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

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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.

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



Yeah.

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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G.I. Jeez

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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Wicked Good

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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