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A kind of love story.

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"My relationship with my wife is not like this."
Once more around on the guitar…er, we mean interview circuit.

Drew Barrymore talks break-ups, rom-coms and, more importantly, her role in the narrative adaptation of "Grey Gardens" with New York‘s Logan Hill:

“You know, love stories can come in so many different forms,” she says. “I love Harold and Maude and Paper Moon. One of the greatest love stories I’ve ever seen is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. It’s between two men, but I defy you not to get choked up at the end. I even think that Big Edie and Little Edie have a kind of love story. It is a love story,” she stresses. “It is.”

Nuri Bilge Ceylan discusses "Climates" with Jonathan Romney at the Independent:

There’s a long tradition of male film-makers making lyrical, obsessive
films about their real-life partners, but few have exposed their
domestic life to conjecture quite as teasingly as Ceylan does in
Climates. Still, the director insists that Climates is not about him
and Ebru. "Of course, I have painful memories from many relationships –
they left a mark on me, and those marks made me make this movie. But my
relationship with my wife is not like this." The material for Climates,
he says, came from other relationships, a previous marriage and the
lives of friends.

At MTV, Doug Jones, the body behind "Pan’s Labyrinth"‘s creaking faun and lurching ogre, talks with Larry Carroll about his roles in "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army," also being directed by Guillermo Del Toro:

"I’m not just playing Abe Sapien in this second film — I’m doing three other smaller characters that are otherworldly and heavily made-up beyond recognition," Jones revealed. "My favorite one is called the Angel of Death — it’s another eyeless thing [like Pale Man] with huge wings, and he’s got a weird little ribcage. He’s beautiful. I’m going into my fittings this week."

Larry King, blurb whore, is interviewed by Patrick Goldstein over at the LA Times:

King makes no apologies for the way studios use his name to sell tickets. "Do you really think people think Larry King is a movie critic?" he asks. "Come on! I’m the guy on CNN who liked the movie. I mean, after Roger Ebert, how many film critics could I even name? Joe Morgenstern. The guy with you. [The New York Post’s] Lou Lumenick. [The New York Times’] A.O. Scott. I mean, how many people in Dubuque, Iowa, know any of those guys?"

We suppose everyone needs a niche in life. The above paragraph is followed by an anecdote from Morgenstern about King’s taking cell phone calls in the middle of a screening — high-larious.

Abderrahmane Sissako, whose "Bamako" opens in New York tomorrow (our New York Film Festival review is here), talks to Dennis Lim at the New York Times:

Mr. Sissako recalled the advice of an old friend, a Malian judge: “He told me, ‘Don’t think this film will change anything. But you have to make it. Perhaps then they will know that we know.’ ”

And "Hot Fuzz" director Edgar Wright (last of "Shaun of the Dead") gets all fanboy with Sam Ashurst at Total Film:

So, if Hot Fuzz had a message what would it be?
Halfway through the film, Nick Frost’s character shows Simon [Pegg]’s character a double-bill of Point Break and Bad Boys 2 in answer to the fact that Simon’s character is job drunk – completely obsessed with the job – he finds it unable to switch off his brain, and it’s affected his social life, it’s affected his relationship. Danny’s prescription for that is to show him Point Break and Bad Boys 2, so essentially the message of the film is, you know what? Sometimes it’s nice to just switch off your brain and enjoy some dumb fun.

+ Hopeful Romantic (New York)
+ Nuri Bilge Ceylan: The action man (Independent)
+’Pan’s Labyrinth’ Duo Use Oscar Clout To Make ‘Hellboy 2’ Their Way (MTV)
+ King of the blurbs (LA Times)
+ One Angry African Puts Big Money on Trial (NY Times)
+ Edgar Wright talks Hot Fuzz with Total Film  (Total Film)

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.