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Joe Biden is cementing his frontrunner status.

At his official launch speech in Philadelphia on May 18th, Biden showcased his skills on the stump. He trained his fire at Trump and the threat the president poses to our republic: “We have to remember who we are, what we stand for, what we believe,” Biden said. “And every day, we’re reminded, there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy. We have to fight for it. We have to defend it. We have to earn it.”

The secret behind Biden’s eye-popping poll numbers?
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Why Sacha Baron Cohen Credits Donald Trump for ‘Who Is America?’

  • Variety
Why Sacha Baron Cohen Credits Donald Trump for ‘Who Is America?’
Over the course of history, comedians have shared their take on current events with biting commentary on everything from class and gender to fashion and politics, and the current presidential administration is definitely no exception — with President Donald Trump regularly lampooned on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and by late-night TV hosts. But when does the current political climate in the United States become no laughing matter? On the red carpet at an Emmys For Your Consideration event, Variety asked “Who Is America?” star and creator Sacha Baron Cohen if there is a point when politics stops being funny.

“Yes. I think in many ways we are past that point. I think there is a danger [in not taking things seriously],” Baron Cohen replied. Though, he added, comedy “can release the pressure.”

“I think you need people to remain repulsed,” he continued. “Obviously, there are a lot of people who are supportive — but those who
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Sacha Baron Cohen On Why Trump Prompted Him To Make ‘Who Is America?’ & How The Show Captures American Madness — Deadline Disruptors

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Sacha Baron Cohen On Why Trump Prompted Him To Make ‘Who Is America?’ & How The Show Captures American Madness — Deadline Disruptors
In the seven episodes of his Showtime series Who is America? Sacha Baron Cohen played a series of characters thrown into meeting real people, and served up some of the year’s finest laughs, even as he charged into dealing with chilling alt-right subjects who were all too quick to demonstrate their racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and stupidity. The show captured all that is wrong in this polarized country.

In the course of the series, he duped Dick Cheney, Roy Moore, Sarah Palin and O.J. Simpson with his larger-than-life characters. And for his efforts, he was Golden Globe nominated and is hotly tipped to appear on Emmy’s list for Best Comedy Actor, and the show for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.

Donald Trump’s election victory prompted you to make Who Is America? but he’s been Telflon Don; why does nothing stick to him?

The caveat here is, you’re
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The Liberal Embrace of War

The United States has just suspended flights to Venezuela. Per the New York Times:

Caracas — The United States banned all air transport with Venezuela on Wednesday over security concerns, further isolating the troubled South American nation…

A disinterested historian — Herodotus raised from the dead — would see this as just the latest volley in a siege tale. America has been trying for ages to topple the regime of President Nicholas Maduro, after trying for years to do the same to his predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

The new play in the Trump
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‘A Private War’ DVD Review

Stars: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander, Greg Wise, Alexandra Moen, Faye Marsay | Written by Arash Amel | Directed by Matthew Heineman

A Private War is directed by Matthew Heineman and stars Rosamund Pike as famed wartime correspondent journalist Marie Colvin, capturing her life from 1986 until her death in Homs Syria at the hands of the regime she was fighting against to highlight the atrocities they were undertaking. Heineman’s film is a deeply disturbing account of the atrocities against civilians in Syria and the human spirit that continues to fight it on the battlefield, and in the media, with an outstanding central performance from Rosamund Pike.

Pike here is off the charts superb. The total complete utter embodiment of her real-life character Colvin is realised in such a detailed and pragmatic manner, you’re left in a state of awe witnessing such a dedicated performance. It never conveys
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Georgetown’

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Georgetown’
What must it be like to play poker with Christoph Waltz? For all the actor’s charms, subtlety doesn’t seem to come naturally to him. Granted, Waltz was a revelation as the unnervingly appealing Nazi colonel in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” but in most of the roles that have followed, he’s tipped his hand with each exaggerated expression, working his elastic face like some kind of live-action cartoon character.

That’s an especially odd approach to take in playing a con artist, as he does in “Georgetown,” since no one in the real world would believe a man who telegraphs his true intentions quite so transparently. But seeing as this is also Waltz’s directorial debut, signed under the name “C. Waltz,” he can surround himself with similarly vaudevillian performances from otherwise excellent actors — including Vanessa Redgrave and Annette Bening — whose natural tendency has been to underplay their characters’ emotions.
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Amy Adams joins Netflix's film Hillbilly Elegy

Hollywood actress Amy Adams is set to star in Netflixs adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy, which Ron Howard is on board to direct. The Shape Of Water screenwriter Vanessa Taylor adapted the script. Based on Vance's bestselling memoir, the movie is a modern exploration of the American dream and follows three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale law student forced to return to his hometown, reports variety.com. Netflix boarded the project in January after winning a heated bidding war to finance the $45 million feature.

Adams was seen in the limited series "Sharp Objects", which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She followed that up with her Oscar-nominated performance as Lynne Cheney in the Dick Cheney biopic Vice.

She will next be seen in the adaptation of the Woman In The Window, which co-stars Julianne Moore and is directed by Joe Wright.?
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Amy Adams to Star in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ at Netflix (Exclusive)

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Amy Adams to Star in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ at Netflix (Exclusive)
Amy Adams is set to star in Netflix’s adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy,” which Ron Howard is on board to direct, Variety has learned.

“Shape of Water” screenwriter Vanessa Taylor adapted the script, with Howard, Brian Grazer, and Karen Lunder producing for Imagine Entertainment. Julie Oh and J.D. Vance will exec produce.

Based on Vance’s bestselling memoir, the pic is a modern exploration of the American dream and follows three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale law student forced to return to his hometown.

Imagine has been developing the movie since 2017 when it acquired the rights. Netflix boarded the project in January after winning a heated bidding war to finance the $45 million feature.

Adams had a busy 2018, starting with her role in the HBO limited series “Sharp Objects,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She followed that up with her Oscar-nominated
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Watch the Big Musical Number Cut From Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ (Video)

Watch the Big Musical Number Cut From Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ (Video)
The solemn and gruff Dick Cheney is not someone you would expect to be a chipper, song and dance man, but Adam McKay’s Best Picture-nominated film “Vice” nearly featured a lavish musical number.

McKay directed a sequence in which Steve Carell’s Donald Rumsfeld is showing Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney the ropes inside a D.C. cafeteria, but it was ultimately cut from the movie. Rumsfeld starts to explain that every interaction and meeting could be a win or lose opportunity and chance for advancement, when who should stand up to burst out into song but Brittany Howard, the bluesy frontwoman for rock band Alabama Shakes.

Howard sings about the more underhanded techniques politicians use to get things done, like strategically leaking things to the press but then being publicly outraged about it as a way of preventing people from sitting into meetings.

Also Read: Before Christian Bale
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Can Megan Ellison Reverse Course on Annapurna’s Financial Troubles?

  • Variety
A throng of Hollywood elite in a tent on the freezing beach gave a standing ovation when “If Beale Street Could Talk” won the best feature prize at the Independent Spirit Awards in February.

Barry Jenkins also took directing honors for the film, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s classic novel that was produced by Annapurna and Plan B.

Looking over the rows of boldface names, including Timothée Chalamet and Glenn Close, Jenkins singled out his absent benefactor, who was at home stricken with the flu: “Megan Ellison!” he exclaimed. “Financiers do not put their money behind black authors. Thank you for your money, my dear. James Baldwin thanks you.”

Jenkins is not alone in heaping praise on Ellison, who is known in the creative community as someone who consistently backs auteur directors, among them Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze and David O. Russell, making sizable investments in risky movies that major studios frequently shun.
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You can now watch the deleted ‘Vice’ musical number, which was definitely cut for the right reasons

During the “Vice” press tour, the cast and crew revealed that the was a musical number that was cut from the eventual eight-time Oscar nominee. Now you can finally see it, and well, it was the right call to cut it.

Thanks to our sister site Rolling Stone, you can watch the ditty below, which will also be an extra on the DVD and Blu-Ray releases for the film, out April 2 (it’s out on digital on Tuesday). The number, which runs two minutes and 20 seconds, features vocals from Alabama Shakes‘ Brittany Howard and was from the sequence early in the film when Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell) shows Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) the D.C. ropes. As Rumsfeld shares his pearls of wisdom about climbing the ladder and leaking things to the press over lunch, Howard and other D.C. staffers break out into song and dance. It was choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler of “Hamilton.
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This musical number cut from Adam McKay's Vice sure is something

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Adam McKay’s Vice was already a weird movie, positioning the dark rise to power of evil villain Dick Cheney as something that may or may not have been a comedy and packing the saga with a bunch of funny actors playing un-funny political assholes. One thing that would’ve made the movie even weirder than it was, though,…
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‘Vice’: Watch The “Breathtaking” Musical Sequence That Adam McKay Cut From His Dick Cheney Biopic

Odds are, if you are an American that went to school in our public school system, you’ve been exposed to the time-wasting traditions of “Schoolhouse Rock!” That’s not to say that “Schoolhouse Rock!” is a bad product, as it’s actually pretty incredible and worthy of anyone’s time. But, it was also used by teachers in public school that just wanted to have some quiet time at their desk while an animated series taught their students the ins and outs of math, science, and of course, government.

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'Vice' Reveals Cut Song-and-Dance Congress Number

'Vice' Reveals Cut Song-and-Dance Congress Number
Adam McKay's unflattering Dick Cheney biopic Vice — which earned eight Oscar nominations and won an Academy Award for makeup and hairstyling — had a lot of unconventional moments, but one that was ultimately cut from the final film was an elaborate song-and-dance number set in the congressional cafeteria, during which Donald Rumsfeld, played by Steve Carell, explains how Washington works to a young Cheney (Christian Bale).

While it never made the final cut, the number got a lot of attention after Oscar-nominated editor Hank Corwin admitted that he struggled with what to do with it — and now it ...
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Watch the Musical Sequence That Was Cut from ‘Vice’

During the build up to the release of Adam McKay’s eventual Best Picture Oscar nominee Vice, there was buzz surrounding a potential musical number included in the Dick Cheney biopic. Ultimately the film did not have such a sequence, but McKay was quick to confirm that one did exist, and he worked hard to get it into the film. Alas, it just didn’t fit, but it’s now been released online ahead of the film’s home video release, so we can see it in all its glory. The sequence is set early on in the film when …

The post Watch the Musical Sequence That Was Cut from ‘Vice’ appeared first on Collider.
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Showtime Reveals Emmy Plans for Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’ (Exclusive)

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As Showtime prepares its Emmy submissions for 2019, one of its contenders is a bit of an outlier: Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?”

The seven-episode series, which premiered last July, mixes elements of comedy, satire, sketch, reality, talk and variety — making it the kind of hybrid that could be entered in several categories.

And that’s Showtime’s plan. Although there are unscripted elements to “Who Is America?” (such as the time Baron Cohen got Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to address the infamous alleged Donald Trump “pee pee tape”), the network is following the precedent set by “Saturday Night Live” in splitting its major submissions in both the comedy and variety/sketch categories.

“Who Is America?” will be submitted in the outstanding variety/sketch series category, where it would potentially face shows like last year’s winner “SNL,” and previous nominees such as “Drunk History” and “At Home with Amy Sedaris.
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You Can Now Watch the Deleted ‘Vice’ Musical Number

You Can Now Watch the Deleted ‘Vice’ Musical Number
Adam McKay‘s Vice is a very off-the-wall biopic of Dick Cheney, but there was one moment apparently too wacky to include: a musical number. The number comes early in the film, where Christian Bale‘s Cheney is learning the ins and outs of politics from Steve Carell‘s Donald Rumsfeld. McKay talked about the scene previously, and verified it […]

The post You Can Now Watch the Deleted ‘Vice’ Musical Number appeared first on /Film.
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‘Vice’ Musical Number Revealed: Watch the Scene Adam McKay Cut From Theaters

‘Vice’ Musical Number Revealed: Watch the Scene Adam McKay Cut From Theaters
At long last, the “Vice” musical number has been revealed. The sequence did not make it into the film’s theatrical release last December, but “Vice” cast and crew have long discussed the musical number as being one of the best moments that got cut from the final version. Rolling Stone has debuted the full musical scene below, which features Steve Carell’s Rumsfeld and Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney having a lunch meeting while a song-and-dance number breaks out around them. The scene runs two minutes and 20 seconds.

“It’s breathtaking. It’s incredible. And it just didn’t work,” McKay told Variety about the scene last year. “You didn’t need it. It was too long in that area of the movie. We tried 15 versions of it. We moved it here, we moved it there. We played it really short. We played it way longer and put scenes in the middle of it.
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See Brittany Howard Explain D.C. Power Struggles in ‘Vice’ Outtake

See Brittany Howard Explain D.C. Power Struggles in ‘Vice’ Outtake
When filmmaker Adam McKay shot his Dick Cheney biopic, Vice, it originally included a surprise musical number that featured Alabama ShakesBrittany Howard. In the clip, premiering at Rolling Stone, Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell), attempts to explain to a young Cheney (Christian Bale) how things work in Washington, D.C. “You have to look at this town like a big chessboard,” Rumsfeld says, paving the way for Howard to take the reins.

“So you want to climb that ladder, where power’s served upon a patter?” she sings. “Hear only
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‘Triple Frontier’ Review: J.C. Chandor Evokes ‘The Treasure of Sierra Madre’ in Familiar Morality Tale

Five Special Forces veterans unleash U.S. fury at the border area of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil, otherwise known as the Triple Frontier, in J.C. Chandor’s entertaining if familiar morality tale. Checking off a few boxes in the Netflix algorithm and no doubt relevant to our cartel age, the story is one part getting the band back together, one part Donald Rumsfeldian get-rich-quick scheme, and one part The Treasure of Sierra Madre. If you’re looking for more nuanced artistic fare, add Happy as Lazzaro to your queue. Triple Frontier is at its best when it is simply five guys bro-ing out with machine guns. How compelling that sounds to a viewer will be a strong indicator of whether it’s worth clicking play.

The group of veterans are lured back into the game by Santiago (Oscar Isaac), the only one of the five still in the field.
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