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In the works: Eric Bana and Mark Ruffalo ready to direct, as is the “I’m Fucking Matt Damon” guy.

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08052008_thetimetravelerswife.jpgIn the works: Eric Bana, the Aussie comedian turned sad-eyed leading man, will make his directorial debut with “Love the Beast,” in which he’s also starring as… himself, as the film tracks his 25-year relationship with “The Beast,” a 1974 Falcon Coupe. The quote from the Australian distributor: “In an unexpectedly emotional journey, Eric explores the importance of friends, hobbies, and what it means to live life to the fullest. Along the way Eric seeks counsel and guidance from household names such as (US talk show host) Dr Phil and (Top Gear host) Jeremy Clarkson.” [The Daily Telegraph]

Also stepping behind the camera: Mark Ruffalo, who’ll be helming “Sympathy for Delicious,” in which he’ll star with James Franco and Chris Thornton in the story of, er, “a paralyzed DJ struggling to survive in his wheelchair on the streets of L.A. He turns to faith-healing and mysteriously acquires the ability to cure the sick — although not himself. Ruffalo plays a Jesuit priest who tries to help him come to terms with the limits of his gift, and Franco a rock singer in a band that exploits the suddenly famous healer.” [Variety]

Wayne McClammy, the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” segment producer who directed and co-wrote “I’m Fucking Matt Damon” and “I’m Fucking Ben Affleck,” will be directing “Beat Kip,” a revenge comedy, for Paramount Vantage. The film “tells the story of three buddies who travel across the country to confront an Ivy League nemesis who stole one of the guys’ girlfriends.” [Hollywood Reporter]

Hong Sang-Soo’s next will be an ultra-low budget (under $10,000, if my currency conversion is right) HD film tentatively titled “You Don’t Even Know.” “Story tells of film director Gyeong-Nam (Kim Tae-Woo from ‘Woman on the Beach’), who is invited to Jecheon to take part in the jury of the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival. There he meets programmer Hyeon-Hee (Eom Ji-won from ‘Tale of Cinema’), and later going to Jeju for a lecture, he ends up meeting the wife of one of his colleagues, played by Go Hyun-Jung. Film will shoot in Jecheon until August 15, and then stay in Jeju Island until early September.” Hong’s last film, “Night and Day,” premiered at Berlin in February, but still remains without US distribution. [Twitch]

Music video director Floria Sigismondi, of Interpol’s “Obstacle 1” and the White Stripes’ “Blue Orchid,” will be making a film about the Runaways, the ’70s all-girl rock band made up of Joan Jett, Cherie Curie, the late Sandy West and others, with Jett producing. [Variety]

And John Crowley, the director of “Intermission” and, more recently, “Boy A,” has signed on to direct an adaptation of Carolyn Parkhurst’s novel “The Dogs of Babel,” in which a linguistics professor tries to teach his dog, the only witness to his wife’s death, to speak, in order to discover if she died as a result of an accident or suicide. [Variety]

Acquired: Elissa Down’s directorial debut “The Black Balloon,” an Australian coming-of-age comedy starring Toni Collette and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”‘s Luke Ford, has been picked up by NeoClassics Films. [Variety]

And Artistic License Films has acquired Pamela Tanner Boll’s documentary about the “mothering-versus-working choice,” “Who Does She Think She Is?”, for an October release. [indieWIRE]

[Photo: Bana in “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” New Line Cinema, 2008]


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.