In the works: An auteur update.

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Julie Christie.
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)


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…


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. 


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.


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?”


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).



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.


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


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.


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.


Forget Public Wifi

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



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.


Self Defense

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


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