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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Premiere: Can ‘Bad’ TV Be Better Than Oscar Movies?

22 July 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: “BoJack Horseman” Season 3 is a feat of storytelling on both a serialized and episodic level. To honor the impressive accomplishment, IndieWire will be reviewing all 12 episodes over the next few weeks. Below, we delve into Episode 1.]

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Season 3 Deserves an Oscar (And Every Other Award)

Is “Horsin’ Around” Better Than “Secretariat,” and Is TV Better Than Film?

The most important takeaway from the premiere of “BoJack Horseman” is that BoJack already knows an Oscar may not make him happy. This could’ve been a realization made much later in the season, but creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg wastes no time in Season 3. He’s got big fish to fry, and each episode takes on far more than just the requisite plot developments. By putting BoJack’s motivation into question already — for an arc that will still last all season — Bob-Waksberg shifts the conversation to a bigger topic for this half hour: Should BoJack be prouder of “Horsin’ Around” than “Secretariat”?

Clearly, the answer is, “yes.” Considering BoJack wasn’t actually in his Oscar vehicle (he was digitally replaced) and he became a star from “Horsin’ Around, »

- Ben Travers

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Premiere: Can ‘Bad’ TV Be Better Than Oscar Movies?

22 July 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: “BoJack Horseman” Season 3 is a feat of storytelling on both a serialized and episodic level. To honor the impressive accomplishment, IndieWire will be reviewing all 12 episodes over the next few weeks. Below, we delve into Episode 1.]

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Season 3 Deserves an Oscar (And Every Other Award)

Is “Horsin’ Around” Better Than “Secretariat,” and Is TV Better Than Film?

The most important takeaway from the premiere of “BoJack Horseman” is that BoJack already knows an Oscar may not make him happy. This could’ve been a realization made much later in the season, but creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg wastes no time in Season 3. He’s got big fish to fry, and each episode takes on far more than just the requisite plot developments. By putting BoJack’s motivation into question already — for an arc that will still last all season — Bob-Waksberg shifts the conversation to a bigger topic for this half hour: Should BoJack be prouder of “Horsin’ Around” than “Secretariat”?

Clearly, the answer is, “yes.” Considering BoJack wasn’t actually in his Oscar vehicle (he was digitally replaced) and he became a star from “Horsin’ Around, »

- Ben Travers

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"Deadly Class" TV Adaptation

21 July 2016 3:10 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports, "Captain America: Civil War" directors Anthony and Joe Russo will produce a new Sony Pictures TV adaptation of the Image Comics series "Deadly Class" by writer Rick Remender and illustrator Wes Craig:

"....It’s 1987. 'Marcus Lopez' hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can't focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the 'Dag Nasty' show he has tickets to.

"But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin's top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is 'Dismemberment 101' and his crush, a member of the most notorious crime syndicate in Japan, has a double-digit body count.

"Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the »

- Michael Stevens

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Who Is Jamala? 5 Things to Know About the 2016 Eurovision Winner

15 May 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ukranian singer Jamala was crowned the winner of the 61st annual Eurovision Song contest on Ssaturday. Jamala, 32, received the highest score of 534 points for her emotional performance of her song "1944," beating out competitors from 26 different countries. So who is the Ukrainian singer? Here are five things to know about Jamala. Her real name is Susana Jamaladinova.Jamala (an adapted stage name) was born in Orsh in the former Soviet Union, which is now located in Kyrgystan. Her family had been forcibly resettled there under the rule of Stalin. When Ukraine gained independence in 1991, her family returned to Crimea. She sang »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Who Is Jamala? 5 Things to Know About the 2016 Eurovision Winner

15 May 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ukranian singer Jamala was crowned the winner of the 61st annual Eurovision Song contest on Ssaturday. Jamala, 32, received the highest score of 534 points for her emotional performance of her song "1944," beating out competitors from 26 different countries. So who is the Ukrainian singer? Here are five things to know about Jamala. Her real name is Susana Jamaladinova.Jamala (an adapted stage name) was born in Orsh in the former Soviet Union, which is now located in Kyrgystan. Her family had been forcibly resettled there under the rule of Stalin. When Ukraine gained independence in 1991, her family returned to Crimea. She sang »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Gaumont pre-sells Armando Iannucci’s 'The Death of Stalin'

12 May 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin in talks to join ensemble cast. 

Germany’s Telemunchen/Concorde and Australia’s Madman have jumped into UK director Armando Iannucci’s political satire The Death of Stalin following the project’s launch in Cannes.

The film revolving around the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 is due is due to shoot in June for a Cannes 2017 delivery. Paris-based Quad and Main Journey are producing in association with Gaumont.

Adapted from the graphic novel The Death Of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, the satirical film revolves around the political in-fighting and battle for power which took place behind the scenes in the days leading up to Stalin’s funeral.  

Iannucci is currently locking a high profile cast which looks set to include Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Jeffrey Tambor as his rival Georgy Malenkov and Michael Palin as Vyacheslav Molotov.  »

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Gaumont clocks pre-sales on Iannucci’s 'The Death of Stalin'

12 May 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin in talks to join ensemble cast. 

Germany’s Telemunchen/Concorde and Australia’s Madman have jumped into UK director Armando Iannucci’s political satire The Death of Stalin following the project’s launch in Cannes.

The film revolving around the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 is due is due to shoot in June for a Cannes 2017 delivery. Paris-based Quad and Main Journey are producing in association with Gaumont.

Adapted from the graphic novel The Death Of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, the satirical film revolves around the political in-fighting and battle for power which took place behind the scenes in the days leading up to Stalin’s funeral.  

Iannucci is currently locking a high profile cast which looks set to include Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Jeffrey Tambor as his rival Georgy Malenkov and Michael Palin as Vyacheslav Molotov.  »

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Buscemi, Tambor, Palin And More Join Armando Iannucci's The Death Of Stalin

12 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

If anyone in the World can take the piss out of the death of a Russian dictator and live to see the day it is British satirist Armando Iannucci. The man behind In The Loop and Veep has been adapting the graphic novel The Death of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin in preparation for a shoot that begins next month. On the night of 2nd March 1953,a man is dying. The man is Joseph Stalin, dictator, tyrant, butcher as well a Secretary General of Ussr. A terrible stroke is wracking his entire body. He is drooling. He is pissing himself.   He is about to kick the bucket and if you play your cards right, his job is yours for the taking.  ...

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Buscemi, Tambor Join Iannucci's "Stalin"

12 May 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Timothy Dalton, Toby Kebbel, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine and Andrea Riseborough are in advanced negotiations to join "The Death of Stalin" for Gaumont and Quad Films.

Armando Iannucci's first post-"Veep" feature, the story is adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin. Iannucci is producing alongside David Schneider and Ian Martin ("In the Loop," "Veep").

The action is set during the chaotic days of political infighting that followed the 1953 death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Buscemi will play Nikita Khrushchev, while Tambor will star as Georgy Malenkov and Dalton as Georgy Zhukov.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Countdown to Batman v Superman – Superman: Red Son

9 March 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ricky Church continues his countdown to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with Superman: Red Son

One of the reasons Batman and Superman are at odds in their upcoming movie are because of the Dark Knight’s fear that, if unchecked, Superman will one day use his power to conquer the planet. This is similarly Luthor’s fear (or at least the one he uses to excuse his actions) and while the fear is unfounded, what if Superman did decide he should rule the planet? In fact, what if Superman had not landed in the heart of America, but an entirely different country altogether?

In Superman: Red Son writer Mark Millar images a world where Superman didn’t land in Kansas, but in the U.S.S.R. as the height of its power. Mentored by Joseph Stalin, Russia’s Superman still believed in justice, but came to believe the »

- Ricky Church

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How They Transformed Surprise Oscar Nominee 'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'

16 February 2016 9:16 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Clearly the underdogs, going up against both "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "The Revenant," makeup designers Love Larson and Eva von Bahr nonetheless brilliantly transformed Swedish star Robert Gustafsson into a believable centenarian with little time and resources. "We wanted the audience to buy that he's 100-years-old without constantly thinking that it's Robert in really heavy makeup," von Bahr offered. "That was a major challenge for us. It's the same thing if you would've done that in America with a really famous actor." In "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared," Gustafsson runs away from his retirement home just before his birthday celebration, and continues a lifelong series of adventures with famous historical figures, from Joseph Stalin to Ronald Reagan. Fortunately, all of the flashbacks were done first in Budapest, so the makeup was applied in stages and they shot full makeup in »

- Bill Desowitz

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Berlin: Loco Films’ ‘Battle of Sevastopol’ Conquers EFM Buyers (Exclusive)

15 February 2016 7:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sergey Mokritskiy’s Russian/Ukranian epic WWII drama “Battle of Sevastopol” has conquered worldwide buyers at the European Film Market after topping the Russian B.O. in 2015.

The movie is a biopic of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a young Soviet woman who joined the Red Army to fight the Nazi invasion of the Ussr and became one of the deadliest snipers in World War II. Pic sold to the U.K. (Arrowfilms), Germany (Meteor), former Yugoslavia (McF), Turkey (Medyavision), Japan (New Select), Hong Kong (VII Pillars Entertainment), Russia, Cei (Fox), Poland (Filmmedia) and Bulgaria (Film Vision).

Seven7 will release in France, Switzerland and Belgium.

Loco Films is in negotiations to close deals in the U.S., Scandinavia and Italy.

Boasting a $20 million budget, the movie follows the journey of Pavlichenko, who was nicknamed “Lady Death” after killing 300 people in one month. She was later enlisted by Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin in 1942 to »

- Elsa Keslassy

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20 Mind-Blowing Facts About Joseph Stalin

9 February 2016 1:50 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Joseph Stalin – “Joe” to his friends and “Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili” when he’s in trouble from his mother – is a man who, unfortunately, needs no introduction. World War II’s third most famous leader – behind Hitler and that dog from the car insurance adverts – his legacy has been one of a communist icon and, typically, a mass-murdering dictatorial tyrant.

Born in relative poverty at the tail-end of the 19th Century, Stalin worked his way up the ranks of the Communist Party eventually becoming its General Secretary, and installed himself as a Soviet dictator in the wake of Vladimir Lenin’s death. He then began dragging Russia into the modern era with rapid industrialisation, inadvertently sparking a famine that killed millions, before putting his famed Red Army to work defeating the Nazis. Some ups and some downs then.

His role in WWII is well documented, and much »

- Adam Clery

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Iffr: Udo Kier talks 'Iron Sky 2'

30 January 2016 4:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hitler is back  - and he will be sharing the screen with The Pope, Osama Bin Laden, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Putin and Jesus Christ, as well as various dinosaurs .

At International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) this week, cult actor Udo Kier has revealed further plot details of Timo Vuorensola’s Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the sequel to Nazis on the moon saga, Iron Sky (2012).

Kier himself returns as Wolfgang Kortzfleisch (“Vomiting Meat”) and also plays Wolfgang’s brother, Hitler. 

The new film shot in Antwerp.

“I have also a German Shepherd like Hitler had called Blondi,” Kier told ScreenDaily. “It was difficult to get one. I said to the director “It doesn’t matter. Get a stuffed one from London.’ We put it on a piece of wood with four wheels.”

In the film, Kier revealed, there is a scene in which the Us President (a Sarah Palin lookalike) attends a conference with Stalin, Putin, Hitler »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Bruce McKenna Writing Biopic on Russian Novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn

28 January 2016 7:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Primeridian Entertainment has tapped Bruce McKenna to adapt its untitled movie about Russian dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

The biopic is adapted from D.M. Thomas’s biography “Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life.”

Solzhenitsyn spent eight years in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet prison system, beginning in 1945, and wrote about his imprisonment in the 1973 book “The Gulag Archipelago.” He also wrote “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,” “Cancer Ward” and “August 1914.” He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970 “for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature.”

He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 due to his criticism of the totalitarian system, but returned to Russia in 1994 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He died in Moscow in 2008.

McKenna was the creator and co-executive producer of HBO’s “The Pacific,” and wrote three episodes of HBO’s “Band Of Brothers, »

- Dave McNary

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

16 January 2016 11:14 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Where do I get my Big Brother campaign pin and yard poster? Michael Radford's elaborate Orwell adaptation sticks closely to the original book, even after decades of deriviative dystopias have stolen its fire. John Hurt is excellent as Winston Smith, and Richard Burton is his inquisitor. Nineteen Eighty-Four Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Ship Date December 8, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, Phyllis Logan. Cinematography Roger Deakins Production Designer Allan Cameron Art Direction Martin Hebert, Grant Hicks Film Editor Tom Priestley Original Music (2) Dominick Muldowney / Eurythmics Written by Jonathan Gems, Michael Radford from the novel by George Orwell Produced by Al Clark, Robert Devereux, Simon Perry, Marvin J. Rosenblum Directed by Michael Radford

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

George Orwell's pessimistic 1948 novel 1984 is probably the most important political book of the last century. »

- Glenn Erickson

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