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In the works: An auteur update.

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Trailers of the day: One for actress Sarah Polley‘s feature directorial debut "Away From Her," here. We caught the film at Sundance and thought it was just fine (review here), though we did hear others squealing about it.

And one for Chris Rock‘s second turn as a director and first as an indie director, "I Think I Love My Wife," here.


Francis Ford Coppola‘s next project after "Youth Without Youth" will be the somewhat autobiographically inspired "Tetro" — set in Argentina, the film will follow a fictionalized version of "what Coppola calls his ‘very unusual family,’ which has been populated by artists since his father’s generation." [Via the AP.]

Paul Verhoeven‘s next project may be a long-promised adaptation of Boris Akunin’s Russian historical crime novel "The Winter Queen."  Milla Jovovich is in talks to star in the film, which will be titled "Azazel." [Screen Daily, via Film Fatale.]

Johnny To‘s next project will also be his English-language debut (depending on how one defines that) — he’ll be taking over for John Woo as director of "The Red Circle," a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville‘s (fabulous) "Le Cercle Rouge." Casting challenge: Is anyone today anywhere near as pretty as Alain Delon was in 1970? [Via Variety.]

Gurinder Chadha‘s next project will be teen comedy "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging," a title that makes "Bend It Like Beckham" look positively comprehensible to the average American audience member. Her last film was Austen-goes-Bollywood effort "Bride & Prejudice." [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

Takeshi Kitano‘s next project will be "Kantoku – Banzai!," which, along the lines of last film, "Takeshis," will be very self-referential though also, apparently, a comedy. The film will star Kitano as a director named, natch, Kitano Takeshi, and has apparently already been shot on the sly. [Via Twitch.]


Samuel Goldwyn Films and Netflix’s Red Envelope Entertainment have picked up US rights for Julie Delpy‘s romantic comedy "2 Days in Paris." The film marks Delpy’s directorial debut; she also serves as its writer, editor, composer and star. The film is slated for a summer release. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

Milos Forman‘s "Goya’s Ghost," which stars Stellan Skarsgard as Spanish artist Francisco Goya and Natalie Portman as his muse, has also been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films for a summer release. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

The US rights to Spanish thriller "The Orphanage" have been acquired by Picturehouse. The film marks the feature debut of director J.A. Bayona, and is produced by Guillermo del Toro, whose "Pan’s Labyrinth" was also released here by Picturehouse. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

+ Trailer: Away From Her (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: I Think I Love My Wife (Apple)
+ Coppola announces new film project (AP)
+ Milla Jovovich: Verhoeven’s Russian Queen of Crime (Film Fatale)
+ Studio Canal plans Johnnie To’s English breakout (Variety)
+ Chadha tries ‘Snogging’ for Nick, PPI (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Kitano’s Back in The Saddle And – Not Surprisingly – As Unconventional As Ever (Twitch)

+ Goldwyn, Red Envelope prefer ‘Paris’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ "Goya’s Ghosts" haunting theaters in summer (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Picturehouse set to adopt ‘Orphanage’ (Hollywood Reporter)


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.