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In the works: Catching up.

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Before we go on to more relevant news, we’d like to retract a statement we made earlier about Gerard Butler possibly having the worst agent in the world. Variety reports that Butler is attached to play Snake Plissken in a remake of "Escape From New York," which seems to us indicative of a brilliant larger plan to make Butler neo-B-movie king of the world.

Trailers: Two from last year’s Tribeca. "Lonely Hearts," the meh retelling of the crimes and punishment of the Lonely Hearts Killers, has a trailer here.

"Color Me Kubrick," charming but forgettable fluff featuring John Malkovich as a con man who pretended to be Stanley Kubrick (while knowing very little about his work) and got away with it because no one actually knew what the reclusive Kubrick looked or acted like, has a trailer here.

Acquired: David Gordon Green‘s very good "Snow Angels" has been acquired by Warner Independent. Our review from Sundance is here; we’re glad to see this got picked up, though WIP is apparently not planning on releasing it until next year. Green is also in talks to write and direct an adaptation of John Grisham‘s nonfiction book "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town." [Hollywood Reporter.]

"Youth Without Youth," Francis Ford Coppola‘s first film in ten years, is being considered for acquisition by Tom Cruise‘s shiny new United Artists. According to Anne Thompson, "Inspired by his daughter Sofia to make a low-budget personal film, Coppola may have skipped the festival route of selling the movie after witnessing the stir that her pic ‘Marie Antoinette’ faced at Cannes last May." [Variety]

Sony Pictures Classics hearts Germany — after making good with "The Lives of Others," SPC has picked up Stefan Ruzowitzky‘s "The Counterfeiters," "the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936." [indieWIRE] SPC has also picked up "Interview," Steve Buscemi‘s remake of the 2003 film of the same name from murdered Dutch filmmaker/provocateur Theo Van Gogh. Buscemi stars in the film, alongside omnipresent British starlet Sienna Miller — the film will open in July. [Variety]

Craig Zobel‘s "Great World of Sound" has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures for a fall release. The film, which follows two struggling salesmen who get roped into a record company scam, premiered at Sundance this year and screened at SXSW. [indieWIRE]

In the works: Neil Marshall, director of effective UK horror flicks "The Descent" and "Dog Soldiers," will be going mainstream and upscale with an edgy reinvention of the Sherlock Holmes character based on an upcoming comic book. [Variety]

French filmmaker Alexandre Aja (last of "The Hills Have Eyes" remake) will remake Joe Dante‘s 1978 "Jaws" parody "Piranha." We can only greet this news with a yawn of boredom and anger: Yawn! [Variety] Elsewhere, a "Dolemite" remake is in the early stages, with Bill Fishman (of "Tapeheads") to direct. Yawn of bewilderment: Yawn? [Hollywood Reporter]

Stephen Frears, gleaming with prestige after "The Queen," is in talks to direct "The Burial," a courtroom drama that’s not only based on a true story, it also includes elements of overcoming racism and fighting evil corporations. And Southern accents! Awards gold. [Hollywood Reporter] Meanwhile, a film about ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher is in development from Pathe and BBC Films — it will focus on the 17 days before the Falklands War in 1982. [Variety]

Daniel Craig and Julianne Moore are in talks to star in "Blindness," the next film from "City of God" director Fernando Meirelles. The film is an adaptation of this novel from Portuguese  writer Jose Saramago, and looks at an unnamed city hit by an mysterious epidemic of sudden blindness, and, possibly, deep symbolism. [Hollywood Reporter]

"The Last King of Scotland" director Kevin Macdonald will next be helming "State of Play," an adaptation of this British miniseries about journalism, politics, murder, etc. Brad Pitt will star. [Variety]

And the great animator Hayao Miyazaki‘s next (and possibly last?) film will be "Gake no ue no Ponyo" (Ponyo on a Cliff), about "a goldfish princess named Ponyo who wants to become human and her relationship with a 5-year-old boy." The film’s set for a summer 2008 release in Japan, and will reportedly consist entirely of 2-D animation, with no use of CG. [Variety]


+ New Line plotting Butler ‘Escape’
(Variety)
+ Trailer: Lonely Hearts (Apple)
+ Trailer: Color Me Kubrick (Apple)
+ WIP turns Green with 2 projects (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Inside Move: Coppola tackles ‘Youth’ (Variety)
+ Sony Classics Nabs North American Rights to "The Counterfeiters" (indieWIRE)
+ Sony nabs ‘Interview’ (Variety)
+ Magnolia Gets Zobel’s "Great Word of Sound"; Fall Release Planned (indieWIRE)
+ Warner Bros. gets a clue (Variety)
+ Aja bites into ‘Piranha’ (Variety)
+ Fallout takes on ‘Dolemite’ redo (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Frears in talks to helm ‘Burial’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Iron Lady ready for close-up (Variety)
+ Meirelles pic has eye on talent (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Macdonald to direct ‘State of Play’ (Variety)
+ ‘Ponyo’ next for Miyazaki (Variety)

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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.

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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.