July 12, 2009 |
It's not that we don't get it. The makers of the film "Bruno," Sacha Baron Cohen's just-released follow-up to "Borat," have said that they intend to satirize and expose homophobia. But even when filmmakers have the best of intentions, there can be a disconnect between the concept and the execution. In "Bruno," the satire often loses sight of the way gay people are treated in real life.
December 6, 2006 |
"BORAT" has earned nearly $200 million worldwide, been served with at least five lawsuits and is credited with contributing to one celebrity divorce. So what ground is left for the guerrilla comedy to cover? Bringing home the gold. Twentieth Century Fox is rolling out a niiiiccce campaign to see if Sacha Baron Cohen can make sexy time with Oscar.
February 27, 2007 |
IN the ground floor lobby of the Kodak Theatre, less than an hour before the Academy Awards are set to begin, a crowd mills and buzzes around a stationary center -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz, with their respective posses, are separately holding court. To a knot of young women, Diaz performs a fairly biting parody of herself, talking at a thousand words a second, gesticulating wildly. "I gotta get the ... out of this dress, that's all I know."
November 3, 2006 |
Borat beware: Accept an invitation by a top Kazakh official to find out what the country is really like and you could be in for a nasty surprise. "I'd kill this impostor on the spot," said Eltai Muptekeyev, who makes his living in Almaty by posing for photos with a blindfolded falcon clinging to a thick leather glove on his hand.
July 14, 2009 |
Universal Pictures will release a tamer version of its Sacha Baron Cohen comedy "Bruno" in Britain alongside the currently playing film in hopes of attracting a bigger audience that includes teens 15 and older. When Universal releases the toned-down "Bruno" on July 24, it will be the first time two versions of the same movie will be shown concurrently in Britain, said David Kosse, president of Universal Pictures International.
November 27, 2006 |
Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" has grossed more than $100 million at the box office, but can the British comedian pull off another "mockumentary," this time in the guise of a gay Austrian fashionista? Universal Pictures has bet $42.5 million that he can. Before "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" became a box-office sensation, Universal agreed to pay the hefty premium for the actor's next film, "Bruno," which it will market and distribute.
February 25, 2007 |
WHEN you think of Ken Davitian, you probably think of him naked, obese and pendulous, nearly suffocating the tall but waifish Sacha Baron Cohen in their famous naked hotel room fight in the hit movie "Borat." But there is so much more to Davitian, the 53-year-old actor who so completely inhabited the part of Borat's humorless Kazakh producer Azamat Bagatov that industry people with whom he is taking meetings even now don't realize he is a thoroughly local American actor.
July 2, 2009 |
Sacha Baron Cohen's latest fictional character hails from a different foreign land, wears different clothes, and tells different jokes. But the closer you examine Universal's marketing campaign for Baron Cohen's "Bruno," the more the sales pitch starts to look a little like "Borat 2" -- which simultaneously explains "Bruno's" advantages and drawbacks. When Universal's ribald Baron Cohen comedy lands in theaters July 10, expectations will be high. The studio paid a steep $42.
October 25, 2006 |
Moviefilm "Borat" will not be in so much US and A theaters when it opening third of November. Twentieth Century Fox on Tuesday confirmed that it had slashed by more than half the number of locations where it hoped to debut the mock documentary about a boorish Kazakh TV journalist. On assignment in America, the fictional Borat offends virtually everyone he meets while mangling the English language.
July 10, 2009 |
Amid the screams of shock and laughter at a packed preview screening of "Bruno" Tuesday night in Washington, one could also detect slight sighs of relief. There were many gay people in the audience, and nothing interests them quite like monitoring how they are treated in movies and TV. It seems gays have found, if not a friend in Bruno, at least a very tenuous ally in his over-the-top (and under-the-bottom) stereotype.