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In the works: Inside…Men? Also Scorsese, Stone.

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Leslie Cheung.
Empire reports that Spike Lee is working on a sequel to "Inside Man," a film that’s totally making our year-end best of list:

Lee is in negotiations to direct, but is already working with the original film’s writer Russell Gerwitz. Plot details are currently under wraps and it’s not known whether stars Jodie Foster, Clive Owen and Denzel Washington will return.

Via Mark Brown at the Guardian, Martin Scorsese began shooting a doc about the Rolling Stones this week. Though "[n]obody connected to the project will yet talk about it publicly," Brown gathers a few facts:

It has been estimated that Scorsese and his crew will shoot more than half a million feet of film at the Beacon gigs, and, according to the industry magazine Screen International, the director is using award-winning directors of photography. Among the top names are Mitch Amundsen of Mission Impossible 3, Stuart Dryburgh of The Piano, and Robert Elswit of Good Night And Good Luck.

The man Scorsese is using to work on the backstage footage is a legend in his own right. Albert Maysles was, with his brother David, behind the landmark documentary Gimme Shelter about the Rolling Stones’ free concert at Altamont Speedway in December 1969.

Reuters reports that Oliver Stone will make a short film about Beijing to air ahead of the 2008 Olympics:

The five-minute film would form a "promotional video for cultural exchange between Beijing and the world" and be shown on television, in cinemas and on aircraft in China and abroad, the organizers said in a statement.

Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter writes that "Robert De Niro and 50 Cent are in final negotiations to co-star in ‘New Orleans,’ a police thriller set to be directed by Tim Hunter." It would be funnier if Mr. Cent were making tackier acting choices than Irwin Winkler and Jim Sheridan films; as is, we can kind of see it working out well.

KFCC notes that the remakes rights to "The Host" have been sold to Universal; Asian film remake kings Vertigo Entertainment will produce. No cast or crew yet. And via Todd at Twitch, it looks like Wong Kar Wai‘s next project will involve revisiting an old one:

…a reworking of his martial arts piece Ashes of Time with Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung. One of WKW’s more sought after titles, due at least in part to the complete lack of any acceptable DVD release anywhere in the world, there have long been rumors circulating that Wong was planning on revisiting the film, re-editing it for clarity as well as remastering and restoring it, with the assumption being that it would be a new edition primed for a DVD release. Well, the rumors are true but it looks as though the plans may be somewhat more significant than that with Fortissimo Films making the Ashes of Time – Redux a late addition to their AFM slate, meaning if they can find a buyer bold enough to do it this could very well see a fresh theatrical release as well.

Victoria Laurie at The Australian reports that "Baz Luhrmann has extracted $500,000 from the West Australian Government in exchange for filming his next epic on the sweeping grass plains of the Kimberley." That would be for Hugh Jackman/Nicole Kidman sweeping historical saga, we presume. And closer to (but not quite) home, David Cronenberg defends the arts in Canada and abroad. According to Gayle Macdonald in the Globe and Mail, he wrote an angry letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper after government trimming of the "Foreign Affairs public diplomacy budget":

"I had a look at the press release and when I read they were trimming the fat and refocusing the spending on the priorities of Canadians, it made me crazy," said the director, who is in Britain working on a film. [Must be "Eastern Promises," yes?]

"There is always this idea that the arts are superficial, kind of frivolous. The notion that they are fat to be trimmed from the body politic makes me nuts. And, well, as you know, I’m always sensitive to the body metaphors."


+ Inside Man Sequel In The Works (Empire)
+ Rolling … Scorsese to direct documentary on the Stones (Guardian)
+ Oliver Stone to shoot short film for Beijing 2008 (Reuters)
+ De Niro, 50 Cent explore ‘New Orleans’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ "The Host" Remake Rights Sold (KFCC)
+ The Rumors Are True! Wong Kar Wai’s Next Project Is… (Twitch)
+ Baz gets $500K to film the outback (The Australian)


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.