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Showtime, Baron Cohen: Sarah Palin Is Wrong

Network disputes her claim that he pretended to be a disabled veteran

(Newser) - Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen are pushing back against allegations the comedian duped guests on his new show by posing as a disabled vet, reports the AP . The network said in a statement that "Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran" or wear military apparel when... More »

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 »

The List of Baron Cohen's Victims Keeps Growing

And he responds in character to Sarah Palin ahead of show's premiere on Sunday

(Newser) - Every day, it seems, a new victim comes forward to admit being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen in a stunt for a new Showtime series called Who Is America?. Baron Cohen tricked, or tried to trick, famous people from across the political spectrum into outrageous interviews, and the results will... More »

Sarah Palin Says She Was Duped by 'Evil, Sick' Baron Cohen

She says she was brought to DC for fake interview

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen's new show Who Is America? is coming to TV soon—and the British funnyman apparently infuriated Sarah Palin during the filming of it. In a Facebook post Tuesday, the former Alaska governor admitted that she had been "duped" by Baron Cohen, USA Today reports, whose... 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 »

Cloverfield Pulls Surprise; Baron Cohen Bombs

But 'Zootopia' wins the weekend again

(Newser) - The JJ Abrams-produced 10 Cloverfield Lane capitalized on a mysterious marketing campaign to debut with a better-than-expected $25.2 million over the weekend, though the Disney animated hit Zootopia stayed on top with $50 million, reports the AP . The second-straight No. 1 weekend came easily for Zootopia, which slid a... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Hid in a Toilet to Evade Oscar Bosses

They didn't support his transformation into Ali G

(Newser) - Back in 2012, Sacha Baron Cohen showed up to the Oscars as his Dictator character and dumped an urn —which he claimed contained the ashes of Kim Jong Il—all over Ryan Seacrest. Not only did Seacrest refuse to interview Baron Cohen on the red carpet this year as... More »

10 Celeb Couples Who Had Babies Before Getting Hitched

And 6 more who just might do the same

(Newser) - Word on the street is that Mila Kunis is pregnant and engaged , and it remains to be seen whether she and Ashton Kutcher will tie the knot before they welcome their child. Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler are in a similar situation , as are Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac , Olivia... More »

16 Secret Celeb Weddings

Not every star needs all the fanfare

(Newser) - The latest celebrity couple to get married in secret? Leighton Meester and Adam Brody (aka Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl and Seth Cohen from The OC). PopSugar rounds up quite a few more stars whose weddings surprised us. A sampling:
  • Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard: They quietly got hitched at
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What It's Like to Be Married to Sacha Baron Cohen

Isla Fisher describes it as 'not normal'

(Newser) - As you probably suspected, a marriage to Sacha Baron Cohen is not the same as your typical, run-of-the-mill union. "It's definitely not a normal relationship," his wife, actress Isla Fisher, tells California Style magazine in an interview picked up by Australia's News Network . "There have... More »

Battleship Misfires

'Avengers' keeps crushing the competition

(Newser) - Battleship barely raised anchor this weekend with a weak $25 million opening that could make it the next John Carter mega-flop. Even the action flick's $226 million international gross won't ease the pain unless domestic interest picks up, says the Hollywood Reporter . Avengers continued to wallop the domestic... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen One-Upped by ... Camel

Cannes publicity stunt goes a little differently than planned

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen was at Cannes today to promote his new film The Dictator, but he got upstaged—by a camel. The actor, dressed in character as Admiral General Aladeen, lost his balance after climbing on the animal and nearly fell off, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Fortunately, he was... More »

Baron Cohen's Latest Target: Washington

Invites DC to premiere at Robert Mugabe's

(Newser) - Either Robert Mugabe has taken a sudden interest in Hollywood, or Sacha Baron Cohen's up to something . Washington media and lobbyists have been receiving invitations to Baron Cohen's new film, The Dictator—supposedly from the leader of Zimbabwe himself. "President Robert Mugabe and the Ministry of Education,... 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 »

Sacha Baron Cohen Spills 'Ashes' on Ryan Seacrest

And not just any ashes ... Kim Jong Il's

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen-as-Dictator was dis-invited to the Oscars then invited again . And, as expected, he did something a little outrageous: spilled "ashes." Belonging to "Kim Jong-Il." Onto E! host Ryan Seacrest's tuxedo. Flanked by two flower girls, Baron Cohen jokingly claimed to be carrying the... More »

Academy Caves: Sacha Baron Cohen to Walk Red Carpet

Oscar flap may have been publicity ploy

(Newser) - Victory is Sacha's! Unless this was planned all along, of course. Turns out the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will let Sacha Baron Cohen walk the red carpet at the Oscars in character from his upcoming film The Dictator. But Deadline Hollywood smells a rat, saying Baron... More »

Baron Cohen's Dictator Barred From Oscars

Star ordered to guarantee there'll be no funny business

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen has been told he's not welcome at this Sunday's Academy Awards unless he promises he won't arrive dressed up as a Middle Eastern military dictator. Oscar tickets are in jeopardy for the creator of Borat and Bruno because of fears that he will arrive... More »

Next Up for Baron Cohen: Saddam Film

'The Dictator' based on book Hussein may have written

(Newser) - If you had any doubts about Sacha Baron Cohen's love of controversy , his next role should squash them: The Borat star will play a thinly veiled version of Saddam Hussein in a comedy called The Dictator. The film is loosely based on a book, Zabibah and The King, thought to... More »

Roughed-Up Cameraman Sues 'Bruno'

Suit accuses Baron Cohen of trying to incite riot among factions at gay rally

(Newser) - A cameraman who says he was shoved around by Sacha Baron Cohen's camera crew during a gay rights rally is taking the comedian to court. Baron Cohen—in character as the flamboyantly gay Austrian fashionista Bruno—joined protesters opposed to legalizing gay marriage at the Los Angeles rally, and journalist... More »

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