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Amber Heard Takes a Double Dip, George Clooney Runs and Guns and More New DVDs

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“And Soon the Darkness”
Directed by Marcus Efron
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

A remake of the 1970 British thriller of the same name, director Marcos Efron transplants the story from France to Argentina where two friends’ bike ride across the mountains takes a turn for the disastrous when one mysteriously disappears. “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” star Amber Heard and “The Unborn”‘s Odette Yustman bring their collected screaming ability to this horror film. Karl Urban and “Babel”‘s Adrianna Barraza co-star.

“The American”
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Released by Universal Home Video

Ahh, Focus might’ve suckered unsuspecting moviegoers at the multiplex with an amped-up action ad campaign for this elegaic account of the last assignment of a hit man (George Clooney) – “The American” scored an impressive D- from Cinemascore as it became the number one film at the box office for a week – yet it’s bound to find a greater appreciation by true cinephiles as the years wear on for “Control” director Anton Corbijn’s relatively quiet little film. (Alison Willmore’s review of the film is here.)

“Boiler Maker”
Directed by Paul T. Murray
Released by Hannover House

John Savage stars in this thriller where an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is invaded by two bank robbers who take the group hostage.

“The Boy Next Door”
Directed by Neill Fearnley
Released by Millenium Entertainment

“Glee” star Cory Monteith stars as the shadowy neighbor who inspires a novel for a mystery writer (Dina Meyer), but when he dies unexpectedly, she must use her insight into the mind of a killer to defend herself from charges she was responsible for his murder.

“Cyborg Conquest”
Directed by Leigh Scott
Released by Millenium Media Services

Stacey Dash accidentally leads a group of bank-robbing biker girls into an android bar where the robots disguised as humans kidnap them and plot a takeover of earth in this sci-fi flick costarring Paul LeMat.

12192010_DyingGod.jpg“Dying God”
Directed by Jean Depelley
Released by Green Apple

How do you chase a serial killer that may or may not be human? “Flags of Our Fathers” star James Horan finds out in this sci-fi tinged thriller about a cop who must conquer his own problems before solving a series of murders, though he has the help of a local pimp (Lance Henriksen).

“The Films of Helma Sanders-Brahms”
Released by Facets Multimedia

Facets is releasing this six-pack of films from the German multihyphenate spanning 1974 to 1997, including the dramas “Earthquake in Chile,” “Germany, Pale Mother,” “The Future of Emily,” “My Heart is Mine Alone,” “No Mercy, No Future,” and “Under the Pavement Lies the Strand.”

“Germany in Autumn”
Directed by Alexander Kluge
Released by Facets Multimedia

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is just one of the 11 filmmakers who were involved in this film from Alexander Kluge that is a mix of fact and fiction surrounding the death of businessman and public official Hanns Martin Schleyer who was kidnapped and killed at the hands of the Baader-Meinhof group.

“Handsome Harry”
Directed by Bette Gordon
Released by Screen Media Films

“Variety” director Gordon returns from an 11-year hiatus to helm this drama starring Sheridan as a Vietnam vet who is called upon by one of his war buddies (Steve Buscemi) from his deathbed to help absolve him of the betrayal of their brother-in-arms (Campbell Scott) by reaching out to the fellow members of their crew.

“The Haunting of Amelia”
Directed by A.D. Calvo
Released by MTI Home Video

Originally called “The Other Side of the Tracks,” A.D. Calvo’s drama follows “Roswell” star Brendan Fehr as a man who has trouble letting go of the death of his girlfriend after she was killed by a train a decade earlier. Sam Robards and Tania Raymonde co-star.

12192010_IdrisElbaLegacy.jpg“Legacy”
Directed by Thomas Ikimi
Released by Code Black Entertainment

In this 2010 Tribeca Film Fest selection, “The Wire”‘s Idris Elba stars as a former member of an elite Black Ops team whose last job leaves him haunted as he sets up in a Brooklyn apartment where he seeks to unravel a government conspiracy.

“Legendary”
Directed by Mel Damski
Released by Vivendi Entertainment

WWE superstar John Cena gets a more prestigious supporting cast than usual with Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover starring alongside him in this story of a teen struggling through high school and the death of his father when he hopes to reconnect with his older brother (Cena) by training to join the wrestling team.

“Legendary Assassin”
Directed by Chung Chi Li
Released by Lionsgate

Courtesy of Lionsgate, this 2008 Hong Kong action flick is finally getting a U.S. release, starring Wu Jing as the titular assassin who is marooned on a desert island with a police officer (Celina Jade) where the two strike up an unusual friendship that serves them well when the murder of a mob boss unleashes a bevy of trouble for them both.

“Made in Romania”
Directed by Guy J. Louthan
Released by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

Jennifer Tilly, Elizabeth Hurley and Jason Flemyng play versions of themselves in this mockumnetary that documents the making of Tilly’s “dream project,” a Victorian drama called “The Tides of Reason” that is quickly beset by a bipolar director, disastrous auditions and all sorts of other on-set shenanigans.

“Menschenfrauen”
Directed by Valie Export
Released by Facets Multimedia

German helmer Valie Export’s drama follows a journalist and his relationships to the four women in his life.

12192010_Merantau.jpg“Merantau”
Directed by Gareth Evans
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

A Fantastic Fest favorite back in 2009, Gareth Evans helms this Indonesian martial arts flick starring Iko Uwais as a man from a small town who moves to the big city and finds himself defending a woman from the danger of a sex trafficking ring.

“Resident Evil: Afterlife”
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Paul W.S. Anderson returned to the zombie franchise he helped to create in order to play around with the same 3D cameras used for “Avatar” for the fourth installment of “Resident Evil.” Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice, the security operative who presses forward in her fight against the Umbrella Corporation and leads a group of fellow survivors Ali Larter and Boris Kodjoe to safety.

“Spin”
Directed by Henry Pincus
Released by Blowtorch Entertainment

Bijou Phillips, Katie Cassidy, Lauren German, Amber Heard and Michael Biehn try to remember what happened the night before at the clubs in Henry Pincus’ ensemble drama originally called “You Are Here” from 2007.

“Twelve”
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Released by Hannover House

Despite one of the worst receptions in recent memory at Sundance — James Rocchi, writing for IFC.com, called it “unquestionably the funniest film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival; if only it had been made with that intention” — the latest from “Batman and Robin” director Schumacher got one of the festival’s richest deals from startup Hannover House for this adaptation of Nick McDonell’s novel about a 17-year-old drug dealer named White Mike (Chace Crawford), whose spring break of selling pot to privileged prep schoolers is interrupted by the murder of his cousin, allegedly at the hands of his best friend. Emma Roberts, Emily Meade, Rory Culkin and Zoe Kravitz play the rich kids in White Mike’s orbit as a new drug called “Twelve” hits the streets.

[Additional photos: “Dying God,” Green Apple Entertainment, 2010; “Legacy,” Code Black Entertainment, 2010; “Merantau,” Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2010]

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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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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