Bruno Red Band Movie Trailer

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Universal has released the first movie trailer for Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s follow-up to Borat. And guess what, it’s an international red band movie trailer. I’m at ShoWest and on the run, so don’t have much time to write up my first impressions, but thought I’d pass along this trailer before I have to run off. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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This is odd: a new story in The Mirror seems to be suggesting that Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno is still a work in progress whereas just the other day we were talking about it’s submission to, and subsequent controversial certification by, the MPAA. Rather than presuming the entire story is bunkum, I’m thinking that The Mirror are just tangling a few things up or missing out the few facts that would help it all make sense. Either that or – shock horror – the MPAA are in the business of giving ratings to incomplete films.

Their report tells us that during the film, Bruno records a charity record called Dove of Peace. It’s reportedly a satire on the Band Aid-style collaborative charity track, and both Bono and Chris Martin have recorded contributions, with other stars lined up to take part too.

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Let’s get one thing clear to begin with: there’s nothing wrong with the MPAA giving Bruno an NC-17 rating, but everything wrong with Universal then deciding to cut the film instead of release it intact and also, crucially, with cinema chains (and even adult audiences) turning a cold shoulder to NC-17 rated films.

Sharon Waxman has reported on the MPAA’s decision, and detailed a few bits and pieces from the film that may have convinced them. She also tells us what Sacha Baron Cohen and Co are currently doing, and what the likely outcome will be – in case we couldn’t guess.

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up.

We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first two parts of our Summer movie preview were posted last week (you can watch part one here and part two here). In part 3, we take a look at the movies of July 2009: Public Enemies, Bruno, I Love You Beth Cooper, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Funny People, 500 Days of Summer. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of July 2009 in the comments below.

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Early Web Buzz: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno

Sacha Baron Cohen as Bruno

Last night we posted some of the early Twitter Buzz that emerged from Universal’s 22-minute SXSW screening of footage from Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Borat follow-up Bruno. But there is only so much that can be said in 140 characters from your mobile phone. Today we bring you clippings from some of the website and blog reactions to the three scenes screened at Austin. I have tried not to include any plot points or spoilers. Overall, it seems like everyone really liked it. One outlet seemed to have a problem with the possible usage of staged participants. Read the excerpts after the jump.

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Sacha Baron Cohen as Bruno

Universal Pictures premiered 22 minutes of footage from Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Borat follow-up Bruno at SXSW, and judging from the early buzz — Cohen has another monster hit on his hands. It seems like Bruno is going to be even more controversial and even more offensive. While not many media outlets in Austin has reported in, I thought I’d take a look at some of the reaction from twitter. Tomorrow we’ll have a full round-up from the blogs/web:

Fantasticomark_main_normalrodneydp: Bruno scenes suggest a film that is more aggressive, more offensive and better executed than Borat. Very, very good.
Emblem-danger48_normalevilry: The sneak peak of Bruno was outrageous, insane, offensive and incredibly hysterical. It trumps Borat, if you can believe that.
Minime75x65_normalindigoprime: Bloody hell, the Bruno movie makes Borat look like kids TV. See it. Out in June. Bloody fantastically awful!
EricDSnider: The ‘Bruno‘ footage we saw Sunday night was legendary. I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed so hard at anything. And I don’t even like humor!
Jtile_normaljamesrocchi: 3 scenes from Bruno? Funny. Wildly, paralytically funny and brilliantly trasgressive; the proverbial button gets pushed to individual atoms.

More after the jump.
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Sacha Baron Cohen is Black Jesus

Universal Pictures has begun to hold test screenings for Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s follow-up to Borat. Early audiences say that Cohen’s new movie will shock and “wind certain sections of society up”. According to The Sun, one of Cohen’s key characters in the film is a black model called Jesus, complete with a loincloth and a crown of thorns.That’s sure to upset religious groups.

And apparently one of the film’s major storypoints takes aim at Maddona. Bruno and his boyfriend “Diesel” adopt an African orphan named David, and proceed to parade the child around “the chic fashion capitals of the world.

The genius of Sacha Baron Cohen’s characters is the same as the genius of other brilliant satirists like Stephen Colbert: By exaggerating your opponent’s position to the point of absurdity and playing like you believe in it with a fanatical enthusiasm, you render them completely humiliated. Such was most likely the goal when Sacha Baron Cohen (as his gay character Bruno) crashed a rally in support of Proposition 8, a California law that would overturn the legalization of gay marriage. According to the AP, Cohen marched enthusiastically with demonstrators opposing gay marriage, but had to be taken away by handlers when photographers and jouranlists realized who he was.

It appears as though Cohen’s upcoming Bruno film will continue the trend of leveraging real-life events germane to the film to create political spectacle. Between this incident and the cage match that turned into a hot male-on-male make out session, it looks like we’ll be in for a treat when the new film is released in May 2009. For more details about the crazy process that Cohen films go through to get made, check out this profile of Larry Charles in Esquire magazine.

Sacha Baron Cohen strikes yet again. For his upcoming Borat follow-up Bruno, Cohen tricked Yossi Alpher, a former Israeli spy and Palestinian academic Ghassam Khalib into appearing in the film under the guise that it was a youth documentary. The Sun reports that Bruno mistook the militant Arab group Hamas for the food “hummus”, and commented that the Middle East conflict wasn’t nearly as bad as the feud between Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston.

“What’s the connection between a political movement and food. Why hummus?” Cohen asked, later adding: “Yesterday I threw away my pitta bread because it was dripping hummus. And it’s too high in carbohydrates.”

Cohen also made them hold hands while he sang a “crazy song about the war.” Thanks to /Film reader Luke H for the tip. Bruno is scheduled to hit theaters on May 15th 2009. I smell a Cannes premiere.

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bruno release date

Universal has finally set a date for Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat. 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 will hit theaters on May 15th 2009, a date which has become synonymous with the beginning of the Summer movie season. That week has been the home of the Shrek trilogy, all three Star Wars prequels, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Da Vinci Code. Point is, Universal must have a lot of faith in the movie to put it in this very important calendar spot. In 2009, Bruno is set to go head to head with Ron Howard’s adaptation of Angels & Demons.

Not much has been released reguarding the new film, but we know that Bruno has interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ben Affleck, and was caught stripping down to tight shorts in the lobby of Wichita Kansas Airport.