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12 items from 2009


Sarandon Lands Lifetime Achievement Award

23 November 2009 8:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon was the toast of the Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden on Saturday when she was honoured for her longrunning movie career.

The Hollywood actress, 63, was presented with the lifetime achievement prize, a bronze horse statuette weighing a hefty 15 pounds (7.3 kilograms), by Swedish actor Gustaf Hammarsten.

Paying tribute to the Thelma and Louise star, Hammarsten said, "The roles Susan Sarandon has played often gain a life of their own beyond the films themselves.

"Reflection, seduction and rebellion animate her characters and seem to be the key tools in her actor's repertoire."

Accepting the award, Sarandon vowed to continue working for as long as possible.

She told the audience, "I am very happy that I'm still working, that I'm able to get jobs when a lot of people that I started out with are no longer working. I still have a really good time, and as long as that continues I'll continue to do it."

French director Luc Besson is also set to be honoured at the annual event, which runs until 29 November. »

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DVD Review: Deleted scenes make ‘Bruno’ worth another look

18 November 2009 8:19 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen), the fabulous host of Austria’s top fashion TV show Funkyzeit (No.1 in all German-speaking countries sans Germany), has been blacklisted for creating a disruptive scene during Milan Week. He decides to do what every celeb-seeking whore would do: come to America to become famous. When his acting career fizzles shortly after becoming an extra on the set of Medium, Bruno switches gears and becomes a celebrity interviewer. After all, Mario Lopez is doing it.

Poor Paula Abdul. When furniture doesn’t arrive for their chit-chat, Bruno pays off some Mexicans to act as furniture. Witness the hilarity as Ms. Abdul speaks of her sensitivity towards mankind while sitting on a human bench. Later on, after the test screening of his TV pilot is denounced by the panel (on Jamie-Lynn Spears’ fetus: abort it or keep it? “Abort it.”), Bruno intends to gain celebrity by solving »

- Erik Buckman

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The Blu-Ray Review: Bruno

12 November 2009 3:40 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With 2006's Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen's style of Candid Camera-style comedy reached the mainstream. The film earned $128 million and became something of a cultural phenomenon.

Cohen's problem: the success of the Borat character made a sequel impossible. Much of the film's appeal came from the way that "Borat" interacted with real people. Though clearly some - much? - of it was staged, enough of the movie generated laughs via the mixture of character and reality that a challenge emerged. Cohen couldn't venture into the world as Borat and expect people to believe him anymore. Borat isn't Cohen's only character, of course. He originally earned fame via flashy Brit street dude Ali G, but I suspect that character's run his course. This meant Cohen dug into another of his roles: a gay Austrian "fashionista" named Brüno.

Many expected Borat level receipts for Brüno, but they failed to emerge. It »

- Paul

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Brüno – DVD

10 November 2009 4:59 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

DVD Review

Brüno

Directed by: Larry Charles

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten

Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Rating: R

Due Out: November 10, 2009

Plot: Gay Austrian fashionista Brüno has a talk show that gets canceled, so he decides to head to Hollywood to become famous. But he soon realizes it’s much more difficult than he originally thought.

Who’S It For? You’ve got to have an open mind although it doesn’t push the homophobic boundaries as much as I thought. It’s really just a nice pile of sketches so complete focus isn’t necessary.

Movie:

It’s not gay bashing, it’s not pro-gay … Brüno is just gay, but that’s not the focus of the film. At the heart (I mean center, there really is no heart) it’s a focus on the idiots/ignornants/oddities of American society. Borat feels like a story, Brüno comes off more as sketches, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Bruno Review

12 July 2009 9:23 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Bruno Directed by: Larry Charles Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer, Jeff Schaffer Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten In 2006, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen took America by storm with the release of his feature film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Borat was one of three characters he had been developing over the past 10 or so years, which eventually gained mainstream attention on Da Ali G Show. The movie ended up taking over $260 million worldwide, but was followed with controversy, lawsuits and a backlash, leading many people to wonder if a follow up film would even be feasible, let alone profitable. Cohen's response is an even more outrageous movie based around another one of his alter-egos, the gay Austrian fashion critic Bruno. Drawing from his own experiences working briefly as a model out of university, he simultaneously skewers the fashion »

- Sean

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‘Bruno’ Movie Delivered Nonstop Laughs

12 July 2009 1:56 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy movie "Bruno" opened up on Friday July 10,2009,and from there it was laugh on. This movie was way funnier than his last movie "Borat". The scenes that appear in "Bruno" shocked and astounded me. It was unbelievable what they let slip into this film. In a brief plot, Bruno the gay, Austrian, model is outcast from his native Austria for his outlandish and wreckless behaviour. No one there would let him back into a modeling show. So it was off to L.A. with his gay assistant Lutz (Gustaf Hammarsten) to become a big Hollywood celebrity. He would soon foil that opportunity up as well with his unbelievable antics which included a hilarious scene with Paula Abdul. He would also ruin his relationship with his assistant »

- Andre@ontheflix

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Brüno

10 July 2009 10:00 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Release Date: July 10

Director: Larry Charles

Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer, Jeff Schaffer

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten

Cinematographer: Anthony Hardwick, Wolfgang Held

Studio/Run Time: Üniversal Pictures, 83 mins.

Brüno is sharper, funnier, and more profane than Borat. Thank goodness.

Let’s get this clear right at the top: anyone who thought Borat was crass and unfunny would do well to stay away from the new film called Brüno by Sacha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles. The British comedian known for disappearing completely into his faux naïve characters has a new personality but the same strategy: Break the rules of decorum while the cameras are rolling to see how people react. His tactics as a flamboyantly gay, highly sexed fashion maven are even more brusquely offensive to genteel sensibilities than his Kazakh rube was. Delicate souls should steer clear. »

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Gay Panic

10 July 2009 8:09 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Sacha Baron Cohen's improvisational prank film "Brüno" is a conceptual mess that's satisfying as a lowball, turn-your-brain-off snot comedy, but deeply problematic as social commentary. It's this last aspect, unfortunately, that made 2006's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" (and the character's original TV incarnation) an object of debate. Did Borat's interactions with prototypical dumb-ass Americans, and his stoking of anti-Semitic tendencies, critique the Arab world's cultural prejudice and expose the country's latent prejudice and paranoia, or merely invite smug liberal laughter and an unearned sense of cultural superiority? Was Borat a Rorschach test, or an admittedly mesmerizing comedian's clever way of indulging stereotypes while pretending to challenge them? And in total, was the movie a stinging critique of a fat, happy nation engaged in two distant wars against countries filled with Borat-types, or just a put-on faking relevance, the movie »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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‘Bruno’s’ hijinx quickly wear thin

10 July 2009 7:11 AM, PDT | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

That horse doesn't have a name.

Bruno makes it all seem so easy. An outrageously gay character ambushes “celebrities” and “regular folk” with a dildo (sometimes two dildos) while having anal bleaching done and/or gyrating to a funky beat. For those that may think this morally reprehensible behavior has no place in American cinema, I have news for you. It surely does. After all, it’s American cinema. And for those who feel the antics of Sacha Baron Cohen is a one-trick penis, er, pony that has been painted as an in-depth critique of American socio-political society, well, there’s some truth to it you can get over the rocking of a cradle by a dildo machine.

Cohen once again returns to the big screen with a mockumentary set out to savagely deride the worst kept secrets in the United States; some of us our jerks. A lot of us are pretty embarrassing. »

- Erik Buckman

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Brüno

10 July 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Brüno

Directed by: Larry Charles

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten

Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: July 10, 2009

Click Here to read Nick Allen’s take on Bruno

Plot: Gay Austrian fashionista Brüno has a talk show that gets canceled, so he decides to head to Hollywood to become famous. But he soon realizes it’s much more difficult than he originally thought.

Who’s It For? You’ve got to have an open mind although it doesn’t push the homophobic boundaries as much as I thought. You will squirm if you have troubles watching others squirm. And hopefully it goes without saying, but leave the kids at home.

Expectations: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is one of my favorite comedies of the last decade. Those are big shoes to fill.

Scorecard (0-10)

Actors:

Sacha Baron Cohen as Brüno: Cohen’s passion is unmatched. »

- Jeff Bayer

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‘Brüno’: Must a Movie Like This Be Broadcast Üniversal?

10 July 2009 12:02 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – As a tribute to “Borat,” let’s start with a lesson in “not” jokes.

Brüno” is everything one would hope for in a Sacha Baron Cohen return. The film is hilarious, unpredictable and worth every dollar it will make… not! There is a great fallacy that has spread in Hollywood and “Brüno” is one of its many victims.

Rating: 2.0/5.0 Some making and marketing comedies believe that shocking their audience is an edgy and guaranteed formula for laughter. For the greater part of films like “Brüno,” however, the audience feels only disgust. Far from amused, several leave before the film has concluded.

Read Elizabeth Oppriecht’s full review of “Brüno” in our reviews section. Attempting to match the cinematic success of 2006’s “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” “Brüno” follows much the same format. This time we have an Austrian-import title character traveling with his assistant’s assistant, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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[Movie Review] Brüno

9 July 2009 8:29 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Is Sacha Baron Cohen maturing in reverse? That's the impression I get when I see his career trajectory, and it makes me sad. When I first became aware of him about 10 years ago, as his Ali G persona, he was an assault-comedian with razor-sharp wit. Interviewing political analysts and religious leaders, he often caught them off-guard with moronic questions and was able to make his unaware targets appear foolish. This was the same tactic that made Borat so memorable. Though it's the outrageous physical humor that makes us laugh the hardest, the genius-at-work is when Cohen casually uses stereotypes to expose the prejudices embedded in people. This time, as the last remaining alter ego from his TV show, the gay Austrian fashion journalist Brüno, Cohen disappoints by substituting clever pranks for a gross-out shockfest.

His snaring of reprehensible people is not completely missing—an audition scene where parents agree to »

- Arya Ponto

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