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Review: The Death of Stalin (2017)

Anybody who discusses satire in audio-visual media at some point must mention the work of Armando Iannucci. Creator of TV’s The Thick Of It and Veep, with credits that include The Day Today and Alan Partridge, his work is some of the finest in Comedy. And in 2009, Iannucci made his big screen full feature directorial debut with The Thick Of It spin-off In The Loop (one of the best comedies of our times) and now, Iannucci casts his eye to even darker – and even more volatile – political territory with The Death of Stalin.

As concepts go, this film has a pitch black core, as it not only delves into a figure whose actions have reverberated throughout socio-political history but in looking at the events surrounding his death in 1953 and the power struggles within the Soviet Union, it is a brazen era, to say the least, in which to set a Comedy.
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Second Opinion – The Death of Stalin (2017)

The Death of Stalin, 2017.

Directed by Armando Iannucci.

Starring Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin, and Paul Whitehouse.

Synopsis:

Follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

Who knew gulags and mass graves, systematic rape and murder could be so uproarious. Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin is a raucous, fantastically strident, acerbic critique of post-Stalin Russia. Like In The Loop and Veep/The Thick of It, he finds poetry amidst fucks and grandiose insults whilst deftly dismantling power with a Chelsea smile.

There’s a fine line between satire and exploitation and Iannucci treads it with a swaggering confidence. He plays up the hysterics of a Stalin-less Russia but never errs towards exploitation. There is still real tragedy to the action of the power-hungry cabinet, even amidst the laughs.

As Stalin falls ill,
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2018 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars Predictions

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How weak is this year’s Adapted Screenplay category? If you can get the rights to something, write your screenplay, shoot, edit and release by the end of December…you’ve got a shot. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Armando Ianucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows, “The Death of Stalin

James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green, “Logan

Scott Neustadter, Michael H.

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The Death of Stalin review – Armando Iannucci has us tremblin' in the Kremlin

The Thick of It and Veep writer’s tilt at Soviet-era satire, which opens the Toronto film festival, boasts an outstanding cast, with Simon Russell Beale as the secret police chief with a satanic surprise

Fear rises like gas from a corpse in Armando Iannucci’s brilliant horror-satire The Death Of Stalin. It’s a sulphurous black comedy about backstairs Kremlin intrigue following the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 – adapted by Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin from the French graphic novel series by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.

Faced with the unthinkable demise of Stalin, so long revered as nothing less than a god, these Soviet dignitaries panic, plot and go in and out of denial: a bizarre, dysfunctional hokey cokey of the mind. Everyone is of course initially terrified of saying out loud that he is dead – a quasi-regicidal act, which could, in any case, turn out to
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New character posters for Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’

The Death of Stalin is the latest feature film from one of Britain’s finest comedic talents, Armando Iannucci, the Oscar nominee and Emmy winner behind In the Loop, The Thick of It and Veep.

Based on the The Death of Stalin graphic novel by by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin; and packed with Iannucci’s trademark wit and irreverence and features an ensemble cast, including Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine and Olga Kurylenko. The script is written by Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin, with additional material by Peter Fellows.

On the night of 2nd March 1953, a man is dying. The man is Joseph Stalin, dictator, tyrant, butcher as well a Secretery General of Ussr. A terrible stroke is wracking his entire body. He is drooling. He is pissing himself. He is about to kick the bucket
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The Death Of Stalin: here's the new trailer

Kirsten Howard Simon Brew Sep 28, 2017

A brand new trailer has landed for the already-acclaimed The Death Of Stalin...

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the second film from Armando Iannucci as director since it was first announced (we still love In The Loop a lot), and The Death Of Stalin will finally arrive on October 20th - wait, that's next month! Hurrah!

Now, we're got a brand new trailer to feast our eyes on too, which looks like this...

Ahead of the movie's release, a big bunch of character posters arrived as well to promote it, and we've added all of them to our gallery above, which you can fire up by clicking on that main image up there.

Here's a preview of our favourite...

Of course it's Jason Isaacs as General Zhukov. Hello to you, sir.

Here's the first trailer for the film...

And here’s the synopsis…

The internal
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‘The Death of Stalin’ gets a poster and trailer

The Death of Stalin is the latest feature film from one of Britain’s finest comedic talents, Armando Iannucci, the Oscar nominee and Emmy winner behind In the Loop, The Thick of It and Veep.

Based on the The Death of Stalin graphic novel by by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin; and packed with Iannucci’s trademark wit and irreverence and features an ensemble cast, including Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine and Olga Kurylenko. The script is written by Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin, with additional material by Peter Fellows.

On the night of 2nd March 1953, a man is dying. The man is Joseph Stalin, dictator, tyrant, butcher as well a Secretery General of Ussr. A terrible stroke is wracking his entire body. He is drooling. He is pissing himself. He is about to kick the bucket
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Hilarious first trailer for Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin

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Author: Scott Davis

eOne have today unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming satrical comedy The Death of Stalin, which can be viewed in the player below!

The Death of Stalin is the latest film from the acclaimed writer/director Armano Iannucci, the man behind Veep, In The Loop and The Thick of It. Co-written by David Schneider, Ian Martin, and Peter Fellows, the film follows the days after Stalin’s collapse and the tussles and fights between his core team as they fight for control. And, of course, hilarity ensures.

Steve Buscemi leads the cast that also features Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Whitehouse and Jeffrey Tambor star in the film which is released later this Autumn and is set to debut at this year’s Toronto Film Festival next month. The film is already being touted as one of
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‘The Death of Stalin’ Trailer: Armando Iannucci Targets Soviet Russia

While his work on Veep led to one of the funniest shows on television, we’ve been missing Armando Iannucci’s specific brand of political humor in the cinema. He’s now finally making his In the Loop follow-up with The Death of Stalin and ahead of a fall festival premiere, the first trailer has arrived.

“A lot of it is based on true stuff, but what we’re trying to do is not just concentrate on these people. Within the story you see how their deliberations impact on people all over the empire of the Soviet Union,” Iannucci told THR. “So it’s quite an expansive, quite an ambitious scale. It’s both intimate and very, very vast at the same time.”

Starring Adrian McLoughlin, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, and Jason Isaacs, check out the hilarious preview below.
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First trailer for Armando Iannucci's 'The Death Of Stalin'

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First trailer for Armando Iannucci's 'The Death Of Stalin'
New comedy from In The Loop director stars Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale and Jeffrey Tambor.

The first trailer for ‘The Death Of Stalin’, directed by In The Loop’s Armando Iannucci has been released by UK and Ireland distributer eOne.

Watch below or on mobile Here.

Based on graphic novel The Death Of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, the drama is set in the days following the Russian leader’s stroke in 1953 as team of ministers tussle for control.

Steve Buscemi stars with Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor and Adrian McLoughlin.

The script is written by Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin, with additional material by Peter Fellows.

Filming took place in England and Ukraine in summer 2016.

French outfit Gaumont is handling sales on the title, and previously struck a deal for Us rights with IFC.

The film is
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Armando Iannucci Delivers First Trailer For ‘The Death Of Stalin’

eOne and Armando Iannucci (In The Loop) have delivered the very first trailer for the upcoming feature comedy The Death Of Stalin, which is set to arrive in UK cinemas from October 20th.

The film boasts an all-star cast, including [deep breath] Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Timothy Dalton, Toby Kebbell, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough, Adrian McLoughlin, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs and Paul Whitehouse.

The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci.

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.

A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring, The Death of Stalin is
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay
Sundance broke out Dee Rees’ post-World War II epic “Mudbound,” a script of sweeping ambition and detail adapted by Rees and Virgil Williams from the Hilary Jordan novel. Netflix picked up the movie for the Sundance 2017 record of $12.5 million, and plans a full-on Oscar campaign, despite a limited theatrical day-and-date release.

Also rising to instant Oscar contention was Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” an elegiac summer love story set in Italy, between a vacationing teenager (Timothee Chalumet) and his father’s researcher (Armie Hammer). Sony Pictures Classics will hit the fall festivals with the critics’ darling.

Cannes introduced Todd Haynes’ cinematic tour-de-force “Wonderstruck,” adapted by Brian Selznick from his own graphic novel, which intercuts two periods, the 20s and the 70s, in silent black-and-white and color with sound. The film is the Centerpiece gala at the New York Film Festival.

Also debuting at Cannes was director-prize-winner Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,
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Berlinale: Armando Iannucci’s ‘Stalin’ Proves a Hot Efm Title for Gaumont (Exclusive)

On top of selling to IFC Films for North America rights, Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” has pre-sold to several other territories at the Efm, where Gaumont is shopping the pic.

Gaumont has inked pre-sales for Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Poland (Kinoswiat), Greece and Romania (Odeon), Israel (Lev films), former Yugoslavia (McF Megacom), Baltics (Latvian Theatrical Distribution). Previous sales were closed with Madman in Australia and Concorde in Germany.

Gaumont is in negotiations to close deals for the U.K., Latin America, Hungary, Cis, and Portugal.

The sale to IFC Films followed a bidding war that involved several distributors, including A24 and The Orchard, according to insiders.

Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, “The Death of Stalin” is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the Ussr into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his top advisers.
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IFC buys Armando Iannucci’s 'The Death Of Stalin'

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IFC buys Armando Iannucci’s 'The Death Of Stalin'
The seven-figure North American deal came together quickly in Berlin on Saturday and reunites the distributor and director of In The Loop.

Iannucci directs The Death Of Stalin and adapted the graphic novel by Fabien Nury about the Soviet dictator’s last days.

The satirical story depicts the chaos of the Soviet regime after Stalin’s death in 1953 following 30 years of dictatorship.

Iannucci wrote the screenplay with David Schneider and Ian Martin. The project is in post.

Steve Buscemi stars with Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor and Adrian McLoughlin.

IFC Films brokered the deal with CAA and Gaumont, who financed the feature.
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IFC swoops on Armando Iannucci’s 'The Death Of Stalin'

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IFC swoops on Armando Iannucci’s 'The Death Of Stalin'
The North American deal came together quickly in Berlin on Saturday and reunites the distributor and director of In The Loop.

Iannucci directs The Death Of Stalin and adapted the graphic novel by Fabien Nury about the Soviet dictator’s last days.

The satirical story depicts the chaos of the Soviet regime after Stalin’s death in 1953 following 30 years of dictatorship.

Iannucci wrote the screenplay with David Schneider and Ian Martin. The project is in post.

Steve Buscemi stars with Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor and Adrian McLoughlin.

IFC Films brokered the deal with CAA and Gaumont, who financed the feature.
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Berlin: IFC Films Buys Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: IFC Films Buys Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ (Exclusive)
IFC Films has bought North American rights to “The Death of Stalin” out of the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market, Variety has learned.

Closed by Gaumont, the sale was in the seven figure range. A bidding war involved several distributors, including A24 and The Orchard, according to insiders. The film is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the Ussr into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his top advisers. It reunites IFC with Armando Iannucci. The company released the writer and director’s “In the Loop,” which earned Iannucci an Oscar nomination for its screenplay. He also created the Emmy-winning political satire “Veep” for HBO. Adrian McLoughlin plays Stalin. Iannucci specializes in a kind of four-letter filled lunacy and has long applied his rapier wit to taking down the pettiness of bureaucratic infighting in the likes of “In the Loop,” “Veep,
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Calling Alan Partridge! Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank is now a reality

Someone pick up the phone to Alan Partridge, because Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank has finally happened in real life.

Well, sort of.

Former boxing champion Chris was left baffled earlier this month as Twitter users quizzed him over a famous scene in I'm Alan Partridge where Steve Coogan's hapless broadcaster pitches some downright baffling ideas for TV shows to BBC controller of programmes Tony Hayers.

However, Alan's dream has now become a reality - and it seems like Chris enjoyed his visit to the Yha in Brighton, testing out the bunk beds and the WiFi as well as entertaining the guests.

"My inaugural visit to a youth hostel was enlightening and delightful!" he wrote on Twitter. "Expect the unexpected!"

David Schneider, who played Tony in 'A Room with an Alan', was absolutely delighted by the surprising turn of events.

Behold! It has happened. #DeliberatePartridge

(ta @juliansheasport)

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Alan Partridge's top TV moments

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Feature Robert Keeling 7 Aug 2013 - 07:00

To mark the release of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Rob takes us through the high points of Alan Partridge's TV career...

Certain TV shows are watched so excessively that quoting them in general conversation has just became part of the norm. The Office, The Simpsons and Spaced are three such, but none have been stolen from with quite as much regularity as Norfolk’s favourite son, Alan Partridge. For better or for worse, Partridgisms have cemented their place in our everyday vernacular. The likes of, “cos I’m a bloody bloke”, “see the match?” and “scum, sub-human scum” are just a few of the phrases that AP (with a little help from his writers) has gifted to the world over the years.

He may be a socially awkward, insensitive, selfish, narcissist obsessed with his own celebrity status, but despite all this, it’s hard to not love Alan.
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Big Train: a cult comedy that proved an early platform for top talent

Simon Pegg, Catherine Tate and Amelia Bullmore were among those in the surreal sketch show

It is 10 years since Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan's cult comedy Big Train came to a final halt. While they were not quite a runaway success at the time, Big Train's two BBC series did prove to be an express route for the show's cast with Mark Heap, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon, Catherine Tate, Simon Pegg, Amelia Bullmore, Rebecca Front and Tracy-Ann Oberman graduating from the surreal comedy to dominate British comedy acting.

It was their talent, combined with the Father Ted creators' brilliant writing, that helped to produce one of the most original and most consistently funny sketch shows in years. With its subversion of everyday situations by the surreal or macabre, the cast's believable portrayals and evident chemistry put the comedy into a class of its own. But few could have
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Horrid Henry: The Movie – Review

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For the uninitiated, Henry is Horrid. He doesn’t like school, or his suck-up younger brother, Perfect Peter. He wants to make a lot of mess, shirk his homework and rock out with his band. He hates girls, especially his nemesis Moody Margaret and constantly buts up against his class teacher, Miss Battleaxe. Vic Van Wrinkle, the headteacher of a local private school wants to try to shut down Henry’s school, thereby forcing all of the parents to fork out to have their little darlings educated by him. He enlists he School Inspectors to help him, until Henry and his cohorts get wind of his plan and set out to put a stop to it.

*****

Reviewing a film like Horrid Henry is nigh on impossible. Your take on it will so very much depend on your age and disposition towards the source material, that giving it a star-rating is really an exercise in futility.
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