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A few Cannes snapshots.

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"...ragingly punitive Danish anti-porn anime..."
Matt Dentler (who also notes that "Tartan did pick up North American rights for that film, ‘Princess,’ I liked and blogged about the other day") offers up a slew of photos, including one of "alas, my new best friend: the guy who sells crepes off a cart on the street."

Jeffrey Wells has a shot of the poster for the new Wong Kar Wai "My Blueberry Nights" (still, of course, only in pre-production) with Norah Jones looming large (Jude Law and Natalie Portman have just been added to the cast).

Scott Roxborough at the Risky Biz blog shares that:

London-based flacks (and Arsenal backers) DDA public relations, set up a ultra-wide screen TV at the Majestic Hotel and flew in a UK techie to set up a live British satellite feed of the [Arsenal vs. Barcelona football] match. The game – a nail-bitter that ended in a 2-1 victory for Barcelona – delivered more in the way of excitement, human drama and suspense, than most of your Festival films.

It also revealed a few things about national character. While the Spaniards watching were screaming and clapping madly at almost every play, the Brits remained stoic, only emitting a bitter “kick ‘em again!” whenever an Arsenal player fouled Barcelona star Ronaldinho.

From Kim Hyun at Yonhap News:

The Cannes Film Festival has given unanimous support to South Korean movie industry personnel fighting a trade deal with Washington that would cut a screen quota for domestic movies, according to its statement released here Monday.

"The Korean screen quota that was launched in 1993 made possible the development of diverse movies, which the Cannes Film Festival approves and pays its regards to," the festival’s board of directors said in a statement in French unanimously adopted in Cannes on Sunday. It was released in Seoul via an e-mail from the Korean movie workers.

About 70 Korean directors, actors and movie staff are in Cannes to publicize their protest. They have demonstrated publicly in South Korea to reverse the policy to cut a quota in theaters for homegrown movies. The reduction was a years-long demand from Washington under the influence of major U.S. studios.

Yeah, that’s still not going to change anything. Cool, though.

Jon Morrison at the Guardian‘s Culture Vulture blog:

[T]he one party we just couldn’t get into, no matter what we tried, was the Isle of Man Film bash on their yacht. We tried persuading them that we were going to shoot the next movie – a psychological thriller called "Cuckoo" – on their island. They seemed bemused. We tried saying how much we disliked paying taxes. They bristled. We even tried pretending they’d invited us but merely forgotten. They didn’t buy it. It was the first great failure of our trip. I mean – just what do you have to do to get on the boat?

And Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter has Focus Feature’s big festival announcement:

Oscar winner Ang Lee is reuniting with longtime collaborator James Schamus and Focus Features to direct his follow-up to "Brokeback Mountain," the espionage thriller "Lust, Caution." Set in World War II-era Shanghai, the Chinese-language film is expected to begin production this fall.

+ Cannes 2006.7: Shower… Crepes (Matt Dentler’s Blog)
+ In front of Cannes’ Majestic Hotel  — Tuesday, 5.16.06, 5:15 pm (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ Soccer Mad at Cannes (Risky Biz Blog)
+ Cannes backs Korean protest against cut in domestic film quota (Yonhap News)
+ Schmooze cruise (Guardian)
+ Lee’s future will include ‘Lust,’ WWII (Hollywood Reporter)

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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.

The-Craft

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.