Comedian Marc Maron runs one of the best podcasts around, the WTF podcast. This week, he talked to comedian and actor Garry Shandling. Yes, THAT Garry Shandling, star of The Larry Sanders Show. It’s the perfect storm of things we love: Garry Shandling, comedy, Larry Sanders, and Marc Maron. In episode 177 of the podcast, Garry talks boxing, basketball, mothers, self-acceptance and, of course, best show ever (and IFC fave) Larry Sanders. Go listen right now. We’ll wait.
We pretty much look for any excuse to trot out one of our favorite videos from SXSW 2011. Namely, the interview that Alex Blagg conducted with Marc Maron, Scott Aukerman, and Doug Benson on podcasting strat. Watch it again! You won’t regret it. Want more SXSW memories? We have all our interviews with stars ranging from Conan O’Brien to Peewee Herman to Rainn Wilson and performances from The Kills, Emmylou Harris, Liz Phair and more on our SXSW site.:
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Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.
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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all. Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.
1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series
The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes! Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?
2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.
Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.
3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series
The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.
4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man
After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.
5. Molly/Sam, Ghost
When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.
When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.
6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black
It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.
Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.
7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings
On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.
Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?
8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood
True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).
In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.
9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series
There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.
Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!
10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.
But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.
The Larry Sanders Show is still on IFC. It’s just got a serious case of insomnia and is airing in the wee hours of the morning when decent folks who don’t know that the Larry Sanders Show is the best show from the 90s are sleeping. Luckily that means the rest of us can simply stop watching HSN or Skinemax and watch the antics of Garry Shandling, Rip Torn, Jeffrey Tambor, and the rest when it airs at 3:30 a.m. ET until 5 a.m. ET. And if you just have to get your eight hours of beauty sleep, well set your DVR (or your VCR if you are that sort of person who has no interest in keeping up with technological “trends”) and watch the show that garnered 56 Emmy nominations whenever you darn well please. the rest of you? Start drinking Jolt like it’s the 90s and we will see you at 3:30 a.m. ET.
To tide you over, here are five of our favorite moments from the Larry Sanders Show:
One of the most famous scenes from the movie “Ghostbusters” comes when the intrepid team of phantasm phighters (sorry) are battling the biggest marshmallow this side of a Peep factory at Easter. One of the Ghostbusters realizes that their only chance of surviving the fight is to cross the streams. Of course, this was contrary to the earlier edict of, “Don’t cross the streams!” But …er, spoiler alert, they cross the streams and survive. That’s what we are hoping will happen tonight when none other than the star of The Larry Sanders Show, Garry Shandling, swings by “The Ben Stiller Show”. That’s right, we’re crossing the streams and we’re expecting comedy to ensue. Tune in tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET to watch what happens.
We don’t have a clip from tonight’s episode of “The Ben Stiller Show”, so instead here is cast member Andy Dick talking about “The Larry Sanders Show” on Comedy Death Ray. What is that …reverse stream crossing? It’s getting crazy up in here:
The Ben Stiller Show airs on IFC at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesdays
Pardon me. We have some very exciting news and need everyone making that drumrolling sound on the table with pencils, pens, and hands and whatnot. All set? Okay, commence drumroll please. IFC is pleased to announce that we have renewed the Onion News Network for a second season. Or in the words of Brooke Alvarez, “The Onion News Network has allowed IFC to broadcast our programming for a second season. You’re welcome, huddled masses.” However you spin it, we are excited to have the best (only?) news network on cable on our air for another season. Now to borrow a line from the best late night infomercials, but wait, there’s more!
In addition, IFC has green lit four new original series: “Commercial Kings” from Reveille, “Young, Broke & Beautiful” produced by 44 Pictures, “Whisker Wars” produced by Thom Beers’ Original Productions, and “Bullet in the Face,” created and written by Alan Spencer. But don’t order yet, because for a limited time we are willing to double that offer and give you two Ginzu knives two more original series currently in development. We are working on an untitled variety show hosted by Comedy Death-Ray’s Scott Aukerman and “Pointless” created by Ethan Berlin and Eric Bryant, which came to IFC through the New York Television Festival.
What are these brilliant new shows we will soon be offering? Well they won’t whiten your whites or organize your closet, but we are pretty sure these shows will (sham) wow you.
Commercial Kings premieres Friday, June 24th at 10 p.m. Starring filmmakers and comedy duo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, this docu-comedy series follows the pair as they travel across America, developing and producing commercials for local businesses. The show’s concept is based on Rhett and Link’s popular website, www.ilovelocalcommercials.com, which has made the duo an internet sensation with over 80 million views on YouTube.
Young, Broke & Beautiful premieres Friday, June 24th at 10:30 p.m. This is a travel show for a generation of alternative culture enthusiasts. Hosted by writer/blogger Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, he travels the country and infiltrates the underground of American cities to find the hidden, cheap and carefully guarded secrets that aren’t in any guidebook.
Whisker Wars premieres Friday, August 5th at 10 p.m. As seen on our stage at SXSW, this docu-comedy set in the world of competitive facial hair growing profiles a group of men as they travel the country in search of top honors in a host of competitions, from the National Beard and Mustache Championship in Bend, OR to the World Competition in Norway.
Bullet in the Face will premiere in 2012 (before the world ends). Created, written and produced by Alan Spencer, “Bullet in the Face” is a scripted comedy series about a psychotic criminal-turned-cop after a jewelry heist goes terribly wrong. The new cop is forced to infiltrate his former gang where he embarks on a mission of revenge against not only old allies, but his new bosses and anyone else that looks at him the wrong way.
IFC’s Original Series in Development:
Untitled Scott Aukerman Variety Project will be based on the popular Comedy Death Ray podcast, but presented through a reinvigorated TV variety format for alt comedy fans.
Pointless is an improvisational comedy series featuring a rotating panel of three comedians who give their most creative, on-the-spot answers to a random selection of questions and win an assortment of crappy prizes. Created by Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant and hosted by Kurt Braunohler, the show’s format satirizes classic game shows in what some might call an “anti game show” format.
Well, we’ve done it. We’ve finally finished our coverage of SXSW 2011. It was the best of times (Pee-wee Herman in the house!) and the worst of times (Punky Brewster stepped on my foot!) We had a lot of fun while working harder than anyone should have to work in Austin, where there are tacos to eat and Lone Star to drink. During the ten-day interactive, film and music festival, we hosted online celebrities, A-listers, rock stars, internet gurus, comedians, directors, actors, country legends, podcasters, writers, indie producers, and strat makers. Each star was interviewed by one of our hosts: Matt Singer (film), Alex Blagg (interactive) , and Ted Leo (music) and we captured each conversation and all the performances on film and transmitted over the pipes and tubes of the internet to share with our viewers. From Felicia Day to Emmylou Harris to Sir Bob Geldof we talked to them all about their work, their dreams, and what they wanted to see at SXSW 2011. So, what were our favorite moments of SXSW? We thought you would never ask:
1. Conan O’Brien stopped by IFC’s home away from home and we all died a little from the awesomeness. Starstruck hardly covers what we felt while Team Coco was in the house.
2. Liz Phair deserves every accolade she’s been given over the years. Her set at IFC’s Crossroads House was sprinkled with hits from “Whipsmart,” “Exile in Guyville” and her latest album “Funstyle” and the crowd went wild:
3. Matt Singer was supposed to interview “Fubar” director Michael Dowse with the stars of the mockumentary Terry and Dean, but Dean never made it to SXSW. You’ll have to watch the interview to find out why.
4. The Kills played a full set of favorite hits including “No Wow” as well as material from their new album “Blood Pressures”. The glamorous duo set the house on fire and everyone was too busy rocking to put it out.
5. Finally, when Marc Maron, Scott Aukerman, and Doug Benson sat down with our interactive host, Alex Blagg, to talk podcasting and comedy, the laughs came hard and fast. If the camera is rocking, it’s because the crew is laughing: