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Written by Fabien Nury | Art by Thierry Robin | Published by Titan Comics
What happens when one of the most powerful men in history passes away? Who is left to pick up the pieces? Does society fall into chaos or erupt into celebration over the news that one of history’s most vicious tyrants has succumb to this own mortality. Well we can get answers to all those questions by looking at actual history, and the graphic novel The Death of Stalin does exactly that by covering the events that occurred in the Soviet Union directly after Joseph Stalin died.
Right away it is easy to understand why this novel was recently made into a movie by Armando Iannucci – the man behind such properties Veep, In the Loop, and The Thick of It. All of those center directly on politicians and the narcissistic individuals who run the most powerful countries in the land, »
- Dan Clark
Magna Szubanski in 'Three Summers'..
Writer-director Elton shot the ensemble comedy, which stars Robert Sheehan, Rebecca Breeds, Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie and John Waters, last year in Western Australia. It was produced by Sue Taylor and Michael Wrenn..Set over three summers at a fictional folk music festival in Wa, the film follows two musicians (Sheehan and Breeds) as they fall in love..
.It.s a great thrill and also a great honour to have Three Summers selected as this year.s Miff Centrepiece Gala Presentation,. said the writer-director..
.I cannot think of a better start for our movie than to be centre stage at this famous festival, which is such a true champion of Australian filmmaking. It.s also very »
- Staff Writer
The political situation in the country isn’t funny for most Americans. With divisions in the political system that reach into the fabric of the nation, there is a place that everyone can turn to relieve some of the pressure. Political comedy television shows are a good way to help us to laugh at the things that we otherwise find disturbing. Here are the top five political comedies on TV right now. Veep “Veep” is an HBO political satire that first aired in 2012. It’s an adaptation of Britain’s “The Thick of It.” Julia Louis Dreyfus stars in the series and
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- Nat Berman
Louisa Mellor Jun 1, 2017
Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…
We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.
See related Metroid: Other M Nintendo Wii review
And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them. »
Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 27, 2017
Spoilers lie ahead...
The Monks have taken over the planet, and I forone welcome our new decomposing overlords. Fortunately they’ve given us permission to publish this list of references, similarities and generally interesting things that we found inside The Pyramid At The End Of The World. They’ve also asked that we let you know it is your duty to leave anything that you feel we’ve missed in the comments section...
There’s a president for that
The Doctor’s role as president of the world comes into play again here; it was first established in 2014’s Death In Heaven »
The creator of The Thick of It discusses spin, the ‘halcyon’ years of George W Bush and being ‘close to the end of the world’
In the Q&A session after his second Sydney appearance, Armando Iannucci – the creator of the HBO series Veep and the BBC’s The Thick of It, and the director of In the Loop – was asked by an audience member what was most to blame for the problem with politics today: the politicians, the journalists or spin?
“Spin,” he said instantly; it was the unseen force influencing both.
In S4 of Veep we came up with the most meaningless election slogan we could think of. Now adopted by Australian Pm. https://t.co/64YmQvImj5
Related: Can’t be bothered to vote? If you’re young, you simply can’t afford not to
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- Elle Hunt
Somebody on the point of bursting into flames from ungoverned anger has written in with a list of my perfidies, which include my still being alive when he has specifically indicated that he wants me dead. He holds me responsible for unforgivable frivolity in the face of climate change, and for my apparent indifference to the forthcoming nuclear war. And for having lived too long.
From internal examination of his violently aggressive prose, I judge him to be an Australian, so he will understand when I encourage him to insert his head in a dead bear’s bottom. This useful instruction, in a less polite form, I first heard 50 years ago from my friend Bruce Beresford, the Australian film director. Neither of us thought the expression any the less eloquent »
- Clive James
Rob Leane Apr 20, 2017
Colin Morgan - currently seen in Humans, formerly the star of Merlin, seen in Doctor Who that one time - has just added another gig to his CV. He'll star in an audio adaptation of H.G. Wells' War Of The Worlds, from Sherwood Sound Studios.
Big Finish regular Lisa Bowerman will direct, and Nick Scovell has adapted the text. The cast also includes Dan Starkey (Doctor Who), Ronald Pickup (The Crown), Nigel Lindsay (Victoria) and Olivia Poulet (The Thick of It).
"First serialised in Pearson’s Magazine in 1897, this classic science-fiction has never been adapted as it was intended with the dark horrific tone intact… »
A new list purports to rank the greatest ever insults on television. With no quotes from The Thick of It, it’s as useful as a marzipan dildo
A list supposedly detailing the 20 best put-downs from television history has been put together by the on-demand service UKTV Play. You can scroll down to the bottom of this article to read them for yourself, but the entire thing is an unquestionable travesty.
The crimes committed by the list are numerous. The entries, almost without exception, are rooted too firmly in the past. They’re drawn from too few shows. On paper, they’re too frilly and smug to work as put-downs. Worst of all, none of them come from Malcolm Tucker.
You are not a grandee, you are a fucking blandee. No one knew what the fuck you stood for. Political fucking mist; no substance, no weight. You’ve got all »
- Stuart Heritage
When Armando Iannucci created Veep for HBO, it was not just a great gift to comedy (and continued to be when David Mandel took over as showrunner in last year's fifth season), but it was also the most absurd and vicious depiction of politics since Iannucci's own The Thick of It for British television.
The fictional incompetency, stupidity and craven representation of the people's will stood out as a searing send-up of real-life politics until, well, reality trumped it.
- Tim Goodman
The Thick of It star Chris Addison is set to make his feature directorial debut with Nasty Women, the upcoming gender-reversed remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which has Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway attached to star.
Written by Jac Schaeffer (The Shower), Nasty Women follows two women – one low-rent and the other high-class – who team up to con a tech prodigy out of his money. It is scheduled to begin production later in the year.
- Gary Collinson
Headline Pictures, the London-based company whose recent credits include Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle,” has optioned the English-language remake rights to “Call My Agent!,” the hit comedy series chronicling the ups and downs of a tight-knit and dysfunctional team of Parisian talent agents.
Headline’s production topper Christian Baute has enlisted critically-acclaimed British writer Georgia Pritchett, who notably created “Life of Riley” and penned episodes of “Veep” and “The Thick of It.” Pritchett is currently writing the English-language pilot, whose working title is “In Good Company.”
Headline is producing the series with TF1 Studio, and collaborating with Harold Valentin at Mother Production and Mon Voisin Productions, the Paris outfit of famed French talent agent Dominique Besnehard, who created the show.
Co-written by Fanny Herrero, the French series portrays the agents’ relationships with each other and with their clients as well as depicting the political game they must play to get contracts, while »
- Elsa Keslassy
The "Twelfth Doctor" Peter Capaldi will be in attendance at this year's Wizard World Minneapolis convention. Continue reading for more details on his appearance and the event itself. Also in today's Highlights: Night Visions Film Festival spring 2017 lineup, Jurassic Games production details, and trailers for Home Education and The Alienators.
Peter Capaldi to Appear at Wizard World Minneapolis: Press Release: "Minneapolis, March 30, 2017 – Peter Capaldi, who portrays the Twelfth and current iteration of "The Doctor" on the long-running science fiction series "Doctor Who," will make his Wizard World debut next month when he attends Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis, May 6-7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Capaldi will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct an interactive fan Q&A during the pop culture extravaganza.
Capaldi has appeared as the title character in the BBC program since being introduced in the 50th Anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor" and the 2013 Christmas episode, »
- Tamika Jones
The Thick Of It’s Chris Addison won over American viewers from behind the camera as a director on Veep. Now Variety reports he’s branching out into feature films, beginning with that Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake we’ve already heard so much about. The new film has swapped the masculine rivalry of the original, which starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine, for the oneupswomanship of Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. And to really drive home the gender-swapped angle, the remake of a remake (Marlon Brando and David Niven played the O.G. swindlers in “Bedtime Story”) has been titled Nasty Women. Hathaway and Wilson will play the central grifting duo—one posh, one not. They’ll compete to hoodwink some “naïve tech prodigy,” a role that has Zach Woods written all over it. Relatively untested scribe Jac Schaeffer is writing the film for MGM, but there’s currently no »
- Danette Chavez
Yeah, we’re not happy about this either, Anne: “Colossal”
Here we go again. Yet another newbie male director has been given the reins to a much anticipated women-centric project. This time it’s Chris Addison making his feature directorial debut with the gender-reversed “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake, “Nasty Women,” per Variety.
Starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, “Nasty Women” is a new take on the 1988 comedy, which sees Michael Caine and Steve Martin as con men trying to trick an heiress (Glenne Headly) out of $50,000. “Nasty Women” features Hathaway and Wilson as the cons, “one low-rent and the other high-class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune,” Variety summarizes. The title refers to the feminist-reclaimed insult Donald Trump hurled at Hillary Clinton as she kicked his ass during a debate.
To date, Addison is best known for directing episodes of “Veep” and “The Thick of It” — which, to be clear, wouldn’t be a problem if women TV directors could make that transition just as seamlessly. Instead, it seems like every couple of weeks we hear about a green male director making leaps and bounds in his career while experienced female directors fight tooth and nail for every gig.
For example, “Iron Man 3” screenwriter Drew Pearce will helm the big budget “Hotel Artemis” — even though his only other directorial efforts are Funny Or Die videos and the 14-minute “Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King.” “Mozart in the Jungle” co-creator Alex Timbers will direct “Cruella” starring Emma Stone. He has experience directing theater, but hasn’t helmed any films or TV episodes besides an onstage production of “The Pee Wee Herman Show,” which aired on HBO. And David Ayer — director of “Suicide Squad,” one of the most universally reviled pics of 2016 — was apparently granted the benefit of the doubt from Warner Bros.: He will helm the Harley Quinn spinoff movie starring Margot Robbie.
The news is especially frustrating since “Nasty Women’s” screenwriter, Jac Schaeffer, has actual directing experience. She helmed 2009’s “TiMER,” a sci-fi/fantasy comedy about a world where everyone has a built-in clock that counts down to the moment they meet their soulmate. Of course, we don’t know the specifics of Schaeffer’s schedule or if she even wants to direct more films. It’s possible she was the studio’s first choice and turned down the offer — but we sincerely doubt it.
The truth is that unseasoned male directors are repeatedly given great opportunities — opportunities that veteran female directors are passed over for. As director Niki Caro (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”) recently told us in an interview, “It’s incredibly depressing, the criminal waste of talent and skill. I’m very grateful. I’m very fortunate that I’m working. But I’m very aware of the many that aren’t and that their talent, strengths, and voices are going to waste. That enrages me.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Male Privilege Watch: Chris Addison to Make Feature Debut with “Nasty Women” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
We are a few months into 2017 and already we had a number of standout movies like Get Out, Logan, and The Lego Batman Movie. Hopefully that is just the start of what is to come. Considering that, myself and Kevin – the hosts of podcast Cinema Geeks – combine forces to put a list together of 20 movies to watch in 2017.
Let us know what you think of the list in the comments below. Did they leave any off? Are the rankings off base? Let your voice be heard!
What Can Go Right: A film with this type of setup sure would have to be bungled in order for it not to work. It describes the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon and disappeared in 1925 along with his son. It should be in good hands »
- Dan Clark
According to Variety, Addison will make his big-screen directorial debut with the film, which stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as two con artists who plot to swindle a tech prodigy out of his fortune. TiMER director Jac Schaeffer will write the screenplay.
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- Gwilym Mumford
British comedian and actor Chris Addison is set to make his feature directorial debut with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake Nasty Women. The film will star Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson and is set-up over at MGM.
Variety report the news of Addison taking the helm of the picture, which is written by Jac Schaeffer. The trade says that the film ‘gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed comedy classic that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress. The ’80s film was itself a reboot of Ralph Levy’s 1964 movie “Bedtime Story,” starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones.’
They add a synopsis for the new film:
Nasty Women follows two female scam artists, one low-rent and the other high-class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune. The title calls to mind Donald Trump’s insult to Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate, »
- Paul Heath
The movie marks Addison’s big-screen directorial debut. Jac Schaeffer will write the screenplay.
Cave 76 Productions’ Roger Birnbaum and Wilson’s Camp Sugar Productions are producing.
The film gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed comedy classic that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress. The ’80s film was itself a reboot of Ralph Levy’s 1964 movie “Bedtime Story,” starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones.
“Nasty Women” follows two female scam artists, one low-rent and the other high-class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune. The title calls to mind Donald Trump’s insult to Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate, a »
- Justin Kroll
Lampooned strategy chief’s hour-long show for Rupert Murdoch will unpick the rise of populism in the Us and UK
American viewers will see the man lampooned as a shoeless spin-doctor in The Thick of It in an hour-long show called The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, according to a report in the Ft. The show, which will air on a Sunday night, promises to unpick the ascent of populism on both sides of the Atlantic.
Related: Former David Cameron strategy chief Steve Hilton signs Fox deal
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- Jane Martinson
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