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15 Good Dark Comedies to Watch on Netflix in April 2017

This is no festive prank, these movies are hilarious.

Let’s face it, the world is a wreck. Every day things look bleaker than they did the day before. It’s gotten to the point where, if you can’t learn to laugh at our misery, you’re finished. If you need some help figuring out how to find humor in even the worst bits of the human experience, dark comedies work, Netflix has them, and we’ve made a list of the good ones. Click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.

Pick of the Month: This Must Be the Place (2011)

I can’t think of another movie in recent times that’s been so good and gotten so little love and attention in return. Maybe that’s because the concept of a former 80s glam rocker who still wears his makeup (Sean Penn) tracking down the Nazi concentration camp guard who
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The Films That Help Explain The Us Election

This week, Neil Calloway looks at films that deal with political campaigns…

Unless you’ve been living away from society, disconnected from any news source for the past eighteen months, you’ll be aware that there is a Us Presidential Election this week. It’s been a hard fought, bitter campaign with serious allegations thrown at each candidate from the other side. Donald Trump can count on the backing of serious political heavyweights such as Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, 16 And Pregnant star turned porn actress Farrah Abraham, and Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase. Hillary Clinton has had to make do with the backing of Barack Obama, Colin Powell and virtually every major newspaper in America.

If you’re confused about the process, or just can’t get enough of the debates, dramas and dirt slinging, then here are a few films to watch…

The Candidate is a 1972 film starring Robert Redford as a young,
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 22 – Bob Roberts

My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

The cast is seriously insane, with Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, and Susan Sarandon Oh and also James Spader, Helen Hunt, Jack Black, Jeremy Piven and his sister Shira, and Bob Balaban Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know we have an election happening The film shows some strong parallels to the presidency of George W. Bush Ray Wise, of course, was famously Laura Palmer’s dad on one of my all time favorite shows, Twin Peaks In this film, he and Alan Rickman play Dick Cheney and Karl Rove type figures Folk music is often in the service of liberal causes,
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Tim Robbins Ripped to Shreds by Hillary Clinton Supporters Over His Sanders Speech (Video)

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Tim Robbins Ripped to Shreds by Hillary Clinton Supporters Over His Sanders Speech (Video)
Tim Robbins really brought Hillary Clinton supporters to the brink on Monday. “Bob Roberts” star Robbins came under intense social-media fire after stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin, where he diminished Clinton’s February win in the South Carolina primary and appeared to liken her supporters to “sheep.” Appearing for Sanders in Green Bay, Robbins gave a speech in which he criticized the “propaganda” that insists that Clinton is the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. Also Read: Bernie Sanders vs. Colonel Sanders: 7 Key Differences to Consider This Election Season (Photos) While Robbins said that voters “who feel Bernie in their hearts but.
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Watch 'Harry Potter' Fans Raise Their Wands in Memory of Alan Rickman

Although only one month has passed in 2016, fans have already had to say goodbye to a number of beloved Hollywood icons in such a short period of time. One of the many legends we lost last month was Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, who passed away at the age of 69 after battling cancer. Over the weekend, Harry Potter fans from around the world gathered at Universal Studios Orlando, where a new video was taken, courtesy of Inside the Magic, to pay tribute to the late actor by raising their wands.

This homage to Alan Rickman took place at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016, an annual event that has taken place ever since the theme park opened at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section back in 2010. Since this was the first public event that took place after the late actor's death, it's not surprising that fans turned out in droves
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Alan Rickman, Snape in Harry Potter, Passes Away at 69

Alan Rickman, Snape in Harry Potter, Passes Away at 69
Just days after the film and music world lost icon David Bowie, Hollywood is mourning the loss of another legend. Alan Rickman, best known for his roles as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, has passed away at the age of 69. The Guardian reports that the actor had been battling cancer, and that he died "surrounded by family and friends." Here's what Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had to say in a statement.

"There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man."

After a number of minor roles in British TV shows, Alan Rickman made his feature film debut in the 1988 action classic Die Hard, portraying the iconic villain Hans Gruber. He went on to star as Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,
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Alan Rickman, 'Die Hard' and 'Harry Potter' Actor, Dead at 69

Alan Rickman, 'Die Hard' and 'Harry Potter' Actor, Dead at 69
Alan Rickman, the British actor who portrayed likable villains in films like Die Hard and the Harry Potter series, has passed away. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends," his family wrote in a statement confirming the actor's death, the BBC reports.

Rickman's acting career began on the stage with a stint in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as well as roles on numerous BBC productions. In 1987, a RSC production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses came to Broadway,
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Director Paul Quinn, Brother of Aidan Quinn, Dies at 55

Director Paul Quinn, Brother of Aidan Quinn, Dies at 55
Paul Quinn, writer and director of “This Is My Father,” died in his New York home on Sept. 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 55.

Quinn collaborated with his brothers Aidan and Declan when he directed his debut and most notable feature, 1998’s “This Is My Father,” which screened at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals. The award-winning film stars Aidan, and Declan served as d.p.

Quinn achieved accolades along the festival circuit for the second feature he directed, “Never Get Outta the Boat,” in 2002.

His latest directorial work, “Good Ol’ Boy,” is set to premiere in competition at the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival. The contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” stars Keith David and Angus Macfadyen.

Paul Quinn was also an actor who appeared in “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Bob Roberts” and “Avalon,” and he directed episodes of the NBC comedy “Scrubs.”

Quinn, who trained at Chicago’s Piven Theater Workshop,
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Review: HBO's clumsy 'The Brink' isn't a worthy successor to 'Veep'

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Review: HBO's clumsy 'The Brink' isn't a worthy successor to 'Veep'
Armando Iannucci has left the building. Since mid-April, HBO has housed probably the best 90-minute comedy block on television, with the tech world satire of "Silicon Valley" transitioning into the political satire of "Veep" and closing with the sharp-eyed comedic advocacy of "Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver." With those three comedies and even a lackluster-by-its-high-standards "Game of Thrones" season, HBO has had the Sunday quality TV crown on lockdown for months. But change is in the air. Iannucci, TV's keenest tweaker of governmental process, announced earlier this spring that he was stepping back from his showrunning responsibilities on "Veep." I've resisted panic, because the "Veep" creative bench is deep and I believe a solid foundation is in place to maintain much of the momentum beyond last Sunday's season finale.  Sadly, the momentum of HBO's Sunday is in free fall and nowhere is that more evident than in the 10:30 comedy slot,
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2015 First Time Fest – Harvey Weinstein Interview

Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.

In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex,
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Watch Kristen Wiig win the lottery in Welcome To Me trailer

Watch Kristen Wiig win the lottery in Welcome To Me trailer
The first trailer for Kristen Wiig's comedy Welcome To Me has been released.

The film follows Alice Klieg (Wiig), a massive Oprah Winfrey fan with Borderline Personality Disorder, who wins $86 million in the lottery.

Alice decides to buy herself a talkshow with her winnings, and soon finds her fame increasing as she shares all of her thoughts and opinions on subjects from food to relationships.

James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack and Wes Bentley also star in the Toronto Film Festival hit, produced by the likes of Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Wiig.

The film has been directed by Shira Piven, a writer-filmmaker who has also acted in Step Brothers and Bob Roberts.

Welcome To Me is released in the Us on May 1.
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‘Tammy’s’ Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Build a Comedy Empire One Raunchy Joke at a Time

‘Tammy’s’ Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Build a Comedy Empire One Raunchy Joke at a Time
Melissa McCarthy has emerged as one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. But her offscreen lifestyle suggests otherwise.

She still resides in a small three-bedroom house in Los Angeles suburb Toluca Lake with her husband, Ben Falcone.

Their two young daughters share a room, and her Mac computer is packed in the closet.

“We’re in the tiniest bedroom on Earth,” McCarthy confesses. On the morning of the 2012 Oscars, when she was getting dolled up for her big evening as a supporting actress nominee for her breakout role as the loudmouth sidekick in “Bridesmaids,” she didn’t have any space in the house to get dressed. “I had my stylist come to my garage,” McCarthy says. “My friends are like, ‘Get it together!’”

(Danielle Levitt for Variety)

McCarthy recounts this story on a recent evening in Budapest over a long dinner of veggie burgers, cucumber salad and beer. Her husband of nine years,
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HBO Orders Tim Robbins And Jack Black To The Brink

Having commissioned the pilot episode of The Brink – a half-hour dark political comedy – last year, HBO has now ordered the show to series, with Tim Robbins and Jack Black heading the cast.

The show centres around the main players caught in a geo-political crisis. Tim Robbins plays the Us Secretary of State, Walter Hollander, who has little patience for war-mongers, while Jack Black plays Alex Coppins – a Foreign Service Officer dealing with the crisis in the field. A third main role – that of a Navy fighter pilot – has yet to be cast, although the wider cast list includes Aasif Mandvi and Meera Syal. The pilot was written by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib – Roberto having previously worked on Ally McBeal and Weeds. Both will also serve as executive producers, alongside stars Black and Robbins, Jerry Weintraub (Behind The Candelabra) and Jay Roach (The Austin Powers franchise, The Campaign), who also directed the pilot.
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The 5 Funniest Movie Characters of All Time (Exclusive)

Adam McKay -- director and co-writer of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" -- is Moviefone's Guest Editor from December 16 - 20. Watch for exclusive features from him throughout the week. Below, McKay reveals his picks for the five funniest movie characters of all time.

Roger Davis (Jack Black), 'Bob Roberts'

Jack Black's obsessed, wild-eyed character who was in love with Tim Robbins right-wing folk singer character Bob Roberts is amazing. You can't take you're eyes off him. And, although I don't think he has more than four lines in the movie, everyone I know who saw the movie walked away asking, "Who is that guy?"

Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen), 'Borat'

If there were any justice, there would be five more Borat movies. He's both endearing and dangerously ignorant at the same time. I can never get enough of this character. Go check out the old Ali G
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10 Great Debate Scenes Listed by Time: Tracy Flick, Woody Allen, 'The Candidate' & Frank the Tank Make the Cut

10 Great Debate Scenes Listed by Time: Tracy Flick, Woody Allen, 'The Candidate' & Frank the Tank Make the Cut
Now that the Presidential debates have wrapped up for the 2012 election, Time has compiled a list of the ten best debate scenes in film history. Included in the comedy-heavy list are Woody Allen's Fellini rant in "Annie Hall," Alicia Silverstone's gum-popping Haitian refugee speech in "Clueless" and Reese Witherspoon's brittle overachiever Tracy Flick opposite slacker Jessica Campbell in "Election." Full list below, along with a few clips. What debate scenes has Time left out that should be added to the list? 1. Tim Robbins opposite Gore Vidal in "Bob Roberts" 2. Denzel Washington's Wiley College debaters opposite the all-white Harvard team in "The Great Debaters" 3. Will Ferrell's Frank the Tank opposite Jeremy Piven in "Old School" 4. Robert Redford as Bill McKay in "The Candidate" 5. Alicia Silverstone's Cher expounding on Haitian refugees in...
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Tim Robbins To Direct 'City Of Lies,' First Feature Film Since 1999

In the 1990s, the already well regarded actor Tim Robbins, kick started a directorial career that was not only promising, but was met with the great acclaim. Starting with the 1992 political parody "Bob Roberts," three years later Robbins followed it with the excellent death row drama "Dead Man Walking" which earned four Oscar nominations including Best Director, and won his then wife Susan Sarandon Best Actress. Then four years later he returned with the uneven, but no less ambitious (and political) "Cradle Will Rock." And then? Virtual silence on the directing front. There was another political comedy in form the of the straight-to-video "Embedded" that died pretty quickly, and other than a TV pilot and a couple episodes of "Treme," there hasn't been much else. Until now. THR reports that Robbins will take the helm of "City Of Lies," a long developing project formerly known as "Wencelas Square," based on.
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Tim Robbins To Settle In A ‘City Of Lies’

Oscar-winner Tim Robbins is perhaps most memorable for his acting work in the likes of The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River and The Player, but his terrific output as director is often overlooked. His satirical look at the crazy political world with Bob Roberts (which he also starred), is a dark comedic gem. He even directed his long term partner (until recently) Susan Sarandon to Oscar glory in Dead Man Walking during the mid-1990s.

He’s helmed a number of episodes of accalimed series Treme recently, but he’s about to undertake a big-screen romantic spy-thriller City Of Lies. The film will have a script by Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely, the duo responsible for Captain America: The First Avenger and Michael Bay’s upcoming crime-thriller Pain Or Gain. It will be Robbins’ first directed feature since 1999′s Cradle Will Rock.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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Tim Robbins returns to feature film directing with spy story City of Lies

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It's true! After a long hiatus, Tim Robbins has elected to direct a feature film again after several small TV gigs iincluding a two-episode stint on HBO's "Treme." Last seen in the feature film director's chair back in the 90s (Bob Roberts, Dead Man Walking, and Cradle Will Rock), Robbins replaces Phillip Noyce (Salt) on the spy story City Of Lies.  An adaptation of Arthur Phillips' short story Wenceslas Square by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain...
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Tim Robbins Moves To City Of Lies

Tim Robbins Moves To City Of Lies
Tim Robbins' directing credits have been sparse in recent years, but he's about to step behind the camera again for City Of Lies. The spy drama is based on the short story Wenceslas Square by Arthur Phillips. The narrative takes place in Czechoslovakia at the end of the Cold War, and revolves around two spies on different missions, who find time to fall in love when their paths cross. Shouldn't they have been more focused on photographing the secret papers (or whatever)? Can't get the staff these days.The film was originally earmarked for Phillip Noyce (Salt), but Robbins has picked it up after Noyce's departure. Robbins has recently directed a couple of episodes of HBO's Treme, but this will be his first really major behind-the-camera project since the triple-whammy of Bob Roberts, Dead Man Walking and Cradle Will Rock in the 1990s.Screenwriting team Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
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Tim Robbins to Direct Spy Romance City Of Lies Scripted by Captain America Writers

Tim Robbins began a second career as a director in the 1990s with Bob Roberts (1992), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Cradle Will Rock (1999).  He took a break from features after that, though he directed a few television projects in the years since, including two episodes of Treme.  Robbins is ready to return to the big screen, as THR announces that the actor/director has signed a deal with Endgame Entertainment to helm City of Lies.  Captain America screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will adapt the Arthur Phillips short story Wenceslas Square, which follows two spies who fall in love while on separate missions in Prague.  Phillips read an abridged version of the story on This American Life. Tal's Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp will produce along with Douglas E. Hansen (An Education) and Endgame's James D. Stern (The Raven).  Philip Noyce was previously attached to direct before Robbins came on board.
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