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BAFTA LA to Honor Sacha Baron Cohen with Comedy Award at 2013 Britannias

BAFTA Los Angeles has announced that it will honor Sacha Baron Cohen at the 2013 Britannia Awards, to be presented on November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Baron Cohen will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 9, 2013 1:14 PM
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Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Lesbian' Inspired by Disturbing True Story

Sacha Baron Cohen's Four By Two Films will team with Paramount to develop "The Lesbian." Yes, really. Baron Cohen works fast: the project is inspired by Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, who this past September offered $65 million to any man who could successfully marry his lesbian daughter...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • October 5, 2012 12:43 PM
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Mercurial Sacha Baron Cohen Takes on Freddie Mercury: Performance or Impersonation?

Trying to take the measure of Sacha Baron Cohen, who has played a Kazakh journalist visiting the US in "Borat," an Austrian fashionista voguing in "Bruno," a North African dictator demoted to ordinary US immigrant in "The Dictator." His Halloween parade of beards and costumes and accents makes it hard to tell if he’s an actor or an impersonator...
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • May 25, 2012 1:23 PM
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Review Round-Up: 'The Dictator' with Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy "The Dictator" is getting strong initial reviews in England, where it opens first. Hence the floodgates opened on stateside reviews, which are 85% on Rotten Tomatoes so far--that's a whole lot better than "Bruno"'s 67% Tomatometer score. The movie is not tracking great, party because "Bruno" burnt some audiences last time around; strong-word-of-mouth should correct that.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2012 10:41 AM
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Press Release to Toh! from The Esteemed Dictator of The Republic of Wadiya

To sell his upcoming film "The Dictator" (May 16), Sacha Baron Cohen, as is his wont, is immersing himself in character. Following Cohen's opening promo salvo --his intentional slip-up on Ryan Seacrest on the Oscar red carpet--Paramount now has blasted an official "press release" from the Esteemed Dictatorship of The Republic of Wadiya (below).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 4:02 PM
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'Django Unchained' Character Guide and Official Synopsis

The graphic poster for "Django Unchained" (December 25) is spare and actor-free, so we decided to fill in a character guide and an embellished official synopsis--we did read the Quentin Tarantino script.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • April 13, 2012 4:29 PM
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