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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.