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The cool kids update.

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Gael García BernalWe were going to rank them in order of hipness, but it was too hard.

Michel Gondry

Claims to fame:
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," White Stripes Lego video, extreme Frenchness.

New project:
According to Rodrigo Perez at MTV (who has this interview with him apropos to nothing in particular), Gondry is just wrapping up "The Science of Sleep," a fantasy starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Gael García Bernal (he also has Dave Chappelle doc "Block Party" due in theaters next year), and has two time-travel-centric films up next. One is a comedy starring Jack Black, the other’s a new one:

The other is a yet-untitled French-language film that also includes a time-travel premise, albeit one that’s more autobiographical in nature.

"It’s about my friend in my old band [Oui Oui] in the early ’80s. It’s set in 2005 and we meet our [1980s] selves in the present and interact," he said, laughing. "It’s a completely stupid story!"

Miranda July

Claims to fame:
"Me and You and Everyone We Know," performance art, extreme sincerity.

New project:
Via Delfin Vigil at the San Francisco Chronicle, July’s making a pit stop at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to "teach" for two days. A sample homework assignment from her LearningToLoveYouMore.com involves drawing a picture of your cell phone, then writing out a fantasy dialogue between yourself and someone you’d really like to talk to:

In a separate e-mail document, type the conversation you wish you could have with this person. Use dialogue format, for example:

"Me: Hello?

"Mark Adams: Hi, it’s Mark. Mark Adams."

David Gordon Green

Claims to fame
: Meandering, promising, arty films about young people set in the South, being young, being Southern.

New project:
Mae Anderson at AdWeek drops that Green’s just finished another "NFL on ESPN" spot for a New York ad agency Wieden + Kennedy.

The New York shop’s 30-second spot, directed by Chelsea Pictures’ David Gordon Green, depicts a man holding a baby, engrossed in a football game. He begins to mimic the players, holding the baby like a football. When his wife enters the room, she is understandably distressed, and takes the baby from him.

"Life happens 10 yards at a time" is the tagline.

It’s the fifth spot directed by Green for the NFL on ESPN. Other ads in the series include one for the Pro Bowl depicting a man becoming emotional when his pizza deliveryman delivers the last pizza of the football season.

The bills, they must be paid.

Harmony Korine

Claims to fame:
Writing the screenplay to "Kids" at age 19, "Gummo," banging Chloë Sevigny.

New project:
He announced that he was working on a new film, "Mister Lonely,"  back in the summer, but last week Screen Daily (sub. only, sadly) reported that it’s to star Anita Pallenberg as the Queen of England, Denis Lavant as Charlie Chaplin, Samantha Morton as Marilyn Monroe and Diego Luna as a Michael Jackson impersonator.

The plotline is outlandish, even by Korine’s standards. This is a yarn about a young American lost in Paris, eking out a living as a Michael Jackson lookalike. By co-incidence, he meets Marilyn Monroe. He follows her to a commune in Scotland, joining her husband Charlie Chaplin and her daughter Shirley Temple. Fellow residents include The Pope, The Queen of England, Madonna and James Dean. The drama is also partly set In a Brazilian forest where a community of missionary nuns bring aid to the locals.

Alexander Payne

Claims to fame:
"Sideways," a generally bleak outlook on his fellow human beings, divorcing Sandra Oh.

New project:
Producing! Empire announced that Michael Douglas will star in Payne’s exec-produced "The King of California," and Payne’s also a producer for Sue Kramer‘s "Gray Matter," which apparently features hot transsexual sex between Sissy Spacek and  Alan Cumming. Yup.

Jon Morrison

Claims to fame:
None yet.

New project:
Morrison’s down at the American Film Market and AFI Fest in L.A. trying to sell Punk Cinema‘s first feature, "The Gigolos," and is blogging about the experience on the Guardian‘s Culture Vulture blog. He’s certainly not as established as the above, but his dispatches are charming and filled with the kind of British self-deprication that pleases our admittedly easily pleased self, so we hereby dub him a "cool kid."

We’re staying in the best hotel in LA. By accident. We know it’s the best hotel because we were ejected from the hotel swimming pool yesterday morning by 50 Cent’s entourage (prior to the premiere of his film across the road), and because you need to be on the guest list to get into the hotel bar. And we’re not.

+ Another Surreal Film Coming From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ Director Michel Gondry (MTV)
+ WHEN JULY ARRIVES, CLASS IS IN SESSION (SF Chronicle)
+ Don’t Fumble the Baby (AdWeek)
+ Korine’s Mr Lonely features Pallenberg, Morton, Luna (Screen Daily)
+ Douglas is King of California (Empire)
+ The Gigolos archive (Culture Vulture)

Update: The latest White Stripes video from Gondry’s up online here: "The Denial Twist" (via MCN).

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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.