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Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen with his bodyguards – ‘all of them virgins’ – at the premiere of The Dictator in London last night

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Kazakh champion's golden moment is tarnished ... by a rendition of Borat's anthem

Spoof from Baron Cohen's film played by mistake at medal ceremony

Academy says Baron Cohen can go to the ball as long as he behaves

Sacha Baron Cohen is threatening to hijack the glitziest film show on earth before it has begun, as his latest comedy creation warned of "unimaginable consequences" if the organisers of the Oscars banned him from the ceremony.

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Sacha Baron Cohen hijacks Oscars to promote new film

And the first big winner at this weekend’s Academy Awards is... Sacha Baron Cohen. The British comedian won’t be getting within a country mile of a golden statuette, of course, but that hasn’t prevented him from already managing to successfully hijack Sunday’s event for PR purposes.

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'Workmanlike' Kazakhstani next as British No 1 gathers momentum at Australian Open

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Mike Leigh was a member – and so were David Baddiel and Sacha Baron Cohen. How did a club for 'hippy Jewish scouts' become a hothouse for the entertainment industry?

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From casual violence to genocide, acts of cruelty can be traced back to how the perpetrator identifies with other people, argues psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen. Is he right?

Adam Deacon: Boy from the hood

Adam Deacon made his film debut parodying hoodie culture as a member of Sacha Baron Cohen ’s hapless “East Staines Massiv” in Ali G Indahouse. But unlike Baron Cohen and Ali’s absurd suburban crew, Deacon is from an inner city neighbourhood where violent street gangs are a reality.

Footballer sent off for wrestling mankini wearing 'Borat lookalike' pitch invader

A minor league player has been sent off for wrestling a pitch invader dressed as UK comic Sacha Baron Cohen's faux-documentary character "Borat" to the ground.

Sacha Baron Cohen to play The Dictator

Sacha Baron Cohen is to portray a Saddam Hussein-inspired character in a new movie.

Terence Blacker: What if Bilo made a film about us?

Like many successful films, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan has inspired a sequel. The more simply named My Brother Borat will shortly be released, and its director, Erkin Rakishev, is to make a promotional visit to Britain this weekend.

Kazakh MP moves to censure Borat star

An MP from Kazakhstan has demanded that action be taken against the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen because his fictional Kazakh character Borat still causes his countrymen to suffer "pain in their hearts".

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