8 items from 2013
Epic Rap Battles of History is Russian to the finish line. The crazy popular series of lyrical combats has ended its second season with a five verse episode featuring some of the most important Russians of the 20th century: Grigori Rasputin, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Vladimir Putin. Though recent episodes have featured a slew of guest stars such as Jenna Marbles and Key and Peele, Nicepeter and EpicLLOYD play everyone on their own this time around, with Peter taking Rasputin, Lenin, and Putin while Lloyd takes Stalin and Gorbachev. The only YouTuber cameo is a brief appearance from PewDiePie, who dons a onesie in order to play Mikhail Baryshnikov. Predictably, these two seconds are very popular in the comments section, where PewDiePie's legion of fans have showed up to support their favorite Swedish gamer. The Russian battle is the finale of season 2; 'season' is a broad term here, »
- Sam Gutelle
Well, this solidifies it: Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy really, really love each other. After co-starring in "Tinker Tailor Soldlier Spy," "Lawless," and "The Dark Knight Rises," they will now be in yet another movie together: an adaptation of historical thriller "Child 44" by Tom Rob Smith. "Child 44" concerns a series of child murders in Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. Hardy will play a Soviet military officer investigating the murders, while Oldman will play a police chief who has his own suspicions about Hardy. Also in the cast: Noomi Rapace, as Hardy's wife, and Joel Kinnaman, as Hardy's lethal co-worker. Famed novelist and screenwriter Richard Price wrote the screenplay and Daniel Espinosa, who scored a minor hit with last year's "Safe House," will direct. Ridley Scott will produce. Since “Lawless” came out last year, Oldman has been working on the "RoboCop" remake and was just cast in Matt Reeves »
- Drew Taylor
Russian president calls for nationwide Stalin-era physical fitness classes at appearance with Hollywood star in Moscow
Vladimir Putin has reached back to Joseph Stalin's era for a plan to improve Russians' physical fitness, appearing with the film actor Steven Seagal at an event aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among young people.
In a meeting at a martial arts school on Moscow's outskirts, Putin called for physical education rooted in a Soviet-era system.
"I think it would be quite appropriate to recall the positive experience of past decades when the so-called Gto, Ready for Labour and Defence, was in use in our country," he said. The Gto mass physical training programme was introduced in the 1930s under Stalin.
"The revival of this system – in a new, modern format – could bring major benefits," Putin told government officials, schoolteachers and coaches.
He told the education and sports ministers to study the issue »
‘The future is broken’ bellows the Stephen Hawking-a-like Voice Over for the second series of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian drama ‘Black Mirror’; and by the looks of things, no amount of duck tape and blue tack is gonna fix it!
Back in 1948 George Orwell was spreading a similar warning about humanity’s future; ‘If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.’ He correctly predicted security cameras on every street corner and mindless drones accepting what ever the media injected them with. Complete with lack of true talent or ambition (fans of Towie anyone)?
In 1984, our trust in the government and the responsibilities we grant them with has been betrayed to lock us into a totalitarian hell, ruled by the party and its leader Big Brother (no kids he wasn’t named after That show) who feeds on a cult of a personality. »
- Liam Smedley
If you are the kind of person with a blanket hatred for Valentine's Day, you are probably the kind of person with a blanket hatred for The Notebook. As you might be able to tell I'm neither, since even the sappiest nonsense-- like a giant heart-shaped box of chocolates or Nicholas Sparks-- generally has a thing or two that makes it worthwhile. It's all about what you make of it! And if you can't appreciate a holiday about appreciating your loved ones and a Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling make out scene, then I don't know what to tell you. But, for all you cynics out there, here's a chance to get your hate all out, in the latest installment of Honest Trailers. for The Notebook. As usual, a lot of things in this video are spot-on, from crediting someone as "Joseph Stalin" to describing it as "the Olive »
Tom Hardy is on a roll! The guy's career is blowing up, and it it seems like he's attaching himself to one film project after another. He's currently in talks to join the Ridley Scott produced film Child 44, which will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash, Safe House).
The movie is an adaptation of a novel by the same name, and it deals with some pretty heavy subject matter. The book is based on the true story of Andrei Chikatilo a.k.a. The Rostov Ripper, a Soviet serial killer, also nicknamed The Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper. He murdered at least 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990 in the RussianSFSR, and eventually confessed to a total of 56 murders. He was tried for 53 of these killings in April 1992, and in October of 1992 he was convicted and sentenced to death. He was executed in February 1994.
Hardy will play a character named Leo Demidov, »
- Joey Paur
Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace who have already signed up to star in Fox Searchlight’s Animal Rescue, may be planning back-to-back projects as the duo were also considering the big screen adaptation of author Tom Rob Smith’s novel ‘Child 44.’
The first book in a trilogy is set in the Joseph Stalin-era Soviet Union focuses on Leo Demidov, an Mgb Agent who is assigned to investigate a series of gruesome child murders.
The story is based on the real life tale of Ukrainian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo aka the Rostov Ripper who was executed in 1994 for committing the murder of about 56 women and children between 1978 and 1990.
Hardy will play the Soviet officer, while Rapace will play his mysterious wife, who pretends to be a fitting partner, but is hiding many thoughts and feelings.
- Nick Martin
I'm sorry to report that your regular intrepid Archer reviewer was unable to make it to the post tonight, and left the Archer Season 4 premiere, "Fugue and Riffs," in the capable (burn!) hands of... Me!
Archer with amnesia had me laughing out loud more than once, and the little spin on the episode was a bit of genius.
Seriously, there is some sort of strange Kismet at work when the first time I've ever covered the episode an amnesiac Archer thinks Isis is referring to the Shazam!/Isia Power Hour, one of my all time favorite hours of television. Yes, I am that big of a dork that I Do remember that show, Archer baby!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carissa Pavlica)
8 items from 2013
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