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‘The Death Of Stalin’ Trailer: Armando Ianucci’s Comedy Of Terrors

Politics might not seem like a funny thing to laugh at right now, but believe us when we say you’ll want to let your guard down for “The Death Of Stalin.” The latest from Armando Ianucci (“Veep,” “The Thick Of It“) is a deliciously biting satire that mixes true history with his distinct brand of comedy and deadly one liners.

Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko and Jeffrey Tambor make up the all star ensemble of the movie, based on the book by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, which sees Russian bureaucrats scheming for power following the death of the almighty Stalin.

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Amazon cancel three more shows

Kirsten Howard Jan 18, 2018

Amazon's new outlook finds comedy series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, I Love Dick and One Mississippi wanting...they've all got the boot.

The bodies are piling up at Amazon after the company splashed some seriously insane cash to develop the Lord Of The Rings TV series last year.

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Comedy shows Jean-Claude Van Johnson, I Love Dick and One Mississippi have joined more high-brow dramas like The Last Tycoon and Z: The Beginning Of Everything in the category marked 'expendable' - Amazon cancelled all three in one wave this week, Variety reports.

The Kevin Bacon-starring I Love Dick arrived from Jill Soloway last May after she'd made a decent success of Amazon's Transparent, but the numbers were nowhere near what they were hoping for, and with a fifth season of Transparent
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A Dictatorship Collapses in U.S. Trailer for Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’

After successfully creating one of the funniest shows on television, Veep creator Armando Iannucci finally returned feature filmmaking with his In the Loop follow-up The Death of Stalin. Starring Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, and Jeffrey Tambor, it follows a political scramble for power after the, well, you know. Ahead of stopping by Sundance Film Festival, IFC Films have now released the full trailer.

“Armando Iannucci doesn’t make movies and TV about politics. He certainly features politicians and their endless petty squabbling and power struggles, but that’s adjacent to (though obviously entangled with) the real work of political organizing,” Dan Schindel said in our review. “Most notably, essentially all of the characters in the likes of The Thick of It, Veep, In the Loop, and now The Death of Stalin are politicians, but I honestly couldn’t tell
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First Wave of Films Announced for the 41st Annual Portland International Film Festival

This week the folks at the Northwest Film Center have announced the first wave of films from the upcoming Portland International Film Festival (February 15th – March 1st), along with the opening night film, and it is a Criterion geek’s dream line-up. New films from Claire Denis, Lucrecia Martel, Abbas Kiarostami, Andrew Haigh, and Hirokazu Kore-eda! As we’ve done in the past, we’ll be sure to highlight as many of the films that our readers and listeners here in Portland should be checking out, and reviewing what we can.

The full schedule is set to be announced on January 29th.

Piff 41 Opening Night selection The Death of Stalin

Dir. Armando Iannucci

United Kingdom, 2017

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci. Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic
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Golden Globes 2018: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Wins Best TV Drama

Golden Globes 2018: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Wins Best TV Drama
Politics dominated the 75th Golden Globes Awards on Sunday, as stars used their time at the podium to draw attention to abuse, sexism, and racism. It wasn’t a typical festive occasion. Actors and filmmakers cloaked themselves in black to show their solidarity for victims of harassment, and outfitted the labels of their tuxedos with pins that read “Times Up,” a call to arms against discrimination.

In this charged atmosphere, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a show about a dystopian future in which women are conscripted into sexual slavery by a monied elite, picked up a best TV drama award. Elisabeth Moss, who nabbed a best actress in a television series drama for her work in the series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” dedicated her award to women “brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom.”

The message of diversity and equality was echoed in other acceptance speeches during
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Surprise Golden Globes Nominations and Wins Rooted in Awards Race Reality

Surprise Golden Globes Nominations and Wins Rooted in Awards Race Reality
When we consider the Golden Globes, we often focus on the surprises: That time in 2011 when not only did the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominate “The Tourist” for best picture — musical or comedy, but also its star, Johnny Depp, for lead actor.

While the nominations can seem mercurial, the long view shows that the HFPA generally reflects more middle-brow Hollywood tastes without too much foreign flavor. And, peering over our shoulders to last year, they ushered “Moonlight” and “La La Land” — best picture drama and best picture — musical or comedy, respectively — off to the Oscars for the biggest finish line fumble in Academy history. One can say that the swamis at the HFPA virtually anticipated the climactic Academy Awards snafu.

The biggest shocker this year on the film side is that the HFPA didn’t catch the industry’s wave of female empowerment and nominate a single woman for director honors, which remained
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'Jimmie', 'The Death Of Stalin' to bookend Rotterdam film festival

Jimmie director’s other films include The Ape and Beast Of Burden with Daniel Radcliffe.

Source: International Film Festival Rotterdam

‘Jimmie’

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) has announced the opening and closing films for its 47th edition (24 Jan to 4 Feb).

The event will kick off with Jimmie by Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt. The road movie about a father and son on the run stars the director and his own four-year-old son in the lead roles.

Ganslandt’s other films include Falkenberg Farewell (2006), The Ape (2010) and the upcoming English-language thriller Beast Of Burden starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Closing the festival on 3 February is Armando Iannucci’s comedy The Death of Stalin, which chronicles the power struggle following Stalin’s death in 1953. Michael Palin, Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor star.

Festival Director Bero Beyer said of Jimmie: “Ganslandt offers a truly new perspective in an intense cinematic experience that makes us view the world anew.
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'Jimmie', 'The Death Of Stalin' to bookend Rotterdam film festival

'Jimmie', 'The Death Of Stalin' to bookend Rotterdam film festival
Jimmie director’s other films include The Ape and Beast Of Burden with Daniel Radcliffe.

Source: International Film Festival Rotterdam

‘Jimmie’

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) has announced the opening and closing films for its 47th edition (24 Jan to 4 Feb).

The event will kick off with Jimmie by Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt. The road movie about a father and son on the run stars the director and his own four-year-old son in the lead roles.

Ganslandt’s other films include Falkenberg Farewell (2006), The Ape (2010) and the upcoming English-language thriller Beast Of Burden starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Closing the festival on 3 February is Armando Iannucci’s comedy The Death of Stalin, which chronicles the power struggle following Stalin’s death in 1953. Michael Palin, Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor star.

Festival Director Bero Beyer said of Jimmie: “Ganslandt offers a truly new perspective in an intense cinematic experience that makes us view the world anew. The film is an honest
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The 11 Biggest Industry Changes of 2017: Harassment Accusations, ‘Get Out’ Is a Juggernaut, and More

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If 2016 was the year of celebrity deaths, 2017 was the year of celebrity careers (finally) felled by sexual misconduct. Between rising ticket prices, fewer commissioned original screenplays, and a new Republican administration, few expected the past 12 months to be easy on Hollywood. Still, it briefly looked like denying “Moonlight” a dignified Best Picture win would be the year’s biggest aberration. It wasn’t.

There was a lot to consider when compiling this list, from mergers to MoviePass and film stars continuing to flock to small screens. Despite many, many, dour headlines, the news was not all bad: a WGA strike was averted, “Wonder Woman” triumphed, we were given both Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer impression. That’s just the start of the year that was.

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Read ahead to see the issues that will continue to concern
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Disney Announces Their 2018 Release Calendar, And It’s A Doozy

Not content with gobbling up Fox, Disney looks set to absolutely dominate cinemas in 2018. They recently announced their release calendar for the year and, while you’ve surely heard of most of these films, seeing them all laid out one after another is seriously impressive. There’s no point in messing around, though, so let’s get to the movies…

The year begins in style with Black Panther on February 16th. Directed by Ryan Coogler, this is shaping up to be an interesting departure from the usual Marvel Studios fare. Chadwick Boseman leads an all-star African-American cast that takes us to a never before seen corner of the McU.

Next, March 9th sees the release of A Wrinkle in Time, an adaptation of the 1963 Madeleine L’Engle novel about brave children on a universe-spanning quest to find their scientist father. It stars Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Zach Galifianakis.
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The Rock Confirms Men Will Join Women's Harassment Protest at Golden Globes by Wearing Black

The Rock Confirms Men Will Join Women's Harassment Protest at Golden Globes by Wearing Black
Update: The red carpet will be all-black at the 2018 Golden Globes — for women and men.

Earlier this month, multiple sources confirmed to People that many major actresses — including presenters and nominees (Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone are among those nominated) — are planning to wear all-black looks as a symbol of protest against harassment in Hollywood. Sources say that this will start at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7, though it may extend throughout award season. Claudia and Jackie Oshry confirmed it on their show The Morning Breath as well.

“All female actresses attending the Globes are protesting by just wearing black gowns,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Trace Lysette

An openly transgender, Trace Lysette is an American Actress. Many know her for her role as Shea on Transparent, a trans educator, friend, and yoga teacher. She is, however, not new to the screen as she has appeared in a couple of shows like Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, The Curse of the Fuentes Woman, Coffee House Chronicles, Blunt Talk, Drunk History, and I am Cait. She was a track athlete in her late teens and also performed in drag bars in Ohio. She is the second person to come out and accuse Jeffrey Tambor of sexual misconduct. Before

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Trace Lysette
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‘All the Money in the World’ Stars, Producers on Decision to Cut Kevin Spacey From Film

A month after Sony’s “All the Money in the World” was supposed to premiere at the AFI Fest, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted the event on a chilly Monday night.

The premiere was dominated by warm praise for the efforts of director Ridley Scott, who managed to revamp the thriller in six weeks, completely cutting star Kevin Spacey from the film following sexual harassment and assault allegations waged against the actor. He persuaded Christopher Plummer to replace Spacey as J. Paul Getty in the story of the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.

Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, introduced Scott, who turned 80 during the reshoots, by noting that few filmmakers could have pulled off the feat in such a short period of time. “He’s a young filmmaker with a promising career ahead of him,” Rothman quipped.

The exec also singled out producers Dan Friedkin and Bradley
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Lord of the Rings: Sir Ian McKellen Hints at Reprising Gandalf for Amazon Series

Lord of the Rings: Sir Ian McKellen Hints at Reprising Gandalf for Amazon Series
Amazon shall not pass… on bringing Sir Ian McKellen to its Lord of the Rings series.

McKellen, who portrayed wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, recently hinted that he’d like to reprise the role for Amazon’s forthcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels.

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In a radio interview with McKellen, British host Graham Norton asked the actor if he finds it “annoying that there’s going to be another Gandalf in town,” prompting McKellen to ask, “What do you mean, ‘another Gandalf’?”

Upon being
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Actresses Will Reportedly Wear Black to the Golden Globes to Protest Harassment in Hollywood

Actresses Will Reportedly Wear Black to the Golden Globes to Protest Harassment in Hollywood
Expect to see a lot of black on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globes.

Many prominent actresses (including nominees Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone) will be wearing black gowns to the awards show early next year to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood, according to multiple reports. The trend will start at the Globes on Jan. 7 and may continue throughout awards season.

Et has reached out to Hollywood Foreign Press Association reps for comment.

Actresses haven't been shy about speaking out against sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Though the storm started with allegations of decades of sexual harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Jeffrey Tambor, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis C.K., Russell Simmons, Dustin Hoffman and Adam Venit have all made headlines for claims of sexual misconduct.

While speaking with Et last month, Chastain opened up about the recent string of scandals, revealing that she thinks the problem is "more than just about gender."

“It's
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Why Molly Bernard Is the Most Reliable Ensemble Player on ‘Younger’ (Exclusive)

Why Molly Bernard Is the Most Reliable Ensemble Player on ‘Younger’ (Exclusive)
When Molly Bernard -- a newcomer at the time, with a few TV credits to her name -- was first cast on Younger, it was only to be in a handful of scenes. In fact, her audition -- just six lines -- involved a discussion about Liza’s (Sutton Foster) lower body landscaping. But the locker room scene served as an early indication of what Darren Star’s creation would excel best at: multigenerational female bonding and a frank depiction of sexuality. Eventually, the TV Land series would feature moments like tram sex, with Hilary Duff’s character, Kelsey, in an outrageous encounter over Roosevelt Island, and more of Bernard as the scene-stealing Lauren, a pansexual, sex-positive millennial publicist and friend to Liza and Kelsey.

Over the course of the series, Lauren would introduce her friends to the “bad pancake” dating theory, host her own bat mitzvah, convince Liza to sell her used panties and often run away with
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The Great American Baking Show Yanked From Schedule in Light of Judge's Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Great American Baking Show Yanked From Schedule in Light of Judge's Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Days after ABC removed Mario Batali from The Chew after allegations of sexual misconduct, the network has pulled The Great American Baking Show from its primetime schedule for similar reasons.

Pastry chef and Baking Show judge Johnny Iuzzini is being accused of sexual harassment and mistreatment by several of his former employees at the New York restaurant Jean-Georges. According to one women, Iuzzini often stuck his tongue in her ear; others claim he used kitchen utensils to touch their buttocks.

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“In light of allegations that recently came to our attention,
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Tavis Smiley Suspended by PBS After Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

Tavis Smiley Suspended by PBS After Accusations of Sexual Misconduct
Another prominent media figure is off the air at PBS: Tavis Smiley‘s self-titled talk show has been suspended indefinitely following “multiple, credible” accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse.

The news comes from our sister site Variety, who reports that PBS hired an outside law firm to investigate Smiley’s conduct after learning of “troubling accusations” about the talk-show host. The investigation revealed that Smiley engaged in multiple sexual relationships with female staffers, some of whom believed their continued employment with Smiley hinged on those sexual relationships. He was also accused of “creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment,” with
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TVLine Items: Jackman's Christmas Song, Live Lip Sync Battle and More

TVLine Items: Jackman's Christmas Song, Live Lip Sync Battle and More
What’s almost as good as an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle? A Hugh Jackman song-and-dance break in Fox’s A Christmas Story Live.

The X-Men actor, who’s currently starring in the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, will perform “Come Alive” from the movie during a commercial break in Fox’s live musical, which airs Sunday at 8/7c.

Per our sister site Variety, he’ll be joined by Greatest Showman castmates Zac Efron (High School Musical), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover) and Keala Settle (The Big C), as well as 150 dancers. Benj Pasek and
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Salma Hayek Details Harassment By Harvey Weinstein on ‘Frida’

Salma Hayek Details Harassment By Harvey Weinstein on ‘Frida’
Salma Hayek added her voice Wednesday to the growing list of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

In an New York Times essay, the actress called Weinstein her “monster” and detailed her experiences while working on the 2002 Miramax-produced film “Frida.”

Hayek outlined the various demands Weinstein asked of her, including showering with him, letting him watch her take a shower, giving him a massage, performing oral sex on him and opening the doors to him at all hours of the night.

“The absurdity of his demands went from getting a furious call in the middle of the night asking me to fire my agent for a fight he was having with him about a different movie with a different client to physically dragging me out of the opening gala of the Venice Film Festival,” she wrote.

Hayek specifies that the price she suffered for rebuffing his attempts at sexual activity was to endure his continued rage.

At
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