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In the works: Go-to actors.

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"Don't look at me like that. You just said I look like your mom."
Trailers: There’s one for "Leatherheads," the 1920s pro-football rom-com that George Clooney directed, produced and stars in (alongside Renée Zellweger, alas), here.

There’s one for David Gordon Green’s very good "Snow Angels" (our review from Sundance), about the intertwining lives and tragedies of the residents of a small town, here.

It takes a brave man to follow in the footsteps of such fine films as "The Clan of the Cave Bear" and "Quest for Fire." Roland Emmerich is that man. There’s a trailer for "10,000 B.C." up here. Go, saber-toothed tiger!

In the works: "The Golden Compass" is on track to scarcely make back the $180 million it cost, much less be the new massive fantasy franchise, so New Line has made nice with Peter Jackson after their legal and internet tiffs and now the "Lord of the Rings" director is set to, if not direct, at least executive produce and oversee "The Hobbit," which will be divided into two films. [E! Online] Jackson, meanwhile, has just signed his go-to Gollum/gorilla Andy Serkis for an unspecified role in his upcoming film "Tintin," the first of a planned trilogy based on the Belgian comic books. [Hollywood Reporter]

Pedro Almodóvar’s new film, which he describes as a "four-way tale of amour fou, shot in the style of ’50s American film noir at its most hard-boiled," entitled "Los Abrazos Rotos" ("Broken Hugs"), starring his go-to Gollum/gorilla Penélope Cruz. [Variety] "Lovely & Amazing"’s Nicole Holofcener is corralling her favorite, Catherine Keener, to star in her next film, a still untitled project about a set of female neighbors in a New York apartment building. [Hollywood Reporter]

Ewan McGregor has signed on to play the romantic lead opposite Jim Carrey in "I Love You Phillip Morris," the directorial debut of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writers behind "Bad Santa." The film’s description is too good not to quote in full:

Carrey signed earlier in the fall to star in the fact-based tale as Steven Russell, a married father whose conman ways introduced him to the Texas prison system. There, he fell in love with cellmate Phillip Morris.

His love for Morris motivated his escape from prisons four times, once by using a green pen and bucket of water to change his prison outfit into what appeared to be surgical scrubs, another time by faking his death from AIDS and signing his own death certificate. Morris eventually got out, but Russell’s escapades got him a 144-year sentence. [Variety]

Acquired: "Chop Shop," the second film from "Man Push Cart" director Ramin Bahrani (the unfortunate target of an unforgettable quip from Sarah Silverman at the Spirit Awards last year) was picked up by Koch Lorber for release this February. The film premiered at Cannes earlier this year. [indieWIRE]

+ Trailer: Leatherheads (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: Snow Angels (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: 10,000 B.C. (Warner Bros.)
+ Jackson Ready for Hobbit Action (E! Online)
+ Serkis, Jackson reteam in ‘Tintin’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Almodovar embraces ‘Abrazos’ (Variety)
+ Holofcener, Keener move in with indie drama (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Carrey finds his ‘Love’ interest (Variety)
+ Koch Lorber Gets Bahrani’s "Chop Shop" (indieWIRE)


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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.”


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. 


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.