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2010 Holiday Movie Guide – Online and VOD

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The 2010 Holiday Movie Guide. What's showing when, where and how.

The 2010 IFC Holiday Film Guide

While it could be the weather or the crowds that might dissuade people from heading to the theaters this holiday season, a handful of distributors are providing plenty of reasons to stay in with plenty of films available at just the touch of a button. IFC and Magnolia continue to bring the arthouse to your house with hot festival favorites such as Lena Dunham’s comedy “Tiny Furniture” and the Kerry Washington-Anthony Mackie drama “Night Catches Us” arriving on demand at the same time they hit theaters, while companies like FilmBuff and Gravitas are debuting new films from Edward Burns (“Nice Guy Johnny”) and Melissa Leo (“One Night”) on an array of platforms to choose from. A complete guide to what’s not at your local multiplex is below.

by Stephen Saito

DVD

ONLINE & VOD

You don’t even need to leave your couch to catch some of the latest releases, made available though your TV, computer or other digital devices. A complete overview is below.

Online and on demand for the holidays

Kerry Bishe and Matt Bush in Nice Guy Johnny, Cinetic FilmBuff, 2010

Kerry Bishé and Matt Bush in “Nice Guy Johnny,” Cinetic FilmBuff, 2010

FilmBuff

Whether it’s his dedication to remaining independent or the easygoing nature he’s always projected through his films, Edward Burns has become an unlikely pioneer for writer/directors who bypass theaters to bring their films directly to the audiences where they live. After making his last comedy “Purple Violets” the first to debut on iTunes, Burns is going digital once again for “Nice Guy Johnny,” a romantic comedy which involves a young deejay (Matt Bush) who is about give in to his fiancée’s demand to get a serious job when he meets a free spirit (Kerry Bishé) who might change his mind. A premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the film will find an audience first on cable VOD and iTunes on October 26th before rolling out on other digital platforms on November 2nd.

Following its one-night event in theaters on October 21st, Cinetic FilmBuff will also invite audiences to watch the election night doc “11/4/08” from the comfort of home, debuting on iTunes, PlayStation, Amazon VOD and other broadband platforms starting October 22nd. A month later, Banksy’s “street art disaster” doc “Exit Through the Gift Shop” forges its way to cable VOD and iTunes before hitting DVD and other digital platforms. Finally, the Outfest hit “My Normal,” which centers on a young New Yorker (Nicole LaLiberte) caught between her desire to become a proper filmmaker and her day job as a dominatrix on the Lower East Side, will arrive on cable VOD, iTunes, and Amazon VOD the same day it will land on DVD on December 7th.

Gravitas Ventures

To accompany a newly redesigned Web site, Gravitas Ventures is offering over 80 films new to VOD between now and New Year’s, even making room for holiday fare like “ThanksKilling” (now available – take that, Eli Roth!). In fact, there is a strain of dark humor in a few of Gravitas’ November titles including the VOD premiere of the Heather Graham comedy “ExTerminators” (Nov. 2), which co-stars Jennifer Coolidge and Amber Heard as a trio of women who turn their anger issues with men into a profitable business, the Screamfest-winning undead comedy “Aaah! Zombies!” (Nov. 1) and the manga adaptation “Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge” (Nov. 15). More serious fare comes in the form of recent films from veteran filmmakers Henry Jaglom (“Irene in Time,” Nov. 15) and Frederick Wiseman (“La Danse,” Nov. 15) and celebrated documentaries like the Oscar-nominated “Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” (Nov. 5) and Doug Pray’s advertising history “Art & Copy” (Nov. 1). Also newly available are the coming-of-age drama “Dakota Skye” (Nov. 1) and the Bollywood hit “Kaminey” (Nov. 1).

In December, there will be a pair of films for the tweens in your house — the musical “Standing Ovation” (Dec. 1) and the Lucas Grabeel-starring “High School Superhero” (Dec. 15) — but there is also plenty for the adults. Gravitas will enter the recent education doc fray with “The Cartel” (Dec. 1), followed by the VOD premiere of the lighter true story of Joe Redner, “Strip Club King” (Dec. 15). On the dramatic side of things, there will be Patrick Stewart’s “MacBeth” (Dec. 1), the Alyssa Milano romantic comedy “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” (Dec. 1), the Bollywood drama “Peepli Live” (Dec. 1), the David Keith smalltown drama “Boys of Summerville” (Dec. 1) and the Melissa Leo-headed ensemble drama “One Night” (Dec. 1)

IFC Films

Although most would agree Olivier Assayas’ much lauded five-and-a-half hour crime epic “Carlos” would be best seen in a theater, IFC Films has made the potentially buttbreaking experience more palatable by offering it on demand, just as it will with many of the titles on their exciting holiday slate including a trio of films already available such as the Dermot Mulroney-Diane Kruger thriller “Inhale,” the late Claude Chabrol’s final mystery “Inspector Bellamy” and the Kristin Scott Thomas drama “Leaving.” Soon those films will be joined in theaters and on demand by Lena Dunham’s breakthrough comedy “Tiny Furniture” (Nov. 17) and Claire Denis’ “White Material” (Nov. 24) and the new IFC Midnight title, “Heartless” (Nov. 19) with “21” star Jim Sturgess.

But as usual, IFC is also offering many VOD premieres of films from around the world that can be seen nowhere else in the States, starting with the French spelunking thriller “Highlane” (Oct. 20) and the Emmanuelle Bercot psychological drama “Student Services” (Oct. 27). The global offerings continue in November where IFC will premiere the odd British romance “The Orgasm Diaries” (Nov. 3, known better to some by its festival title “brilliantlove”) and the thrillers “Beneath the Dark” (Nov. 5) and “Victim” (Nov. 17). Finally in December, IFC Midnight will debut a series of French chillers — Antoine Blossier’s “Prey” (Dec. 3) and the Anne Parillaud thriller “In Their Sleep” (Dec. 3) – to compliment IFC’s Gilles Marchand drama “Black Heaven” (Dec. 10) to close out the year.


Magnolia Pictures

Several of the highlights of Magnolia Pictures’ stellar 2010 are still available through their Ultra VOD platforms including Amazon on Demand and iTunes, including the recent anthology doc “Freakonomics,” the Joaquin Phoenix mock doc “I’m Still Here,”, the Judy Greer-Patrick Wilson comedy “Barry Munday,” and the Neil Marshall action epic “Centurion,” not to mention the recent additions of “Enron” director Alex Gibney’s Eliot Spitzer exposé “Client 9” and the stripped down sci-fier “Monsters.” However, as is their wont, Magnolia will be bringing a trio of films to audiences at home nearly a month before they hit theaters. These debuts include the Black Panther romantic drama “Night Catches Us” (Oct. 29) with Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington, the Ryan Gosling-Kirsten Dunst murder mystery “All Good Things” (Nov. 12) and the Tony Jaa pièce de résistance “Ong Bak 3” (Dec. 3).

SnagFilms

The home of over 1600 documentaries is turning their attention to politics as the midterm elections draw closer, recently debuting a series of 15 films, each dealing with different social issues or politically themed, in what they’ve called their “Midterm Madness Festival.” Between now and November 2nd, SnagFilms will host the online debuts of the award-winning medical marijuana doc “Waiting to Inhale,” Mario Van Peebles’ short “Bring Your ‘A’ Game,” and Robert Yuhas’ “Becoming Barack.” Other films in the series include the ubiquitous “11/4/08,” the election docs “Purple States: 14 Shorts on the 08 General Election and Primaries” and “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”, the high school-set “Prom Night in Mississippi” and “Electoral High School,” the Wikipedia history “Truth in Numbers,” Macky Alston’s “Questioning Faith,”, the agricultural doc “Ripe for Change,” “Move On: The Movie,” and the hot topic docs “Nuclear Tipping Point,” “Operation Homecoming,” and “Tying the Knot.”

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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