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Odds: Tuesday – The deaths of Harry Potter, mumblecore.

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In the new British TV movie "My Boy Jack," Daniel Radcliffe plays Rudyard Kipling’s son, Lieutenant Jack Kipling, and dies violently in battle, reports Adam Sherwin at the London Times: "Harry Potter’s many young fans could find the sight of Daniel Radcliffe being shot to pieces disturbing. But according to the teenage actor, his new role as Rudyard Kipling’s ill-fated son offers an important Remembrance message. ITV is prepared for complaints."

Also showing premature signs of mortality — mumblecore? Amy Taubin at Film Comment jumps up and down on the purported corpse… Well, mostly just on Joe Swanberg:

Swanberg has explained that he was moved to make Kissing [on the Mouth] as a rejoinder to what he felt was the buttoned-up quality of Bujalski’s Funny Ha Ha. And indeed, his greatest talent is for getting attractive, seemingly intelligent women to drop their clothes and evince sexual interest in an array of slobby guys who suffer from severely arrested emotional development. Swanberg is the DIY Judd Apatow. (Please do not let me see that line quoted on a DVD cover.)

Also in the new FC issue, Daniel Stuyck dwells on Texan "proto-indie" filmmaker Eagle Pennell: "Self-defeating behavior has a way of being seen in hindsight as virtue uncompromised. Say what you will, any state of perfection is categorically foreign to the seven films made by Eagle Pennell."

Josh Horowitz at MTV chats up Jack Nicholson on the occasion of the new collectors’ edition DVD of "Chinatown" and "The Two Jakes":

MTV: Was the third film in the "Chinatown" trilogy ever scripted?

Nicholson: No. I would imagine Robert has some kind of
outline. I can tell you it was meant to be set in 1968 when no-fault
divorce went into effect in California. The title was to be "Gittes vs.
Gittes." It was to be about Gittes’ divorce. The secrecy of Meg Tilly‘s
character was somehow to involve the most private person in California,
Howard Hughes. That is where the air element would have come into the
picture.

Elizabeth Snead at the LA Times discusses The Haircut with "No Country For Old Men" stylist Paul LeBlanc: "It’s a kind of a bi-historical hairstyle. It could be the 17th century, it could be the ’70s. We don’t know where Chigurh comes from or where he’s going. Who is he? Is he even a real human being?"

Jonathan Rosenbaum at the Chicago Reader on "Blade Runner: The Final Cut": "Ironically, I’ve always retained some affection for the voice-over and ending of the 1982 version. But Scott has finally managed to tell the story more clearly, making all the small fixes he’s spent years fighting for, and the effort has been entirely worth it. Better late than never."

And at his blog, David Bordwell meditates on the POV shot and the cafe sequence in "In the City of Sylvia."

+ Far cry from Hogwarts as Daniel Radcliffe plays Rudyard Kipling’s doomed son in Great War film (London Times)
+ ALL TALK? (Film Comment)
+ THE DEFIANT DEFEATIS (Film Comment)
+ Jack Nicholson Talks! In Rare Interview, Actor Reveals Details Of Never-Shot ‘Chinatown’ Sequel (MTV)
+ Deadly coif medicine (LA Times)
+ The Actual Definitive Ultimate Director’s Cut (Chicago Reader)
+ Observations on film art and Film Art (DavidBordwell.com)

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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.