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the death of stalin trailer

Armando Iannucci, the profane genius responsible for Veep and In the Loop, has already had his way with American and English politics. So naturally, he’s set his sights elsewhere with his latest project, The Death of Stalin. As the title implies, the film takes place in the Soviet Union and tracks what goes down with the nation’s inner circle of politicians and military leaders following the death of dictator Joseph Stalin in 1953. Things get funny. And things get dark. And things get sobering. And then they somehow get funny again. It’s one of those kinds of movies.

The new The Death of Stalin trailer has arrived and wouldn’t you know it? It features a quote from /Film’s own Chris Evangelista.

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love simon trailer

Teen romance movies are a dime a dozen, but Love, Simon has the benefit of being a major teen romance film revolving around a gay character. Sure, plenty of indie films and prestige flicks have explored the heartache of young gay love or the excruciating fear of coming out, but have any of them done it to an upbeat pop soundtrack? Not many.

Yes, the movie looks cheesy as hell, and yes the stars are as generically attractive as the ones you’ll find in any schlocky teen romance film — star Nick Robinson did first stretch his teen romance acting chops in 2017’s tearjerker Everything, Everything — but it’s still gives the spotlight to a gay lead in a major motion picture. And that’s huge.

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justice league

Try as they might, Zack Snyder fans won’t be getting the director’s special cut of Justice League they’ve been demanding. They may not even get the extended cut that was rumored to be included in the movie’s Blu-ray release. Instead, it seems like fans will have to content themselves with only one bonus scene that wasn’t included in Justice League‘s theatrical cut.

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kristen wiig

Kristen Wiig has carved out a niche for herself in the movie industry — in quirky comedies, heart-wrenching indies, and unsettling dramatic cameos. But the small screen was where Wiig first made her name, as an acclaimed regular cast member of Saturday Night Live for seven years.

Now Wiig is making a return to TV, in a half-hour comedy series for Apple produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner. Yes, you read that right, this is an original series being developed for Apple. It’s one of many original series and movies that Apple has picked up as the tech giant strikes out into the streaming service field.

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sundance streaming

While we’re still hashing out the great Three Billboards Twitter war of 2017, audiences in Park City and all across Utah will be boldly forging ahead into the first major releases of 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival. One of few festivals firmly established in the cultural imagination, Robert Redford’s mountain citadel of cinema regularly launches major works of cinema from filmmakers flying under the radar. I’ve attended the last two years, seeing multiple movies that wound up landing on my year-end top 10 lists.

Since I won’t be attending 2018’s edition of the Sundance Film Festival (/Film has writers on the ground and will have that covered), those of us not heading to snowy Utah can still do some at-home viewing to quell the FOMO. Here are 11 films with major pre-festival heat and some movies you can stream to have a jump on the conversations starting this weekend at Sundance.

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y the last man tv show

Michael Green was one of the quiet heroes of 2017, with writing credits on Logan, Murder on the Orient Express, Alien: Covenant, and Blade Runner 2049. Beyond that, he was also an executive producer and showrunner for the audacious first season of Starz’s American Gods. What a year. What a collection of work!

Unfortunately, Green and fellow showrunner Bryan Fuller departed American Gods over behind-the-scenes disputes, but Starz’s loss could be FX’s gain. It seems that this could be the window for Green’s long-gestating small screen adaptation of the science fiction comic Y: The Last Man to get made.

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/Answers: Our Favorite Sundance Movies

Clerks TV show pilot

Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we celebrate the start of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival by asking “What is your favorite movie to have come out of Sundance?”

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jj abrams sci-fi tv series

J.J. Abrams‘ name may be inextricable from the Star Wars franchise now, but it was in TV where the writer/director first found major success. And now, seven years after he last created a TV series, Abrams is making a long-awaited return to the small screen.

But don’t worry, Star Wars fans. As famous as Abrams is for spearheading wildly ambitious and influential series like Felicity, Alias, LOST, and Fringe, he’s just as famous for sticking around for only the pilot before jetting off to his next project. You’ll get your Episode 9 no matter what.

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American Crime Story Interview

American Crime Story returns tonight. Ryan Murphy’s anthology series, which captivated audiences with The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, now tackles The Assassination of Gianni Versace. This murder is a little different than Simpson’s, though. Andrew Cunanan murdered Versace at the end of a spree totaling five murders. The series is about the crimes, not the trial.

Executive producer and writer Tom Rob Smith spoke with /Film after a Television Critics Association panel for the second season. Based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, The Assassination of Gianni Versace begins with the killing and moves backwards. Smith explained some of the details we’ll see in the show’s opening scenes and later episodes.

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luke skywalker rogue one

When Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) delivered the fatal blow into the thermal exhaust port that would detonate the gargantuan Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope, he was unaware of the lives that had been lost to deliver the plans that led to that assault. We didn’t learn ourselves until 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delved into the small, scruffy team that nobly gave their lives in honor of a greater cause. The spin-off film took place immediately before the events of A New Hope, but the sacrifice of Jyn Erso and her team was barely mentioned. Now, a Marvel Star Wars comic book fills in those gaps.

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