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Karmic retribution.

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The hot ticket.
We were struck down with an unimaginably awful cold by the gods of entertainment yesterday for not being appropriately mournful of Don Knotts (He was before our time! Before! Our! Time!). While we catch up, a few odds to tide you over:

According to Empire, the Weinstein Company is producing a biopic-of-sorts on author, former child lot lizard and friend-o’-celebrities J.T. Leroy, who, it was revealed last month, is the fictional creation of a middle-aged San Francisco musician and writer named Laura Albert. The film will be based on Warren St John’s New York Times‘ articles about the hoax.

harrylimetheme‘s Ben Slater has started a new blog, Kinda Hot, about his experiences writing his recently completed book on the making of Peter Bogdanovich‘s 1979 "Saint Jack":

[I]n late 2001, I knew I was going to move to Singapore in 6 months. A massive life-change, and I was not quite sure what I intended to do when I got there. I decided to create for myself a project, and ordered the DVD of "Saint Jack" on Amazon and before it even arrived I was plotting something for my future.

The film was everything I expected and more. I loved it despite imperfections, but it was the spontaneous moment that it seemed to capture, a lost episode in so many filmographies, a buried bit of Singapore history. Before the credits rolled, I knew that I was going to research the ‘making of’ as soon as I arrived in the Lion City.

Jeremy Dauber at the Christian Science Monitor speculates on what a variable pricing plan for movie theaters would be like:

Using a calculator, or optimally, a slide rule, determine the ratio of explosions to heavy-handed expositional monologues delivered by vaguely European bad guys. Multiply the resulting number by 10, and add that percent to ticket price. If done properly, a movie like "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" should stay about the same price, and the cost of a ticket to "Bad Boys 2" should be approximately infinity.

Via Reuters, Indian filmmaker Jayaraaj has managed to shoot a feature-length film in 2 hours and 14 minutes, breaking the world record. "Atbhutam (Wonder)" is loosely based on no less than Terri Schiavo‘s story.

Susan Wloszczyna at USA Today has a quick look at DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures continued ballsy, pricey support of forthcoming Beyoncé Knowles vehicle "Dreamgirls," based on the Broadway musical inspired by The Supremes, and a project that clearly looks (we’ll go ahead and say it) doomed, doomed, doomed. But what the hell do we know? The kids are apparently practically seizing over "High School Musical."

And, at the London Times, Wendy Ide reports back from the Bangkok International Film Festival:

The hot ticket of the festival, which sold out long before most Western delegates had even bothered to scrutinise the programme, was a gay Filipino film called "The Masseur." While in fact the film was heavy-handed, murkily shot and decidedly unerotic, its significance was put into perspective by a foreign correspondent to a German newspaper who told me that just seven years ago a lesbian film festival held in private premises in Bangkok was raided by the police.

+ Fake Author Gets His Own Biopic (Empire)
+ Coming my way? (Kinda Hot)
+ 10 rules for variable movie ticket pricing (Christian Science Monitor)
+ Indian filmmaker wraps movie in 2 hrs 14 min (Reuters)
+ Film moves ahead with supreme confidence (USA Today)
+ Playboys of the Eastern world (London Times)

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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.