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Odds: Thursday – Apocalypso.

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"You bet your ass, lady."
Allison Hope Weiner at Entertainment Weekly interviews ol’ Mel, whose expression of racist outburst sympathy for Michael Richards has him quoted on the news wires again. It is, regardless of what you think of Gibson of this point, as interesting a read as you’d expected from an interview with someone who sees fit to make a $40 million movie entirely in ancient Mayan:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: At one point there’s blood spraying from a man’s head. Some people might find it funny because of the old Monty Python bit: It’s just a flesh wound!

MEL GIBSON: [Laughs] You’re right. Did you ever see Annie Hall? Woody Allen is standing in a movie line, arguing. And Marshall McLuhan comes in and is like, ”Hi, I’m Marshall McLuhan,” and wins the debate for him. Then Woody turns to the camera and says, ”Boy, if life were only like this.” That was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. So I’m at a screening in New Mexico and I showed Apocalypto, and this lady puts up her hand and says, ”That blood spurting — come on, that is just so fake. It’s absolute rubbish.” And I’m thinking, ”Oh, s—, maybe she’s right.” And all of a sudden this guy from the back of the room says, ”Excuse me. I’m a doctor.” And he comes down and says: ”It’s the such-and-such artery, and it runs along the base of the temple, and that is exactly what would happen.” I looked at the lady and said to myself, ”You bet your ass, lady.”

We’re oddly charmed despite ourselves. At the Reverseblog, brevitytheenemy writes that the film is "by no means the grand folly we’d all hoped – which is not to say that it’s any good."

At Wired News, Jason Silverman complains that "Hollywood has all but stopped producing challenging sci-fi films like The Fountain. Instead, Tinseltown funnels more and more resources into mega-budget, formula-driven and generally mediocre superhero and fantasy films."

Via Jill Goldsmith, Michael Fleming and Ian Mohr at Variety, George Clooney will star in "White Jazz," an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel to be released by Warner Independent, and will direct "The Belmont Boys," which "follows seven thieves who first meet at the horse track and nearly pull off the job of a lifetime. They reunite 30 years later, to finish what they started."

Sara Vilkomerson at the New York Observer has the biiig "Dreamgirls" push.

Joe Queenan at the Guardian talks soundtracks and more incidental Woody Allen:

One of the most memorable scenes in Manhattan has Allen and Keaton gazing at one of the city’s amazing bridges in the small hours as Gershwin flows along in the background. Allen says: "This is just a great city. I don’t care what anybody says." Well, duh. But who is the "anybody" to whom Allen is referring? Who specifically doesn’t think New York is a great city? Osama bin Laden? The fact is, framing the Manhattan skyline at night with George Gershwin playing at top volume in the background is a cheap trick, like framing Big Ben at midnight with the entire population of Great Britain singing God Save the Queen, and then asking if anyone is unimpressed. Nobody needs Woody Allen to tell them what a great city New York is. Gershwin told them 50 years earlier.

And some lists before we go. By way of Fimoculous, The American lists the "10 Best Business Movies":

Barcelona
(Whit Stillman, director, 1994)
Two young Americans—a Navy officer and a sales executive for an Illinois company that makes motors—grapple with the sexual revolution and anti-Americanism in Spain. Ted Boynton (Taylor Nichols) just loves his job: "Like everyone, I’d seen Arthur Miller’s play [‘Death of a Salesman’], and, as a youth, had the usual deprecating attitude to business and sales. That changed when Professor Thompson’s business course convinced us that even the mundane world of business had its romance."

Also, The Remarketer has a list of top ten servers in movies — yes, computer servers. Hah! Oh, we hate ourselves.

Finally, Dave White at MSNBC has a list of substitutions for your typical holiday movie choices.

+ The Year of Living Dangerously (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Sneak Peek – APOCALYPTO (Reverseblog)
+ Hollywood Eats Sci-Fi’s Brains (Wired News)
+ Clooney finds partners in crime (Variety)
+ Dreamgirls Wakes Up (NY Observer)
+ Manhattan music mystery (Guardian)
+ 10 Best Business Movies (The American)
+ Servers in the Movies – Our Top Ten (The Remarketer)
+ The coolest Xmas movies you’ve never seen (MSNBC)

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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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.