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Veeps Anna Chlumsky: from child star to the White House

She got her big break starring alongside Macaulay Culkin aged just 10 but she quit acting for publishing. So what tempted Anna Chlumsky back? And whats her favourite insult in Veep?

In the months after she made In the Loop, Anna Chlumsky found herself reusing lines from the film, as fans of Armando Iannucci invariably do. Difficult difficult lemon-difficult, was a go-to phrase, as was the writers most widely and enthusiastically embraced neologism after omnishambles fuckety-bye.

Now, Chlumsky says, her role as vice-presidential aide Amy Brookheimer in the TV show Veep has generated a new set of catchphrases. My husband quotes [spin doctor] Dan tongue-in-cheek, You gotta network to get work. And Selina [the vice-president, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus] said, Ok, my veeple. So we all say veeple now.

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Win an Awesome Sightseers Goodie Bag

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Element Pictures have yet again come up tops with a rather Awesome goodie bag for Sightseers. The goodie bag contains- - Sightseers poster - Sightseers pin badge - Sightseers door hanger - Sightseers 'gonks' - British comedy DVD bundle (Submarine, Four Lions, Attack the Block, In the Loop, The Guard) To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question (there might well be a clue in the poster) Loading...
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The Thick of It: good news, minister, the show is over

The stars, writers and producers tell the story of the award-winning political satire which made a household name of spin doctor Malcolm Tucker and ends on Saturday

Award-winning political satire The Thick Of It comes to an end on BBC2 on Saturday. The show, which made foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker a household name first appeared on BBC4 seven years ago. Here we look back on the origins of the show, its big-screen spin-off, and how it became part of the political lexicon.

Armando Iannucci had already made The Day Today and I'm Alan Partridge, with Steve Coogan, when he was inspired to create The Thick Of it after arguing the case for Yes Minister in a 2004 Best British Sitcom poll for BBC2. It was commissioned for an initial three-part run by BBC4.

Armando Iannucci "One of the lucky offshoots [of the BBC2 show] was that I could sit down and watch every episode
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Casting Net: Shailene Woodley in talks for Ya novel adaptation 'Divergent.' Plus: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Ewan McGregor

Casting Net: Shailene Woodley in talks for Ya novel adaptation 'Divergent.' Plus: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Ewan McGregor
The DescendantsShailene Woodley is in talks to star in Divergent, an adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Hunger Games-y Ya novel about a 16-year-old girl living in a dystopian Chicago divided into five factions separated by personality traits: Erudite (the smart), Dauntless (the brave), Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), and Amity (the peaceful). Neil Burger (Limitless) is directing from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman). [Deadline]

Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton are attached to the comedy And So It Goes…, about a realtor (Douglas) who leans on his neighbor (Keaton) when he finds himself dealing with
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Ewan McGregor Attached, Kate Hudson In Talks For Born To Be King

You.d think that people would know to avoid combing the words .Kate Hudson. with .romantic comedy,. but Hollywood never seems to learn from its own mistakes. And somehow they.ve gotten Ewan McGregor involved in it too. Variety has gotten word that McGregor is signed on and Hudson is in talks to star in Born to Be King, a new romantic comedy that is set to be produced by Indomina Releasing. Peter Capaldi, who is best known for playing the foul-mouthed, hot tempered Scottish government official Malcolm Tucker in Armando Iannucci.s In The Loop, will be both writing and directing the feature, making it his first time helming a feature since 2001.s Strictly Sinatra with Ian Hart and Kelly Macdonald. The story is set in the world of filmmaking and centers on an extra (played by McGregor) who .has an uncanny resemblance to a movie actor.. Hudson will
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McGregor and Hudson Topline Capaldi Backstage Comedy 'Born To Be King'

McGregor and Hudson Topline Capaldi Backstage Comedy 'Born To Be King'
Scottish writer-director-actor Peter Capaldi ("In the Loop") has landed Ewan McGregor and is in talks with Kate Hudson to star in his mistaken identity comedy "Born To Be King." The film will shoot at Pinewood Studios in January. Indomina's Stephanie Denton is handling foreign sales at the American Film Market. McGregor will play dual roles as an extra who resembles a major movie star during the shooting of a period film. Hudson would play a starlet who has issues with the star but likes the extra. Capaldi, who won an Oscar for his short film "Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life," promises a film that is "artful and magical" and "entertaining." Los Angeles producer Dan Lupovitz, who has been nurturing the project for two years, calls Capaldi's orginal screenplay a "full out bells and whistles comedy." McGregor and Capaldi have been compatriots and pals for years, and Hudson was Capaldi's.
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The Thick of It: lines of the week – episode five

Everybody but everybody is on the verge of meltdown. But did the need to set things up for next week's big finale take the edge off the comedy? Tell us your favourite moments below

Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who are watching The Thick of It series four. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode five.

Lines of the week – episode four

And now for the fallout. Mr Tickle's death has shaken both government and opposition – the press are clamouring for Peter Mannion's resignation, and Nicola Murray has already lost her job – which means that The Thick of It has a perfect chance to play around in the mess. For the first time this series, tonight's episode was equally interested in all parties, as everyone slipped and skidded around, unsuccessfully trying to save their own skins.

Make no mistake, everyone's on the precipice now. The prime
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Armando Iannucci Talks The Thick Of It, the Hulu Arrangement, and Veep Season 2

  • Collider.com
Currently in its fourth season, the hilarious British political comedy The Thick of It, set in the corridors of British government, can now be seen unedited on Hulu with new episodes every Sunday, along with the first three seasons. From executive producer/writer/director Armando Iannucci (In The Loop), the show stars Peter Capaldi, Roger Allam, Rebecca Front, Vincent Franklin, Geoffrey Streatfield, Will Smith, Olivia Poulet, James Smith, Joanna Scanlan, Ben Willbond, Chris Addison and Rebecca Gethings. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, show creator Armando Iannucci talked about how the arrangement with Hulu came about, how happy he is with the fact that the show can be viewed unedited (without all the bleeping for the often foul language) and the day after it airs on BBC, why politics are inherently comic, what originally inspired the series, how surprised he is with the hugely positive reaction, the transition and
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Podcast: A Master Class in Podcast Greatness with New DVDs and Blu-rays, Oscars, NFL and Much More

We are bringing it today with a master class in podcasting greatness. It's a tight, 68-minute episode filled with topics so wide ranging we explore film, cell phones, the NFL, Oscars, DVDs and Blu-rays, the Emmys, over/unders, buy or sell, "Watch This or Watch That" and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. We didn't get into the Fall Box Office Challenge as there are still only two releases on the board and one is still in relatively limited release. I have updated the numbers and have them below, but it won't really be until October that things are really going to start picking up. As always, I have broken down this episode on a minute-by-minute basis if you would like to skip ahead and below I have featured the information on how to download the podcast, find us on iTunes or merely just listen in your browser.
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James Gandolfini & Steve Carell Reteam for 'The Bone Men' Comedy

Paleontology got more screams than laughs in Jurassic Park, but the dinosaur digging profession is about to get the comedy treatment. Showbiz 411 has word that Steve Carell and James Gandolfini, who will be seen together in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, will team up again for a comedy called The Bone Men. Carell's Carousel Productions is behind the film which sees the two actors playing a pair of paleontologists from the late 1800s. Seems like a strange setting for a comedy, but with these two on board, my interest is at least piqued for now. However, there's no word on how soon this project might get off the ground. Read on! Gandolfini does say "It's very funny," so that's a solid endorsement for a comedy, especially since he hasn't done a straight-up comedy since In the Loop. Word on the street is Fox 2000 and HBO are interested in the film, ...
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James Gandolfini Developing Comedy The Bone Men With Steve Carell

James Gandolfini has been in a few comedies over the course of his career, with roles in movies like Get Shorty, In The Loop, and Surviving Christmas, but they are hardly what he's known for. Thanks to his enormous stature, he has made a career out of playing mafiosos and muscle men, most notably during six seasons of The Sopranos, but now he's apparently ready to make people laugh again. Showbiz 411 recently caught up with Gandolfini at a big HBO gala and learned that the actor is currently developing a new comedy with Steve Carell called The Bone Men. Set up at Carell's production company, the movie will reportedly feature the two actors as paleontologists working in the late 1800s. Apparently Fox 2000 and HBO are already interested in the project, which Gandolfini simply described as "very funny." But while that film may be in the earliest stages of development, it
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'Kick-Ass 2' casts 'Rum Diary' star Enzo Cilenti

'Kick-Ass 2' casts 'Rum Diary' star Enzo Cilenti
Kick-Ass 2 has cast Enzo Cilenti in the role of a minor villain. The British actor will play the sidekick of John Leguizamo's character, one of the bodyguards of lead antagonist Red Mist, Variety reports. Cilenti, who is married to Resident Evil actress Sienna Guillory, was last seen in The Rum Diary alongside Johnny Depp. He has previously appeared in The Fourth Kind and In the Loop. Kick-Ass 2 sees Aaron Taylor-Johnson, (more)
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The Rum Diary's Enzo Cilenti Joins The Cast Of Kick-ass 2

British actor Enzo Cilenti - husband of Resident Evil actress Sienna Guillory - has joined the ever increasing cast of Kick-Ass 2 as, what sounds like, another villain. Here's a snap the actor recently Tweeted of his look for the movie.. We have no information on the name of the character he is playing, but apparently "Cilenti will share scenes with [John] Leguizamo, playing his sidekick." Cilenti was last seen alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary , he has also appeared in such movies as In The Loop and The Fourth Kind.
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TV Review: Brilliant, Razor-Sharp ‘The Thick of It’ Returns to Hulu

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Chicago – Should this even be called a “TV Review”? Will we one day write “Hulu Reviews”? Or “Streaming Reviews”? Technically, “The Thick of It” is still a TV show as it premieres in the U.K. on the old-fashioned platform. It’s just in the United States that Armando Iannucci’s brilliant political comedy is premiering exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus. And it’s just as razor-sharp and incredibly clever as fans know it to be. The rest of you, those who may come to this because you liked “In the Loop” or HBO’s “Veep,” prepare yourself for one of the best comedies on, well, TV.

Television Rating: 4.5/5.0

It’s going to take major shows like this one (and the exclusive return of “Arrested Development” to Netflix) to really change people’s expectations of Hulu as a destination for not just catch-up and repeats but originals. And make no mistake.
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TV Review: The Thick of It: Coalition – Episode 1

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Well, it was a long time coming, but everyone’s favourite political comedy (I loathe the word satire) is back, and it was worth the wait. Perhaps it was my fault for expecting to see Malcolm Tucker and the now-opposition that I didn’t think of it as a total classic, but it was absolutely hilarious. Nothing has changed- the writing is just as sharp, the performances and dialogue just as memorable, and we still have total idiots in control both on-screen and off. Perhaps it was my fault for expected some fluent Scottish profanity in a series with the subtitle ‘Coalition’. But this is just a niggle- It made me wish we’d seen more of this undisclosed party in previous series and In The Loop.

What could have been a clichéd plot, with an attempt to get comment on politicians desperately trying and failing
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The Thick Of It Season 4 Will Debut On Hulu In September

If you haven’t heard of The Thick of It then I wouldn’t be surprised. Despite the modest success of the film spin off: In the Loop and the critical adulation that has been heaped upon it, Armando Iannucci’s terrific political sitcom has failed to make its way across the Atlantic until recently. And as the fourth season is set to begin over in the UK, Hulu announces that they will stream the new episodes of the show only a day after they air across the pond.

For those not familiar, The Thick of It is set inside the British corridors of power mainly focussing on the fictional goverment department DoSAC (Department of Social Affairs & Citizenship) where the hapless employees are overseen by the fiery spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, who attempts to right all their political blunders. It is an impressively sweary satire and has become famous for
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Hulu Sets Streaming Start For New Season Of Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Thick Of It’

  • Deadline TV
Episodes of the fourth series of Armando Iannucci’s British political sitcom will be available on Hulu and Hulu Plus beginning Sept. 9, immediately following their broadcast on BBC Two in the UK. In July, Hulu and BBC Worldwide Americas said they were teaming to co-produce the new season of The Thick Of It, marking the first international co-production for the streaming service. Hulu has had exclusive U.S. rights to the first three seasons of the foul-mouthed comedy since July 29. The show focuses on spin doctor Malcolm Tucker and the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship. After a three-year hiatus, creator Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop) introduces a new Secretary of State to stir things up while Malcolm and MP Nicola Murray adapt to working in the opposition. All seven half-hours will be available via Hulu on Oct. 21.
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Encounters Short Film And Animation Festival 2012

In its 18th year, the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is ready for their most international year yet with 36 countries represented in the 188 live action and animated shorts on show between September 18th to 23rd. It all takes place at the Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol and the festival is sure to give us a breakout star or two. There’s also a pretty impressive events scheduled so far, including:

Focus on Finland featuring the best of Finnish short film and animation and a pop-up Cine-Sauna;

Soviet-era silent film Aelita – The Queen of Mars screened in a big top circus tent, with a live score by Finnish band Cleaning Women, cross-dressing zombies whose industrial folk-pop musical style is created by unusual instruments made from scrap materials such as washing machines;

Beam, an evening of live music and projected art at Watershed, cut and spliced by renowned DJs and street artists;

Nick Park,
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Watch: First Trailer For New Season Of 'The Thick Of It' Debuts

Watch: First Trailer For New Season Of 'The Thick Of It' Debuts
Sadly, most of us have never seen "The Thick of It," Armando Iannucci's political satire that is about to enter its fourth season on British television. But we have seen the theatrical spin-off, "In the Loop," and almost peed ourselves with laughter. Plus, some of us are huge fans of Iannucci's stateside series "Veep," which just finished its freshman season on HBO (it'll be back next year). So, while we're not entirely sure what's going on in this 30-second clip for the new season of "The Thick of It," subtitled "Coalition," we still find ourselves giggling a little bit. The clip, via Bleeding Cool, shows a lot of British people yelling in offices, among them Roger Allam from "V for Vendetta" (and, um, "Speed Racer"), and a brief clip of our favorite F-bomb-dropping spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), who gets to make a funny joke about yoga. Yoga jokes!
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Watch: First Trailer For New Season Of 'The Thick Of It' Debuts

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Sadly, most of us have never seen "The Thick of It," Armando Iannucci's political satire that is about to enter its fourth season on British television. But we have seen the theatrical spin-off, "In the Loop," and almost peed ourselves with laughter. Plus, some of us are huge fans of Iannucci's stateside series "Veep," which just finished its freshman season on HBO (it'll be back next year). So, while we're not entirely sure what's going on in this 30-second clip for the new season of "The Thick of It," subtitled "Coalition," we still find ourselves giggling a little bit. The clip, via Bleeding Cool, shows a lot of British people yelling in offices, among them Roger Allam from "V for Vendetta" (and, um, "Speed Racer"), and a brief clip of our favorite F-bomb-dropping spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), who gets to make a funny joke about yoga. Yoga jokes!
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