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“The Women,” again, “The Eye,” again again.

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"Is that anyway to talk to me after all I've done for you?"
Trailers: One for "Backstage," starring Emmanuelle (wife of Roman Polanski) Seigner as a singer and Isild Le Besco (of "À tout de suite") as a fan who gets pulled into her life, here. We missed it at Tribeca but heard good-ish things. And one for "The Aura," from the late Fabián Bielinsky ("Nine Queens") and starring Ricardo Darín, here.

Via Gregg Goldstein of the Hollywood Reporter, Picturehouse has picked up the US rights to a remake of George Cukor‘s "The Women." Diane English will write and direct, Meg Ryan is in talks to star:

English described George Cukor’s original 1939 film adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce‘s all-female comedy as "a poison pen letter to society women." She added, "My version is more of a love letter."

Oh, please. Oddly, Mick Jagger is one of the film’s producers.

This is a little old, but hell, we’ve been busy: Tsui Hark will direct the third film in "The Eye" series, with Peter Chan producing (via The Little Film Company). A US remake of the original "The Eye" is supposedly going to star Jessica Alba, but given the Paramount shake-up, who know what will become of it.

Other quick news: "Organizers of an evangelical summer camp for children featured in the documentary ‘Jesus Camp’ are discontinuing the camp because of negative reaction sparked by the film and recent vandalism at the camp site in Devils Lake, North Dakota." Via Reuters.

Dorian Lynskey at the Guardian explains who Chris Cornell is and why he’s not such a bad choice to sing the new Bond theme song:

Before Cornell’s name was made public, internet buzz favoured Goldfrapp, some of whose songs already sound like Bond themes, but the Broccolis never steer too far from the middle of the road. Back in 1995, when the hip choice would have been professional John Barry fans Portishead, the honour went to Tina Turner. Any desire for sonic risk-taking was surely extinguished last time around by Madonna‘s Die Another Day. Accurately dubbed "the worst Bond theme ever" by Elton John, this baffling electro-pop folly had roughly as much to do with James Bond as it did with seal-clubbing or the treaty of Versailles.

According to BBC News, "The Nativity Story," which tells the, well, story of the nativity, will have its world premiere at the Vatican: "Italian distributors Eagle Pictures said Catholic officials had approved the ‘faithful retelling of the Scriptures.’" The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke of "Thirteen" and stars "Whale Rider"’s Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary. Castle-Hughes is, of course, about to become a teen mother.

And, via Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post, Ed Bradley, ever our favorite "60 Minutes" correspondent, passed away of leukemia today at age 65. Bradley occasionally covered film and conducted some measured and intelligent interviews with various prickly celebrities; over the course of his career, he was awarded 19 Emmys.

+ Trailer: Backstage (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: The Aura (Yahoo)
+ Picturehouse finds room for remake of ‘Women’ (HR)
+ Evangelical summer camp shown in film to end (Reuters)
+ Bond producers gamble on the theme tune (Guardian)
+ Vatican opening for Nativity film (BBC)
+ Ed Bradley of ’60 Minutes’ Dies at 65 (Washington Post)


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.