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“Stoned” love.

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Paddy Considine and Leo Gregory."Stoned," Stephen Wooley‘s biopic of Brian Jones, co-founder of the Rolling Stones, has been getting ink in the UK papers since it premiered at Toronto for various reasons: Wooley who makes his directorial debut with the film, has worked for years as a producer on some fantastic titles, including many of Neil Jordan‘s films; Wooley dares to make some unusual casting choices when it comes to the young Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jones himself, played by Leo Gregory, a relative unknown; the film is a labor of love that’s been in the works for a reported ten years. But really, the draw is that Wooley worked without the approval of the remaining Rolling Stones (who had kicked Jones out of the band shortly before his death at the rock star-approved age of 27), and that he indulges the theory that Jones, who was found floating in his pool and whose death was at first chalked up to a drug-related accident, was murdered by his handyman, Frank Thorogood (played in the film by Paddy Considine).

At the Telegraph, Robert Sandall talks to Wooley about the film’s long path to production and the tough task of recreating icons:

Other reactions have complained about the skimpy soundtrack, as well as the implausibly well-toned body, and wiggy yellow hair, of Gregory’s Brian Jones. Luke de Woolfson, unrecognisable as Mick Jagger, and a surprisingly wholesome looking Keith Richards, played by Ben Whishaw, have also raised a few eyebrows among the trainspotters.

Woolley is unrepentant. "I didn’t cast lookalikes, or soundalikes. I tried a few and they were terrible actors. I’ve been very careful with the look of this film in terms of clothes and make-up, but it isn’t a documentary. It’s a drama about the haves and the have-nots and what happens when you put them together in an enclosed, claustrophobic space."

At the Telegraph, Louise Jury speaks to Anna Wohlin, Jones’ girlfriend at the time of his death (he most famously dated Anita Pallenberg (played in the film by Monet Mazur), who eventually left him for Keith Richards), who wrote "The Murder of Brian Jones," one of the sources "Stoned" was based on.

[B]oth she and Woolley believe Thorogood’s deathbed confession that he was to blame for the death, not drugs and drink. His relations with Jones had been tense at the time, with rows over bills and his workmanship, and they fear that resentment bubbled over when the men were messing around in the pool.

"I don’t think Frank meant to kill him, because I don’t think he was a killer," she says. "I think it was some sort of horseplay. I think it went too far."

Also at the Independent, Steve Bloomfield surveys Jones’ generally fading in the public mind as well as his lingering, devoted fanbase, focusing on two fans who have devoted their lives to proving Jones was murdered (one of them fantastically say "There was this terrible stigma surrounding Brian. He was described as a drug-induced guitarist, which is like saying Van Gogh was just a painter.").  And some unbylined type writes about how Wooley has approached Jones’ life as a fable about class differences.

"Stoned" opens in the UK this Friday and, as far as we can tell, has no US distributor yet. Though we expect it’ll get picked up soon.

+ Sex and drugs and Brian Jones (Telegraph)
+ The real Brian Jones (Independent)

+ Brian Jones: Who killed the Rolling Stones guitarist? (Independent)
+ Stoned: How Brian Jones made Mick and Keith look conventional (Independent)

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.