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“She looks just like me…only…not crazy.”

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Trailer of the day: For Karen Moncrieff‘s "The Dead Girl," which scooped a surprising amount of ISA nominations (including Best Feature), here. Oh, Brittany Murphy.

In the works:

At Variety, Gabriel Snyder reports that David Gordon Green (♥!) is set to direct comedy "The Pineapple Express," which will star Seth Rogen and James Franco (additional "Freaks and Geeks" connection: Judd Apatow is one of the producers):

"This project is an opportunity to plant an absurd buddy comedy in a rough-and-tumble action movie," Green said. "I’ve always been a sucker for the genre and hungry to fire up a comedy where characters don’t get lost in their own concept."

Empire reports that first-timer Jonathan Ogilvie will direct Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne in "The Tender Hook," "a 1920s film noir that follows a young woman’s rise within a love and power struggle set in the world of boxing."

Scott Roxborough at the Hollywood Reporter notes that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American rights to "Vitus," Switzerland’s official selection for the foreign-language film Oscar and the winner of the AFI Fest audience award for best feature. In older news, Brian Brooks at indieWIRE writes that Magnolia Pictures has rescued Wisit Sasanatieng‘s 2001 Cannes feature "Tears of The Black Tiger" from the Miramax shelf: "Described as a ‘pad thai’ Western, the film is the story of a handsome bandit who is in love with a high society sweetheart whose father is trying to keep them apart."

Mack at Twitch has some of Tartan’s 2007 theatrical release line-up: "The Page Turner," "Triad Election," "Princess," "12:08 East of Bucharest" and "Taxidermia" are on the list. Steven Zeitchik reports that Morgan Spurlock‘s distribution label Morgan Spurlock Presents "has bought Independent Spirit nominee ‘Chalk’ and tsunami doc ‘The Third Wave’ with plans to release them theatrically next year. It also has picked up education-themed doc ‘Class Act’ for homevid."

At MTV, Larry Carroll talks to Richard Linklater about the quiet epic he’s been working on for the past few years:

"I’m in my fifth year of a 12-year project," the "Fast Food Nation" director said recently about the ambitious project he and his small crew have been calling "The 12-Year Movie" or "Boyhood." It’s a flick that could turn out to be unlike anything ever attempted before — and at a time when people are chronicling their own daily decay with YouTube montages, Linklater is aiming to depict the stages of life even more vividly.

Every year, Linklater has a quasi-family reunion with aging A-listers Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette and, along with a skeleton crew of behind-the-scenes loyalists, shoots scenes that will someday be pasted together to create an exploration into adolescence. Alongside young actor Ellar Salmon (who is briefly glimpsed in "Nation"), the group gets together annually to film Linklater’s script about a troubled young boy who will eventually grow into a college freshman.

+ Trailer: The Dead Girl (Moviefone)
+ Columbia plucks ‘Pineapple’ (Variety)
+ Hugo Weaving Has The Tender Hook (Empire)
+ Sony Classics picks up Swiss drama (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Magnolia Pictures Takes US Rights to "Tears of the Black Tiger" (indieWIRE)
+ Tartan 2007 theatrical schedule announced (Twitch)
+ Spurlock label acquires pics (Variety)
+ Got Plans For 2013? Check Out Richard Linklater’s ’12-Year Movie’ (MTV)

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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.