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Ben Whishaw to play Freddie Mercury in bio-picture

Ben Whishaw to play Freddie Mercury in bio-picture

LONDON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- British actor Ben Whishaw is to play the late rock 'n' roll star Freddie Mercury in a bio-picture, Deadline reported.
Sacha Baron Cohen 'kills' elderly woman in BAFTA Britannia Awards prank [VIDEO]

Sacha Baron Cohen 'kills' elderly woman in BAFTA Britannia Awards prank [VIDEO]

(UPI) --Sacha Baron Cohen won the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy -- then pushed a wheelchair-bound elderly woman off the stage.
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Julia Roberts presents George Clooney with BAFTA Britannia Award

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Julia Roberts presented George Clooney with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.

Student group at England's University of Birmingham bans sombreros

BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Students at a British university were turned away from Halloween events for dressing as Mexicans or American Indians.

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Sacha Baron Cohen set for BAFTA LA honor

Sacha Baron Cohen set for BAFTA LA honor

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles says it will honor actor/writer/producer Sacha Baron Cohen at its Britannia Awards this fall.
Sacha Baron Cohen won't play Freddie Mercury as planned

Sacha Baron Cohen won't play Freddie Mercury as planned

LONDON, July 24 (UPI) -- British actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped out of the forthcoming Freddie Mercury bio-picture because of creative differences, Deadline.com reported.
Cohen, Fisher wear bathrobes to DiCaprio's 'Gatsby' party

Cohen, Fisher wear bathrobes to DiCaprio's 'Gatsby' party

CANNES, France, May 17 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher showed up at Leonardo DiCaprio's party in France dressed for bed and complaining about the noise, the New York Post said.
Golden Globes presenters list expanded

Golden Globes presenters list expanded

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Bradley Cooper, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx and Julia Roberts will join the list of presenters at the Golden Globe awards, event organizers in Hollywood said.
Redmayne says Cohen, Carter brought lightness to 'Les Miserables' set

Redmayne says Cohen, Carter brought lightness to 'Les Miserables' set

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- British actor Eddie Redmayne says he and his co-stars of "Les Miserables" had a secret weapon for when the heartbreaking movie musical became too emotionally grueling to bear and they sought a little comedy relief.
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Cruise tops highest-paid actor list

Cruise tops highest-paid actor list

LOS ANGELES, July 4 (UPI) -- Film star Tom Cruise is No. 1 on Forbes magazine's list of Hollywood's highest-paid actors after earning $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012.
City changes name to nix Ali G association

City changes name to nix Ali G association

STAINES-UPON-THAMES, England, May 21 (UPI) -- The city of Staines, England, changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames, in part to distance itself from the jokes of Sacha Baron Cohen's "Ali G" character.
Cohen, Russell leave 'Django' cast

Cohen, Russell leave 'Django' cast

NEW ORLEANS, May 11 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell have dropped out of Quentin Tarantino's 19th century-set American drama, "Django Unchained."
BBC says Cohen, not character, welcome on its shows

BBC says Cohen, not character, welcome on its shows

LONDON, May 4 (UPI) -- The BBC says British writer-actor Sacha Baron Cohen would be a welcome guest on its shows so long as he comes as himself and not in character.
Cohen as 'Dictator' spills 'Jong's ashes' on Seacrest

Cohen as 'Dictator' spills 'Jong's ashes' on Seacrest

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as his despot character from "The Dictator," pretended to spill Kim Jong Il's ashes on Ryan Seacrest on Hollywood's Oscar red carpet.
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Cohen to arrive at Oscars as 'Dictator'

Cohen to arrive at Oscars as 'Dictator'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- British actor Sacha Baron Cohen may walk the red carpet at Sunday's Oscar ceremony dressed as the title character from "The Dictator," a producer said.
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Cohen can't go to Oscars as 'Dictator'

Cohen can't go to Oscars as 'Dictator'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen is not allowed to attend the Oscars in Los Angeles dressed as a character from his film "The Dictator," organizers said.
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Swift won't star in 'Les Miserables'

Swift won't star in 'Les Miserables'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Taylor Swift won't be playing Eponine as planned in the upcoming movie musical "Les Miserables," EW.com reported Wednesday.
Swift offered role in 'Les Miserables'

Swift offered role in 'Les Miserables'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Taylor Swift has been offered the role of Eponine in Hollywood's upcoming movie musical version of "Les Miserables," E! News said.
Sacha Baron Cohen: 'Hugo' is 'a work of art'

Sacha Baron Cohen: 'Hugo' is 'a work of art'

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- British actor Sacha Baron Cohen says director Martin Scorsese intended to create an enchanting, intelligent work of art with their new family movie "Hugo" and wasn't concerned little ones might find it too long to sit through at 127 minutes.
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