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

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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)

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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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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.


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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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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