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Sacha Baron Cohen reveals details of new Borat film, aims to show ‘dangerous slide to authoritarianism’

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Sacha Baron Cohen has disclosed several important plot points within the upcoming Borat sequel, aptly titled Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

In a new interview with the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Cohen revealed that the iconic Borat character uses the flower beds in front of the Trump hotel as a bathroom and keeps his daughter in a cage, among other unbelievable antics.

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Sacha Baron Cohen revealed the iconic Borat character’s unbelievable antics in the new film. (AAP)

According to the article, Borat’s daughter wonders if her cage is “nicer than Melania’s,” and when Borat takes her shopping, he asks for the “No means yes” section. Upon buying a chocolate cake, he demands that “Jews will not replace us” to be written on it in icing — with a smiley face. And, as teased in its trailer, the new film will see Borat — dressed as Donald Trump — sneak into this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, at which Mike Pence made a speech.

“I ended up hiding in the bathroom, listening to conservative men go to the toilet for five hours until I broke into the room. We were surrounded by Secret Service and police and internal security,” Cohen told the New York Times.

But Cohen went even further to truly re-immerse himself in his Borat character by moving in with two conspiracy theorists for five days — amid the pandemic. During that time period, Cohen never allowed himself to break character, which he said was the hardest part of the filming process.

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“I lived in character for five days in this lockdown house. I was waking up, having breakfast, lunch, dinner, going to sleep as Borat when I lived in a house with these two conspiracy theorists,” Cohen said. “You can’t have a moment out of character.”

When asked why he wanted to revive the Borat character, Cohen said he was motivated by the dangers of authoritarianism.

“In 2005, you needed a character like Borat who was misogynist, racist, anti-Semitic to get people to reveal their inner prejudices. Now those inner prejudices are overt. Racists are proud of being racists,” Cohen said, singling out Donald Trump as “an overt racist, an overt fascist.”

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen appears in character as Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev at a press conference and photo call to promote his film Borat Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, at the Sydney Opera House on November 13, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. (Getty)

“My aim here was not to expose racism and anti-Semitism. The aim is to make people laugh, but we reveal the dangerous slide to authoritarianism.”

Borat Subsequent Movie Film will be available on Amazon Prime Video on October 23.

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Ren Was Recast in ‘The Goldbergs,’ but Fans Still Love Her

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It’s not uncommon for actors to be recast in TV shows if the situation calls for it and that’s exactly what happened to Ren in the Season 8 premiere of The Goldbergs. Viewers noticed right away that the character who had become a close friend to Erica in Season 7 suddenly looked a little different and it was clear that it wasn’t just a change in makeup or clothes, or even the months off from filming that had changed the way she looked.

It wasn’t the only highlight of the Season 8 premiere, however, as The Goldbergs added another tribute to its long history of recreating popular 80’s movie scenes. This time, they did it with Airplane!, a slapstick comedy of its own, and even featured David Leisure, who originally played a monk passenger in the movie. But, as to be expected, another point of discussion among fans has been Ren’s new look.

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She could potentially return to The Goldbergs now, even if it means changing the history explained in the spinoff. But, as one fan on reddit pointed out, even if it breaks the continuity, some fans would prefer to have her back on The Goldbergs than never be able to see the character again. Unfortunately, no one connected to the series has officially announced her return just yet.

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Meghan Markle gets rejected in an awkward moment when Prince Harry refuses to hold her hand

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Meghan Markle may be a royal now, but the former actress is still learning the ropes when it comes to royal protocol, even if it gets hard or extremely awkward at times. Recently, while attending the Young Leaders Reception at Buckingham Palace with Prince Harry and the Queen, the Duchess of Sussex was found fumbling with her hands as Prince Harry did not reciprocate her actions of wanting to hold hands.

In a video footage captured by Express, Meghan is seen strolling with Harry behind the Queen, but when she extends her hands towards Harry in order to hold them, Harry pulls his hands back, leaving an utterly confused and awkward Meghan behind.

The public display of affection from Meghan’s side was met with a crushing rejection since Harry kept his hands in front of his body and started fiddling with his tie, while Meghan silently tucked her hair behind her ear, without making things more obvious than they were.

Although royals have a strict protocol regarding public displays of affection and generally do not indulge in them while at an official event, Meghan has never really been a sucker for the royal rules and has, time and again, been seen giving them a miss.

Leading up to their royal wedding that took place in May this year, both Prince Harry and Meghan have given the world more than just a glance at their love and affection for each other, and the couple has more often than not demanded the attention of royal body language experts. Their closeness and ease with each other even in public is what further endeared the public to the new royal couple.

One such expert is Robin Kermode, who took a look at Meghan’s awkward video and said, “The Queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals. It is very clear that William and Kate are emotionally close, however, they do not seem to feel the need to prove their love—particularly when on official state business.”

While Meghan and Harry hardly shy away from indulging in simple PDA in front of scores of people, Prince William and Kate are quite private in this matter. Speaking about William and Kate unusual lack of PDA, royal expert Myka Meier said, “There is no actual etiquette or royal protocol that says the couple must refrain from PDA. The likely reasoning is more that while traveling on a tour such as the India trip, technically the couple are working representatives of British Monarchy.” She added, “The couple is likely to show very little PDA, if any, to remain professional during their designated roles abroad.”

Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have always presented a restrained and serious body language when out in public, further proving how the code of conduct is so well engrained in the royal family members.

However, coming back to Meghan and her awkward moment with her husband, it wasn’t the only faux pas that our dear American committed that night. While sitting and posing for pictures with Prince Harry and the Queen sitting beside her, instead of clasping her knees and ankles together and slanting her legs to one side, she simply crossed them.

In the events leading up to her wedding and at other major royal events, Meghan was seen adopting the ‘duchess slant’ and looked absolutely stunning and lady-like. However, during this event, a few observers called out Meghan for sitting in an inappropriate way. Of course, people were quick to jump on the Duchess of Sussex and call her out for sitting in what is considered to be a disrespectful way. The fan wrote, “Meghan, don’t cross your legs. Queen doesn’t like that.”

However, the new Duchess’ fans were outraged over her being called out and were quick to defend her. One fan took to social media to share, “Let’s focus on the wonderful honorees and NOT legs, dresses or etiquette — these young people deserve more focus.” While another added, “Pretty sure the Queen is more concerned with Meghan’s passion and commitment to the Commonwealth than how she crosses her legs.”

Another fan wrote, “Actually, she would be taught how to cross her legs which Kate often does too — she has been in the public eye for years — she knows what she is doing. Give her a break.” One of the users was quick to add, “Give Megan a break, 36 years of crossing your legs is a hard habit to break.” The ‘Duchess Slant’ was named after Kate Middleton even though it has been used by royal women for years.

The Duchess of Sussex is under constant scrutiny from royal experts and the general public and it is certain that she feels a certain pressure in all these high-profile appearances and it is but natural that she would look for support from Prince Harry. Meghan can definitely be forgiven for slipping up here and there.

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‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the DC movie’s sequel

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‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ is set to release on November 4, 2022.

‘Shazam!’ is the story of a young boy named Billy (Asher Angel) who is granted the power to transform into the superhero known as Shazam (Zachary Levi). In order to defeat one of his enemies and keep his adoptive family safe, Billy shares the power with his six foster siblings, granting them all the powers of Shazam. While the plot for the second film has not yet been revealed, it is confirmed that the ‘Black Adam’ film starring Dwayne Johnson will be building up towards a crossover with the franchise.

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi returns as the titular Shazam — the adult superhero that Billy Batson transforms into when he says “Shazam!”. Zachary Levi got his big Hollywood break starring in the action comedy ‘Chuck’, which ran for five seasons and was beloved by its fans. He then went on to star as the voice of Fylnn Rider in the film ‘Tangled’, as well as the animated series, plus more serious live-action roles in ‘Heroes Reborn’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’.

Asher Angel

Asher Angel plays Billy Batson, a boy who was abandoned by his mother and spent the next several years in and out of the foster system before finding a family and a place he could call home. Angel is a pop star in his own right and as an actor is known for his roles in ‘Andi Mack’ and ‘Criminal Minds’.

Jack Dylan Grazer

Jack Dylan Grazer plays Freddy Freeman, Billy’s handicapped brother who now also has access to the powers of Shazam. Grazer is known for his roles on the rebooted ‘It’ series, ‘We Are Who We Are’ and ‘Me, Myself and I’.

The film will also see the return of the rest of Billy’s family including Faithe Herman as Darla, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi and Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña.

There is no trailer yet for ‘Shazam!: Fury of the Gods’. Check out this space for an update.

The announcement of the sequel’s title was revealed during the DC FanDome event on August 22, 2020.

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