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Thursday, November 30, 2006

'Borat' Movie Sparks Controversy

The new film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," about a fictional Kazakh TV reporter, is stirring controversy in the U.S. and abroad. "Yackshimash! My name a Borat! I journalist for Kazakhstan. My government sent me to U.S. and A to make movie-film. Please you look." In his coast-to-coast journey, fictitious Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyiev meets Americans from all walks of life. But he's no stranger to America. For more than three years, the character has appeared on the American cable network HBO as Borat, the sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic simpleton who awkwardly tries to understand Americans and their ways. British comedian Sasha Baron Cohen created the character and plays Borat. The success of his TV series and the subsequent movie lies in the mock-documentary style of his comedy.

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Wal-Mart to Launch Movie Downloads, Remove Double-Face

Only a few months after they whined about the price Apple unveiled for digital movie downloads, Wal-Mart has announced a beta download service of their own, albeit a strange one. Kicking off yesterday, customers were offered an exclusive DVD bundle of "Superman Returns" wherein they could purchase the physical disk and then buy additional movie formats for digital download, namely $1.97 for portable devices, $2.97 for PCs/laptops, and $3.97 for both portable players and PC/laptops. “This unique 'Superman Returns' physical/digital DVD combination not only marks our first step into the video downloads market, but gives our customers the best of both worlds in movie entertainment," said Kevin Swint, the divisional merchandise manager for digital media at Wal-Mart.

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Movie Downloads Get a Boost from Wal-Mart, BitTorrent

If it's difficult to get your parents hip to watching movies off the Internet, industry forces are mobilizing to make the practice a more widespread reality. In separate announcements yesterday, mega-retailer Wal-Mart and dot-com outfit BitTorrent both moved one step closer to offering movie downloads to the masses. .

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