills as a funnywoman following inspirational advice from Scary Movie director Keenen Ivory Wayans.

The actress appeared in all five films in the comedy franchise and insists she felt more at ease in humorous roles after Wayans advised her to release her inhibitions when performing on set.

Faris tells V's Americana Issue, "He gave me the most valuable advice. He said: 'There's no vanity in comedy.' And that was such a liberating thought. I cling to that idea."

The star, who plays a hippie food shop owner in British writer and actor Sacha Baron Cohen's upcomi...
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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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Megan Fox Gets Sexy In Thigh-High Stockings For Sharper Image

May 3rd, 2012 1:00pm EDT
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Megan Fox is the new face of tech product company Sharper Image. In a new promotional image the actress poses on a bed wearing black thigh-high stockings and a white button-down shirt. She appears to be holding on to an iPad.

The actress is rumored to be pregnant with her first child, but neither she nor her husband Brian Austin Green have commented on the speculation.

She recently starred in "Friends With Kids" and has several films in production, including "This Is 40" and "The Dictator." The actress claims she fell back in love with acting thanks to her cameo appearance in "The Dictato...
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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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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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Megan Fox Sexes Up Cosmopolitan Cover; Talks Tattoos & Her Soul Mate

February 28th, 2012 12:00pm EST
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Megan Fox shows off her sexy figure on the cover of Cosmopolitan's latest issue. The actress appears in several upcoming films, including "Friends With Kids," "The Dictator" and "Fathom."

Addressing her tough-girl image she told the magazine, "It's because I have tattoos and I say curse words, and apparently, that's crazy. I think maybe I give off this energy of seeming like I don't give a f#$%, and that's misinterpreted. But I'm not wild."

She recently told Jay Leno that her procedure to erase a Marilyn Monroe tattoo was difficult: "It's dramatic and it's incredibly painful. They can't n...
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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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Megan Fox Wears Sexy Thigh-High Boots While Christmas Shopping In West Hollywood

December 1st, 2011 9:00am EST
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We spotted Megan Fox shopping for some Christmas gifts at Madison boutique in West Hollywood yesterday. The actress wore brown leather heeled boots, black stretch pants, and a gray sweater.

Megan recently made her Broadway debut. Earlier this month she participated in "The 24 Hour Plays," which gave a group of actors, writers and directors 24 hours to come up with a script and prepare it for the stage. She starred in short play "The Maid" opposite Paul Bettany, Sarah Silverman and Tracy Morgan.

Megan stars in several upcoming films such as "This is Forty," "The Dictator" and "Fathom." H...
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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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