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Zach Galifianakis on His Latest “Funny Story”

Zach Galifianakis on His Latest “Funny Story” (photo)

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If you watched Zach Galifianakis’ supremely weird performances in films like “The Hangover” or “Dinner For Schmucks” and thought “This guy belongs in a mental hospital!” you were right, at least for one role. In the new film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” Galifiankis plays Bobby, a guy very much like “The Hangover”‘s Alan or “Dinner For Schmucks”‘ Therman: an funny eccentric with a strange way of looking at (and interacting with) the people around him. But for all the characters’ similarities, the worlds they inhabit are very different. Bobby’s is the New York City psych ward where he meets Craig (Keir Gilchrist), the suicidal teen who is the film’s hero. The pair become unlikely friends in this coming-of-age story based on the novel by Ned Vizzini and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the creators of “Half Nelson” and “Sugar.”

I asked Galifianakis about working with Boden and Fleck and whether he could relate to the problems of both main characters. Somehow we wound up talking about beards. It was a good time all around.

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The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Fans Get Buried Alive to Watch “Buried”

Fans Get Buried Alive to Watch “Buried” (photo)

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How much would someone have to pay you to let them bury you alive? For the four “winners” of Fantastic Fest’s “Buried With ‘Buried'” contest, the answer was: nothing. No, these four brave souls — all women, interestingly — willingly volunteered for the opportunity to watch Ryan Reynolds’ new film about a guy buried alive while being buried alive themselves. The four were selected through a Facebook contest and, after signing waivers, they were blindfolded and driven to a secret location, where watched the film on LCD screens inside their own personal coffins (roomier than the standard issue, they told me). The prize for surviving the ordeal was a chance to meet Ryan Reynolds at Fantastic Fest, but all four said they would have done it without that incentive just because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These women and I differ sharply on the meaning of the word “opportunity,” but I give them credit for their bravery.

I interviewed all four fearless ladies on the red carpet for “Buried”‘s Fantastic Fest premiere last Thursday. They looked little worse for wear, and even planned to watch the movie again that night. In slightly roomier confines, no doubt.

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Michelle Rodriguez vs. Tim League at the Fantastic Debates

Michelle Rodriguez vs. Tim League at the Fantastic Debates (photo)

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One of the best parts of going to film festivals are the fights that break out after screenings. Typically, these arguments are limited to spirited discussions about the relative merits of a movie. But at Fantastic Fest‘s annual Fantastic Debates, things get a bit more physical. Filmmakers and critics square off in formal debates on a geektastic topic — say, whether video games represent a colossal waste of time or an emerging artform — and then settle the feud once and for all inside the squared circle with two minutes of incredibly awkward boxing.

This year’s Fantastic Debates had a tremendous card ranging from high comedy (directors David and Nathan Zellner clad in belly shirts and wrestling tights spitting fake blood and teeth) to legit beef (Twitch founder Todd Brown passionately arguing with “The Dead” director John Ford about the morality of filmmakers posting anonymous comments about their work on the Internet). In the main event, Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League squared off against actress Michelle Rodriguez over the question of whether or not “Avatar” deserved to win the Oscar for Best Picture. As you may recall, Rodriguez trained as a boxer for six months for her role in the film “Girlfight.” As for League, well, he played a lot of “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” as a kid. Here’s how it turned out.

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