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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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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.