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Emerald Fennell and Sacha Baron Cohen win at Writers Guild Awards

Emerald Fennell and Sacha Baron Cohen win at Writers Guild Awards

Entertainment
Britons Emerald Fennell and Sacha Baron Cohen were among the winners at the Writers Guild Awards, in a major boost to their Oscars hopes.Fennell walked away with the prize for best original screenplay for her film, Promising Young Woman - her directorial debut. She won over the likes of Aaron Sorkin, who wrote The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Will Berson and Shaka King, who wrote Judas and the Black Messiah - all of which are in the running for the best picture gong at next month's Oscars. Image: Fennell (C) has been given an Oscar nomination for her film Promising Young Woman. Pic: Merie Weismiller Wallace/Focus Features via AP She accepted the award from the UK, saying in a video message that the win was an "incredible, unbelievable,...
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Mixed reviews for Sacha Baron Cohen sequel

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Mixed reviews for Sacha Baron Cohen sequel

Entertainment
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‘Hitler would have been allowed to post ads on Facebook’ – Baron Cohen

‘Hitler would have been allowed to post ads on Facebook’ – Baron Cohen

Technology
Hitler would have been allowed to advertise his "solution to the Jewish problem" had Facebook been around in the 1930s, the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said in a scathing attack on social media companies.Describing social media as the "greatest propaganda machine in history", the Ali G actor said: "If you pay them, Facebook will run any 'political' ad you want, even if it's a lie. And they'll even help you micro-target those lies to their users for maximum effect. "Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his 'solution' to the 'Jewish problem'."So here's a good standard and practice. Facebook, start fact-checking political ads, stop before you run them, stop micro-targeting lies immediately. If they prove to be...
Cohen says Trump knew hush money payment was wrong

Cohen says Trump knew hush money payment was wrong

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump's former lawyer insists Mr Trump knew making hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign was wrong.Speaking after he was sentenced to prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes, Michael Cohen told ABC News: "He directed me to make the payments.""Nothing at the Trump organisation was ever done unless it was run through Mr Trump," he said.The president has denied ever asking Cohen to make illegal payments."He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law," Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday, suggesting Cohen had pleaded guilty "to embarrass the president". Cohen, 52, was sentenced to three years on Wednesday and must report to pri...
Posthumous Leonard Cohen album in the making

Posthumous Leonard Cohen album in the making

Entertainment
A posthumous Leonard Cohen album is in the making, according to his son. The Canadian singer-songwriter died in his sleep in 2016, aged 82, after falling during the night at his Los Angeles home.He was buried in his hometown of Montreal.In an interview with CBC's q, which airs on Monday, his son and producer Adam Cohen said he has been working on an unfinished collection of songs by his father.Mr Cohen said: "I was tasked with finishing a few more songs of his that we started together on the last album, so his voice is literally still in my life."It's a bizarre and delicious entanglement." Image: Leonard Cohen's son and producer Adam Cohen The Hallelujah singer's posthumous album is expected to be released next ye...