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In the works: Errol Morris on Abu Ghraib, Mayles on “Grey Gardens,” again.

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Via Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter, Errol Morris is making a doc about Abu Ghraib:

The film will examine the infamous abuse and torture of inmates held as suspected terrorists in the Iraqi prison located 20 miles (32 kilometres) west of Baghdad. The scandal was revealed in 2004 when photos of inmates being tortured were published around the world.

Sony Picture Classics will distribute.

Via Christine Kearney at Reuters, Edith and Little Edie are big fashion icons on the drag scene at the moment. Also, Albert Maysles will make a film documenting the making of the "Grey Gardens" musical.

Via Coming Soon, the Weinstein Company has picked up "My Enemy’s Enemy," a doc from "Last King of Scotland" director Kevin Macdonald:

My Enemy’s Enemy is an uncompromising, troubling and provocative journey into the history of Klaus Barbie, also known as "The Butcher of Lyon," the former Gestapo commander who terrorized Lyon and the surrounding region from November 1942 to August 1944. The film follows Barbie as he turns from Nazi war criminal to American counter-intelligence officer working for the very nations that once pursued him. This dark voyage, rife with government conspiracy and bloodshed, culminates in Barbie’s infamous 1987 trial when he is finally forced to face justice for his role as a perpetrator of Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’.

Also via Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter, Lindsay Lohan will join the long line of troubled starlets playing troubled Tennessee Williams heroines — she’ll star in "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," based on a long-forgotten Williams screenplay. Chris Evans, David Strathairn and Ellen Burstyn are also attached. In other drunken waifling casting news, Mischa Barton will star in a contemporary re-telling of "Alice in Wonderland" entitled (wait for it) "Malice In Sunderland." Simon Fellows will direct. Via Empire.

Louise Jury at the Independent notes that Paul McGann and Richard E Grant of "Withnail and I" will be reunited on-screen in a short film, "Always Crashing In The Same Car."

Update: One more: KFCC reports most excitingly that Strand Releasing has picked up Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s "Syndromes And A Century" and Tsai Ming-liang‘s "I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone."

+ Abu Ghraib movie planned (HR)
+ Jackie O’s quirky kin subject of musical, movie (Reuters)
+ Weinsteins Acquire My Enemy’s Enemy (Coming Soon)
+ Obscure "Diamond" sparkles for Lindsay Lohan (HR)
+ Mischa Barton’s Malice In Sunderland (Empire)
+ After 20 years, ‘Withnail and I’ stars are reunited on screen (Independent)
+ Strand Releasing buys new films by Weerasethakul and Ming-liang (KFCC)


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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.”


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. 


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.