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Serge Gainsbourg biopic!

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A smoking hot feature about pop genius and French God, Serge Gainsbourg, premiered in France this week. If a man is measured by his taste in women and cigarettes then Gainsbourg is the man of the century. The prior, 20th century of course, during which he survived the Nazi occupation of Paris – a Jew, born Lucien Ginsburg – and went on to become the most scandalous chanteur in a country where even the stiffest prude looks like a liberal lunch time wino next to the average American.

“He was our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire.” French President Francois Mitterand said when Gainsbourg died in 1991. “He elevated the song to the level of art.” Yet many of Gainbourg’s songs were about the basest of human experiences – sex, flatulence, sex, Nazi’s, lots of sex. His half undressed “Lemon Incest” duet with then 12 year-old daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, in 1984 was perhaps the height of his scandal – merging his boundary pushing musical prowess with his outrageous public persona into one formidable debacle.

The film, though a biopic, is based on a graphic novel by Joann Sfar, who also helms the film as director. Eric Elmosnino stars and appears well chosen as the tremendously-eared singer. All of the glamorous ladies, Bambou, Bardot, Birkin, are present – indeed Gainsbourg’s love life is every bit as famous as his music, perhaps more so.

Being French is not a positive attribute for an American audience, especially in music – the language and the sound of French singing just do no translate here. Imagine Johnny America, burger in hand, tailgating at the game – “Je t’aime… moi non plus” blasting from his Ford pick-up, truck nuts all a dangle to the beat. No, outside of music heads and a handful of Francophiles, Gainsbourg’s music is not well known here, but perhaps some of his pin-up lovers are.

My favorite, British actress and singer Jane Birkin, mother of Charlotte was Gainsbourg’s main muse. Their love affair is the stuff of legend. Birkin is played by British actress Lucy Gordon, who like Birkin was a former model. This is young Lucy’s final role, as she hung herself just shy of her 29th birthday weeks after filming ended in France. No doubt people will speculate as to what it was in the making of the film that lead to her sad demise given the timing.

The film’s titled “Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque” with no release date or title for the US as yet. Let’s hope someone picks this up. It appears to be a feast for the ears and a party for the eyes…Incroyable!


International trailer (with English subtitles).


Gainsbourg and Bardot playing “Bonnie and Clyde.”

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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.