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“Step Brothers 2” and “Tim and Eric” Updates From John C. Reilly

“Step Brothers 2” and “Tim and Eric” Updates From John C. Reilly (photo)

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It blows my mind that we got even one movie as wonderfully insane as “Step Brothers.” But now it looks like there’s actually a chance we might get a second film about immortal man-children and Chewbacca mask enthusiasts Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly). Incredible.

Yesterday, I spoke with John C. Reilly about his terrific new film “Terri,” which opens in limited release on July 1. At the end of our interview (which we’ll post a little closer to “Terri”‘s release), Reilly and I were talking about his role in the Beastie Boys’ epic “Fight For Your Right (Revisited)” video, which led into a conversation about Will Ferrell and his incredible gift for making profanity sound funny. At that point, as a die-hard “Step Brothers” fan (I’ve hosted “Step Brothers”-themed New Year’s Eve parties, for God’s sake) I had no choice but to ask Reilly about the rumors I’d recently read that he and Ferrell had begun discussing the possibility of a “Step Brothers 2.” Right as they were pulling me out of the room, I also snuck in a quick question about the eagerly anticipated (and definitely happening, since it’s already being shot) “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.” Here what went down:

Speaking of Will, when he was promoting “Everything Must Go” last month he mentioned that you guys had been talking about making “Step Brothers 2.” Are there any developments? When you’re “talking about” it, is that just “Should we do it?” “Yes, okay, let’s do it?”

It’s more than that. It was that for a while and now we’re moving in the direction of trying to get it actually made. There’s a lot of people who like that movie, it’s a really beloved story. And I think there’s some more gold in them hills, but no one wants to make a lame sequel. There’s nothing worse than a beloved movie of yours being sold out. So we’re trying to be as careful as we can be.

You know the studio was saying they wanted us to do it for a long time. And for a long time we were kind of like “Nah, we’re not just going to do that because you want to make money on it.” But then the more we thought about it — you know why? and we came up with a couple of great ideas recently that seem to make sense for where those guys would end up in a sequel.

So there’s sort of a plan in place for what the sequel would be like?

Well, just in the same way as when we wrote the first one, spitballing ideas and remembering stories from our pasts. So, yeah, it’s at the spitballing stage, I guess.

All right, well I’m looking forward to it. As someone who named his fantasy football team The Catalina Wine Mixer, I hope it happens.


Have you shot your stuff for the “Tim and Eric” movie yet?


Is it all sketches or is there a narrative?

Oh there’s a real narrative. It’s incredibly, um…

Incredibly narrative driven?

Well, it’s surprising. If you look at Tim and Eric’s show, one of the wonderful things about them was how absurd the right and left turns are; one piece to another. But yeah, this has a story. An absurd story.

I don’t know what I can do to help ensure “Step Brothers 2” happens. But whatever it takes — buying a few dozen copies of the “Step Brothers” DVDs and Blu-rays, knocking on wood until my knuckles bleed, drinking a crapload of wine from Catalina — I will do it.

How badly do you want to see “Step Brothers 2?” Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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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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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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