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CATE BLANCHETT SAYS DRAMA NEEDS TO BE IMPOLITE: At a London TV conference on Wednesday, Cate Blanchett said that drama should be "challenging and impolite," especially at a time when politics has become a "burlesque." Blanchett was sitting on a panel about the Australian drama Stateless, which she co-created. She said that pitching the project wasn't easy, as the subject matter is far from light. "As soon as you mention the word refugee, doors close. I mean quite literally for refugees, but also the doors of various television executives," Blanchett said about her experience with pitching a project with a serious subject matter, adding that even when executives call a project "important" or "worthy" that is "the death knell."

NO TIME TO DIE TRAILER DROPS: Daniel Craig is returning as a British secret agent James Bond for what he has said is the last time. Fans got a taste of what they'll see in No Time to Die with a trailer Wednesday. In it, Bond (Craig) encounters Lashana Lynch's agent Nomi. "The world's moved on, commander Bond," Lynch's character warns. "So stay in your lane. You get in my way, I will put a bullet in your knee… The one that works." He also encounters the villain Safin, played by Rami Malek. No Time To Die lands April 8th.

JIMMIE WALKER DEFENDS LOUIS C.K.: Good Times star Jimmie "J.J." Walker defended Louis C.K. recently, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "We've gone too far with PC culture. It's way out of line. It's really hurting comedy and hurting a lot of artists. It's totally unfair. If you look at his act, Louis C.K. talks about masturbation all the time. So, when you go see Louis C.K., you should expect to see some masturbation jokes. If you are around him, I would expect to see that. I don't think that people like that should be indicted and have stuff taken away from them."

HELEN MIRREN TO BE HONORED: The 70th Berlin International Film Festival will honor Oscar-winner Helen Mirren with an honorary Golden Bear and homage. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 27th, 2020, and the ceremony will include a screening of The Queen. "Helen Mirren is a strong personality whose powerful portrayals are always impressive. She surprises us time and again with her interpretation of complex characters – whether it's Chris in Calendar Girls or Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, her portrayals are a paradigm of strong women, and it is our great pleasure to award her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement," said Mariette Rissenbeek, Executive Director of the Berlinale.