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“Not a cliché left unturned!”

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"I like my men at my feet."At the Observer, Cate Blanchett talks to Mark Salisbury, but mostly speaks for herself:

I’m Not There [about Bob Dylan‘s life] explores different pockets of a man who refused to be categorised. I have always loved his music, but I’m terrified about this because I am besotted. I watch the press conference he gave in San Francisco in 1965, or whenever it was, and just think, ‘I love you.’ The worst thing an actor can do is fall in love with someone they’re about to portray, but I’m not playing him – my character is called Jude. It’s a riff on who Bob Dylan could possibly be. When I saw the script I thought, ‘This is so out there I can’t run away from this.’

John Clark chats John Cleese up about "A Fish Called Wanda" at the San Francisco Chronicle:

Q: And was this a chance to write about Americans?

A: Yes. And I married three of them. The last one has lasted 142 years — actually, 18 years. I used to feel that we (British and Americans) needed each other. We needed your can-do and enthusiasm, and you needed our skepticism and irony and analysis. I thought the two put together produced a rather good human being. I think the English have gotten so obsessed with money now that we no longer provide the counterbalance to your culture, which has always been obsessed with money and getting worse.

Robert De Niro is interviewed (barely, as many others before us have pointed out) by Belinda Luscombe at Time about "The Good Shepherd":

Did the CIA ask you not to put stuff in?

No, they were very helpful.

Did you have Martin Scorsese on speed dial?

From time to time I talked to Marty about certain things, yes. [Laughs]

Why such a long time between directing stints?

I was working on this for eight years. And I wasn’t offered much, actually.

Kaori Shoji at the Japan Times interviews Agnieszka Holland about "Copying Wighoven…er, Beethoven":

"I’ve always tried to reach a wide audience," said Holland in an interview during the Tokyo International Film Festival. "And I wanted this film to appeal to people who had never heard of Beethoven, much less the Ninth Symphony."

McG declares his Serious Director intentions again to Mark Olsen at the New York Times:

“I just want to let [‘We Are Marshall’] speak for itself,” McG said. “It’s funny to be known as a pop culture, high-energy guy that’s always in a good mood, when I’m mentally ill. Don’t act like I’m Mr. Jacuzzi and girls in bikinis and Hollywood. That’s not who I am.”

Peter O’Toole talks to Rachel Abramowitz at the LA Times:

On their off days [from "Lawrence of Arabia"], "Omar Sharif and I, we would vanish to Beirut." He sighs. "In the better days." In those days, Beirut was the glamorous playground of the Middle East. "Beautiful." He says sadly. "Poor Beirut. Poor Lebanon. Poor Middle East."

The pair spent their breaks visiting the "fleshpots as one now calls them." He appears to be referring to brothels. He says that whenever people ask Sharif, a close friend, what he remembers most of the shoot, "he always says fleshpots. But for me it was wonderful. One never was used to that heat and the aridity. The nothingness. It isn’t pretty sand; it is just nothing, grit. Flat."

We can’t decide what’s better — that he told that story at all, or that he suggests anyone alive today would actually use the term "fleshpots," which is so terribly Mr. Burns of him: "I’ll take two pounds of Bristol’s Toffee. Oh, and don’t wrap it too tightly. I’m hungry now."

Park Chan-wook shares a few words about "I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay" with Kim Tae-jong at the Korea Times:

"This is a love story between patients, not between a patient and a doctor. A doctor tries to cure a patient, but the patient just understands diseases that other patients have. Il-sun loves Young-gyun as she is, along with her illusion and fantasy. I think love is something that makes you love problems that your loved one has even though you can’t fix them,’’ Park said.

Alan Parker talks to Sheila Johnston about "Bugsy Malone" (now 30 years old!) at the Telegraph:

"Francis Coppola said to me once that it’s the kind of thing you only do at the beginning of a career when you’re incredibly naive. Its frivolous nature is so not what I would think of doing now. When there are retrospectives of my work, I’ve always said, ‘Oh don’t put Bugsy in it.’ It didn’t represent who I thought I was as a filmmaker."

And over at the Washington Post, Steven Spielberg talks to William Booth:

Q: But for the big movies, for action-adventure films like "War of the Worlds" or the next installment of the "Indiana Jones" franchise, have you cracked the code? Meaning, if Steven Spielberg makes this movie, then boy, we will print money.

A: All of us think we’ve cracked the code until the moment we fail.

Q: The director Stanley Kubrick thought you had. I read that Kubrick would call, collect, from his estate in England to ask why one film or another was a blockbuster or a flop.

A: He would never call collect. But Kubrick did keep calling. He thought I had a crystal ball, and I spent years trying to convince him I did not. So whenever one of my films came out and failed, like "Empire of the Sun" [1987, about a British boy in a WWII Japanese internment camp], I’d phone and say why the heck did I make that one? Stanley and I used to laugh about that. After a couple of back-to-back successes, I thought I knew something. There are trends. You follow it until the public grows tired of it. It doesn’t take a crystal ball to know the public will go to see a "Harry Potter" sequel or that the second "Pirates of the Caribbean" will make more money than the first.

+ And for my next role (Observer)
+ SPEAKING OF DVDS: JOHN CLEESE (SF Chronicle)
+ Yeah, I’m Talkin’ To You (Time)
+ Journey into the mind of a musical genius (Japan Times)
+ The Full-Throttle Flash Guy Is Gone (Cue Violins) (NY Times)
+ ‘I am human. All too bloody human.’ (LA Times)
+ ‘Mr. Vengeance’ Back for Romance (Korea Times)
+ It’s The Godfather – with splurge guns (Telegraph)
+ Steven Spielberg & the Next Crusade (Washington Post)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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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…