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Odds: Tuesday – Festivals, films, what else?

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Yesterday it announced that Brian De Palma‘s "The Black Dahlia" will premiere at Venice (via the AP). The full program will be announced later in the week. And Toronto continues to trickle out pieces of their program; they just announced the line-up for their Midnight Madness program. And it’s…a hell of a midnight program: The world premieres of "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" and Weta Workshopped New Zealand black comedy "Black Sheep," and the North American premieres of dark Danish animated film "Princess" and Bong Joon-ho‘s hotly anticipated Korean monster movie "The Host" are among the selections.

Speaking of the latter, star Song Kang-ho settles for a short Q&A at Chosun Ilbo before the film’s Korean theatrical premiere on the 27th:

Apparently you had qualms accepting the part even though Bong Joon-ho had directed you in "Memories of Murder" before?

I wouldn’t have appeared in the film if Bong hadn’t been the director, because I don’t like monster movies. When I first read the script at the planning stage, I wanted to refuse for the same reason I wanted to accept. The work felt unfamiliar and strange. That was the appeal of the movie for me.

At the Australian, Sandy George writes that "Jindabyne," the latest film from director Ray Lawrence of "Lantana," has "sold more cinema tickets on its opening weekend than any other Australian film this year…Per screen, the film earned $13,436, more than any Australian film since Lawrence’s previous film ‘Lantana’ in 2001."

The Guardian announces that Guy Ritchie‘s doing another gangster movie, which is almost retro-chic at this point. "The British film-maker is to direct ‘Static,’ the story of a wrongly imprisoned gangster who must testify against the bent cops who put him behind bars. Standing in the way to the courthouse, however, is an assortment of crooked policemen and rival criminals who’d rather he shut up." Ritchie’s last film, "Revolver," opened to brutal reviews in the UK and has no current prospects for US distribution.

The AP reports that Bruce Lee‘s family is planning to produce a film on the late martial arts star: "The Chinese news Web site Sina.com reported Sunday that Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow of "Shaolin Soccer" fame is a likely lead actor and that the film is budgeted at $12.5 million, with filming possibly to start early next year."

Empire notes that Elisha Cuthbert has been cast to star in the "My Sassy Girl" remake, now being directed by Yann Samuell of the actually quite appropriately sadistic "Love Me If You Dare," which we find ourselves mysteriously mentioning twice in a row after not having thought about it since we first saw it ages ago.

In the New York Times Magazine, John Hodgman pays a long visit to the set of the Pang brothers first US film, "The Messengers," then muses about the changing nature of horror films:

Much hay has been made about the connection between the headiness of the horror market these days and the national mood after 9/11. And it is true that, between unrelenting natural disasters and the war on terror, we are feeling pretty jumpy. The last time we were this existentially freaked out as a nation was directly after Vietnam, when [Sam] Raimi and his colleagues were rewriting the rules of horror. Curiously, though, Hollywood’s remakes of those very films often turn them upside down: where the cannibal clan in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was a subversive distortion of the classic American family, its remake is not grueling but comforting, drenched in the sheen of big budgets and nostalgia. With few exceptions, we have given over the real scary questions to those who were not born here: Do you need to be threatened with certain death in order to at last appreciate life ("Saw")? Why go on living once your entire family has been killed ("The Hills Have Eyes")?

Perhaps because it is so difficult to face, we seem to be off-shoring our deepest fear, the creeping terror of the day: despite our rare and unusual power, what if we cannot stop the evil? What if we can’t win?

And at the Boston Globe, Don Aucoin wonders about the "terribly postmodern, and all terribly confusing" trend of remaking fairy tales with the villains as the good guys.


+ ‘Black Dahlia’ to open Venice film festival
(AP)
+ Prepare For Insomnia With The Return Of Midnight Madness (TIFF Official Site)
+ Song Kang-ho Conquers Fear of Monsters (Chosun Ilbo)
+ Local drama opens with strong showing (The Australian)
+ Ritchie continues criminal career (Guardian)
+ Kin plan to produce Bruce Lee bio-pic (AP)
+ Elisha Cuthbert Is My Sassy Girl (Empire)
+ The Haunting (NY Times Magazine)
+ Wicked makeovers (Boston Globe)

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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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.

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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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