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ReDeparted, and it feels so good.

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"My father always says 'what goes around comes around.'"
As Variety reported on Tuesday, William Monahan, the screenwriter behind "The Departed," has…thought about writing a sequel. He might even be working on one. As it’s rather quiet out, this tentative news has set the world abuzz about how one would put together a sequel to a film that (spoilers!) killed off its main characters. "Infernal Affairs," the Hong Kong film from which "The Departed" was adapted, did stretch on to parts 2 and 3 (to diminishing returns) by taking first the prequel route and then revisiting the events of the first installment. In the LA Times’ Scriptland column, Jay A. Fernandez does some digging:

According to the sources, Monahan is not taking the prequel route and is instead developing a wholly original continuation of the story. Best supporting actor nominee Mark Wahlberg recently told MTV that the filmmakers have discussed bringing in Scorsese‘s classic gangster muse Robert De Niro to play a role. That said, it’s unclear how involved Scorsese is at this point, or whether he would take part in any sequel.

Really, we don’t see how the sequel couldn’t follow the Vera Farmiga character’s unborn child, now an adult in near-future Boston battling crime on a flying skateboard and angsting over whether his father was a cop pretending to be a gangster or a gangster pretending to be a cop — see that? Duality. Call us, Marty!

In other biz news, Dan Bell at the Guardian writes that DreamWorks is ending its partnership with Aardman Animation after heavy losses from their latest film, "Flushed Away," and earlier losses on the Oscar-winning "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit." Aardman’s spokesman has essentially said they’re at peace with being too British for the international market; Dreamworks will, we presume, go on churning out cheap CG films featuring talking animals singing the songs of The Monkees.

In the works:

Julian Jarrold (late of "Kinky Boots") will begin shooting a movie version of "Brideshead Revisited" this spring. Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly were originally set to star, but are no longer attached to the project — new casting has yet to be confirmed. Jeremy Irons and Diana Quick starred in the supremely classy and definitive 1981 miniseries adaptation. (Via Adam Dawtrey at Variety.)

Patrick Creadon and Christine O’Malley, the directors of the doc "Wordplay," will next work on a doc about the U.S. federal debt:

"America’s federal debt is $8.6 trillion and growing at a frightening pace," Creadon said. "In addition, our major entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid) are dangerously unfunded. As a country, we are slowly spending ourselves to death."

(Via Nicole Sperling at the Hollywood Reporter.)

Russell Crowe will play the Sheriff of Nottingham in a "revisionist take" on the story of Robin Hood. King illegal forest to pig wild kill in it a is! (Via Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter.)

And they’re remaking "Christmas in Connecticut" (again). This version with star Jennifer Garner in the Barbara Stanwyck role. (Via Pamela McClintock at Variety.)

+ Inside Move: ‘Departed’ to arise? (Variety)
+ Who’s left alive for the sequel? (LA Times)
+ Gromit, help! Claymation heroes dumped (Guardian)
+ Hanway revisits ‘Brideshead’ (Variety)
+ "Wordplay" team documents debt (Hollywood Reporter)
+ New sheriff in Nottingham town: Crowe (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Garner to topline ‘Christmas’ remake (Variety)

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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SO EXCITED!!!

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.”

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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. 

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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.