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A “Sucker Punch” musical number, deleted no more

A “Sucker Punch” musical number, deleted no more (photo)

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An action kung fu sci-fi thriller musical? Zack Snyder‘s latest film, “Sucker Punch,” certainly sounded like an interesting stew of influences and interests. You don’t see too many movies with both samurai robots and show-stopping dance routines. It’s a unique combination.

But when “Sucker Punch” finally made it to theaters, the musical sequences were almost totally gone, removed as part of eighteen minutes of footage cut to bring the film down to the PG-13 rating demanded by the studio. But tomorrow, the Extended Cut of “Sucker Punch” comes out on Blu-ray, with all the excised footage back in place. And speaking of the excised footage, here is a look at an aforementioned musical number, back from the dead:

Here’s how the film’s producer Deborah Snyder described the scene to The Playlist back in March:

“The biggest thing we took out of the film, in the credit sequence we have the [musical montage] of [Roxy Music’s] ‘Love Is The Drug’ (sung by Carla Gugino and Oscar Issac) and that was actually conceived as a glimpse of what life was like in the every day brothel world and the shows they put on. It was actually at the beginning of the movie in its entirety, but we took it out because when we put it in the film it just looked like the place was too much fun and there wasn’t enough jeopardy. It was really elaborate and beautiful and in the next sequence Baby Doll [Emily Browning] is crying to get out and [it didn’t work tonally].”

There’s your reason to remove it from the film, now here’s your reason for wanting to see it: “Sucker Punch” was clearly a crazed kooky passion project for Snyder, consolidating all of his loves and obsessions into one messy, wild work. And if you’re gonna go the passion project route, you have to go all out. Don’t hold back when you’re making your deranged love letter to pop culture; give us the whole derangement. Who cares if it’s tonally wobbly, and all the narrative pieces don’t fit together? That’s the point of the passion project and the old kamikaze auteurism: throw yourself up there in all your complexity and confusion and let us sort through it. Dense is good, man.

That’s why I’ve been waiting to see “Sucker Punch” in this director’s cut. Now DVD stores can file the movie the way Zack Snyder always intended: in the “Samurai Robot Musicals” section.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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Ho Ho Ha

Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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