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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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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.