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Cannes Announces 2011 Lineup

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No surprise here. Terrence Malick’s bringing the baby feet to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where “The Tree of Life” will play in competition, alongside new films by Pedro Almodovar, Takashi Miike, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and Lars von Trier. I’m not going to Cannes (unless you want to send me, independently wealthy, art film loving reader, in which case, speak up!) but I’d want to see all of those, plus the new film from “Ratcatcher” director Lynne Ramsay and “Drive” by “Bronson”‘s Nicolas Winding Refn, which is described on IMDb as the story of “a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman [and] discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.” The badass cast of that one includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Perlman.

At Cannes, you can always count on a crazy juxtaposition of the competition’s high-end, high art fare and the glitzy mainstream low art playing out of competition and in the market. This year two star-studded sequels premiere on the steps of the Palais: Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” The previous “Kung Fu Panda” screened out of competition at Cannes as well, quite successfully, I might add. You know the French and their love of pandas. Actually one of the most surreal days I ever spent at Cannes involved standing for hours on a broiling hot boardwalk, waiting for Jack Black to arrive and pose for pictures with every international star playing the Kung Fu Panda in their country’s dubbed version of the movie and a whole bunch of guys in giant Kung Fu Panda costumes. They played Black’s version of “Kung Fu Fighting” the entire time. For days I couldn’t get that song out of my head. On stormy nights, I can still hear it on the distant, howling wind.

Here’s the lineup as announced so far, including the Un Certain Regard sidebar, headlined by the Gus Van Sant’s “Restless.” And, as previously announced, the whole sheebang kicks off with Woody Allen’s new film “Midnight in Paris” on May 11.

Competition
“La Piel Que Habito,” directed by Pedro Almodovar
“L’Apollonide,” directed by Bertrand Bonello
“Parter,” directed by Alain Cavalier
“Footnote,” directed by Joseph Cedar
“Once Upon A Time in Anatolia,” directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“The Kid With The Bike,” directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Le Havre,” directed by Aki Kaurismäki
“Hanezu No Tsuki,” directed by Naomi Kawase
“Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Julia Leigh
“Polisse,” directed by Maiwenn
“The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick
“La source des femmes,” directed by Radu Mihaileanu
“Ichimei” (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai), directed by Takashi Miike
“We Have a Pope,” directed by Nanni Moretti
“We Need To Talk About Kevin,” directed by Lynne Ramsay
“This Must Be The Place,” directed by Paolo Sorrentino
“Michael,” directed by Markus Schleinzer
“Melancholia,” directed by Lars Von Trier
“Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Out of Competition:
“The Beaver,” directed by Jodie Foster
“La conquête,” directed by Xavier Durringer
“The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall
“Kung Fu Panda 2,” directed by Jennifer Yuh

Midnight Screenings:
“Wu Xia,” directed by Chan Peter Ho-Sun
“Dias de Gracia,” directed by Everado Gout

Special Screenings:
“Labrador,” directed by Frederikke Aspöck
“Le maître des forges de l’enfer,” directed by Rithy Panh
“Michel Petrucciani,” directed by Michael Radford
“Tous au Larzac,” directed by Christian Rouaud

Un Certain Regard:
“The Hunter,” Bakur Bakuradze
“Halt auf freier Strecke,” directed Andreas Dresen
“Hors Satan,” directed by Bruno Dumont
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin
“Les neiges du Kilimandjaro,” directed by Robert Guédiguian
“Skoonheid,” directed by Oliver Hermanus
“The Day He Arrives,” directed by Hong Sang-Soo
“Bonsaï,” directed by Christian Jimenez
“Tatsumi,” directed by Eric Khoo
“Arirang,” directed by Kim Ki-Duk
“Et maintenant, on va où?,” directed by Nadine Labaki
“Loverboy,” directed by Catalin Mitulescu
“Yellow Sea,” directed by Na Hong-jin
“Miss Bala,” directed by Gerardo Naranjo
“Trabalhar Cansa,” directed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
“L’Exercice de L’Etat,” directed by Pierre Schoeller
“Restless,” directed by Gus Van Sant
“Toomelah,” directed by Ivan Sen
“Oslo,” August 31st,” directed by Joachim Trier

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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