MySpace is apparently not quite fashionable enough a locale for a hot, gay Austrian fashionista like Bruno. He's opened up his own exclusive niche at MeinSpace, where he shows off his body, his fashion sense, his new trailer, and his unique brand of pidgin German (some sort of odd derivative, perhaps, of Hogan's Heroes and Nina Hagen).
The page is already chock-full of salacious tidbits about Bruno's love life, background, and aspirations. He proudly confesses, for example, to have been "ze first Austrian to have bulimia -- 3 years before Diana." He has also positioned himself in the twitterverse, posting tweets under the name brunovassup. Only one post so far, though, informing fans that his new movie is "basically ze most important documentary made about a hot vhite guy since Passion of Ze Christ."
And just when you think his ego couldn't get any bigger, he picks up another couple of rave reviews over at AICN. Posted 04.06.09 by reelz
It's just not true. William Shatner is not slated to appear in the sequel to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Guillermo del Toro is not in negotiations to expand his adaptation of The Hobbit into a trilogy. And, however cool it might seem, there are no plans for The Matrix: Resurrection with Robert Pattinson leading a renegade group of hackers fighting an evil virus that has been injected into the Matrix mainframe.
But then there are the rumors that Sacha Baron Cohen has enlisted a panoply of celebrities, including Bono, Elton John, Snoop Dog and even Madonna to record a spoof of the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas" for the Bruno finale. The parody would reportedly feature the lyrics, "For people of Africa who live in hell/They will never wear Chanel." A bit suspicious given that the story broke on April 1st, but in this case ... hmm. Posted 04.02.09 by reelz
Despite rave reactions and gut-busting laughter from test audiences, the movie ratings board was not amused with the first submission of Bruno, and stuck it with a kiss-of-death NC-17 rating that the studio will not support. Such censorship is ubiquitous of course, but in this case it cuts pretty close to the core of the movie, which aims to challenge audiences to "question our own discomfort when we are confronted with images that challenge our preconceptions about sexuality." In any case, it's back to the edit bay for Sacha Baron Cohen. Likely to fall to the cutting room floor are a sex scene between Bruno and another character and Bruno's naked surprise visit to to the tent of a fellow hunter. Filmmakers remain optimistic that they can make the cuts and keep the movie intact in a toned-down R-rated version for theatrical release. And the deleted scenes will just have to wait until the movie shows up on a director's cut DVD. Posted 03.30.09 by reelz
AICN has posted an early review of the new Bruno movie from someone who got a peek at a test screening. Not much in the way of spoilers there but some early indications of difficulties that Sacha Baron Cohen had in making the movie and may have in reaching some audiences. Here's a short version.
The good: There are some scenes that were so incredibly funny that they had the reviewer and nearly everyone else in the audience nearly dry heaving. It is, he says, "crazier than anything you've seen in a mainstream theater, and yes, that includes Borat."
The bad: Cohen's notoriety really does appear to making it harder for him to find unwitting victims to prank. Harder, but not impossible. And he's clearly not giving up. The Smoking Gun just published a list of websites of dozens of front companies Cohen has used to try to establish his credibility. And he is disappearing them nearly as fast as they are discovered.
The ugly: The film may just be too gay for Middle America.
The bottom line though is that the movie promises to be one of the funniest of the year. Posted 03.26.09 by reelz
The first footage from Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno came out of the closet at SXSW this weekend, and there is nothing shy about it. Opening with the announcement that he wants to be the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler, Bruno quickly demonstrates that he can lure in the unsuspecting as well as his Kazak cousin, with side-splitting results. In one sequence, he interviews real showbiz moms eager to jump-start their 3-year-old daughters' modeling careers. "Is your baby comfortable with bees, wasps, and hornets?" Willing to lose a third of her body weight for a modeling job? Pose like Jesus on the cross? Not a problem for these ambitious moms. Later, Bruno, now reinvented as Straight Dave, the host of a TV wrestling show called "Man-Slamming Maxout," takes his homo-erotic act on the road in Texarkana, Arkansas, for an audience of "chanting, beer-bellied, Confederate-flag-waving men," with literally riotous results.
Looks like we might just have a worthy successor to Borat in the making. Posted 03.16.09 by reelz
How does Sacha Baron Cohen do it? How does he manage to slither into so many places he shouldn't and get taken for someone he isn't. On a recent episode of The View, Patricia Arquette explained how he managed to fake his way on the set of NBC's Medium last November. Arquette, who was in the courtroom scene where Cohen, aka Bruno, made his appearance, recounted that here was this bizarre extra in the jury box, making strange faces and inappropriate comments. Normally, a crazy extra would get summarily ejected. But the in this case, people on set weren't sure what do, because he had prepared his way by planting a rumor that he was the cousin of much-feared NBC network boss Ben Silverman. No one had a clue that they being pranked by Bruno. Eventually, necessity overcame fear though, and he was shown the door. Will the incident make it into the movie? Hard to say. It is still unclear whether Cohen managed to get his own footage of the prank, or whether in this case he will have to rely on the good humor of NBC. Posted 02.24.09 by reelz
Idle hands are the devil's workshop. Doubly so when Sacha Baron Cohen is involved. Now that the release of his new vehicle Bruno has gotten pushed back from May 15 to July 10, the chameleon-like comedian has some extra time for mischief. Suspicions are high. One curious rumor has him faking a career as black R&B music producer Ryan Leslie. Seems a bit far fetched given the guy's elaborate resume, but there is a passing resemblance. So, Borat or not? No official denial yet from Leslie, but there are other signs that it is getting a lot harder to tell who's keeping it real lately. Witness all the swirling gossip about whether Joaquin Phoenix's stumbling new career in rap music is an elaborate hoax put on to help his brother-in-law with a documentary. No doubt Bruno would approve. Posted 01.29.09 by reelz
It is not just heterosexual males that are likely to take offense at the antics of Sasha Baron Cohen in -- to give his upcoming movie it's full title -- Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America For The Purpose Of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable In The Presence Of A Gay Foreigner In A Mesh T-Shirt.
According to The Sun, religious members of US test audiences didn't see the humor in having one of the characters in the film be a black model called Jesus who wears a loincloth and a crown of thorns. Normally pissing off your test audience is a bad sign, but in this case it is likely exactly what Cohen was aiming for. And there may be more to the story here than The Sun is reporting. It seems unlikely that a mere black Jesus would bother a modern audience so much, but a gay black Jesus, perhaps? Posted 01.09.09 by reelz
Imitation is not always flattery, especially when Sacha Baron Cohen is involved. The British press is reporting that in his upcoming movie Bruno, the comic actor will mock the music diva's adoption of Malawian child David Banda. One storyline in Bruno has Cohen's alter ego, a flaming Austrian fashion presenter, and his boyfriend "Diesel" adopting an African baby named David and parading him around the fashion capitals of the world. Although Cohen and Madonna have worked together in the past -- he was featured in her video Music -- it is not his first joke at her expense. At the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards he followed her performance up with the comment "The singer before me -- who was he? It was very courageous of MTV to start the show with a genuine transvestite." Posted 01.02.09 by reelz
Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego Bruno showed up in California over the weekend to pop in on a rally in support of Proposition 8, which would ban gay marriage in California.
Bruno joined those demonstrating against the measure, dressed unassumingly in a blonde wig and blue sweater. Even so, it wasn't long before the tall Brit was recognized. His team shielded him from fans and eventually took him away in a van.
Baron Cohen is continuing to film segments for his highly anticipated follow-up to Borat, although his popularity is making things a little trickier this time around.
Sorce: Breitbart Posted 11.03.08 by reelz