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robpongi
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11/17/08 08:07 PM
'Borat' star crashes NBC drama 'Medium' new [re: robpongi]  

'Borat' star crashes NBC drama 'Medium'



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Nov. 17, 2008


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Even a make-believe psychic couldn't spot the scam when an actor disrupted a scene for "Medium" involving Patricia Arquette, who stars as psychic Allison DuBois in the NBC drama.

After the unruly extra was ejected by security, the truth became clear: He was chameleonic comic prankster Sacha Baron Cohen in his identity as outrageous fashion reporter Bruno.

It was unclear how Cohen gained entry to the set, and whether he was secretly filming his performance for his own use, according to Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the incident. But prior to the Nov. 7 invasion in Los Angeles, Cohen had been shooting other "crash" footage for his new film, a followup to his comedy hit "Borat."





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robpongi
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01/17/09 03:45 AM
Boy George is sentenced to 15 months in jail new [re: robpongi]  

Boy George is sentenced to 15 months in jail

By JENNIFER QUINN, Associated Press Writer – Fri Jan 16


Via Yahoo News



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LONDON – Singer Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in jail on Friday after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort by handcuffing him to a wall in a London apartment.

British Judge David Radford said the 47-year-old former Culture Club frontman, whose real name is George O'Dowd, was guilty of "gratuitous violence."

O'Dowd's lawyer said his client and the escort had both behaved like "drug-crazed idiots" and that O'Dowd's substance abuse problems were a contributing factor.

In 2006, Boy George — whose pop band's hits included "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Karma Chameleon" — did community service with New York City's Department of Sanitation after he called police with a false report of a burglary at his lower Manhattan apartment and officers found cocaine there.

Friday's sentencing occurred at Snaresbrook Crown Court in East London, where O'Dowd had been warned by the judge to expect a jail sentence.

The singer had been convicted in December of handcuffing Norwegian escort Audun Carlsen to a wall hook at his East London apartment. During the trial, prosecutors said Carlsen was held by O'Dowd for under an hour.

The singer denied the charge, saying he had restrained Carlsen with handcuffs while trying to figure out if a computer had been tampered with. Carlsen, 29, said O'Dowd swung at him with a metal chain as he ran from the apartment after a naked photo shoot.

Photos of Carlsen's injuries — which he said had been inflicted by O'Dowd — were shown to the jury, but the singer denied he was responsible.

Speaking to Judge Radford on Friday, O'Dowd's lawyer, Adrian Waterman, said: "This defendant is a kind and generous man who is particularly mindful of others' needs. He is the antithesis of the haughty bullying star. He was not himself when addled by the habitual and relatively long-lasting using of illegal drugs."

During Culture Club's heyday in the 1980s, Boy George was famous for his flamboyant makeup and outfits.






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JarethsGirl
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01/17/09 09:40 AM
Re: Boy George is sentenced to 15 months in jail new [re: robpongi]  

Man, I cannot wait for this Bruno movie.


Anyway, regarding Boy George - I thought Fred Armisen's impersonation was hilariously on point. Though he does start to crack a bit somewhere in there, it's totally forgiveable for someone like Armisen who's usually a complete professional. Jimmy Fallon or Kenan Thompson on the other hand.. man that shit grinds my gears.

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robpongi
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01/22/09 10:46 AM
Re: Boy George is sentenced to 15 months in jail new [re: JarethsGirl]  

Thanks JarethsGirl!

Yeah, I too am really looking forward to seeing the new Bruno film too. I'm sure it will be very funny and "controversial" as well!

And, also, thanks alot for the link to Fred Armisen's impersonation of Boy George. But unfortunately, NBC.com does not allow viewing outside of the USA, therefore, I couldn't see it. But if you know any other site that may have it up, please post a link! Thanks alot.

Cheers!




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JarethsGirl
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01/22/09 12:24 PM
Re: Boy George is sentenced to 15 months in jail new [re: robpongi]  

In reply to:

NBC.com does not allow viewing outside of the USA



Well, that blows.

We'll be hard pressed finding it up anywhere else because anything copywrighted that pops up on youtube NBC immediately smacks down with its big peacock dick. Nevertheless, I'll keep an eye out.

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robpongi
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02/08/09 04:25 AM
How Japan Could Save the World new [re: Remade/Remodeled]  

How Japan Could Save the World

Don't laugh—Japan has the skills and the resources, and has made huge contributions before.

By Christian Caryl | NEWSWEEK

Published Jan 31, 2009

From the magazine issue dated Feb 9, 2009


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As the chaos off Somalia has forced more and more countries to address high-seas piracy, one nation stands out for its proven track record in the field. For years, the Strait of Malacca—a narrow but vital waterway between Malaysia and Indonesia—was bedeviled by buccaneers. Who came to the rescue? Japan, a nation not known for its willingness to take on international threats. Yet Tokyo quietly rose to the challenge, providing training to regional militaries, setting up an information-sharing center that allowed local security forces to respond quickly to attacks and providing Coast Guard ships to the ill-equipped Indonesian Navy. Japan's efforts were highly effective, helping reduce piracy incidents in the area from 150 in 2003 to a third of that just three years later.

After seemingly endless dithering, politicians in Tokyo also recently agreed to dispatch warships to the Gulf of Aden—but only to protect Japanese ships and cargo, which will limit any international good will the country earns in return. And the mission will be so entangled in caveats and conditions that its effectiveness will be highly questionable.

What gives? Japan, it seems, has become the Hamlet of Asia, endlessly fretting about its waning world influence while failing to do much about it. Some analysts explain the diffidence by pointing to the drawn-out recession of the 1990s, which left the country demoralized and mired in debt. Others suggest that Japan's half-century military reliance on the United States created a culture of dependency and timidity. Some even blame the lack of mojo on the country's aging population, or its strikingly mediocre politicians.

There's a core of truth to all these charges. Japan's government often seems to lack the will to assert itself. This reluctance is particularly problematic today, when the world is desperately looking for ways out of the economic crisis. But there's reason for hope. In some cases, such as Southeast Asian piracy, Japan has already made real contributions to global problems—and hinted at a way forward on other issues. And later this year, when Japanese voters go to the polls, they're expected to deal a stinging defeat to the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which has governed the country essentially unchallenged since World War II. If the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) forms the next government, it will face a remarkable opportunity to launch bold new initiatives—even though its current positions are a bit of a muddle. Japanese voters are likely to support decisive moves, given their frustrations with the LDP's fecklessness.

If the DPJ does start tackling international problems, it will find it has plenty of resources at its disposal. The Japanese economy, for example, might not be quite the force it once was, but it's still the world's second largest. (Tokyo alone has a larger GDP than all of Canada.) Despite the global economic crisis, Japanese financial institutions remain strikingly sound. "The banking system is relatively intact," says former Bank of Japan official Mikio Wakatsuki. "Our international exposure is not too bad. The currency is too strong—[but that's] another sign that we're not too badly damaged." Wakatsuki is the first to acknowledge that these advantages are relative, and that Japan is in dire economic straits. Yet even in its weakened condition, the country has the capacity to assert benign economic leadership—should it choose to.

Indeed, Tokyo has already made a few moves in the right direction. Drawing on its more than $1 trillion in foreign-exchange reserves, Japan has offered a $100 billion credit line to the International Monetary Fund, and could easily offer up to $200 billion more, says Masahiro Kawai, a Japanese director of the Asian Development Bank Institute (and not affiliated with the Japanese government). Japan has also helped strengthen economic cooperation within Asia in the past. Under strong Japanese leadership, it, along with China and South Korea, has been expanding bilateral currency swaps—financial mechanisms where countries lend foreign-exchange reserves to each other to demonstrate international confidence and deter the speculative currency attacks that plagued Asia during the financial crisis in 1998.

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robpongi
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03/21/09 08:30 PM
'Bruno' scenes debut at South by Southwest new [re: robpongi]  

'Bruno' scenes debut at South by Southwest

Via LA Times Blogs



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Sacha Baron Cohen made a brief appearance, albeit on screen in a pre-taped segment, at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday night. Speaking in an exaggerated, upper-crust British accent, Baron was shown sitting in front of an editing bay as he welcomed the audience to view three scenes from “Bruno,” the highly anticipated follow-up to the comedian’s surprise smash, “Borat.”

There were no credits for the Universal Pictures film apart from a title card and, considering the IMDb page for the film does not name a director, it seems this will be much more the singular vision of Cohen and less a work of collaboration, as on “Borat,” which was directed by veteran Larry Charles and also credited to three additional writers. From the scenes that were screened, “Bruno” is shot in the same style as “Borat,” mixing real people into situations designed to get awkward interactions and maximum comedic response. The footage was outrageous and funny but seemed somehow more constructed than “Borat” and less genuinely anarchic.

In his introduction, Cohen explained that the character of Bruno is a recently disgraced Austrian fashion television host determined to rebuild his image and become “the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler.” Wanting, naturally, to adopt an African baby and sell images for a celebrity-baby photo spread, the first scene showed the casting sessions for a suitable baby. Cohen, looking lean and affecting a fey, lisping Germanic accent with his hair in a dramatically frosted sweep of bangs, asks a series of eager stage parents what would be acceptable for their baby to go through in a photo shoot. Bees, falling from a building, loud noises, rapid acceleration, liposuction, being dressed as a Nazi or hung from a cross like Jesus? No matter the situation, the answer is always “yes.” As Bruno explains to one mother, “Ich bin pushing the limit.”

In the second scene, Cohen explained in a second taped introduction, Bruno was to go on a television talk show in Texas, which he described in a way unprintable here. Appearing before a mostly African American audience, Bruno is part of a segment on single parents. After upsetting the crowd with his announcement that he was looking for “Mr. Right,” he wheels out an African American infant in a pimped-out stroller complete with laptop computer and bedecked in little leather pants and a sleeveless belly T that read “gayby.” Bruno told the audience he is calling the baby by the “traditional African name” of O.J. After showing off pictures of he and the baby with some adult male friends in a hot tub and other scenarios, a woman portrayed as being from Child Protective Services wheeled the baby away.

For the third segment, Cohen explained in another introduction, Bruno reinvents himself as “Straight Dave,” the most heterosexual man in the world. Dave hosts an ultimate fighting event billed as “man slammin’ action.” The rowdy drunken crowd hoots with delight as Dave, dressed in camouflage with a baroque handlebar mustache and mutton-chop sideburns, rips the dresses off a pair of buxom ring attendants. He soon is wrestling a slight-looking blond man and the crowd seems into the fight until Elton John music starts to pump through the room and the two men begin to kiss and remove their clothes. Soon they are drenched in thrown bottles, beer cups and at least one chair is thrown.

While Sunday night’s screening -- essentially a glorified media event that in and of itself speaks to the growing perception of the importance of the SXSW festival -- was funny and surprising, it did not pack quite the same punch as one’s first exposure to “Borat.” So far, these “Bruno” scenes lacked the truly subversive bite that made “Borat” both outrageous and thoughtful, playing it safe rather than really pushing the limit.
-- Mark Olsen
Photo: Sacha Baron Cohen as Bruno. Credit: Todd Shulman / HBO




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robpongi
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04/03/09 02:51 AM
Ron Paul's crazy cameo in the upcoming Bruno movie new [re: robpongi]  

Libertarians Gone Wild

Ron Paul's insane cameo in the upcoming Bruno movie.
By Christopher Beam
Posted Monday, March 16, 2009

Via Slate

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Presidential candidates will do almost anything for publicity. But Ron Paul's appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming Bruno movie suggests he draws the line at making sex tapes with gay Austrian TV hosts.

In a five-minute scene, comedian Cohen tries—and fails—to seduce the Texas congressman and former Republican presidential candidate in a Washington hotel room. A spokeswoman for Paul confirmed the appearance but declined to discuss details, which were provided by two people who attended a test screening last week.

The film, slated for release in July, is the follow-up to 2006's Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, about a Kazakh news reporter's quest to find a wife. Bruno follows a similar arc: After the flamboyant TV host's show in Austria gets canceled, he heads to the United States to try to resurrect his career.

The scene with Paul, filmed in early 2008, occurs about halfway through the movie, after Bruno gets the idea that you have to make a sex tape to become famous. (Stop reading here if you want to see the movie unspoiled.)
Cut to a nondescript hotel suite where Bruno sits across from Ron Paul. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, a light blows out on the set. Bruno apologizes for the technical difficulties and suggests that he and Paul wait in the other room while the crew fixes the light.

The other room, it turns out, is a bedroom. The lighting is low, and the film is now grainy—not unlike a sex tape—as it cuts to a hidden spy camera. There's a spread of Champagne and strawberries and caviar on a table.
Bruno tells Paul to make himself comfortable. Paul sits down on the bed. Bruno turns on some music and starts dancing. Paul is visibly uneasy but doesn't say anything at first. He picks up a newspaper and pretends to read it. "You can tell at each weird gay detail, he [chalks] it up to, This guy is European," says one of the attendees.

Finally, Paul asks what's going on. "Don't worry about it, Dr. Paul," says Bruno, who then unbuckles his belt and drops his pants. At that point, Paul snaps up and storms out of the room.

As Paul is walking away, you can hear him say, several times, something like, "This guy is a queer!" "The word queer comes out of his mouth three or four times," says an attendee.

A spokeswoman for Paul confirmed that the episode took place but declined to provide details. "We don't want it to distract from his message," said press secretary Rachel Mills. "Now is the time when people need to be listening to him on economic issues."

Mills, who was present at the taping, did elaborate on the "queer" line. "I heard him say 'weird,' " she wrote in an e-mail. "In any case, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Queer as Folk … it's not exactly a shocking term if that's what he did say."

Mills also noted that Cohen's people were "very deceptive in their tactics." At the time, she thought they were "legitimate," but now confesses to some concern. "I'm familiar with his work, so you can imagine how I feel about it," she said.

The rest of the movie is a mix of interviews and stunts targeting celebrities and conservatives of various stripes. At one point, Bruno enrolls in a homosexual reprogramming course with evangelical Christians and spends the whole time hitting on the trainers. He sits down with a leader of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, who tells Bruno to leave after Bruno tells him "your King Osama" looks like a "dirty wizard." During an interview with Paula Abdul, Bruno makes immigrant day laborers get down on their hands and knees and serve as furniture. And in the movie's much-hyped set piece, he stages a cage fight in Arkansas where, to the audience's surprise, he proceeds to make out passionately with another man.

Jesse Benton, senior vice president of Campaign for Liberty and former campaign spokesman for Paul, said Paul was not familiar with Cohen's HBO program, Da Ali G Show. "If it's not on hard-core financial news, he doesn't follow it," Benton said. But, he added, "It sounds like it's going to be pretty funny."



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robpongi
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04/06/09 02:27 PM
Re: 'Bruno' scenes debut at South by Southwest new [re: robpongi]  

Ron Paul in Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno”

Via Political Lore

Disclaimer: the video below is intended for mature audiences only, parental discretion is advised.

Red Band Trailer For Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno


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In the recently released preview of Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming theatrical film, those will a keen eye will spot Republican Congressman Ron Paul leaving a hotel room stating, “this is ended.”
According to Slate.com Ron Paul will be featured in the upcoming film as the victim of “Bruno’s” seduction attempt. Reportedly Ron Paul is also featured in the film saying of Bruno, “he’s a queer…that guy is queer as blazes.”
Ron Paul would not be incorrect in that statement, though the term “queer” is sure to attract some scrutiny. Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s former campaign manager, is quick to point out that the term “queer” is used in such mainstream productions as, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Point well taken Jesse. The appearance in the film will test the age old axiom that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Only time will tell if the performance in the film will come back to haunt Ron Paul, if I had to guess I would say no.




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robpongi
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04/18/09 08:43 AM
Ron Paul says Sacha Baron Cohen is a fraud new [re: robpongi]  

Ron Paul says Sacha Baron Cohen is a fraud



By Daily Mail Reporter
17th April 2009


After the huge success of Sacha Baron Cohen's films Ali G In Da House and Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, you'd think people would have wised up to the comedian's disguises.

But it appears not everyone recognises the comedian when he's dressed up as his third alter-ego, gay Austrian fashion reporter Bruno.

Texas congressman Ron Paul, who was a Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential election, was left fuming after he was unwittingly tricked into a hotel room with Cohen's Bruno character.



How do I look? Sacha Baron Cohen attempts to strike a seductive pose as Bruno

The right-wing politician was tricked into being a target of seduction by Bruno last summer by posing as an economic reporter.




Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas

Unhappy: Ron Paul fled a hotel room when Sacha Baron Cohen started undressing

After Paul briefly appeared in the trailer for Cohen's forthcoming film Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America For The Purpose Of Making Heterosexual Male, he realised he would have to explain himself to voters.

Speaking on America's ABC radio this week, angry Paul condemned Cohen for lying and accused him of 'fraud'.

During an interview with presenter Curtis Sliwa, Paul was asked how he ended up in a hotel room in such a compromising situation.

He said: 'We were in a studio situation, I wasn't invited into a hotel room. There were lots of lights and blaze and commotion and they said we better get in this back room which had been fixed up as a bedroom.

'So there was some dishonesty getting me into the interview, I was expecting an interview on Austrian economics. That didn't turn out that way.

'By the time he (Cohen) started pulling his pants down, I was like what on earth is going on here and I ran out of the room. This interview had ended.'

In what is sure to be hilarious viewing in the upcoming film, Paul is stunned when Bruno starts to disrobe in front of him.

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