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Film Review: ‘Get Me Roger Stone’

14 May 2017 5:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The right-wing campaign consultants who brought negative advertising, mud-slinging, and — let’s call it what it is — lying into the center of the American media ecosphere used to keep themselves out of sight. That was part of their mystique: They plied their trade from the shadows. (It’s part of what gave their lies power — that the lies seemed to emerge from the ether.) In the ’90s, though, documentarians and TV news divisions began to shine a light on people like Lee Atwater and Karl Rove and the way they conjured their media voodoo. Richard Nixon’s dirty tricksters paved the way, but these were the new visionaries of the attack-dog political culture; they were the rock stars of fake news. (It’s no accident that Atwater was literally a blues-rock guitarist — his whole ethos was to make scorched-earth campaign tactics seem wild-ass and cool.)

Yet when you watch “Get Me Roger Stone, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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The Funniest Memes About Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Ad Fiasco

6 April 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The controversial Pepsi ad starring Kendall Jenner may have been short-lived, but unfortunately for those involved its legacy will be immortalized on the internet forever.

The spot—which depicted the reality star easing the tension between police officers and protestors with a can of Pepsi—was widely seen as insensitive and tone deaf, prompting the company to pull the ad just one day after it was released.

Everyone from Lena Dunham to Madonna to Bernice King have since skewered the ad, and as is common in the age of social media, many others took to their keyboards to express their feelings. »

- People Staff

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IFC Center’s First Annual Split Screens Festival Celebrating TV to Debut in June

3 April 2017 2:07 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Television is getting its own week-long festival, thanks to IFC Center and Matt Zoller Seitz.

IFC Center announced the launch of its new annual event, the Split Screens Festival, taking place in June. The celebration will be curated by noted critic and author Matt Zoller Seitz.

“There is no better time to take a close look at television as an art form,” said Seitz in a statement. “Split Screens Festival will offer an intimate venue to examine the medium’s Platinum Age, which has perfected new storytelling techniques and created characters that seem as vivid to viewers as the flesh-and-blood people they know and love. It’s an honor to chronicle this amazing time as a critic, and I’m pleased to be spearheading this amazing festival with IFC Center.”

Read More: Tribeca Unveils TV Lineup for 2017 Film Festival

IFC Center’s Gm John Vanco added, “The accomplishments of artists »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Wants Donald Trump to Watch and Publicly Condemn the Sequel

16 March 2017 6:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Donald Trump made headlines in January for holding a screening of “Finding Dory” at the White House, but if “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh had his way, the President would be screening a far more controversial title. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Welsh goes on record saying he wants Trump not only to see “T2: Trainspotting,” but to also condemn the movie publicly (probably in one of his notorious Twitter rants).

Read More: ‘T2 Trainspotting’: How the Screenplay Convinced Danny Boyle to Resurrect a Cult Classic — Watch

“There’s two things you want whether you do a film or a book,” Welsh said. “You want the approval of cool people and the condemnation of an asshole. The condemnation of a prominent asshole is absolutely fantastic.”

Welsh recalls the response to the original film’s U.S. release in 1996. Bob Dole, who was the Republican nominee against Bill Clinton in the Presidential race, »

- Zack Sharf

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'Trainspotting' Author Wants Trump and Pence to See, Condemn Sequel

16 March 2017 3:14 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When the first Trainspotting was released in the U.S. in 1996, the film came under attack from U.S. politician Bob Dole, then on a presidential campaign, who said that it "glorified heroin." 

While the move may have ultimately not helped the Republican candidate (he lost), his denouncement of Danny Boyle's film — a film that Dole admitted he had not seen — gave the low-budget British indie a rather handy popularity boost. Trainspotting snatched the highest per-screen average during its U.S. launch week and went on to earn $16 million, quickly becoming a cult classic.

Now, 21 years on, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh »

- Alex Ritman

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