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Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Tiffany Haddish Set for Comedy Central’s Clusterfest in San Francisco

Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Tiffany Haddish Set for Comedy Central’s Clusterfest in San Francisco
Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Tiffany Haddish, Lonely Island, and Trevor Noah are among the performers set for the second annual Clusterfest comedy and music festival in San Francisco hosted by Comedy Central.

The event is set for June 1-3 at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Comedy Central has partnered with event firm Superfly to produce the festival.

“After last year’s spectacular success with fans, talent and the entire comedy community, we’d have to be insane to not return for another round,” said Kent Alterman, president of Comedy Central. “While we are concerned anything better than last year might blow Bay Area minds into oblivion, we are prepared to take that chance.”

Other participants will include Jim Jefferies, Third Eye Blind, David Cross, Michael Che, Roy Wood Jr., Maria Bamford, Salt-n-Pepa, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, Action Bronson, Desus & Mero, Kyle Mooney & Nathan Fielder’s Video Treasures, This Is Not
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Sundance review: Telemarketing is as evil as you think in Sorry to Bother You

Everybody hates telemarketers. Most people know how to just say no and break their script, but they have an insidious process to coerce people into buying things they don’t want. The Sundance movie Sorry to Bother You uses the world of telemarketing to expose the evils of corporate America, and then it gets even crazier. Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) gets a job as a RegalView telemarketer. He begins to excel when he learns to use his white voice (David Cross). While his coworkers strike, Geeen is promoted to Power Caller where the product is slave labor for the WorryFree company. They’re final...read more
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Sundance Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You’ is an Imaginative, Ambitious Satire for the Modern Age

Living a life of little means, when Lakeith Stanfield’s Cassius Green asks for a “40” fill-up at the gas station, he means cents, not dollars. His Oakland apartment, which he shares with his activist/artist girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) is actually revealed to be a garage, and due to faulty electrics, the door may open to the entire neighborhood during the most inopportune of times. So, when he gets a job as a telemarketer and his career is on the fast track for upward mobility, he must decide between a life of boundless capitalism or staying true to the struggles of his friends, who are attempting to unionize and challenge the very company who is making him rich.

Sorry to Bother You is a bold debut–in every sense of the word–for rapper-turned-director Boots Riley. There are truly radical, thrilling ideas both in the script and on screen, and
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You’
Nearly as deranged as it is politically engaged, Boots Riley’s sui generis “Sorry to Bother You” is the kind debut feature that knocks your socks off, tickles your bare tootsies with goose feathers for a while, then goes all Kathy Bates in the final stretch, ultimately taking a sledgehammer to your kneecaps. What, there’s no category on Netflix for movies like that? Too bad: The Oakland-based rapper isn’t waiting for permission to speak his piece, pioneering a new form of wildly inventive, highly confrontational satire that dares to question the system, pitting an immensely likable black actor (Lakeith Stanfield) against the fat-cat capitalists (represented here by a coked-out, sarong-wearing Armie Hammer) responsible for inventing a new 21st-century form of slavery.

It’s a hugely ambitious project that ultimately caves under the weight of its own artistic intentions, but that shouldn’t stop this revolutionary statement from making its mark. Channeling the quirky
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Sundance: Annapurna Nabs ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Annapurna Pictures has purchased “Sorry to Bother You” following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The workplace satire sold in a competitive seven-figure deal, with the studio picking up worldwide rights.

“Sorry to Bother You” centers on an Oakland-based telemarketer named Cassius Green who discovers a magical key to professional success. It takes on such topics as racism and corporate greed — some buyers felt its satire was deft, while others griped that it juggled too many ideas.

Annapurna, which specializes in auteur-driven fare such as “The Master” and “Detroit,” was pretty blunt about its love for the picture.

“We f—ing love this movie,” the studio said in a statement.

The film stars Lakeith Stanfield (“Get Out”), Tessa Thompson (“Creed”), Armie Hammer (“Call Me by Your Name”), David Cross (“Arrested Development”), and Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). It was written and directed by Boots Riley, who is better known as a musician. He provides
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Sundance 2018: 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Tyrel' Rip on Race, Toxic Masculinity and Us

Sundance 2018: 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Tyrel' Rip on Race, Toxic Masculinity and Us
Pick any random song by the Coup – we suggest "Fat Cats, Bigga Fish" from their 1994 album Genocide & Juice, or "My Favorite Mutiny" from 2006's Pick a Bigger Weapon – and you'll get complex anti-corporate screeds and much dropping of Chomsky-esque political science against layered, funky-as-fuck beats. An extended middle finger against the powers that hold people back is this Bay Area hip-hop collective's raison d'etre; not for nothing did they name a song "5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O." (We also highly recommend blasting that cut off 2001's incendiary Party Music as well.
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‘Sorry to Bother You’ Review: Boots Riley’s Bonkers Racial Satire is the Wtf Movie of the Year — Sundance 2018 Review

‘Sorry to Bother You’ Review: Boots Riley’s Bonkers Racial Satire is the Wtf Movie of the Year — Sundance 2018 Review
“Sorry to Bother You” is already a whip-smart satire of racial dynamics in the workplace when it’s about a black telemarketer who uses a white voice to improve his business. Then the naked human-horse mutants show up. The directorial debut of hip-hop artist Boots Riley reaches into the stratosphere of creative inspiration with utterly bonkers results that are nonetheless crystal clear in their intentions: “Putney Swope” by way of “Dear White People,” Riley’s wacky odyssey fires a zillion different wacky ideas at once, and more often than not, hits its targets.

See More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

Riley published an earlier version of this screenplay in McSweeney’s three years ago, but “Sorry to Bother You” feels like a distinctly contemporary statement. Oakland dreamer Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield, never better) lives in a garage with his activist-artist girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson
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The Post – Review

(Left to right) Tom Hanks (Ben Bradlee), David Cross (Howard Simons), John Rue (Gene Patterson), Bob Odenkirk (Ben Bagdikian), Jessie Mueller (Judith Martin), and Philip Casnoff (Chalmers Roberts) in Twentieth Century Fox’s The Post. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise.

In The Post, director Steven Spielberg delivers a remarkable and timely film about freedom of the press, a story set in 1971 that has striking echoes for the present. President Nixon, who disdains the press, seeks to prevent publication of embarrassing secret government documents that expose decades of deceit of the American people on the Vietnam War.

Spielberg structures The Post like a thriller, racing a ticking-clock and filled with intrigue. The director has put together a stellar cast for this top-notch thriller, led by Tom Hanks as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as the paper’s publisher Katharine Graham, the first women publisher of a major daily newspaper.
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Bob Odenkirk to star in new action film Nobody from John Wick producers

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Bob Odenkirk got his start in comedy with shows like Mr. Show With Bob And David with David Cross, and has been making the transition into drama in recent years. He’s achieved acclaim for his work as Saul Goodman on Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad and in movies like The Post, but will now go down a much different path. That’s right, get ready to see him kick some ass in a new movie... Read More...
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New Featurette Arrives For Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’

20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for The Post highlighting actor Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee. The featurette includes commentary from director Steven Spielberg, and fellow cast members Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk, and more.

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces
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America Ferrera's Baby Bump Gets Some Love from Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel

America Ferrera's Baby Bump Gets Some Love from Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel
America Ferrera has the blessings of her “sisterhood” as she prepares to welcome her first child in 2018.

The actress, 33, shared a photo of herself with her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costars Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel on Instagram Tuesday. The four huddled on a couch as they all placed their hands on Ferrera’s baby bump.

“Starting the New Year off with blessings from my Sisterhood. We’ve got work to do for the next generation. Let’s get to it. #Timesup,” Ferrera wrote in the caption, referring to a letter in the New York Times in
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'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Cast Reunites to Celebrate America Ferrera's Pregnancy

'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Cast Reunites to Celebrate America Ferrera's Pregnancy
The sisterhood has become a motherhood!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants stars Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel reunited to celebrate Ferrera's pregnancy. The 33-year-old actress, who announced she's expecting her first child with husband Ryan Piers Williams on Sunday, is the last of her co-stars to become a mom.

Lively shares two daughters, 3-year-old James and 1-year-old Ines, with husband Ryan Reynolds, Tamblyn shares 7-month old daughter Marlow with husband David Cross, and Bledel shares a 2-year-old son with husband Vincent Kartheiser.

"Didn’t think anything could beat kicking off the new year with the #Timesup initiative, but then," Tamblyn captioned a sweet photo of the cast cradling Ferrera's stomach on Twitter. On Monday, the actresses joined the Time's Up initiative, which calls for change in the entertainment industry and beyond, in response to the slew of sexual misconduct allegations that were made public in 2017.

"Starting the New Year off with blessings from my Sisterhood
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Palm Springs Film Festival Kicks Off

Palm Springs Film Festival Kicks Off
The bright red carpet, shimmering gowns, sharp tuxedos, dazzling diamonds, the thrilling pop of flashbulbs, and of course the world’s biggest stars… all the classic glitz and glamour that make the movies magical can be found at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. This January 2nd event is Sold Out, but you can share in the glamour by visiting the Ps FilmFest website (psfilmfest.org) to see photos of this outstanding event.

Awards Night Fest Kickoff

Special Guests Director Patty Jenkins and Actor Gal Gadot discuss their roles in success of their box office hit Wonder Woman on January 3, at 11:00 am at the Palm Canyon Theater.

And on the 4th, The Post will kick off the Festival itself with its numerous screenings of the top films of 2017.

The Post’s acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, screenwriters Josh Singer and Liz Hannah,
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores Stylishly at Box Office

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores Stylishly at Box Office
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed impressively in its platform release with a projected $616,000 at four locations in its first eight days.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, grossed $305,000 over the four-day Friday-Monday New Year’s holiday weekend with a per-screen of $76,259. Focus Features plans to add two more screens on Jan. 5 and expand to more markets on Jan. 12.

The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis as a renowned dressmaker who is at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

Phantom Thread” earned Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It marks director Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Day-Lewis. They teamed
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Makes Stylish Box Office Debut

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Makes Stylish Box Office Debut
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” performed impressively on its Christmas Day launch, earning $127,272 at four theaters for an average of $31,818 per screen.

The Focus Features awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis, a renowned dressmaker, who, with his sister (portrayed by Lesley Manville), is at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

Phantom Thread” earned Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It marks director Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Day-Lewis. They teamed on 2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” for which the star won his second of three best actor Oscars.

Phantom Thread” is showing at the ArcLight Hollywood and Landmark in Los Angeles, and at the
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Performs Powerfully in Limited Opening

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Performs Powerfully in Limited Opening
Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” has debuted strongly in its platform opening with $495,000 at nine sites for Friday-Sunday for an impressive $55,000 per location average.

The Post,” starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, is projected to take in another $215,000 on Christmas Day on Monday for a $720,o00 four-day domestic total for Fox. The film — playing at three Los Angeles locations, three in New York City and three in the Washington, D.C., area — will go into wide release on Jan. 12.

The National Board of Review has named “The Post” as the best film of 2017 with Hanks and Streep taking the top acting awards. The film also received six Golden Globe nominations.

The Post” centers on the 1971 legal battle faced by The Washington Post over publication of the Pentagon Papers, which provided previously undisclosed details over the involvement of the U.S. government in the Vietnam War. The cast includes Alison Brie,
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival
Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” has been selected as the opening night film for the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 4.

The Post,” starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, will receive a limited release from Fox on Dec. 22 and go into wide release on Jan. 12. The National Board of Review has named “The Post” as the best film of 2017 with Hanks and Streep taking the top acting awards.

The Post” centers on the legal battle faced by The Washington Post over publication of the Pentagon Papers, which provided previously undisclosed details over the involvement of the U.S. government in the Vietnam War The cast includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

The festival will close with “The Last Movie Star,” directed by Adam Rifkin, on Jan. 14. Burt Reynolds
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Where is “Arrested Development” Now that Jeffrey Tambor has Been Accused of Sexual Assault?

The filming for Season 5 of Arrested Development has finished up. Unfortunately, the future of the series is seeming rather uncertain at the moment because of what has been happening in regard to Jeffrey Tambor, which has not been helped by what has been happening in regard to David Cross as well. Jeffrey Tambor does not play the closest thing to a main character that Arrested Development has, but he does play a couple of important characters. The first is George Bluth Sr., the corrupt real estate developer who serves as the patriarch of the Bluth family that is the

Where is “Arrested Development” Now that Jeffrey Tambor has Been Accused of Sexual Assault?
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Sundance Film Festival London Dates Announced For 2018

Sundance Institute and Picturehouse Cinemas have announced that the Sundance Film Festival: London will return to Picturehouse Central from 31 May-3 June 2018. The Festival will feature the international and UK premieres of films from the 2018 edition of the renowned Sundance Film Festival which takes place 18-28 January in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.

Film fans can register for festival passes for the 2018 London event from today via www.picturehouses.com/sundance. The ‘Festival Pass’ guarantees access to ten Festival films/special events plus priority booking for additional events, access to the Picturehouse Central Members’ Bar, and food and drink discounts. The ‘VIP Pass’ gives access to Every film and special event at the festival, plus all parties, a Picturehouse Central membership, a goodie bag and more.

The 2017 edition of Sundance Film Festival: London took place at Picturehouse Central, presenting 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City,
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The 10 Must-See Movies At Sundance 2018

Ben Robins on the ten must-see movies at Sundance 2018…

The ridiculously celebrated indie festival to end all indie festivals will return for another banner year in January, and it’s no doubt set to be another big one. Having kicked off the careers of everyone from the Coen Brothers to Tarantino to most recently, Whiplash and La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, it’s a fairly reliable way to get a heads-up on the brightest and boldest new filmmakers in the biz, so it only makes sense to take a closer look at what’s coming up.

We don’t have much to go on – synopses and the occasional still picture – so lets let the casts and crews speak for themselves.

American Animals (dir. Bart Layton)

Written and directed by documentary vet Layton (the BAFTA winning filmmaker behind 2012’s seriously ace The Imposter), American Animals not only boasts an already
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