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Sacha Baron Cohen Was Considered as Oscar Host

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 19th 2010 3:03PM
sacha_baron_cohen_headshotThe history of the Academy Awards telecast has been generally a pretty traditional show. You've had historic moments of bad taste like Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White, bizarre musical opening numbers from the likes of Lucie Arnaz and Liza Minnelli -- not together -- and, of course, great highs like most of the Billy Crystal musical medleys of the Best Oscar nominees.

This year if Billy were there, his medley would be about 20 minutes long to include all ten nominated movies! They'd have needed an oxygen tank in the wings to revive him after that.

But here's a wickedly wild idea that might have set the Oscars into to fierce wilderness of 'oh-my-God' TV. The Oscar producers were toying with the idea of having Sacha Baron Cohen host the show. Yep, believe it. Producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic were on NPR's 'Fresh Air' with Teri Gross, and they said when they contemplated shaking up the broadcast, they thought of 'Borat.'

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Larry Charles Project Picked Up by CBS

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 12th 2010 5:00PM
Paul Kaye will star in a new pilot helmed by Larry Charles and Ant hinesAccording to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Larry Charles and Ant Hines, the director and writer behind 'Borat' and 'Bruno,' are teaming up again for a new CBS pilot starring English comedian and actor Paul Kaye. The project, which the Reporter says stars Kaye as a "British low-life moving to LA to reconnect with his daughter who is a teen celebrity," is untitled.

Charles has been much acclaimed for his work with Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as Larry David on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' Jerry Seinfeld on 'Seinfeld,' and Paul Reiser on 'Mad About You.' In Kaye, he has another talented comedian who likes to instigate trouble and who can move easily between characters.

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Bruce Willis is a New York Jets Fan (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:14AM
David Letterman, Bruce Willis, New York JetsIf there was any doubt whether Bruce Willis is a New York Jets fan, he set the record straight on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

Bruno burst onto the stage wearing a green and white Sanchez jersey, carrying pom poms and cheering his little heart out. "Nobody in the history of this show has ever made an entrance like that!" exclaimed Letterman. "It was fantastic!"

Yeah, maybe. And a little frightening, too. Maybe Willis is having a mini-breakdown over the fact that the Jets were eliminated from the Super Bowl last Sunday.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Sacha Baron Cohen will guest voice on The Simpsons

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 19th 2009 5:03PM
Sacha and the SimpsonsPractically every other celebrity on Earth has been a guest voice on The Simpsons. Hell, then even managed to land the reclusive author Alan Moore for a comic book-themed episode. Now, Borat and Bruno star Sacha Baron Cohen will be lending his voice to an episode of the animated series.

Supposedly, Cohen will play an "angry but funny" tour guide that helps them while the family tours Israel with their church group. For such a low income family, the Simpsons sure get to tour a lot of different countries. Homer even went up into space at one point.

Cohen will not be playing any of his trademark characters, and that's probably for the best. They were getting a little stale anyway. Perhaps he could invent a new character (or at least a character voice) for this appearance.

In other facts about the episode, Homer gets Jerusalem complex while visiting and thinks he's God. And to the Fox network, he is.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 11th 2009 9:03AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:
  • I've never been a fan of all-nighters, and flat-out refused to do them in college. But movies about all-nighters are always fun. Check out the latest Cinematical Seven: Movies That Pull an All-Nighter.
  • I saw Borat the night it opened and thought it was absolutely hilarious. So why do I have absolutely zero interest in seeing Bruno? Cinematical bit the bullet: you can read their review here.
  • The summer of 1981 was the first summer I was alive, so I probably wasn't watching too many movies. However, there were some great ones that summer, like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Fox and the Hound! See what else came out when Cinematical continues to examine their favorite summers.
  • Are you headed to Comic-Con this year? Check out the newly-released Comic-Con 2009 schedule here.
  • I'm really looking forward to the new Judd Apatow movie, Funny People. You can check out the new red-band trailer here, plus a bonus Adam Sandler prank call circa 1991.

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Why has this "Bruno" vs. Eminem thing been in the news all week?

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 4th 2009 1:07PM
Sacha Baron Cohen and Eminem and the 2009 MTV Movie AwardsI was fine with the initial story that it may have been a hoax, because it was news. After all the stunt Sacha "Bruno" Baron Cohen pulled putting his ass in the notoriously sensitive Eminem's face was the big buzz moment of the MTV Movie Awards. But it didn't stop there. Finally, after speculation and reports all week about it, Eminem admitted it was a stunt. Fine. Great. Does this mean it's over? I can't tell you how many "news" stories I read about this.

Everyone had their own take on it. You'd have thought it was the JFK assassination all over again. "There was one shooter with a camera zoomed in on Eminem's face. That's the only person who knew what was happening." "Impossible. Who worked the rig that lowered Cohen? Clearly there was a conspiracy." "But Eminem had to have been in on that conspiracy. Can you really lower a man on top of someone without them knowing it." "Perhaps, but did Em know Cohen's ass was bare." "Oh I think he most certainly did." Who cares, honestly?!

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Bruno and Eminem's ass face prank was a hoax

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 2nd 2009 9:03AM
Sasha Baron Cohen at the MTV Movie AwardsIt looks like Eminem wasn't the real butt of Sacha Baron Cohen's prank at the MTV Movie Awards. (And yes, I do get paid by AOL to write jokes. God bless the writer's strike!)

Entertainment Weekly confirmed from an unidentified source close to the network that Cohen said the prank was staged and that Eminem wasn't really mad that he got a face full of ass.

EW also reported that Scott Aukerman, the show's head writer who comedy geeks will recognize as a Mr. Show actor/writer and one-half of the comedy duo The Fun Bunch, leaked the news on his blog. That entry seemed to have disappeared from his blog as fast as Eminem's ass-smelling face from the awards show.

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Here's Bruno falling into Eminem's lap (and face)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 1st 2009 4:28PM
OK, so you might have heard that Bruno (aka Sacha Baron Cohen) fell from the sky last night at the MTV Movie Awards and shoved his rear into Eminem's face. Was Eminem really surprised and ticked off by this, so irritated that he and his crew actually left the show? I'm leaning towards no. You can see Eminem "acting" as he looks up (the camera just happens to be on him), and then Bruno lands on him perfectly. I guess it could be true, but I'm not quite buying it. The funny moment is when he announces Zac Efron the winner of some award and Efron isn't even sure what the hell is going on.

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Sacha Baron Cohen disrupts Medium filming

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 17th 2008 7:03PM
BrunoThis is actually kinda funny and I'm surprised no one has attempted this before.

Sacha Baron Cohen, also known as Borat, was somehow cast as an extra for an episode of NBC's Medium, and in typical Borat fashion he disrupted the scene. In fact, he screwed things up so much that the show had to shut down filming for a while on November 7.

Actually, Cohen wasn't Borat in the footage he was Bruno, one of Cohen's other characters.

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Sacha Baron Cohen, former male model - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 2nd 2006 2:24PM
sacha baron cohenThere's an old British 'Where Are They Now'-type special up on YouTube that is all about Sacha Baron Cohen. The special looks a little dated because it focuses on his work on television as Ali G, and it shows Kristoff, an Albanian reporter character that strongly resembles Borat. It chronicles Cohen's childhood-- he attended an affluent school and then went to Cambridge. There are some old, cringe-worthy video clips of him and his brother ridiculing Jews and of Cohen hosting various cable access shows. One interesting revelation is a picture is of Cohen as a model. That's right- behind the Ali G and Borat characters is a rather good-looking fellow. His short stint as a fashion model reportedly inspired his red carpet reporter character, Bruno.

The video is after the jump. It's pretty long, so if you just want to see the modeling bit, it's at 8:00.

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