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“The reality is, that probably was a mistake.”

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"More Mick Jagger..."
The interesting interviews floating around this week.

Kaleem Aftab interviews Juliette Binoche in the Independent:

"When I shot with Kieslowski I lied to him because I didn’t see his films. But before we shot the film I saw them. There was once a time, I’d watch the films after working with the director, but now I always watch them before."

Mark Kermode (who declares "Pan’s Labyrinth" "the very best film of the year") talks to Guillermo Del Toro at the Observer:

‘The faun proved more difficult. The idea was to make him very masculine, not aggressively so, just sinuous. I remember talking to Doug Jones [who plays both the faun and the pale man] when he first started working on the role and saying, "More Mick Jagger, less David Bowie!" I wanted the faun to have a rock star quality. Everything about the faun and his personality needed to be masculine because you had to pit the female energy of the girl against something monolithic.’

George Ducker interviews our beloved David Gordon Green at The Believer:

BLVR: In All the Real Girls, there’s a scene of Paul Schneider’s character in a clown costume. He does a silly kind of dance for children at a hospital. At the end of the scene, he turns and looks dead into the camera—the music is still playing, people are still moving—but the scene fades out on Paul’s face, on his expression, which is very much like, “Haven’t you had enough of this? Can we just stop this for just a second?”

DGG: It’s a bold decision. People don’t even consider that an option.

BLVR: I thought about how that could be seen as a kind of mistake. I kept thinking about how mistakes become the finished product. How, when all is said and done, it becomes difficult to tell what’s intended in a finished cut from what’s not.

DGG: The reality is, that probably was a mistake. Like, I was talking to him while he was dancing and he just turned to the camera and had this kind of weird reaction to what I was saying. That’s what you find in the editing room. We all sit around and dig through the mistakes and incorporate a shitload of them.

Ryan Gilbey talks to Hugh Jackman at the Guardian:

"In the scenes with Christian in The Prestige, you could feel this hush descending over the entire soundstage. Everyone would get drawn in, no matter what they were doing. And then you know you’ve got it, you’ve transcended the words on the page, the marks on the floor." But even this doesn’t equal the thrill of theatre. "Nothing has ever really eclipsed for me those special moments. If I gave you my top 10 acting experiences, they’d all be on the stage."

Peter Howell chats with Albert Maysles about Scorsese‘s Rolling Stones doc (still untitled; Maysles is apparently pulling for "The Stones Keep Rolling") at the Toronto Star:

The Stones still shudder about Altamont. But they obviously don’t have any lingering bad vibes about Gimme Shelter, because both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were keen to have Maysles on board for the Beacon shoot.

"They both recommended that I be brought on," Maysles said proudly. "That was nice. We exchanged hugs as soon as we got to see each other. I’m 80 years old, so I think of them as pretty young guys (Jagger is 63 and Richards is 62)."

N.P. Thompson interviews Malcolm McDowell at The House Next Door:

When Arliss Howard was one of the guests last year at the Port Townsend Film Festival, he spoke a little bit about working with Stanley Kubrick on Full Metal Jacket. He mentioned that after the long shoot, with all its multiple takes, Kubrick told him, "You’re gonna miss me. You’ll have directors who’ll say, ‘We got it,’ and you know they didn’t." Does that, in any way, sound like the Kubrick you knew?

No, not really. Stanley went a little nuts, I think. He didn’t start the 1500 takes until The Shining. [Pause] I could see him saying it, actually. He and I had a complex relationship; he was the antithesis of Lindsay Anderson. A Jewish boy from the Bronx, Stanley was savvy in a street way whereas Lindsay, who was an Oxonian, trained in Greek and Latin, wasn’t. They were polar opposites and yet very great artists. What I consider great about Stanley is that he was fluid enough to go with whatever was on the set. He went with the humor that I brought to A Clockwork Orange. Dr. Strangelove was also written straight – it was originally meant to be a scary tale – until Peter Sellers got a hold of it; he made it a comedy and better than what was on the page.

Tom Charity speaks with director Anthony Minghella at the Telegraph:

"Walter Murch
told me a very brilliant thing one time," he says. "He said: ‘Don’t
keep talking about the movie you thought you were making, look at the
movie you have made.’ For a long time I thought it was a comedy idea. I
guess my pen doesn’t feel the weight of the comedy. I am quite
surprised by the melancholy. I didn’t feel melancholy when I was I
writing it, but now I see it very clearly."

Gayle MacDonald, talking with Emma Thompson at the Globe and Mail:

In 1992, she turned down the role played by Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, the steamy box office hit.

Not one to miss a beat, Thompson keenly observed that "Stone was shagging Michael Douglas like a donkey, and not an inch moved. If that had been me, there would have been things flying around hitting me in the eye."

And Daniel Nemet-Nejat interviews "Kurt Cobain: About A Son" director AJ Schnack at Nerve‘s Film Lounge:

He said at one point that punk rock saved him. What did he mean by that?
He says in the film that he grew up wanting to be a rock star, but that punk rock and, later, the musicians he was exposed to in Olympia, told him, "You don’t have to be a rock star. You can just make music. You don’t have to be this larger-than-life figure." He says finding punk rock saved him, but I also think it helped create this conflict in him over what he really wanted. Whether he wanted to aspire to what he had thought as a child or aspire to what he wanted after discovering punk rock and moving to Olympia — aspiring to more of a Sonic Youth level, somewhere where he could make it and have an audience and pay his rent and go on tour.

+ Juliette Binoche: Blond ambition (Independent)
+ ‘Pain should not be sought – but it should never be avoided’ (Observer)
+ David Gordon Green (Believer)
+ ‘Well, I am a big old ham …’ (Guardian)

+ Scorsese’s Last Waltz, Stones style (Toronto Star)
+ "Keep the Audience Awake!": An Interview with Malcolm McDowell (The House Next Door)
+ ‘I wanted to make a film about home’ (Telegraph)
+ No stranger to fiction (Globe and Mail)

+ The Man Behind the Grunge (Nerve Film Lounge)   

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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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A-O Rewind

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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WTF Films

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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