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This year’s SXSW is going to “Kick-Ass.”

This year’s SXSW is going to “Kick-Ass.” (photo)

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Though it played to a few hundred geeks at Harry Knowles’ “Butt-Numb-a-Thon” in December, “Kick-Ass” will make its official world premiere as the opening night film of this year’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX, which runs from March 12th through March 20th. If its Comic-Con reception last summer was any indication, the Lionsgate-acquired Matthew Vaughn flick about self-made superheroes should blow the roof off the Paramount Theater.

Aaron Johnson’s Kick-Ass, Chloë Moretz’s Hit-Girl and Nicolas Cage’s Big Daddy will be joined by “Elektra Luxx,” Sebastian Gutierrez’s sequel to last year’s SXSW fave “Women in Trouble,” which continues the story of Carla Gugino’s porn star who deals with an unwanted pregnancy with a little help from Timothy Olyphant, Malin Akerman and Justin Kirk, among others. “Quiet City” writer/director Aaron Katz will also return to SXSW with “Cold Weather,” about a former forensic science major and detective novel fiend who leaves the pressures of Chicago for his hometown of Portland, Oregon to discover something is amiss.

01062009_JamesFranco.jpgOn the documentary front, James Franco will present his new documentary “Saturday Night,” an inside look at “Saturday Night Live,” capturing the frenzy of the writing room, rehearsals and production challenges over the course of the week before it airs (presumably shot during one of Franco’s two stints as guest host in the past couple years.) SXSW will also play host to Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski’s “Lemmy,” a biopic of the legendary Motörhead lead singer Lemmy Kilmister with testimonies offered by members of Metallica, Billy Bob Thornton and Dave Grohl.

Festival audiences will also be the first to see “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson,” a part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series directed by “Hoop Dreams”‘ Steve James that documents the 1993 criminal case that divided the Virginia town of Hampton down racial lines when the future NBA superstar was charged for his involvement in a bowling alley brawl at the age of 17; and “Hubble 3D,” a new film from IMAX that takes audiences inside the Hubble Space Telescope, with director Toni Myers, cinematographer James Neilhouse and astronaut Mike Massimino scheduled to be in attendance.

And for those who have been wading around in the Twitter pool for potential SXSW selections, expect an announcement soon from Universal, who has previously brought films like “Knocked Up” and “Drag Me to Hell” to Austin. Michael Moses, the studio’s head of publicity recently twittered “Got something cool planned for SXSW” and after further prodding from HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny, implied that it could be “Get Him to the Greek,” the pseudo-sequel to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” that allows Russell Brand to reprise his role as aloof rock star Aldous Snow and co-stars Jonah Hill as a music label intern who must accommodate his every whim as Hill’s Aaron Greenberg chauffeurs Snow across the country for an anniversary concert at L.A.’s Greek Theater.

[Photos: “Kick-Ass,” Lionsgate, 2010; “Saturday Night Live,” NBC/Broadway Video, 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.