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Hits Great, Misses Dull in Who Is America?

Reviewers split on Sacha Baron Cohen's latest

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen is back—and Sarah Palin wasn't the only person he was able to dupe in new series Who Is America?, which debuted on Showtime on Sunday night. In the first of seven episodes, the British comedian of Borat fame meets assorted Americans while posing as conspiracy-obsessed... More »

Borat Actor's High-Five to 'Mankini' Wearers: I'll Pay Fine

Sacha Baron Cohen offers to take care of tab after 6 Czech tourists are arrested in Kazakhstan

(Newser) - If you do the crime, you gotta pay the fine. Unless you're a huge Borat fan and the actor who plays him happens to get wind of your overseas transgression. Such is the fate of a half-dozen Czech tourists, who were detained earlier this month for running around the... More »

Borat-Worthy Stunt Ends Badly in Kazakhstan

6 Czech tourists detained for wearing mankinis

(Newser) - Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana. Sporting lime-green "mankinis" and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in front of the "... More »

Oops: Kuwait Plays Borat's Spoof Anthem for Athlete

It runs during medal ceremony for Kazakhstan woman

(Newser) - After Kazakhstan's Maria Dmitrienko won gold at the Arab Shooting Championships, she mounted the podium to hear her national anthem played. Problem was, Kuwaiti officials used the obscene spoof version from the Borat movie, reports the Telegraph . (Sample lyric: "Kazakhstan's prostitutes cleanest in the region.")... More »

Kazakhstan Making Unofficial Borat Sequel

With the goal, oddly, of getting revenge on Borat

(Newser) - Seems like everyone loved Sacha Baron Cohen’s fictional Kazakh character Borat … except the actual people of Kazakhstan, whom the Borat movie made into a punchline. Four years after Cohen’s film, Kazakhstan is getting its revenge—via an unauthorized sequel. My Brother, Borat is about an American who... More »

'Borat' to Play Freddie Mercury

Sacha Baron Cohen will star in Queen biopic

(Newser) - Borat mastermind Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the Queen frontman, Billboard reports. The untitled film will focus on the years before Queen's landmark 1985 performance at a Live Aid concert in London. It begins shooting next year and has the blessing of the three... More »

Baron Cohen's Preggers Na'vi Skit Axed From Oscars

Producer feared Avatar joke would offend James Cameron

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen has been scratched from the list of Oscar presenters and insiders say it's because a producer feared a skit by the creator of Borat and Bruno would offend Avatar director James Cameron. Baron Cohen had planned to "blue up" as a female Na’vi for a... More »

The '00s' Most Disappointing Movies

'Tropic Thunder' leads the way

(Newser) - The decade had lots of lousy movies, but 11Points rounds up the most disappointing—those that didn't live up to their promise:
  • Tropic Thunder (2008): Amazing cast, great premise. Slam dunk, right? Not when "your go-to bit is a retarded joke." Such a lazy waste.
  • Bruno (2009): Sacha
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I Told My Kids About the Sex Tape: Pam

She and Tommy Lee were 'massively in love,' she explains to sons

(Newser) - Pamela Anderson was finally forced to tell her pre-teen sons about the infamous sex tape she made with their dad, Tommy Lee. “I just said, ‘Look, Mommy and Daddy were massively in love, we videotaped everything,’” she says in a British TV special, the Sun reports.... More »

How Baron Cohen Might Follow Brüno

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen is box-office gold, but he can’t pull it off again … or can he? Eric Ditzian looks at some possibilities for the Brüno star’s future.
  • "A Fourth Wacked-Out Journalist." Some thought Brüno couldn't fly after the exposure Borat brought, but the
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Bruno Offends Way to Top

(Newser) - Bruno catwalked its way to the top of the box office this weekend, taking in $30.4 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. That’s a better debut than Sacha Baron Cohen’s earlier button-pusher Borat saw, though Bruno faced a steep drop-off in ticket sales after Friday. Holdovers Ice ... More »

Bruno: Prepare to Cringe, Laugh

(Newser) - Critics generally give solid marks to Sasha Baron Cohen's cringe-inducing Bruno. It may not outrank Borat, but Cohen remains the master of crude, cruel laughs and uncomfortable insights.
  • Nathan Rabin, Onion AV Club: "Cohen no longer has freshness and novelty on his side, but he’s retained the power
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Cohen: 'Bruno' Interviewed a Real Terrorist

Comedian appears as himself for once to discuss film

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen made a rare appearance as himself last night on the Late Show, telling David Letterman about Bruno’s interview with a real terrorist, the Huffington Post reports. “When we were making this film, we thought, what could people see that they’ve never seen before on... More »

Bruno's Lawsuit More Serious Than Borat's

Fox may not be able to escape from this one unscathed

(Newser) - If Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno is anything like Borat, yesterday’s lawsuit is the first of many to come. But this one is different, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Unlike the Borat suits, mainly filed by people with gripes about release forms, the case is more serious: This lawsuit... More »

Meet Prince Zimboo, Borat's Hip-Hop Brother

African musician is a mystery, gaining in popularity

(Newser) - An up-and-coming player in the genre of “hipster world music,” Prince Zimboo Abakunamabooba is an African hip-hopper with 999 wives—or is he? Zimboo, who has been performing “deliriously funny music” since at least 2007, “is something like the African Borat,” writes Jonah Weiner for... More »

Cohen's 'Bruno' Pranks Abdul

Interview will be in film

(Newser) - Paula Abdul isn’t just acting oblivious on American Idol. Sacha Baron Cohen pranked the infamously airheaded judge for his upcoming film Bruno, and her interview with the character will appear in the movie, the New York Post reports.Paula was totally fooled,” says an insider. "She... More »

EU Prohibits 6 Kazakh Airlines From Airspace

Cites safety, won't say if Borat mockery lies behind ban

(Newser) - The European Union has banned six Kazakh airlines from its airspace, citing safety reasons, the Guardian reports today. No specific reason was given, though perhaps comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s skit about Borat flying on “Air Kazakh”—a rickety plane with a drunken one-eyed pilot—may have finally... More »

Ron Paul in Attempted Sex Scene in Bruno

Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat follow-up tricks Texas Republican

(Newser) - Ron Paul is about the last person you’d expect to see in Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat follow-up. But the libertarian congressman appears for a 5-minute cameo, reports Slate, in which Cohen’s gay character, seeking to attain fame via sex tape, tricks Paul into a darkened hotel... More »

'Bruno' Pranks Alabama Army Base

Sacha Baron Cohen strikes again

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen infiltrated an Alabama military base for a few hours in February as “Bruno”—a gay Austrian fashion journalist—before a savvy cadet spotted the ruse, the AP reports. The footage could appear in Cohen’s upcoming film, Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America For The Purpose ... More »

Joaquin Pounces on Heckler at Rap 'Concert'

Another stunt?

(Newser) - Security guards hauled off neo-rapper Joaquin Phoenix early this morning after he leaped from the stage during a Miami Beach concert to confront a heckler, reports AP. The increasingly bizarre actor appeared in a disheveled suit to mutter mostly unintelligible lyrics after appearing four hours late to the concert. Suddenly... More »

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