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The Purse Incident and other interviews.

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You may or may not have noticed our aversion to interviews — we generally feel that the junket system and overly protective publicists have made getting an interesting interview out of anyone big enough to have a publicist and/or junket impossible. But Mary McNamara‘s LA Times‘ profile on Catherine Keener totally won us over with its odd opening anecdote about how McNamara’s purse gets stolen as she talks to Keener, and about how Keener insists on going out into the street with her and poking through trashcans to see if whoever stole it took the cash and dumped the rest. We’ve also always liked Keener:

"The big secret is I’m not movie star material," Keener says as she
walks along the streets of downtown a couple of weeks after the fateful
Purse Incident. "I’m costar material. I’m supporting material. Those
are the roles I like. And I just want to keep making the movies I like,
even though," she says, "hardly anyone goes to see them."

Keener’s next in Nicole Holofcener‘s Sundance-opener "Friends With Money."

Elsewhere, in the kind of move that increases the agonizing admiration/aversion we have for him, David Poland reprints Time magazine’s entire "Munich" section, including Richard Schickel‘s lone Spielberg interview (because, as Poland puts it, "Since Time has the joy of being the only interview given so far and since no one really wants to capitalize financially on ‘Munich,’ I’m sure no one will object to me reprinting the story here so no one is forced to buy an online subscription to Time magazine just to read this one interview."). Schickel’s intro/overview of the film is here; he speaks to Spielberg here; Lisa Beyer’s take on the historical realities of who Mossad really ended up retaliation-killing is here.

The car wreck-watcher in us is totally in love with "Memoirs of a Geisha" (about which we’ve talked so much sight-unseen shit that at this point we feel we’ve really committed to seeing it), partially because, as much as we do like Zhang Ziyi, we’ve got our doubts about whether she speaks enough English yet to be thrown into the lead role of an English language film, even if said English is curiously written to be halting and articles-adverse. But judge for yourself, as Sony apparently has enough confidence to toss her at the New York Daily NewsSean Daly. Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Ron Dicker interviews a very practical-minded Michelle Yeoh about the film.

Stephen Dalton at the London Times talks with samurai film-revisionist Yoji Yamada, director of "The Twilight Samurai" and the new "The Hidden Blade."

This unprecedented realism is Yamada’s chief contribution to the genre. Instead of balletic sword battles, his alienated anti-heroes share banal small talk and messy love lives. When grudgingly forced to fight, they engage in long, clumsy duels before dying in agony. In the past, Yamada says, most samurai films were "full of lies."

+ She’s no movie star (LA Times)
+ Spielberg on Munich in Time (The Hot Blog)
+ T2 – Steven’s Prayer For Peace (The Hot Blog)
+ T3 – Munich Myths & Truths (The Hot Blog)
+ 5 minutes with … Ziyi Zhang (NY Daily News)
+ Action-film smart, ‘Geisha’ graceful (SF Chronicle)
+ The samurai commuters (London Times)

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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