From the creators of Veep and The Thick of It comes a film so hardcore that Russian officials chose to ban it entirely. This, coming from the same movie industry that distributed an Avengers knock-off that includes a machine gun-toting werebear as the romantic lead. What a strange era we live in.

Russia’s Ministry of Culture has effectively banned Armando Iannucci’s newest black comedy The Death of Stalin, labeling the film “ideological warfare.” Specifically, they’ve withdrawn permission for its release in Russia, which was supposed to happen on Thursday. The decision came after a massive outcry following a screening for parliamentarians on Monday night.

Speaking to RBK news, Yelena Drapeko — the deputy head of the lower house of parliament’s culture committee — reportedly said that she had “never seen anything so disgusting,” citing “elements of extremism” in the film. Independent reports that one high-ranking official described it as “a western plot to destabilize Russia by ‘causing rifts in society.’”

Wow.

'The Death of Stalin' might never release in Russia now.

The Death of Stalin satirizes the political turmoil in Moscow following the wake of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953. Actors like Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jason Isaacs play figures from real-life that instead act like foul-mouthed caricatures.

Under particular scrutiny is Jason Isaacs’s (Star Trek: Discover, Harry Potter) raucous portrayal of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, who was a major figure that led the Russians to victory against the Nazis in World War II. Time reports that Zhukov’s daughter and 21 others petitioned the culture ministry to ban the film even before this recent screening.

If The Death of Stalin film does for Russia politics what it did for America in Veep and Britain in *The Thick of It, then it’s probably a crass albeit brutally honest look at the decrepit nature of the modern political scene. Iannucci usually offers foul-mouthed and totally hilarious satire, the kind that American and British people are pretty chill with. But the Russians aren’t.

To be fair, Peter Capaldi’s character in The Thick of It does wield the term “lubricated horse cock” to insult a subordinate official, so you can only imagine what sort of offensive scenes appear in The Death of Stalin.

The Death of Stalin will be released on March 9, 2018 in the United States, where it will almost definitely never get banned.


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The Fortnite Season 6 Hunting Party Challenge continues, and much like Week 2, this one’s all bout the new wolf character that’s stalking everyone else. Here’s how to solve the new loading screen puzzle and find that secret star.

Fortnite Season 6, Week 3 began Thursday morning at 9 a.m., and even though hardly anybody has had the time to blaze through all seven of the new challenges, the Hunting Party loading screen leaked days ago. Whenever a player completes all seven challenges in a given week, it unlocks a unique Hunting Party loading screen. In each, there’s a clue hinting at an in-game location where players can them claim a secret, usually either a Banner or Battle Star.

Get your running shoes on because Timed Trials have returned to Fortnite for this Season 6 Week 3 challenge.

Week 3 of Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Season 6 began at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and Timed Trials are included as a Premium Battle Pass Challenge. The specific locations have changed completely from the Timed Trials from Season 5, so, unfortunately, previous maps won’t be worth anything these days.

In preparation for the release of the most exciting video game of the year, Fallout 76, Bethesda, the game’s developer, flew me, a video producer at Inverse, to West Virginia to hang out and play the game. Upon receiving this news, I immediately peed my pants out of excitement and hopped on a plane.

Shadow Stones are back in Fortnite: Battle Royale, transforming players into wraiths that can phase through walls, and it’s just in time considering two important Week 2 challenges involves players traveling to Corrupted Area locations on the map and using Shadow Stones to earn some Battle Stars.

Fortnite Week 2 began Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern, and surprisingly, all of the leaked Week 2 Challenges were correct. These seven challenges represent perhaps the single most straightforward week of the Fortnite Battle Pass ever. Three of them at least start with dealing damage from specific weapons, one is just SMG eliminations, and another requires a distance-based elimination. The remaining two, while also straightforward, do actually involve a bit of strategy.