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“The Fountain” of publicity.

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"I'm tap-dancing here trying to entertain you."
A friend of ours who attended the Darren Aronofsky talk presented by indieWIRE at the Soho Apple store last week thought the director sounded more than a little uncertain about the upcoming theatrical release of "The Fountain," even breaking its appeal down by demographic for the crowd. Well, fair enough. "The Fountain" was booed at Venice (though beloved at Comic-Con), and it is his passion project. Hence, he’s out gamely peddling it to anyone who’ll sit still with a tape recorder. Notable examples:

Being a geek with Capone at Ain’t It Cool:

DA: You’re Capone, huh?

C: That’s me.

DA: How long have you been writing now?

C: Eight years, actually.

DA: Oh, wow. Congratulations! I went down to the Fantastic Fest. I had a good time.

C: Oh good. That’s right, ‘cause the movie was there, that’s right.

DA: I got to meet Harry, which was very cool. He’s like a rock star, man.

C: At that event, he sure is.

DA: No, not even that, but the way he…the whole look. He’s got the whole look and everything. He’s got it down.

Being a hometown boy for Sara Lieberman at the New York Post:

"I grew up in Coney Island, riding the Cyclone," he says. "And that’s how I want my movies to feel, as if you just rode a roller coaster."

Being an Ivy Leaguer for Pierpaolo Barbieri at the Harvard Crimson:

THC: Your movie is very interdisciplinary: it has biology, philosophy, history, romance… being a Harvard grad, how do you feel about the liberal arts?

DA: Well, that’s a question! I liked it, I enjoyed them during my time at Harvard. Do they still have the Core?

THC: Yes.

DA: Did you have to take Science A, and Science B?

THC: Indeed. So terrible.

Discussing his romance with Rachel Weisz with Paul Cullum at the LA Times:

Not surprisingly, Aronofsky thinks Weisz is "spectacular in the film."

"The way she looks and the way she captures that timelessness, her beauty. What I like about Rachel is her complexity. Like a diamond, there are so many different facets to her."

And with Donna Freydkin at USA Today:

Aronofsky…likens [Weisz] to "a good gumbo or chili — a cauldron of boiling emotions. She’s a very beautiful woman. She’s never had any of that plastic surgery or stuff, and I don’t think she ever would."

Elsewhere, Weisz does a solo interview (left over from Toronto) with Ruthe Stein at the San Francisco Chronicle ("’I love breast feeding,’ Weisz proclaims. ‘There’s such a great connection between my child and me. It also burns 500 calories, which is a nice side effect.’), while Hugh Jackman talks to Devin Faraci at CHUD (he discusses pushing Aronofsky into a pool). And at New York, Michael Idov has a feature on the film from start to stop to start to finish:

"Look, in the last twenty minutes of the movie, I have this Buddha guy floating to a dying star in a bubble. The music, the battle noises, the effects are going crazy. I’m naked.” Darren Aronofsky, the director, is furiously mixing metaphors in a Brighton Beach pizzeria. “All my chips are in the pot. I’m tap-dancing here trying to entertain you… ”

Ah, we wish you well, Mr. Aronofsky. The film opens tomorrow.

Update: Aronofsky also did a long, interesting interview with Tasha Robinson at the Onion AV Club.

+ Capone and Darren Aronofsky discuss THE FOUNTAIN!!! (AICN)
+ Alum Aronofsky Spills a ‘Fountain’ of Advice (Harvard Crimson)
+ Collapsing worlds (LA Times)
+ Weisz, Aronofsky put relationship to work (USA Today)
+ Weisz Takes Plunge Into Sci-Fi Romance (SF Chronicle)
+ Pi in the Sky (New York)
+ Darren Aronofsky (Onion AV Club)


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.