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You childhood will eat itself: The Return.

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"A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist."Continued from last year, in which we spent far too much time fantasy casting a "Thundercats" adaptation (we’re still drumming our nails over that inevitable announcement).

In the Hollywood Reporter today, word that the Weinstein Co. is going forward with a "Knight Rider" motion picture (to begin production next year), with the following quote from show creator Glen A. Larson:

The project had previously been in development at Revolution Studios.
Larson has bandied about the project for years. "A number of people
wanted to do a pure comedic send-up of it, but I always felt that would
throw away the franchise," he said. "There was always some humor on the
show, but this film will probably have more gallows, foxhole humor."

At the LA Times‘ summer movie section, Michael Mann talks "Miami Vice" with Robert W. Welkos, and expresses similar intentions with his 80s adaptation:

Mann’s latest film is based on the "MTV-style" cops series "Miami Vice" that he executive produced in the 1980s. But he stresses that his new film won’t be a rehash of the Crockett-and-Tubbs buddy series that captivated TV viewers two decades ago. Don’t expect pastel cityscapes and undercover cops dressed in Armani jackets over T-shirts. "We wanted to do ‘Miami Vice’ as if it never existed before, do it for real," he says.

"The way Michael Mann wanted to do it, he made it heavier, darker," [star Jamie] Foxx says. "You don’t really pay attention to the clothes. Actually, a lot of the movie was shot at night."

So, given our currently sociopolitical climate, one would think we’re about primed for an unironic, superviolent summer flick about a team of war-vet mercenaries who travel around slaying bad guys on behalf of those in need (unappreciated and misunderstood by their own government, though ultimately they’re most patriotic of them all). And yet…the "A-Team" movie sits stagnant. Tell us it wouldn’t be perfect — it could put that part in "The Patriot" where Mel Gibson gores the evil English colonel’s horse with the American flag to shame.

(On that note, novelist Andrew Klavan has a supremely disturbing editorial in the LA Times calling for more of the "America, Fuck Yeah"-type films of the mid-1940s:

We need some films celebrating the war against Islamo-fascism in Afghanistan and Iraq — and in Iran as well, if and when that becomes necessary. We need films like those that were made during World War II, films such as 1943’s "Sahara" and "Action in the North Atlantic," or "The Fighting Seabees" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," which were released in 1944.

Not all of these were great films, or even good ones, but their patriotic tributes to our fighting forces inspired the nation.

More than that, they reminded the country what exactly it was that those forces were fighting to defend. Though many of these pictures now seem almost hilariously free with racist tirades against "sauerkrauts," and "eyeties" and "Tojo and his bug-eyed monkeys," they were also carefully constructed to display American life at its open-minded and inclusive best.

We made it halfway through before we figured out he wasn’t kidding in his call for propaganda and had to start over again.)

Film Force points out more announcement on the cast of the "Transformers" film (Jon Voight? John Turturro?!). Cinematical‘s Mark Beall, talking to Brian Henson, gets updates on the "Fraggle Rock" movie, the "Dark Crystal" sequel, and discussions of a follow-up to "Labyrinth."

And at Wired, Rob Levine talks to 80s cult figure-turned-melancholy soundtrack maestro Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo:

Much of Mothersbaugh’s most inventive work appears in the movies of Wes Anderson. The director is obsessed with music, and the two often spend hours together listening to stylistic models before Mothersbaugh composes a note. For "Rushmore," it was the baroque strains of Vivaldi; for "The Royal Tenenbaums," French impressionists like Debussy. These days, they’re listening to Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in preparation for Anderson’s next production, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s "Fantastic Mr. Fox." "It’s a dark story," Mothersbaugh says. "There’s a lot of flesh eating involved."

+ Weinstein Co. gears up for ‘Knight Rider’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Time for a new ‘Vice’ (LA Times)
+ Draft Hollywood (LA Times)
+ Transformers Cast Confirmed (Film Force)
+ Brian Henson Talks Dark Crystal 2, Fraggle Rock, and Labyrinth 2?! (Cinematical)
+ Devo Is Dead. Long Live Devo. (Wired)

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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.