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Does This Spider Look Like Borat?

By Anne Cohen

Getty Images

This is not a joke.

An Indian software engineer snapped a picture of a spider that he swears looks exactly like Borant, the Kazakhstani character played Sacha Baron Cohen character, the Daily Mail reported.

Anand Joshi, 24, reportedly found the mustachioed, mankini-legged lookalike outside his house in Bangalore.

Check out the picture here. What do you think?

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Too Convenient? Megan Fox Joins ‘The Dictator’ Film Cast

By Nathan Burstein

Though skeptical about conspiracy theories, The Shmooze can’t help but raise an eyebrow at the timing of Megan Fox’s latest career news.

Two days after director Michael Bay claimed that Steven Spielberg ordered the actress fired from “Transformers 3” because of a rather unfortunate comparison she made between Bay and Hitler, Fox has joined the cast of a movie called “The Dictator.”

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Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Freddie Mercury

By Forward Staff

Ali G is going to play Freddie Mercury, but he won’t appear as the “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy” just yet. British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen has been tapped to be the “Killer Queen” in an upcoming musical biopic of Queen’s late lead singer, but he has to finish a couple of other films before appearing in this particular “A Night at the Opera.”

“It’s a Hard Life” for Baron Cohen, who is currently in London, filming the children’s movie “Hugo Cabret,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Ben Kingsley and Jude Law. He is already slated to spend 2011 filming his own Paramount movie before he joins the “Bicycle Race” to play everyone’s favorite flamboyant Zoroastrian rock star. Scorsese’s producer, Graham King, who won an Oscar for the 2006 film “The Departed,” is putting together the cast and crew for a film that he surely hopes will be “A Kind of Magic.”

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Post ‘Borat,’ Kazakhstan To Set Record Straight

By Michael Kaminer

Though there was never an official reaction from the government of Kazakhstan, it’s a good bet that the 2006 film “Borat” did not earn applause from citizens of the Central Asian nation for its portrayal of them as Jew-hating, incest-practicing, homophobic and — worst of all — “Baywatch”-obsessed.

But four years after the massively successful release of Sacha Baron Cohen’s offbeat comedy, a Kazakhstani filmmaker wants to set the record straight. The French news agency Agence France-Presse reported August 7 that Kazakh director Erkin Rakishev will soon start shooting “My Brother, Borat,” an unauthorized sequel to Baron Cohen’s mockumentary. Rakishev, according to AFP, told the Kazakh tabloid Kazakhstanskaya Pravda that “we want to ride on the wave of success of ‘Borat,’ to take advantage of this popular image in the West to show people the real Kazakhstan, not Baron Cohen’s Kazakhstan.”

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Borat Gets Hitched

By Laura Sinberg

Sacha Baron Cohen is officially off the market. He and longtime girlfriend, Australian actress Isla Fisher, tied the knot in a traditional Jewish ceremony in Paris last week, following an eight-year courtship. “We did it — we’re married!” Fisher reportedly told friends via email, according to the Australian edition of Woman’s Day magazine. “It was the absolute best day of my life and in so many beautiful moments I missed you all so much. I thought of you as everything was happening, but Sacha and I wanted no fuss — just us!” she went on.

Fisher converted to Judaism in 2007 after several years of study. She took the Hebrew name Ayala, which means doe in Hebrew.

The famously private couple wed in a small ceremony in the presence of only a few relatives. Fisher, 34, and Cohen, 38, became engaged six years ago but postponed wedding plans several times. The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, Olive.

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