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Heather Graham Sends Out the “ExTerminators,” “The Goonies” Return and More New DVDs

Heather Graham Sends Out the “ExTerminators,” “The Goonies” Return and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“ExTerminators” (2010)
Directed by John Inwood
Released by Image Entertainment

Also appearing on VOD, Heather Graham, Amber Heard and Jennifer Coolidge team up to launch a service that will permanently wipe away your exes from your address book (and life) under the cover of Coolidge’s bug extermination business in this comedy from cinematographer-turned-director John Inwood.

“Bad Ass” (2009)
Directed by Adamo Cultraro
Released by Well Go USA

A hitman (Tom Sizemore) has a change of heart when his latest job leaves the nurse of an aging mob boss as the prime suspect in Adamo Cultraro’s feature debut. Frank Stallone co-stars.

“Centurion” (2010)
Directed by Neil Marshall
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

Following “Doomsday,” Marshall returns to Hadrian’s Wall in England for the story of surviving group of Roman soldiers in 117 A.D., including Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Liam Cunningham among their ranks, who defend themselves against the rebellious Scottish tribe, the Picts, led by Bond girl Olga Kurylenko. During the film’s premiere at SXSW, Alison Willmore wrote in her review that the action flick “doesn’t really aim to be anything more than a loping B-movie, but still comes up hollow.”

“Come Hell or High Water”
Directed by Wayne Shipley
Released by North American Picture Company

Writer/director Wayne Shipley’s western (also known as “One-Eyed Horse”) is a revenge tale that pits a recently released Confederate prisoner of war (Mark Redfield) against the man who tortured him and killed his brother during the Civil War.

“Deadfall Trail” (2010)
Directed by Roze
Released by Midnight Releasing

From a filmmaker who only goes by the name of Roze, this horror film takes place in the Arizona desert where three men’s peyote vision quest goes totally awry.

11022010_TheGoonies.jpg“The Goonies” (1985)
Directed by Richard Donner
Released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

If it’s the holiday season and the 25th anniversary of Richard Donner’s ’80s adventure classics, that must mean it’s time for a boxed set that is short on additions to the exitsing Blu-ray of “The Goonies,” but includes a host of physical goodies to accompany the film, including a board game, reprinted articles from 1985 and 2009 detailing the production, and storyboards, among other collectibles.

“The Hungry Ghosts” (2010)
Directed by Michael Imperioli
Released by Virgil Films and Entertainment

Current “Detroit 187” star Imperioli recruited his “Sopranos” co-star Steve Schirripa for his feature directorial debut, a New York-set drama following the lives of two troubled couples — one trying to work out the differences in their relationship while the other pair of exes reunite to keep their teenage son on the straight and narrow.

“In Therapy” (2009)
Directed by Jose Alvarenga Jr.
Released by Maya Entertainment

Brazilian director Jose Alvarenga Jr.’s often amusing character study follows the 40-ish Mercedes as she confides in her therapist about her unhappy marriage, her two sons and the loss of her mother.

“I Am” (2010)
Directed by John Ward
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

John Ward’s religious drama is said to play out like “Crash” for Christians, following a group of strangers around Los Angeles as they try to live by the Ten Commandments.

“Love & Distrust”
Released by Phase 4 Films

Don’t let the impressive collection of names on the box cover fool you, but Phase 4 Films has done well to package this collection of shorts as an anthology film to capitalize on some of the most popular actors of the day, including Eric Kmetz’s 2006 tragic romance “Grasshopper” featuring James Franco and Rachel Miner as an unlikely pair who bond over a lost cell phone, Darcy Yuille’s 2004 drama “Blue Poles,” featuring a young Sam Worthington in the story of a woman with a split personality, Warner Loughlin and Diana Valentine’s 2006 thriller “Pennies” featuring Amy Adams as a waitress who races against the clock to save her daughter, Daisy Gili’s 2008 “The Summer House,” which stars Robert Pattinson as the aggrieved boyfriend of a woman (Talulah Riley) who has moved to France for the summer. (trailer)

“Menage a Trois” (1997)
Directed by Richard Zelniker
Released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment

Back when “Charlie St. Cloud” director Burr Steers was an actor, he was part of this threesome in the festival hit originally titled “Fix,” where he starred as a man who brings his girlfriend (Lisa Collins) to meet his brother in Los Angeles and realizes it might not have been the best idea when romantic entanglements develop.

11022010_OnceFallen1.jpg“Once Fallen” (2010)
Directed by Ash Adams
Released by First Look Studios

Actor-turned-director Ash Adams assembled quite the cast for this semi-autobiographical drama about the son (Brian Presley) of a lifer (Ed Harris) who recently was released from prison himself and tries to walk a straight line, though the debts of his family and friends on the outside won’t let him. Peter Weller, Amy Madigan and Taraji P. Henson co-star.

“Please Remove Your Shoes” (2010)
Directed by Rob DelGuadio
Released by Boston Aviation Services, Inc./Black Pearl Productions

DelGuadio takes a look at the Transportation Security Administration in this documentary that features interviews with air marshals, former FAA agents and legislators to examine whether safety procedures have actually prevented a terrorist attack in the years since 9/11.

“Regeneration” (1997)
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon
Released by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

“Hideous Kinky” director Mackinnon’s World War I-set drama about a squadron of soldiers, led by Jonathan Pryce and Jonny Lee Miller, who face their demons when they’re sent to an asylum.

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead”
Directed by Jordan Galland
Released by Indican

Don’t worry, Tom Stoppard isn’t writing zombie movies yet, but musician-turned-filmmaker Galland uses “Hamlet” as a jumping off point for the story of an off-Broadway director who hopes to win back his ex (Devon Aoki) with a vampire-filled take on Shakespeare’s classic. When life begins to imitate art and people involved in the production start to die, two detectives (Jeremy Sisto and Lou Carbonneau) are called in to investigate.

“The Sound of Music” (1965)
Directed by Robert Wise
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

For its 45th anniversary, the Oscar-winning musical is said to have undergone a “meticulous” restoration and remastering for its debut on Blu-ray, which will include many of the special features from the previous DVD editions and new features, including screen tests, audio commentaries by stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, virtual backlot tour and more.

“Toy Story 3” (2010)
Directed by Lee Unkrich
Released by Disney/Pixar

After fans had to wait over a decade for the third installment of the adventures of Buzz and Woody, they won’t wait so long for the DVD and Blu-ray of the film with picture-in-picture commentaries by the film’s animators, a plethora of making-of documentaries, and perhaps most exciting to any Pixar fan, the “Day and Night” short that preceded “Toy Story 3” in theaters.

“The Visitor” (1980)
Directed by Michael J. Paradise
Released by Code Red

John Huston, Sam Peckinpah, Mel Ferrer and Shelley Winters star in this lunatic Italian exploitation flick about a young girl with a knack for telekinesis who gets pulled into the the Devil. Franco Nero plays Jesus, so how bad could it be, right?

“The Way We Get By” (2010)
Directed by Aron Gaudet
Released by Virgil Films and Entertainment

A special edition of Aron Gaudet’s SXSW Special Jury Prize-winning doc about a trio of senior citizens who spend their lives greeting the troops as they arrive back in the U.S. from fighting in Iraq.

“Winnebago Man” (2010)
Directed by Ben Steinbauer
Released by Kino

It would’ve been easy for Steinbauer to simply loop the legendary outtakes of profane Winnebago salesman Jack Rebney’s misbegotten sales video, which became a viral sensation long after it was made in 1988, and asked audiences to line up to see it. (They would’ve; the film points out Ben Affleck and Spike Jonze as famous fans.) Instead, Steinbauer tracks down Rebney nearly 20 years later and offers up a complex portrait of the former RV salesman as the personal embarrassment of the infamous tape begins to subside and Rebney starts to accept his unusual celebrity. (Matt Singer’s review of the film and my interview with Steinbauer are here.)

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.


IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.



IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on and the IFC app.

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