Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Television Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by BySopan Deb July 22, 2018 Jason Spencer, a Republican state representative in Georgia, found himself on the wrong end of a Sacha Baron Cohen prank that aired Sunday night on Showtime. It was the second episode of “Who Is America?” — Mr. Cohen’s latest foray into duping unsuspecting participants into saying embarrassing things. But Mr. Spencer’s segment was one of the most humiliating yet to air on the show. Mr. Cohen was playing a character named Erran Morad, an Israeli antiterrorism expert who, in the first episode, fooled several current and former lawmakers and gun-rights advocates into expressing support for arming young children. In Sunday night’s episode, the Morad character persuaded Mr. Spencer to take part in a supposed antiterrorism training video. For Mr. Spencer, it … [Read more...] about Who Is Jason Spencer, the Unfortunate Star of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Latest Show?
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A new reality-based movie in which observers react to the outlandish antics of Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen is creating work for defense lawyers even before its scheduled July 10 release date.Claiming that she was disabled during a struggle for a microphone at a California bingo tournament after Baron Cohen began using vulgar language while calling a game amidst the primarily elderly players, Richelle Olson has sued the actor and NBC Universal in state court there. It isn’t clear whether the microphone battle will be included in Baron Cohen’s new movie, Bruno, in which he plays the title role of “a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashionista,” the Associated Press reports.Olson says she has had to use a wheelchair and a cane since hitting her head in a fall immediately after the incident two years ago. She is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $25,000, the news agency writes.The suit asserts claims of assault, battery and fraudulent misrepresentation, among … [Read more...] about Bingo Melee Shot for New Movie Sparks New Litigation for ‘Borat’ Actor & Studio
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man who was chased down a New York City street by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in a scene in his move, Borat.The frightened man, Jeffrey Lemerond, contended in his lawsuit that the movie used his image without his consent in violation of a state law, the New York Times reports in its City Room blog. In the film, the alarmed Lemerond shouts “Go away!” as he runs down the street, with Cohen’s character Borat in hot pursuit of a hug.The New York law bars use of another’s images for advertising or purposes of trade without written permission. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled on Monday that the law does not restrict the use of images for newsworthy events of public interest, and the movie qualifies as such, according to the Times account.“Of course, the movie employs as its chief medium a brand of humor that appeals to the most childish and vulgar in its viewer,” Preska wrote. “At its core, … [Read more...] about Judge Dismisses ‘Borat’ Suit, Says Movie Is Vulgar But of Social Value
In recent years, both South Africa and Nigeria have seen significant growth in their film industries. Filmmakers from around the world are descending on South Africa, keen to take advantage of economic incentives and top-notch facilities. Nigeria’s film industry is more homegrown but, while it may not have the global reach or fame of Hollywood or India’s Bollywood, Nigeria’s “Nollywood” produces 1,000 films a year and is second only to its Indian counterpart in output. As different as the industries may be, the film businesses in both South Africa and Nigeria are notable and growing components of the countries’ economies.According to a study conducted by the National Film and Video Foundation, an agency of South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, the economic pay off for South Africa has been significant. The film industry has created approximately 35,000 jobs, a startling increase from the 4,000 it generated 20 years ago, while … [Read more...] about Action! South Africa and Nigeria Find Growing Opportunity in the Film Business
The makers of Borat didn’t deceive a driving instructor and two etiquette teachers into appearing in the goofy comedy, a federal judge in New York has ruled.Because the three signed a release agreeing to appear in a “documentary-style” film and accepted compensation, they have no cause for complaint about the way they were portrayed in the movie, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska held last week.The movie featured British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen “playing an uncouth and anti-Semitic journalist” as he traveled around the U.S. in pursuit of Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and performed gag interviews along the way, recounts Sky News.At one point, he is lectured by one of the etiquette instructors that it is impolite to discuss feces at the dinner table, notes the BBC.The quirky film was a hit, and several of those who appeared in it apparently got more publicity than they felt they had bargained for.Other unsuccessful suits also were filed by two South … [Read more...] about ‘Borat’ Filmmakers Win Legal Battle