Los Angeles: February 23, 2012

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has banned actor Sacha Baron Cohen from attending Sunday’s Oscars even though he is an Academy member and one of the stars of Hugo, Paramount’s 11-nominated movie and Best Picture contender. The reason given is that word reached the Academy suggesting that Baron Cohen planned to walk the Red Carpet in full costume as his title character in the upcoming Paramount comedy The Dictator.

According to Nikki Fink of the website, “Deadline Hollywood,” The Academy’s Managing Director Of Membership Kimberly Rouch phoned Paramont’s awards staff to say Baron Cohen’s tickets had been pulled unless he gives the Academy assurances ahead of time promising not to show up on the Red Carpet in costume and not to promote the movie on the Red Carpet. The Academy made it clear that, without those assurances, it would not issue him the tickets.

Does this make sense? Isn’t everyone on the carpet promoting something? Our heads spin from hearing the words “who are you wearing” being asked over and over and over again. The red carpet has become a platform to flog fashion designers and their wares. “Who are you wearing”? It’s not even proper grammar.

Sasha Baron Cohen is one of the funniest actors around. If he dons a beard or a costume to walk the red carpet at an event the is clearly designed to promote product we would find it a welcome treat. So very tired of the boring, gushing, salivating that goes on prior to award shows on red carpets. Mr. Cohen’s answer to “who are you wearing” would be the only one we would want to hear. Let him go the awards and do what the Oscars were designed to do. Promote movies.

Paula Abdul Tricked by “Bruno”

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie Bruno, about an outrageous gay fashion correspondent hoping to make it big in Hollywood, has nailed another celebrity paula21victim.  This time it’s American Idol judge, Paula Abdul who has fallen victim to Cohen’s tricks.

According to the New York Post, “Paula was totally fooled.”

Abdul called into a radio station this morning to explain what happened and why her blundering publicist got her in front of Bruno’s German camera crew in the first place.

Here is her explaination:

It is the most interesting, whacked-out situation that happened to   me. I was scarred for life for a year. A year ago, my publicist said I’d won “Artist of the Year” in Germany. And I said, “Really? That’s interesting. Okay … ” They said they were going to film a Johnny Depp one for film, and a Scorsese one, I think …

It was on a day of Idol, so I could do it in the morning. It was in the Hollywood Hills. So I get there, and it’s this German crew. And I never signed a release, but I guess my publicist did. And I walk into the home and I’m greeted by this futuristic Captain Nemo–looking dude with a mohawk — and he’s flaming. And I’m going, “Oh, this is going to be one of those fun Japanese game shows.” I’m like, okay, this is weird. Is this a variety show or something like that? So I walk in and there was no furniture except for a chair. And I’m waiting and waiting. And this guy Brüno introduces himself and I said, “Hi.” And he said, “Here have some food.” And the food looked horrible. And I said “No, I’m fine.” And he said, “It’s very, very, very good.” I said, “That’s okay, I don’t want to have it.”

And he says, “Sorry there’s no furniture.” And he snaps his fingers and says “Gardeners!” And these two Mexican guys come in, and they drop down to all fours. I see him paying them like ten bucks. They drop down to all fours and he says [to me], “Sit down.” And I said, “I’m not doing that.” And he says don’t be like …

And I’m in a dress, so I’m tipping and holding my core muscles to not sit on them. And he pushes me down on them, and I’m like, “I’m sorry. And these two gardeners … Mexican gardeners don’t speak a word of English, and I’m like patting them and I’m like, “I’m so sorry.” And he kicked one of them, and we all fall. It was getting so uncomfortable and I’m throwing daggers with my eyes at my publicist. And they’re kicking my publicist out. And I said, “Get me out of here. This is crazy. This is not funny, this is discrimination. This is abusive stuff going on here.” And he says, “I need you to change your clothes,” and I said, “No, I won’t be doing that. I have to go to work … And by the way, where’s my award?”

I had to go to Idol and I couldn’t wait to get out of there. And as I’m going to my car, they’re chasing me with cameras, and I’m like, oh God this is so awkward. And I’m trying to hold a smile on my face and the guy Brüno’s running down the street in front of the car. It was hysterical but it was so disturbing. I was so mad at my publicist at that point. I said, “I can’t believe you signed [the release].” And my manager and attorney were trying to call the production office — and of course it doesn’t exist. So I was freaking out.

So a year goes by. And three weeks ago, my manager sends over something. He says “I have no idea what this is … ” People magazine wants to know how it feels to be totally punked by Sacha Baron Cohen, a.k.a. Brüno. And I said, “I’ve never done anything with Sacha Cohen … They’re wrong.” So we respond — “We have no idea what this is, but she’s never worked with Sacha Baron Cohen.” And at two o’clock in the morning that night I woke up in a cold sweat. I popped my body up out of bed and I went “Holy crap! Oh my God!” And that’s what happened. And I’m dying.

Bruno is to be released in July.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno” Dodges an NC-17 Bullet

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film about a gay Austrian model’s adventures through America is a follow up to his Borat movie from a few years ago. Word has it that it is loadedbruno-one-sheet with gay sex scenes and much crude humor, making Borat seem tame in comparison.

The Motion Picture Association of America originally gave the film the dreaded NC-17 rating forcing the filmmakers to cut scenes and make Bruno more palatable for the masses.

After seeing the latest cut, the ratings board reversed it’s decision and gave Bruno an R for “pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language.”

Meanwhile the poster for the movie has recently been released, and you can catch the trailer at:  http://www.thebrunomovie.com