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Austrian Journo Dresses Up as Mozart for Super Bowl Media Day

PhillipHajszanPicThis is not a Sacha Baron Cohen movie-project update.

Rather, we’re here to let you know that one Phillip Hajszan (pictured) is today making stateside headlines for having dressed up, at Super Bowl Media Day, as a guy who could diagram an intricate symphony. We’re not trying to be mean; but perhaps this desperate fourth-and-wrong ploy was designed to improve the quantity and quality of the Austrian journalist’s personal-account Twitter followers. From a USA TODAY write-up:

In his white wig, many mistook Hajszan for Benjamin Franklin. “That is what people keep saying. I say, no, I’m Mozart, Mozart, Mozart!” said Hajszan, who came to Media Day last year garbed in Austrian lederhosen.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria.

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Sacha Baron Cohen BAFTA Bit Causes Controversy

Shutterstock_SBCohenMTVMovieAwardsThis time last year, it was Daniel Day-Lewis and an empty chair. Last night at the BAFTA-LA Britannia Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen kicked it up a notch with the help of an elderly actress in a wheelchair. What’s next – Eddie Izzard and an electric chair?

Just as British Abe’s riff on Clint Eastwood proved impossible to beat at the podium during 2012 film awards season, Cohen’s hilarious prank of the audience with the help of an elderly co-conspirator is going to be very hard to top this year. Accepting the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, the Borat/Bruno/Dictator star took receipt of a jerry-rigged cane from the woman, started doing his best “Little Tramp” imitation and then faux-tripped to send her rolling off the front of the stage. From a report by Deadline’s Pete Hammond:

The routine had half the packed Beverly Hilton audience roaring and the other half shaking in their Jimmy Choos wondering if he had really just killed an elderly woman in a wheelchair – or was it one of his patented tasteless gags?… The reaction was so visceral in the room host Rob Brydon had to literally calm down the normally more sedate British crowd. Some clearly thought it was real.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Body Double Set for LAFF World Premiere

A year after Karl Jacob’s off-camera doubling for Sacha Baron Cohen as Aladeen hit theaters in The Dictator, the Minnesota-minted artist is gearing up for a sold-out Friday world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival of his co-directorial debut Pollywogs.

The drama is set in Minnesota and derives its title partly from the idea that its two lead adult characters (Jacob, Kate Lyn Sheil) are emotionally stunted. Ahead of Friday night’s big debut, Jacob spoke with Twin Cities Daily Planet movie blogger Jim Brunzell III about the many references in the film to his (and Bob Dylan‘s) childhood hometown of Hibbing, MN, as well as the challenges the movie’s title may present overseas:

“Apparently in the UK it [Pollywogs] means something different. One of the co-producers is British, and she said, “We may want to consider changing the title if it goes to Britain.” I think it could be some type of slang word.”

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And the Grammy for Doofus of the Year Goes to…

Following his stage-crash of the Grammys on Sunday, Ukrainian TV correspondent Vitalii Sediuk has told The Hollywood Reporter that the very rude Adele-interrupt was merely a reflection of the fact that he is “a reporter and it was part of my report.” Uh huh.

Sacha Baron Cohen might want to consider a Borat copyright infringement lawsuit. Heck, even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association could take full advantage and release a statement stressing that this guy is not a member.

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The First Anchorman 2 Teaser Trailer is Out

Less than two months after Will Ferrell announced that Anchorman 2 was a go, a teaser trailer for the 2013 sequel is ready to go and airing in theaters before The Dictator.

Collider has the details from a source that saw an early screening of the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy:

“Just got out of a screening of The Dictator. There is an Anchorman 2 teaser attached featuring the Channel 4 news team (minus Veronica) stating how excited they are to return… a concept that Brick seems to have a hard time with. Also, not sure if it was an official title or more of a slogan but the screen title read Anchorman: The Legend Continues followed by ’2013′”

Actress Christina Applegate is still on the bubble for the project. When the teaser eventually leaks, we will pass it along so you can save your $12 and not sit through 83 minutes of The Dictator.

The Dictator Asks: Where Are Wadiya’s Oscar Nominations?

In this morning’s riposte to the “Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Zionists,” Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator cranks out the funniest lines yet for his masterful (and way cheaper than a Super Bowl spot) upside-down PR campaign.

After setting an ultimatum of noon PT Sunday for the lifting of his reported Oscars red carpet ban, he goes on to wonder why his country of Wadiya’s excellent entertainments have never been recognized by the Academy. The first movie he mentions is When Harry Kidnapped Sally. From there, it gets better.

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Dawn Hudson Quickly Learns That No Academy Meeting is Off the Record

For its final-days Oscars countdown coverage, the Hollywood Reporter scored the first official interview given by new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson. Reporter Stephen Galloway spoke with her on Sunday February 19 together with the organization’s COO Ric Robertson.

When asked what has surprised her most about the job, Hudson offered this answer:

“The scrutiny. I had what I thought was a casual meeting [during] my first couple of days, and 20 minutes after they left the LA Times called me. Then I thought, “OK, no meeting is off the record.” The Academy matters to people around the world. It’s such a global mark. And so the flap of the butterfly wing really does create [a worldwide effect].

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Is Michael Jackson Making Trouble for Bruno?

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Kim Masters at Daily Beast reports there is a scene in the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie Bruno with La Toya Jackson and a reported Michael Jackson joke.

Masters writes:

Asked whether the studio will alter the film, a Universal executive yesterday shot back with two words: “Too soon.”

This is after the premier of Bruno at the Mann Chinese Theater where the pop icon’s star was under the red carpet and fans were strangely over on Vine at the wrong Michael Jackson’s star.

UPDATE: That scene was taken out of the film reports EW.

Previously on FBLA:

  • The Wrong Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson Dead

  • New Movie, New Lawsuit For Sacha Baron Cohen

    1bruno1.jpgBruno, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s latest film, won’t hit theaters till next month. But the lawsuits have already started rolling in. The AP reports:

    Richelle Olson sued the 37-year-old actor and NBC Universal on May 22, claiming an incident at a charity bingo tournament that was filmed for the upcoming “Bruno” left her disabled.

    Olson claims she was severely injured after struggling with Cohen and his film crew at the event, held in Palmdale, Calif., two years ago. The lawsuit states she now needs a wheelchair or cane to move around.

    The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages of more than $25,000.

    There is absolutely nothing funny about disabling old ladies. That being said, we really hope this bingo brawl makes it into the movie.

    DreamWorks 2.0 Announces First Deal — The Walter and Laurie Show

    walterlaurie.jpgDreamWorks 2.0 announced its first deal in its new incarnation with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment money: the studio will work in a two-year deal with former production heads (and producers) Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, Variety says.

    Production pact is the company’s first since principals Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg left Paramount Pictures in October and partnered with Reliance on an independent venture.

    DreamWorks exited Par with a number of Parkes/MacDonald development projects in tow as part of its separation agreement with the Melrose studio. Among the Parkes/MacDonald films staying in the DreamWorks fold are “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The Damned,” “Motorcade,” “St. Agnes’ Stand” and “Dinner With Schmucks.”

    “Dinner With Schmucks” had been developed as a Sacha Baron Cohen starring vehicle, but curiously he is no longer involved in the project.

    Maybe he has something against Spielberg.

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