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In the works: Aaron Sorkin and Facebook are now friends.

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08272008_aaronsorkin.jpgAaron Sorkin has a Facebook page. It says that Aaron Sorkin is writing a Facebook movie:

Welcome. I’m Aaron Sorkin. I understand there are a few other people using Facebook pages under my name–which I find more flattering than creepy–but this is me. I don’t know how I can prove that but feel free to test me.

I’ve just agreed to write a movie for Sony and producer Scott Rudin about how Facebook was invented. I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I’ve started this page. (Actually it was started by my researcher, Ian Reichbach, because my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she’s been dead for 33 years.)

Rudin has confirmed this with Dan Kois at New York‘s Vulture blog, shaking my world view with regard to people claiming to be celebrities on the internet. What if that really was Gore Vidal trying to get me to sign up for a $50 Macy’s gift card on MySpace?

Sorkin’s last produced screenplay was “Charlie Wilson’s War”; he also scripted “The Trial of The Chicago 7,” loosely based on Brett Morgen’s doc “Chicago 10,” a project still in search of a director. [New York]

Signs that we are an empire in decline: After years of tepid Hollywood remakes of little-seen Asian films, China is about to see their first remake of a (relatively) little-seen Hollywood film — “Cellular,” that Kim Basinger/Chris Evans/mobile phone thriller, has been remade as “Connected,” with Benny Chan directing and pumping up the juice: “In my movie, I added many elements that Hong Kong action movies do best — human combat, action, flying cars,” The film opens in China September 25th. [Hollywood Reporter]

Audrey Tautou will play Coco Chanel in biopic “Coco Avant Chanel,” with Anne Fontaine directing. The film’s slated for release next year — until then, you can always catch Shirley MacLaine playing the fashion icon in the Lifetime Original Movie. [Variety]

Austin Chick, whose pre-9/11, post- dot-com bubble drama “August” vanished almost immediately from theaters earlier this summer, will next direct a Hamptons-set thriller about pretty 20-somethings fighting over illicit cash. “I’d like to continue doing more specialty movies in the future, but with the business hitting such hard times I wanted to try something a little different,” he says. [Hollywood Reporter]

Acquired: Sony Picture Classics has snagged the rights to “Paris 36,” a period film from “The Chorus” director Christophe Barratier. No release date yet, but the film will premiere at Toronto. [Variety]

And here! Films has picked up Olaf de Fleur’s “The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela,” a docudrama about a Filipino transsexual that won the Teddy Award for Best Feature at Berlin this year. The film opens in New York and L.A. on September 26th. [indieWIRE]

[Photo: Aaron Sorkin, courtesy of Facebook]

+ CONFIRMED: Aaron Sorkin Creates Facebook Page, Writing Facebook Movie (New York)
+ ‘Cellular’ gets a return call in China (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Warner Bros. dons ‘Chanel’ biopic (Variety)
+ Screen Gems, Austin Chick in scream team (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Sony to distribute ‘Paris 36’ (Variety)
+ here! Takes “Queen” (indieWIRE)

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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.