opening movie theaters

Lately, there’s been an aggressive push from some to reopen just about everything, including movie theaters. It’s understandable – we’re all sick of being quarantined, and cabin fever is setting in. But the coronavirus is still here, and it would be a big mistake to rush reopening movie theaters too soon. And filmmakers Spike Lee and Armando Iannucci both agree.

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Watch The Death of Stalin

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Death of Stalin

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government?

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Every day we’re forced to hear about the latest audaciously stupid thing being done by the government that is being run by Donald Trump and the gaggle of goofballs from the Republican party. So maybe it’ll be therapeutic to see how a pack of corrupt, dysfunctional, power-hungry assholes in another country do everything they can to double-cross each other and take over the Soviet Union for their own self-gain after the sudden death of their fearless leader. Read More »

sumo

Veep creator Armando Iannucci will executive produce a new film about amateur Sumo wrestling, which is a sentence I never thought I’d have to type. The comedy Sumo tells the story of an overweight kid who trains for the US Sumo Open, with Natalie Bailey – who has worked with Iannucci on Avenue 5 – set to direct and Death of Stalin producer Yann Zenou producing alongside Iannucci, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto, and Gianluca Chakra. Richard Galazka is writing the script.

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‘Avenue 5’ Season 2 is Go For Launch From HBO

avenue 5 season 2

Armando Iannucci‘s Avenue 5 will continue its journey on HBO for another season. The network just gave the greenlight to Avenue 5 season 2, furthering the misadventures of the problematic space cruise ship. The comedy series stars Hugh Laurie, Zach Woods, Josh Gad, and more, and premiered on HBO last month. More on Avenue 5 season 2 below.

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personal history of david copperfield trailer

The Personal History of David Copperfield is an utter delight from beginning to end, and soon, more audiences will get to see that for themselves. Hailing from Veep creator Armando Iannucci, this funny, charming, inventive film takes an almost slapstick approach to the work of Charles Dickens, resulting in something special. Watch The Personal History of David Copperfield trailer below.

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avenue 5 trailer

Time to set phasers to fun — and to Armando Ianucci‘s perfect brand of comedic chaos. HBO has released a new Avenue 5 trailer starring Hugh Laurie as an inept spaceship captain in the Veep creator’s new comedy. With the new trailer comes an official premiere date for Avenue 5: the space comedy TV series will blast off this coming January.

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the personal history of david copperfield trailer

Armando Iannucci, the mind behind darkly funny, highly verbose comedies like In the Loop and The Death of Stalin, may not seem like the person to take on Charles Dickens. But that’s exactly what he does, and does extremely well, with the hilarious, star-studded The Personal History of David Copperfield. Iannucci stays true to Dickens’ text while also giving the film a modern sensibility, resulting in one of the year’s most charming films. Watch The Personal History of David Copperfield trailer below.

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the personal history of david copperfield review

Armando Iannucci is responsible for the acidic, acerbic dark humor that prevails in In the LoopThe Death of Stalin, and Veep. But anyone expecting more of that nasty, cutting comedic bite from Iannucci’s latest work is in for a pleasant surprise. Working with co-writer Simon Blackwell, Iannucci has taken the autobiographical Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield and spun forth a film bustling with wit, grace, slapstick comedy, and one big beating heart. It’s an utter joy to watch.

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Avenue 5

Armando Iannucci, the director of movies like The Death of Stalin and In the Loop and the creator of TV comedies The Thick of It and Veep, is returning to HBO with a new TV show.

Iannucci stepped away from being Veep‘s showrunner after season 4 and hasn’t worked in television since, but that’s about to change with Avenue 5, a HBO science fiction series that will star Hugh Laurie (House, Tomorrowland), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley, The Office), and Josh Gad (Frozen, Pixels). Read More »

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Donald Trump movie

Veep and In the Loop creator Armando Iannucci has built his career turning political idiocy into laugh-out-loud comedy, but now he might be tasked with plumbing the moronic depths of the current U.S. president’s brain – and it’s all thanks to Twitter.

Iannucci pitched a Donald Trump movie idea on the social media platform earlier this week, and a new report says that eight studios are already interested in turning his idea from a tweet into an actual film. Read the pitch below.
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