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POLL: Should Sacha Baron Cohen Attend Oscars as the Dictator? | Sacha Baron Cohen

Academy Asks Sacha Baron Cohen Not to Attend Oscars as the Dictator

Originally posted 02/23/2012 11:30AM

It would be quite a sight – Sacha Baron Cohen arriving on the red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards as his outlandish and cruel character from his upcoming comedy The Dictator.

Except the Academy wants nothing to do with it.

A rep for the Oscars tells the New York Post that Cohen, 40, is still invited to the show, but only if he leaves the military garb and fake beard at home.

"We have expressed that we don't feel it's appropriate to use our Oscar red carpet as a venue for a movie promotional stunt," the rep says.

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Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher Chat Up Johnny Depp's Girlfriend at Dinner | Isla Fisher

Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher Chat Up Johnny Depp's Girlfriend at Dinner

Originally posted 12/07/2011 05:55AM

Sacha Baron Cohen and wife Isla Fisher were spotted dining together at Tower Bar inside L.A.'s Sunset Tower Hotel. The couple shared sea bass – but took a break from their meal to venture across the dining room to greet a friend: Johnny Depp's longtime love, Vanessa Paradis, who was dining with an older woman. – Michele Stueven

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Isla and Sacha's Secret, Six-Guest Wedding

Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen's Secret, Six-Guest Wedding

Originally posted 03/23/2010 07:45AM

After a six-year engagement, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher's long-awaited wedding ceremony turned out to be the most intimate of affairs: Just six guests attended the traditional Jewish ceremony on March 15 in Paris.

And those six had to move quickly. In an effort to keep the celebration quiet, the bride and groom gave their loved ones "very little notice" ahead of the nuptials, according to Australia's WHO magazine.

In an interview a year ago, Fisher revealed her yearning for a private ceremony. "It's very important to me to have a beautiful ritual celebrated with my family and friends," she said. "And when you are in the public eye, to keep that private and to make it happen without it being really visible is really difficult."

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La Toya Jackson Scene Restored on Brüno DVD | Latoya Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen

La Toya Jackson Scene Restored on Brüno DVD

Originally posted 11/04/2009 07:15AM


Brüno, the preening, Austrian celebrity wannabe created by Sacha Baron Cohen, finally gets to meet singer La Toya Jackson when Brüno is released on DVD on Nov. 17.

After the sudden death of Michael Jackson, a scene in which Cohen, disguised as the flamboyant Brüno, conducts an outrageous interview with an unsuspecting La Toya was hastily cut from the film. The scene, removed before the theatrical release, earlier had been viewed by critics and test audiences.

In the 90-second comic scene, now included as an extra on the Brüno DVD, La Toya, 53, arrives at a hilltop house in Los Angeles to be interviewed by Brüno, an alleged Austrian TV infotainment star. She fails to recognize Cohen, the British-born star of Borat, beneath his disguise and heavy accent.

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Brüno Falls into Matt Lauer's Embrace

Originally posted 07/09/2009 09:05AM

Somehow, it just seemed pre-destined that Austrian fashionista Brüno would end up in Matt Lauer's arms.

The fateful contact took place Thursday during a free-wheeling Today show interview in which Sacha Baron Cohen's flamboyant alter ego, in his silver lamé jumpsuit, demanded a hug from the handsome morning host. Problem was, the segment (see video) had already faded to blackout before the moment could be shared with viewers.

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Is There a 'Real' Brüno?

Is There a 'Real' Brüno?

Originally posted 07/06/2009 08:45AM

It looks like Brüno, Sacha Baron Cohen's over-the-top gay character, isn't as outrageous a fabrication as you may think. There's a debate raging in Austria right now over who the "real Brüno" could be, and there is not one but two contenders.

Alfons Haider is the front runner. A deliciously theatrical 51-year-old entertainer – actor, cabaret star, reality show host, singer – thinks the discussion is a hoot. "Aren't we a funny country? It's like there's no recession or other problems in the world. Here the press is worried about who the real Brüno is."

In between rehearsals for the premiere of La Cage aux Folles at the Stockerau Theater Festival (he plays Zaza and the costume is to die for!) and preparing to host Starnacht, (Night of the Stars) an annual musical variety extravaganza, the performer laments he doesn't even have time to see Brüno.

As for the resemblance, he tells PEOPLE, "I only have four things in common with Brüno: I'm a man, an Austrian, I'm on television, and I'm gay – that's it. But if the world wants me to be the inspiration for Brüno, well then, I'll be Brüno. It's all pretty funny." He also has a theory about being Brüno's inspiration, adding, "Nine years ago, Sacha Baron Cohen studied in Austria for a year. Since I've done over 800 television shows in the past 15 years, I can't rule out the possibility that he may have seen one of my shows."

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LaToya Jackson Cameo Deleted from Brüno

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LaToya Jackson Cameo Deleted from Brüno

Originally posted 06/26/2009 03:55PM

News of Michael Jackson's death prompted Brüno producers to pull LaToya Jackson's cameo from a screening at the film's U.S. premiere Thursday night in Hollywood.

"Out of respect for the Jackson family, the filmmakers have decided to remove a small scene involving LaToya Jackson," Universal Pictures, the studio behind the film, says in a statement to PEOPLE.

In the scene, Brüno – an Austrian fashion journalist played by Sacha Baron Cohen – interviews Jackson, 53, and asks her repeatedly to talk like her famous brother, Michael. When she refuses, he asks her for her phone, attempts to find Michael's contact informany and reads aloud what he thinks is his number in German.

POLL: Who Has the Hotter Nude GQ Cover?

POLL: Who Has the Hotter Nude GQ Cover?

Originally posted 06/16/2009 01:00PM

Talk about revealing! Sacha Baron Cohen is giving Jennifer Aniston a run for her money with the release of his nude GQ cover.

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Eminem Admits: I Was Involved in Brüno Stunt

Eminem Admits: I Was Involved in Brüno Stunt

Originally posted 06/03/2009 08:20PM

Three days after storming out of the MTV Movie Awards, Eminem is setting the record straight about what exactly happened that night between him and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen: It was all a gag.

"I'm thrilled that we pulled this off better than we rehearsed it," the rapper, 36, tells RapRadar about his altercation with the actor, who was dressed as his flamboyant character Brüno. "It had so many people going 'nuts' so to speak. Everyone was blowing me up about it."

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Eminem Storms Out of MTV Movie Awards

Originally posted 05/31/2009 11:00PM

Eminem returned to the spotlight Sunday, spitting the lyrics of his name-dropping singles "We Made You" and "Crack A Bottle" from his hit album Relapse at the MTV Movie Awards. But not long after his performance, he stormed away from his seat in the auditorium when Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as his flamboyant character Brüno in angel wings and a barely-visible thong, descended on wires and landed face down in the rapper's lap.

Bodyguards pounced and Eminem's entourage made its exit in what was the most outrageous moment of a night of filled with irreverence. Other examples: host Andy Samberg spoofing box office hits like Slumdog Millionaire (which was nominated six times but came up empty handed) and Star Trek, Amy Poehler accepting the Golden Popcorn trophy for the best "WTF moment" and Forest Whitaker singing an operatic rendition of Samberg's Emmy Award winning song "D– in a Box."

But the night belonged to the film sensation Twilight, which picked up five awards, including the top prize for best movie.

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