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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 »

'Male Nudity' Scares MPAA

New category is pretty darn sexist

(Newser) - Watch a trailer for Jackass 3D, and you might notice that it’s rated R for, among other things, “male nudity.” This struck Brian Patrick Thornton of Jezebel as odd—why specify that it was men who were naked? He did a quick scan through the past five... More »

2009's Worst Sex Scenes

Congratulations, Katherine Heigl, for making the list twice

(Newser) - Sometimes on-screen sex scenes are just sex…not sexy. The Frisky points to a list on YourTango detailing the 10 worst sex scenes of 2009:
  • The Watchmen: Two superheroes have sex on a spaceship…with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” playing in the background. Enough said.
  • The Ugly Truth: Katherine
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Palestinian Sues 'Bruno' for $110M

Christian shopkeeper says he was slandered as terrorist

(Newser) - A Palestinian portrayed as a terrorist in Bruno is actually a Christian shopkeeper and activist, and he's suing for $110 million. Ayman Abu Aita, identified in Bruno as a member of the militant al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, filed libel and slander suits last week against Sacha Baron Cohen, David Letterman, and... 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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Juiciest Awards-Show Moments

From Britney and Madonna's kiss to Eminem's Bruno encounter

(Newser) - Awards shows are always good for unscripted celebrity drama—the unexpected smooches, the sore losers. PopEater counts down the most buzz-worthy awards show moments of the decade.
  1. The kiss heard around the world: During the 2003 MTV VMAs, Madonna, and Britney Spears put on a show to remember.
  2. Gracious? Not
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Studios Hot (and Bothered) on Twitter

(Newser) - Movie companies aren't sure yet how big the Twitter effect is in making or breaking films—a spate of negative tweets are reputed to have killed Bruno after a strong opening over the summer—but they're leaving as little as possible to chance. It's the hot new "campaign-management tool,... More »

Bruno 'Terrorist' Says He'll Sue Baron Cohen

(Newser) - The Palestinian portrayed as a terrorist in Bruno says he is a Christian activist who plans to sue Sacha Baron Cohen, the Guardian reports. Ayman Abu Aita, a Fatah representative in Bethlehem, says he met with Cohen in a hotel under Israeli control—not a refugee camp, as depicted in... More »

Palestinian Militants Threaten Bruno

(Newser) - A Palestinian militant group mocked in the movie Bruno has warned ominously that it will "respond in the way we find suitable" against the film's star Sacha Baron Cohen. The movie "was part of a conspiracy against the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade," said a statement from the group.... More »

Harry Potter Bewitches Box Office for $160M

(Newser) - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince conjured up a weekend box-office win with $79.5 million, bringing its 5-day total to $159.7 million, Bloomberg reports. The Hogwarts sequel trailed only Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for the year's best bow. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($17.7... More »

Despite Cameo, Ron Paul Plans to Skip Brüno

(Newser) - Ron Paul is more likely to be out biking this weekend than watching Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno, though the congressman and 2008 presidential candidate has a cameo. “Doesn’t exactly reflect my best moments,” the Texas Republican, 73, told the Hill. Paul appears in a scene... 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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Twitter Makes Brüno a 1-Day Wonder

(Newser) - Brüno came out on top at the box office this weekend, but the way he did it didn’t inspire confidence. The shockumentary did spectacular business on Friday, only to plummet on Saturday, Time reports, leading some to wonder if it’s the first victim of the “Twitter... More »

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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Brüno Is Toxic to Gays

(Newser) - Brüno should have been good for the gays, shining a bright light on homophobia and inoculating the world against it. Instead, “Brüno is a gay minstrel, in the most literal sense of the word,” writes David Rakoff for Salon. Just as vaudevillians in blackface were universally... More »

This Summer's Top Trailers

(Newser) - Summer may not always yield the best movies, but it never fails to deliver the year’s best trailers. Wired celebrates this sacred art by picking out the trailers that managed to throw the most hype onto the screen in 3 minutes or less. We’ve helpfully compiled them in... More »

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 »

Autopsy Rules Out Carradine Suicide

Plus, drama at Farrah's funeral, and more

(Newser) - David Carradine’s private autopsy was completed yesterday, and the medical examiner officially ruled out suicide due to the way the actor's body was bound, Reuters reports. “The cause of death was asphyxiation, an inability to breathe, now why that happened is still what we're working on,” he... More »

Bruno Naked on Mag, Again. This Time With Dudes

Admits his love for 'gay icon' Simon Cowell

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen is baring it all, again—as Bruno, of course. Cohen, playing his gay fashionista character, is nude on the cover of UK gay mag Attitude. The Sun and the Mirror have tidbits from the interview:
  • His favorite gay icons? Sisters Kylie and Dannii Minogue…and Simon Cowell.
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