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What to Watch on IFC in June

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June is one busy month here at IFC. For starters, beginning Sunday, June 7th, our comedy series “Z Rock” make its rockin’ return, with the ZO2 boys up to more antics at daytime kiddie parties and nightly rock gigs. And look out for numerous guest appearances, including American Idol alum-turned-Tony Award nominee (for his leading role in Broadway’s “Rock of Ages”) Constantine Maroulis, Frank Stallone, the hottest of real housewives Bethenny Frankel, along with recurrent stints from Dave Navarro, John Popper, Dee Snider and Joan Rivers, and much more. The show airs Sundays at 11e/p.

Along with the return of “Z Rock,” we’re got a brand new Brit comedy that’ll leave you feeling mighty, erm, high. “Ideal” follows Moz, who’s just your average small-time shut-in hash dealer living in a run-down flat with his girlfriend and trying to get by. On a daily basis, Moz has to deal with an all-too-colorful array of customers who pass in and out of his life as he goes about “providing a crucial service to the community.” “Ideal” premieres Sunday June 7th at 11:30e/p.

There’s more! New to the Automat, an IFC Original series: “Food Party.” Follow Thu Tran as she creates eccentric dishes and finds herself in all kinds of wacky situations. Catch it Tuesdays at 11:15e/p, followed by “Wrong Door,” an imaginative UK sketch comedy show, at 11:30.

310x229_americanpsycho.jpgAnd in keeping with tradition, June is Grindhouse month here on IFC. In addition to our Friday film at midnight, every Thursday this month brings on a triple threat of depravity, craziness and lurid horror sure to please the most avid genre enthusiast. Get ready for the network premiere of “The Devil’s Rejects,” Rob Zombie’s follow up to “House of 1,000 Corpses”; old-school horror classics like “Eaten Alive” and new ones like “Jeepers Creepers” (with a pre-fame Justin Long!).

See Christian Bale get almost as angry as he was in his Terminator rant in “American Psycho,” and watch the true-to-life story of a murderous Hollywood rampage in “Wonderland.” Check out the full schedule for details.

310x229_sugar.jpgAlso, we’re celebrating Gay Pride with Out at the Movies every Friday evening, kicking off with the original IFC documentary “Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema.”

Other equally fabulous films include Macaulay Culkin playing murderous club kid Michael Alig in “Party Monster”; Gregg Araki’s “Nowhere”; restless youths coming of age in “Sugar”; “Far From Heaven” and 1961’s “Victim,” which when it was made tackled a topic considered completely taboo. And don’t miss the network premiere of the inspired-by-a-heartbreaking-true-story “It’s My Party.”

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR:

  • BIRTH Nicole Kidman stars as a woman convinced her deceased husband has been reincarnated into a young boy. Directed by Jonathan Glazer (“Sexy Beast”). Premieres Saturday, June 20th @ 8PM.
  • ROGUE TRADER Ewan McGregor plays an eager banker who seizes the opportunity to travel abroad but spirals downward when money gets the best of him. Premieres Sunday, June 27th @ 8PM.
  • THE DEVIL’S REJECTS This sequel to “House of 1000 Corpses” finds the Firefly family off on a gory rampage, with a showdown against the revenge-seeking Sheriff Wydell. Premieres Sunday, June 7th @ 9:05PM.
  • IT’S MY PARTY An HIV patient organizes a farewell party after he decides he’ll end his life before the disease takes its toll. Premieres Friday, June 12th @ 7:15PM.
  • THE BIG EMPTY Jon Favreau stars as a struggling actor with money problems who takes on a job that puts him in some very unusual circumstances. This comedy co-stars Joey Lauren Adams, Kelsey Grammar and Daryl Hannah. Premieres Saturday, June 6th @ 8PM.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.