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Corporate Cons, Battling Besties and Valentino

Corporate Cons, Battling Besties and Valentino (photo)

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If daylight savings time is upon us, it must mean the first quarter release graveyard really is out of sight now as some big name stars finally come out to play. Meanwhile, some previous SXSW alums make their theatrical bows as the film and music fest get underway in Austin and bromance continues to blossom.

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French helmer François Ozon’s first English language feature is an adaptation of Brit author Elizabeth Taylor’s seriocomic novel of the same title and promises to be a campy, ironic throwback to the melodramas of 1950s Hollywood. Romola Garai stars as Angelica “Angel” Deverell, the Barbara Taylor Bradford of the Edwardian era who specializes in romantic slush, which she flogs to long-suffering publisher Sam Neill. A woman of determined ambition, Angel callously manipulates anyone she feels will benefit her ascension to the upper echelons of society, only to come to the realization that she hasn’t a clue what to do once she gets there.
Opens in limited release.

On the heels of his far-better-than-it-looked-on-paper white collar thriller “The International,” Clive Owen continues his crusade against capitalism by reuniting with “Closer” co-star Julia Roberts for writer/director Tony Gilroy’s corporate con comedy, replete with heist hijinks, red herrings, and double and triple crosses. As a pair of former spooks-turned-security analysts, Ray Koval (Owen) and Claire Stenwick (Roberts) declare their steamy past strictly business and pool their resources in order to pit their greedy rival bosses (Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti) against each other while conning them out of their valuable corporate secrets.
Opens wide.

“The Feature”
“Darkon” co-directors Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel collaborate with French experimental filmmaker Michel Auder in assembling 40 years of footage into a unique, sprawling, near three-hour long retrospective of Auder’s life and his constantly evolving work. An artist, musician, poet, diarist and — by his own assessment — “filmmaker who isn’t interested in filmmaking,” Auder narrates as his life unspools on screen from over 5000 hours of footage, recordings, images and interviews he has collected, transforming it into an interpretive portrait of his own enigma.
Opens in New York on Wednesday, March 18th.

“The Great Buck Howard”
Despite veering wildly from sharp satire to sentimental schmaltz, writers/director Sean McGinly delivers potentially a breakout picture, aided by a galaxy of star cameos (Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart, Martha Stewart) likely straight out of the address book of producer Tom Hanks. Proving once and for all that no one does self-important petulance better, John Malkovich is the titular showman Buck Howard, who was once a darling of “The Tonight Show,” and now tries to prevent time’s withered claw scratching away his career by scouring tourist traps and playing to the blue rinse brigade. Handling the baggage, both literally and figuratively, is Colin Hanks as Troy, a law school dropout who lands the job of Buck’s assistant, charged with wooing a crafty publicist (Emily Blunt). Tom himself pops up as — guess what? — Troy’s deeply disappointed dad.
Opens in limited release.

With a big question mark still hanging over the future of inmates held at Guantánamo Bay, British helmer Steve McQueen’s poignant debut is a timely reminder of the harrowing story of Bobby Sands, the IRA hunger striker who starved himself to death in a British prison in 1981 in protest of the denial of his political status. In an unflinching retelling of one of Britain’s most shameful hours, McQueen chronicles the rampant prisoner abuse and widespread political apathy that caused Sands (Michael Fassbender) and nine other prisoners to sacrifice themselves to bring light to the desperate hopelessness of their situation.
Opens in limited release.

“I Love You, Man”
Born out of the tried and true “Odd Couple” premise, this latest entry into the bromantic comedy subgenre arrives from “Along Came Polly” and “Safe Men” writer/director John Hamburg. Paul Rudd stars as a soon-to-be-wed stiff Peter Klaven, whose lack of best man options leaves him “man-dating” himself into a close bond with the wilder Sydney Fife (Jason Segel). But as the big day approaches, Peter wonders if he can really choose between his blushing bride (Rashida Jones) and his newfound best bro. Andy Samberg, Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons and Jane Curtin are among those adding to the laughs.
Opens wide.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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