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There & Back: Joel Schumacher.

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For years, Joel Schumacher’s name was one to be hissed out with great venom: despite some nostalgic goodwill from ’80s kids for “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “The Lost Boys,” unleashing “Batman and Robin” on the world made him as ripe a target as Michael Bay. But this weekend, his latest film, “Blood Creek,” wasn’t just dumped; it was dumped to an unspecified number of theaters under a name whose box office results can’t even be tracked.

This has to be some kind of new record for fastest fall from grace. Just two years ago, Schumacher was directing Jim Carrey in “The Number 23,” a lousy movie, sure, but not a total financial disaster. I’d guess the plan for “Blood Creek” — some kind of gabba about Nazi occult experiments — was for Schumacher to reboot his cred with a little low-budget grit, a stunt he performed before, when he proudly announced that 2000’s “Tigerland” was Dogme inspired and that he was done with big-budget, impersonal Hollywood filmmaking. With that bit of penance out of the way, he was free to do movies like 2002’s “Bad Company,” where Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins run around blowing stuff up.

Reports are trickling in on where “Blood Creek” is playing — second-run theaters in Dallas, Memphis, Orlando. The best evaluation comes from one “Blue” in El Paso, TX, who writes: “I had never heard of it before and after watching it my friends and I didn’t even really know what it was about.” When Lionsgate did something similar with last year’s “Midnight Meat Train,” at least the fanboys got up in arms. Schumacher has earned no such goodwill; the dumping of his movie was not mourned. But he’ll be back, I guarantee it; a man who can survive “Batman and Robin” can survive anything.

[Photo: “Batman and Robin,” 1997, Warner Bros.]

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Listen to “Weird Al” Talk About Meeting Paul McCartney on Kevin & Bean

Weird Al comes to Comedy Bang! Bang! starting June 3rd at 11P on IFC.

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We’re days away from Friday’s grand premiere of “Weird Al” Yankovic as the newest bandleader for Comedy Bang! Bang!and ol’ Al has been making the rounds to promote it. In addition to his guest spot on the CB!B! podcast, Al also stopped by the “Kevin & Bean Podcast” on KROQ to chat about the new gig, jamming with Alice Cooper in Hawaii (presumably Cooper’s natural habitat), and the one celebrity around whom he can’t maintain his composure.

Give a listen to “Weird Al” on the “Kevin & Bean Podcast” below.

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Listen to “Weird Al” Talk about Working With Scott Aukerman on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Podcast

"Weird Al" comes to Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11P on IFC

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Days before his grand debut as the newest Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader, “Weird Al” Yankovic appeared on the CB!B! podcast to chat with host and comedy cohort Scott Aukerman about the new gig, what it’s like being on a TV set after a 20-year hiatus, his Mandatory Fun World Tour, and his new version of the theme song. Al also drops some details about an upcoming boxed set containing rare songs and other goodies.

Check out “Weird Al” on the latest episode of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast below, and be sure to catch him on the season premiere of Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11P on IFC. This week Scott and Al welcome guests Kevin Bacon and The Lonely Island on back-to-back episodes.

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10 Jokes That Prove Andy Kindler Is One of The Best Stand-Ups Working Today

Catch Andy on a brand new Maron Wednesday at 9P on IFC.

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While fans of IFC may know Andy Kindler as one of Marc’s snarky pals on Maron, he’s also one of the hardest working stand-ups in the biz. With his sarcastic take on pop culture and self deprecating style, Andy’s carved out a unique corner of the comedy sphere. Before you catch Andy on a brand new Maron this Wednesday at 9P, check out a few of his best jokes that’ll remind you you’re not the only one who thinks the world is nuts.

10. Andy has some self esteem issues.

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9. Okay, he kind of hates himself.

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8. Still, he has important points to make.

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7. And he knows how to party.

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6. He just gets people.

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5. And he’s open to new experiences.

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4. And he has his priorities straight.

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3. He’s more of a glass is half empty type of guy.

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2. Seriously, he’s not a happy person.

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1. But at least he has his hobbies.

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Watch Andy visit Marc in the “Dead Son Museum” this Wednesday at 9P on IFC.

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