Borat is dead. Long live Borat.
It's a scandalous idea (the sort that makes you want to pull your hair out and weep like they do in the movies): Borat creator
Sacha Baron Cohen
tells Brit paper the Daily Telegraph that he is putting down his two best-known characters, the lovably ignorant, racist and generally heinous Kazakh journalist Borat, and the equally clueless, sexist rapper Ali G.
"When I was being Ali G and Borat I was in character sometimes 14 hours a day and I came to love them, so admitting I am never going to play them again is quite a sad thing," said Cohen, 36. "It is like saying goodbye to a loved one. It is hard."
Colbert, bigger than Lincoln
In a blow to the nation's already gloriously decrepit body politic, Comedy Central's fake pundit
has been named AP's Celebrity of the Year.
Colbert, who beat out gazillion-selling author
by a nose, was chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers who said he had the biggest influence on pop culture in all of 2007.
Apparently, Nobel winner
- who this year also won an Oscar
an Emmy - didn't do enough for the culture. He's No. 3 on the list.
"In receiving this award, I am pleased that I was chosen over two great spinners of fantasy - J.K. Rowling and Al Gore," Colbert told the AP by e-mail.
, and country singer
were some of the other shining lights - beacons of hope, you might say, in a society gripped by moral turmoil and uncertainty - who made the list.
Shirley MacLaine as Chanel (No. 1)
, 73, has signed on to star in cable channel Lifetime's
, a two-part mini-series that will chart the rise of the world-renowned designer, who transcended her childhood in an orphanage outside Paris to conquer the fashion world. (Chanel died in '71 at age 87.)
Variety reports that the mini, to run next year, will be directed by
, who helmed the powerful, haunting mini-series
Hitler: The Rise of Evil
"It's a love story," Duguay said. "It's a rags-to-riches story, it has some strong social statements about women and about how the world has changed."
Publisher: Spears book A-OK!
The president of publishing house Thomas Nelson went on the offensive yesterday to correct reports that the company will no longer publish
Pop Culture Mom
. The publisher initially said it would be indefinitely delayed amid speculation it would be embarrassing to publish a parenting manual following revelations that Lynne's daughter
, 16, is pregnant.
Michael S. Hyatt
said the book was not a handbook, but Lynne's "memoirs." He said, it's not a how-to, "it's a warning." (Like "Learn how
to raise your kids"?)