Before the premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series Who Is America?, Sarah Palin made press rounds chastising Cohen for taking advantage of her. She said Cohen impersonated a veteran to trick her into being on his show, and she ultimately walked out of the interview when his questions became offensive.
Once Who Is America? premiered, we saw the character in question: Billy Wayne Ruddick, Jr., PhD. Ruddick does not purport to be a veteran, but does ride a motorized scooter to conserve his energy. Now it seems like Palin may have outted herself for nothing. Showtime President of Programming Gary Levine spoke with reporters at the Television Critics Association. Find out the fate of Palin’s interview and a second season below.
Nothing says a new Sacha Baron Cohen show like a slew of outraged conservative figures crying “victim” after being duped by the comedian/actor. And the number of Sacha Baron Cohen victims is starting to balloon as we get closer to the premiere of his Showtime comedy interview series Who is America?
But of course, it’s not Baron Cohen who is doing the duping. It’s a person named Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick, Jr., a “United Parcel veteran” who has nothing to do with Baron Cohen whatsoever. Though their bone structures look oddly similar.
Sacha Baron Cohen found plenty of fame by being a chameleon in front of the camera, hiding under the guise of various characters on Da Ali G Show. The HBO series paved the way for his big screen hit Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and his less popular follow-up Brüno. But since then, Cohen hasn’t really delved into his comedic antics used to fool everyday people, celebrities and powerful politicians. Or so we thought.
Recently we learned that Sacha Baron Cohen has a new series coming to Showtime called Who Is America?. The premise of the series is along the lines of Da Ali G Show, featuring Cohen in disguise as various characters and speaking to people like former Vice President Dick Cheney, who signed a waterboard kit during his interview segment. It appears Cheney isn’t the only one who was tricked into being part of Cohen’s show. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin ended up in front of Cohen’s camera, and she’s pretty pissed off about it. Read More »
HBO recently aired their made-for-premium television movie Game Change, which features Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Someone has put together a video which shows scene for scene comparisons of Moore’s five star performance side by side with the real Sarah Palin televised footage. Watch the video clip embedded after the jump.
Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
As the race for the year’s most coveted trophies came to a close with this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, another much less prestigious awards competition was just getting started. Nominations have been announced for the 32nd Razzie Awards, handed out to the “worst achievements in film” each year.
Leading the 2012 list is Adam Sandler, whose involvement in Jack and Jill, Bucky Larson, and Just Go With It earned him a record-breaking eleven Razzie nominations. That’s more than twice as many as the previous record holder, Norbit star Eddie Murphy, received in 2007. Other standouts include Nicolas Cage, Ken Jeong, Sarah Palin, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I, and The Hangover Part II. Read the full list of nominees after the jump.
On the last Saturday Night Live, Andy Samberg did a sketch called Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals, which was essentially a two minute imitation of Wahlberg. We featured the video in a previous VOTD. This past week Wahlberg appeared on Jimmy Kimmel. The above video shows Mark’s reaction to the Sketch. And below you can watch the opening from this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, which briefly features Wahlberg, and the final confrontation where Wahlberg finally comes face to face with Samberg.
Rumors continue to circulate that Sarah Palin will appear on Saturday Night Live to combat Tina Fey‘s gosh darn perfect impression of her. No official confirmation as of yet. The Chicago Sun-Times parlays that in lieu of a rerun this Saturday, Palin may pop up on the first Weekend Update prime time special, airing this Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EST on NBC: “some sort of Palin tweak of Fey’s American Express commercials is [rumored to be] in the works.” We think it would be more appropriate if Palin teamed up with Mark Wahlberg to talk to a moose and then winked it to death in front of a live and horrified studio audience. Meanwhile, Vulture reports that SNL‘s Congress-skewering bailout sketch has been yanked from Hulu and NBC.com, possibly igniting a censorship controversy.
In semi-related TV news, the NY Post reports that John McCain may reschedule a much publicized and abruptly canceled appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman for mid-October.
Discuss: Do you think SNL should have Palin on? If so, what should happen?
Hey readers, a “major adult studio” is in need of a Sarah Palin lookalike in the L.A. area to star in a new skin flick. A title and plot for the flick were not revealed. Maybe you can suggest some below? The pay is not bad—$2,000-$3,000 for 10 days of work—and apparently no knowledge is needed in the areas of foreign relations and policies, geography, newspaper-citing, and witch craft. Thanks to Slashfilm reader, G. IfillR, for the tip.
The Pitch: Matt Damon commented that the rise of Sarah Palin is almost as absurd as a Disney movie. The guys at College Humor decided to create a trailer for such a film. Thanks to /Film’s own David Chen for the tip.
The Pitch: I’m sure this video is going to be all over the internet today and tomorrow, which calls for this super special Video of the Weekend edition of VOTD. Tina Fey returns to Saturday Night Live as Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.