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Odds: Thursday – “Factory” gal, cyborg kisses.

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"Park Chan-wook has said that he hates male-female 'contact.'"
Trailers: One for Guy Ritchie-esque "Smokin’ Aces," from Joe Carnahan of "Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane," here. One for "Factory Girl," which features Sienna Miller in biopic hysterics and Guy Pearce doing Andy Warhol in the style of Kevin Spacey (it’s a little spooky) here.

Nicole Sperling at Hollywood Reporter writes that Peter Weir is in talks to direct a film based on Robert Kurson’s "Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Discovered Hitler’s Lost Sub."

"Shadow Divers" revolves around two of the world’s foremost deep-sea wreck divers who discover a sunken U-boat 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. Despite considerable danger, the young divers risk their lives in their obsession to identify the submarine over the period of six years.

Sundance will open with the world premiere of Brett Morgen‘s "Chicago 10," "a new documentary about the 1968 protests around the Democratic convention in Chicago," according to Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE.

Chosun Ilbo picks three of the season’s "Great Kisses." First up is one from Park Chan-wook‘s "I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay," which hasn’t opened yet in Korea:

In what seemed to be a response to the actors’ insistence, Park regularly yelled, “Make it stronger.” “The problem was not tuning up the levels right. The director wanted it devouringly strong,” Rain said. “Lim’s dentures should have been changed…” (The two characters engage in a kiss that ends up with their false teeth falling into the other’s mouth.) “Anyway you can confirm it for yourself in the movie,” the reverberations of the moment are still there. This is like no other kiss in the movies. But the kiss meant nothing more than a charge for Lim’s character, who thinks she is a cyborg.”

Well, it sounds interesting, at least.

Film Threat posts its annual "Frigid 50" list. After all these years, we still don’t have any idea what that means to them.

In the LA Weekly, Ella Taylor profiles Alan Bennett, the director of the rather good "The History Boys":

The History Boys is also wonderfully astute and tolerant of the nonchalantly homoerotic culture of the single-sex school. (The intensely private Bennett, who lives with his partner of 14 years, Rupert Thomas, a Condé Nast interior-design magazine editor 30 years younger than he is, only came out publicly in Untold Stories, which — after a bout with colon cancer that doctors gave him only a 50 percent chance of surviving — he thought would be published posthumously.) Just as Hector’s boys take his clumsy gropings in stride, we laughed our heads off, with the usual schoolgirl cocktail of fondness and cruelty, at the gym mistress who told us to turn round three times in the post-hockey shower, and watched avidly as we did. I don’t recall a single one of us who felt “violated.”

Steve Rose at the Guardian interviews/fears Isabelle Huppert. And Kevin Maher at the London Times talks to Barbara Broccoli, keeper of the Bond franchise.

Update: We put a link below but didn’t actually write anything about it — Stu‘s piece on the Village Voice that is and was is a great read, if very diplomatic. And Nathan Lee’s quote says more about life as a writer these days than anything else: "I’ve never had a staff position before. I’ve never had health benefits in my entire adult life. Dental care, health care, none of it. I have that now. So we can talk about the reputation of the New Times and the drama and the horror of the things they’ve done, but I have a job to do: I see movies and I write about them. For me it’s very simple, and for other people it’s not. I anticipate getting some flak for taking this job, but it’s just a job. I review movies. It’s what I do for a living."

+ Trailer: Smokin’ Aces (Apple)
+ Trailer: Factory Girl (Moviefone)
+ Weir dives into Fox’s ‘Shadow’ (HR)
+ PARK CITY ’07 | Morgen’s "Chicago 10" to Open 2007 Sundance Film Festival (indieWIRE)

+ The Season’s Great Movie Kisses (Chosun Ilbo)
+ FILM THREAT’S FRIGID 50: THE COLDEST PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD 2006 (Film Threat)
+ Apt Pupil (LA Weekly)
+ Unspeakable acts (Guardian)
+ How Bond got the kiss of life (London Times)
+ The Voice in the Wilderness
(The Reeler)

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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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SO EXCITED!!!

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.