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“It was huge in Russia.”

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07022008_barberofsiberia.jpgThe world in quotes:

“I definitely reached a point in my career where I felt confused about where I was going and felt somewhat stuck in rut. So I took a break, but [I] never did any sort of announcement about stopping or quitting and just sort of tried to keep doors open. I think I was somewhat creatively spent after a film that I did in Russia that took a year. It was never actually distributed here. It is called The Barber of Siberia, and it was huge in Russia. But I took a break to really try and throw the creative balls back up in the air, and try and find roles that were different for me in terms of coming back in. I fell in love and got married and had a kid, participated in setting up two different NGOs that deal with different things.”
       —Julia Ormond on where the hell she went, at Premiere.

“I’ll be honest, it’s all about selling. If I have Werner Herzog and Nic Cage and Eva Mendes, I can go to market and say, ‘Hey, Mr. German Guy, I know this is a dark movie, but you get Nic Cage and Werner Herzog and all I need from you is $2 million. When the German guy says yes–because it’s a good deal for him–then I go to the French guy and the Italian guy and the Japanese guy. They all say yes and if I add up the numbers and it’s more than the cost of the movie, with a little tax benefit from Louisiana, where we’re shooting, then I’m a happy guy. It’s as simple as that.”
       —Producer Avi Lerner on why he got involved with the “Bad Lieutenant” remake, at the LA Times.

You’re credited as one half of the first inter-racial screen kiss on US TV. Do you think that moment and indeed Star Trek as a series, helped to break taboos and bring down boundaries?
Yes, I do think Star Trek had influence in that area. It also apparently influenced a lot of people in making serious decisions about their lives.”
       —William Shatner takes questions from the crowd at BBC News.

“My aim was to have the audience ‘experience’ the protagonist’s internal confusion instead of the thrill or suspense on the exterior. We who were involved in the creation of this film called this feeling a sense of ‘intoxication’ or ‘drunkenness.'”
       —Satoshi Kon on his 1998 film “Perfect Blue,” at Kaiju Shakedown.

“I’m really pleased with the changes. There are so many comic book in-jokes in the book that wouldn’t make sense for a general audience. And I think having costumed characters that are unknown to the general public is a hard sell, especially when it’s an R-rated movie. Everyone knows who Spider-Man and Superman are. So it was a good idea to get rid of the costumes and just focus on the core story, which the director did. He actually shot scenes directly out of the book, from looking at the scenes that I drew.”
       —J.G. Jones, the artist who with writer Mark Millar created the graphic novel on which “Wanted” was sort of based, at the Chicago Tribune.

[Photo: Julia Ormond in “The Barber of Siberia,” Intermedia, 1998]

+ Phoenix Rising: Julia Ormond Returns (Premiere)
+ ‘Bad Lieutenant’ makes a comeback (LA Times)
+ William Shatner answers your questions (BBC News)
+ Satoshi Kon interview (Kaiju Shakedown)
+ Q&A: J.G. Jones (Chicago Tribune)


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.