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Sacha Baron Cohen opens up about how he sneaked past security in Trump fat suit for new Borat movie

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Sacha Baron Cohen said he wore a 56-inch fat suit as part of the Donald Trump disguise he used to sneak into a Mike Pence speech at a CPAC rally earlier this year while filming a scene in the new Borat movie sequel.  

Cohen said one of the concerns about filming the stunt at the event was ‘How do I get in and how do I get out?’

He told the New York Times that event security had been on hand to ‘check everyone’s bodies going through.’ 

‘Bear in mind, I spent five hours in makeup that morning with the prosthetic team changing my face into Trump’s face,’ Cohen noted. ‘This fat suit is huge. It’s a 56-inch fat suit to turn my waist into Trump’s because we had estimated that was the most realistic.’

Sacha Baron Cohen (in Trump costume) filmed a scene during a Mike Pence speech for his upcoming Borat movie at a CPAC rally in Maryland in February

Sacha Baron Cohen (in Trump costume) filmed a scene during a Mike Pence speech for his upcoming Borat movie at a CPAC rally in Maryland in February

Sacha Baron Cohen (in Trump costume) filmed a scene during a Mike Pence speech for his upcoming Borat movie at a CPAC rally in Maryland in February

Cohen (in Trump costume) said that he wore a 56-inch fat suit and prosthetics and worried about getting in and out of the event because of all the security there

Cohen (in Trump costume) said that he wore a 56-inch fat suit and prosthetics and worried about getting in and out of the event because of all the security there

Cohen (in Trump costume) said that he wore a 56-inch fat suit and prosthetics and worried about getting in and out of the event because of all the security there

A still from the Borat movie sequel shows Cohen (in Trump costume, center) running through the rally location with an actress over his shoulder

A still from the Borat movie sequel shows Cohen (in Trump costume, center) running through the rally location with an actress over his shoulder

A still from the Borat movie sequel shows Cohen (in Trump costume, center) running through the rally location with an actress over his shoulder

Another still from the movie shows Cohen (as Borat) assembling his Trump costume

Another still from the movie shows Cohen (as Borat) assembling his Trump costume

Another still from the movie shows Cohen (as Borat) assembling his Trump costume

At one point, when the security guard’s metal detector wand began beeping, Cohen was forced to ad lib that it was defibrillator that was setting off the device. 

Apparently it was a convincing excuse because Cohen was then able to hide 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,’ he said. 

Although Cohen didn’t reveal details about what happened after he ‘broke into the room,’ photographers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, caught the stunt in action on February 27. 

News reports at the time quoted local police saying that a Trump impersonator had interrupted Pence’s speech about 10 minutes after it started and that the person was then escorted from the premises. No charges were filed against him. 

Cohen has started to use his celebrity status to speak out about political topics for the first time because 'democracy is in peril this year'

Cohen has started to use his celebrity status to speak out about political topics for the first time because 'democracy is in peril this year'

Cohen has started to use his celebrity status to speak out about political topics for the first time because ‘democracy is in peril this year’

In the images from the event, Cohen – in Trump face – can be seen gesticulating with a shoeless woman in ripped stockings thrown over one shoulder. 

The New York Times revealed that the woman was an actress playing Cohen’s Borat character’s daughter. She was meant to be a gift, from journalist Borat’s Kazakhstan homeland, for ‘Vice Premier’ Mike Pence. 

In the movie’s recently released trailer, Cohen can be seen running through the crowded rally lobby with the actress on his shoulder and then, while standing amongst the audience, shouts ‘Michael Pen-is, I brought a girl for you!’ while gesturing at his ‘daughter.’ 

Cohen told the New York Times that it was imperative to him that the movie – titled Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – be released prior to the 2020 Presidential Election. 

It was necessary, he said, because ‘we wanted it to be a reminder to women of who they’re voting for — or who they’re not voting for. If you’re a woman and you don’t vote against this guy, then know what you’re doing for your gender.’

While looking for a home for the movie, he said that streaming services he pitched were worried about the political content featured in the movie and the idea of it being released before the election.  

Amazon Video ultimately bought the movie and will premiere it on October 23. 

Cohen, an English comedian who lives in Los Angeles with actress wife Isla Fisher and their children, said that he’s seen how American society has changed since he shot the original Borat movie 15 years ago.  

‘In 2005, you needed a character like Borat who was misogynist, racist, anti-Semitic to get people to reveal their inner prejudices,’ Cohen told the New York Times. ‘Now those inner prejudices are overt. Racists are proud of being racists.’ 

When the president is ‘an overt racist, an overt fascist,’ Cohen noted, ‘it allows the rest of society to change their dialogue, too.’

Despite this observation, Cohen – who is an observant Jew – said that the purpose of the Borat sequel was ‘not to expose racism and anti-Semitism.’

Cohen (right as Ali G) said that he has had a 'longstanding distaste' for Trump, which prompted him to interview him during a 2003 episode (pictured) of Da Ali G Show on HBO

Cohen (right as Ali G) said that he has had a 'longstanding distaste' for Trump, which prompted him to interview him during a 2003 episode (pictured) of Da Ali G Show on HBO

Cohen (right as Ali G) said that he has had a ‘longstanding distaste’ for Trump, which prompted him to interview him during a 2003 episode (pictured) of Da Ali G Show on HBO

Cohen, who lives with wife Isla Fisher (pictured together), in Los Angeles, said that he has seen a change in American society since he filmed the first Borat movie in 2005

Cohen, who lives with wife Isla Fisher (pictured together), in Los Angeles, said that he has seen a change in American society since he filmed the first Borat movie in 2005

Cohen, who lives with wife Isla Fisher (pictured together), in Los Angeles, said that he has seen a change in American society since he filmed the first Borat movie in 2005

Instead, he said, ‘The aim is to make people laugh, but we reveal the dangerous slide to authoritarianism.’

Cohen said that he has had a ‘longstanding distaste’ for Trump, which predated an Ali G Show gag with Trump back in 2003. 

In that HBO series clip, Cohen – as his Ali G alter ego – pitched then-businessman Trump about a glove for eating ice cream that would prevent hands from getting sticky. During the pitch, Trump walks out of the room. 

After the incident, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said that Trump told her he thought Cohen – as Ali G – ‘was seriously retarded. It was a total con job. But my daughter Ivanka saw it and thought it was very cool.’

Cohen said that the reason he wanted to interview Trump as Ali G was because ”Obviously, I’ve realized that I’ve had a longstanding distaste for the president.’

Of Trump, Cohen said: ‘His brilliance was to commandeer the very term that was being used against him, “fake news,” and use it against every journalist that had journalistic integrity.’

The comedian also wondered what would happen if Trump were to be reelected – would America ‘become a democracy in name only, similar to a Turkish democracy or a Russian democracy?’

Although it doesn’t appear that Cohen and Trump have crossed paths since the 2003 taping, Trump did have plenty to say about Cohen after the premiere of The Dictator, which featured a gag in which Cohen spilled flour – supposedly the ashes of North Korea’s Kim Jong-il – on Ryan Seacrest at the 2012 Oscars. 

In a YouTube video and on Twitter, Trump said that Seacrest’s security guard should have ‘pummeled’ and ‘punched’ Cohen ‘in the face so many times, he wouldn’t have known what happened.’

He also said that Cohen should’ve wound up at the hospital over the incident.

Trump’s tirade apparently reminded Cohen of what his father had said about Trump when he was running for president in 2016. 

‘I remember my late father watching Trump on the campaign trail in 2016. I said, “What do you think of him?” He said, ‘Two things. He’s extremely entertaining. Far more entertaining than Hillary. Two, he’s a fascist,'” Cohen recalled. 

‘My dad was born in 1932. He’d seen fascists on the streets, Mosley’s Blackshirts beating up Jews. And he knew what fascism was.’

Although Cohen had long been known as a celebrity who declined to be political, that changed in the wake of August 2017’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter-protester was killed.   

Following the rally, Cohen said he got in touch with the director of the Anti-Defamation League, who then convinced him to give the keynote speech at 2019’s ADL summit, Never Is Now. 

Cohen – who is now part of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign – said speaking at the event was ‘completely out of my comfort zone,’ adding that he’s ‘always been wary of using my fame to push any political views.’ 

‘It was the first time I’d ever given a major speech in my own voice but I felt like I had to ring the alarm bell and say that democracy is in peril this year,’ Cohen told the New York Times of his decision to give the speech. 

‘I felt, even if it was going to destroy my career and people are going to come at me and say, “Just shut up, the last thing we need is another celebrity telling us what to do” — I fully understand people who do that — I felt I needed to do that to live with myself.’  

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Kerry Stokes could be open to selling Channel Seven after it came close to merging with Channel Ten

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Channel Seven reportedly came close to merging operations with rival free-to-air network Channel Ten this year, as Seven owner Kerry Stokes held talks with Ten’s parent company ViacomCBS.

Sources said Mr Stokes – whose Seven Group Holdings parent company is Channel Seven’s biggest shareholder – began talks in April with the boss of the US conglomerate to discuss the potential merger.

The talks included discussion of merging the two companies’ sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal, The Age reported.

While Mr Stokes’ negotiations with ViacomCBS president Bob Bakish did not result in a deal, media analysts said it indicated the 80-year-old Western Australian billionaire was prepared to offload his debt-saddled Seven network assets.

Kerry Stokes pictured with his wife Christine Simpson-Stokes. The Seven West Media chairman was reportedly in talks with media giant ViacomCBS to merge parts of Channel Seven and Channel Ten

Kerry Stokes pictured with his wife Christine Simpson-Stokes. The Seven West Media chairman was reportedly in talks with media giant ViacomCBS to merge parts of Channel Seven and Channel Ten

Kerry Stokes pictured with his wife Christine Simpson-Stokes. The Seven West Media chairman was reportedly in talks with media giant ViacomCBS to merge parts of Channel Seven and Channel Ten

As of the end of July, Seven’s net debt had reached $481million.

Seven chief executive James Warburton has also made clear his intention to sell off certain parts of the company to allow it to restructure more easily. 

Impasse: Talks between Mr Stokes and the ViacomCBS boss included discussion of merging the two companies' sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal

Impasse: Talks between Mr Stokes and the ViacomCBS boss included discussion of merging the two companies' sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal

Impasse: Talks between Mr Stokes and the ViacomCBS boss included discussion of merging the two companies’ sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal

Seven and ViacomCBS have both declined to comment on the report.

Sources said Mr Stokes was undeterred by Australian federal laws prohibiting more than one of the free-to-air TV networks being owned by the same company.

The Seven West Media chairman – who was valued at $3.8billion by Forbes this month – is reportedly optimistic about navigating around the rule because of his close ties with Canberra.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was the best man at the wedding of Mr Stokes’ son Ryan in 2016.

Ryan Stokes is understood to have less interest in his family’s media holdings than his father. 

Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her partner David Panton, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie as well as hospitality mogul Justin Hemmes and his partner Kate Fowler also attended the high-powered nuptials.

Ryan Stokes pictured with his wife Claire. He is understood to have less interest in his family's media holdings than his father

Ryan Stokes pictured with his wife Claire. He is understood to have less interest in his family's media holdings than his father

Ryan Stokes pictured with his wife Claire. He is understood to have less interest in his family’s media holdings than his father

Last month, it emerged Seven West Media had refused to pay full price for its broadcast rights with Cricket Australia, only making a partial payment that is certain to stretch a relationship that is already incredibly strained.

Seven and CA were at loggerheads on the eve of the 2020-21 season, with the disgruntled free-to-air broadcaster threatening to walk away from its commitment to the sport.  

Seven, which was due to pay $25million to CA, confirmed a smaller total had been transferred.

‘Seven has paid the first instalment reflecting our assessment of fair value,’ Mr Warburton said in a statement.

ViacomCBS’s Australian subsidiary owns Ten and the local versions of MTV and Nickelodeon and turned over more than $27billion in revenue in 2018. 

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Queensland election: Liberal Deb Frecklington pledges new $8million ice task force

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Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington

Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington

Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington

Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington will set up a police taskforce dedicated to tackling the drug ice if she wins Saturday’s state election.

The new taskforce, costing $8million, will use staff from existing police units.

Ms Frecklington claims Labor has been soft on crime while in power and has let it get out of control in north Queensland. 

‘We will shut down the big crime gangs that are pedalling drugs to our kids,’ she told reporters in Townsville on Monday.

‘Under the LNP there will be more treatment, more prevention and more rehabilitation.’

The death rate for ice, the street name for methamphetamine, has increased four times in Australia since the turn of the century.

Ms Frecklington will also invest $2 million on mental health and drug awareness in partnership with the North Queensland Cowboys.

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. 

Under the plan, which is aimed at reducing crime, teens still out after curfew will be arrested by police and taken to community centres.

They will be held there until picked up by family members, with parents slapped with a $250 fine each time one of their children is caught outside.

Ms Frecklington says the policy isn’t racist or aimed at any particular group.

The LNP leader said she represents the Indigenous community of Cherbourg, while her husband works in Indigenous communities training juvenile offenders.

‘I find it offensive that people think that this is a racism issue. This is a juvenile crime issue and it doesn’t go across race.’

Ms Frecklington came up with the plan after holding numerous crime forums since 2017.

She said police in her electorate support the curfew policy as well as other officers across Queensland.

‘I come from the South Burnett – my local coppers love this policy. In fact, they’ve asked for it to be extended,’ Ms Frecklington said.

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. Pictured: Police in Brisbane

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. Pictured: Police in Brisbane

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. Pictured: Police in Brisbane

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Newborn baby is left fighting for its life after being MAULED by a dog at a home

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A baby has been left in a critical condition after being mauled by a dog at a home on New Zealand‘s North Island.

The newborn was left with horrific injuries after the attack in Enderley on Sunday night.

The infant was rushed by St Johns Ambulance to Waikato Hospital, and was listed as being in a critical condition.

‘Emergency services were called to a Hamilton address at around 7pm last night after an infant was bitten by a dog,’ a New Zealand police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

A baby has suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by a dog and is in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital (pictured)

A baby has suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by a dog and is in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital (pictured)

A baby has suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by a dog and is in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital (pictured)

New Zealand police (pictured in Queenstown in 2014) could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog

New Zealand police (pictured in Queenstown in 2014) could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog

New Zealand police (pictured in Queenstown in 2014) could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog

‘The infant was transported to hospital in a serious condition. Inquiries into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing.’

Police could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog. 

The dog was seized and secured at the Hamilton City Council animal control facility.

Hamilton City Council animal control manager Susan Stanford said the council was supporting the victim and their family. 

‘This is a traumatic time for all involved and our thoughts are with the families and individuals involved,’ she told NZ Herald. 

Data obtained by the New Zealand Ministry of Health found there were 4,958 dog attacks that required hospitalisation between 2004 and 2014.

The research found most attacks happen at home, with children under 10-years-old most vulnerable.

The dog has been seized and is being held at Hamilton City Council animal control facility (stock image)

The dog has been seized and is being held at Hamilton City Council animal control facility (stock image)

The dog has been seized and is being held at Hamilton City Council animal control facility (stock image)

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