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First wave of 2011 Toronto Film Festival titles announced

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Straight from the Twitter feed of festival co-director Cameron Bailey comes the first wave of titles from this year’s Toronto Film Festival. And they are:

“Trishna,” directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed (World Premiere)
“The Lady,” directed by Luc Besson, starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis (WP)
“Countdown,” directed by Huh Jong-ho (WP) starring Jeon Do-yeon (WP)
“360,” directed by Fernando Mereilles, starring Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Anthony Hopkins. (WP)
“Moneyball,” directed by Bennett Miller, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (WP)

The festival announced the rest of the first wave of titles at a press conference earlier today (you can read quotes from the announcement plus synopses for all the movies over on indieWIRE). Highlights include new movies from George Clooney, Alexander Payne, Cameron Crowe, Madonna, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, The Duplass Brothers, and Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (the creators of “Persepolis”).

Here’s the rest of the lineup thus far; TIFF’s official Twitter page says there will be more titles added weekly. What a tech-savvy fest. This year’s Toronto Film Festival runs September 8 thru 18.

“Albert Nobbs,” directed by Rodrigo Garcia, starring Glenn Glose
“Butter,” directed by Jim Field Smith, starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde
“From the Sky Down,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, starring U2
“A Happy Event,” directed by Rémi Bezancon
“The Ides of March,” directed by George Clooney, starring Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, and Clooney
“Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener
“Take this Waltz,” directed by Sarah Polley
“W.E.,” directed by Madonna

Special Presentations
“11 Flowers,” directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
“50/50,” directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen
“Americano,” directed by Mathieu Demy, starring Salma Hayek
“Anonymous,” directed by Roland Emmerich, starring David Thelwis and Vanessa Redgrave
“The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Malcolm McDowell and John Goodman
“A Better Life,” directed by Cédric Khan, starring Guillaume Canet
“Burning Man,” directed by Jonathan Teplitzky
“Chicken With Plums,” directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
“Coriolanus,” directed by Ralph Fiennes
“Dark Horse,” directed by Todd Solondz, starring Justin Bartha and Selma Blair
“The Deep Blue Sea,” directed by Terrence Davies, starring Rachel Weisz
“The Descendants,” directed by Alexander Payne, starring George Clooney
“Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks
“Elles,” directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, starring Juliette Binoche
“The Eye of the Storm,” directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling
“Friends With Kids,” directed by Jennifer Westfeld, starring Kristen Wiig and Megan Fox
“Habemus Papam,” directed by Nanni Moretti
“Headhunters,” directed by Morten Tyldum
“Hick,” directed by Derick Martini, starring Chloe Moretz and Blake Lively
“The Hunter,” directed by Daniel Nettheim, starring Willem Dafoe
“Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms
“Killer Joe,” directed by William Friedkin,” starring Emile Hirsch and Matthew McConaughey
“Like Crazy,” directed by Drake Doremus, starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones
“Machine Gun Preacher,” directed by Marc Forster, starring Gerard Butler
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin, starring Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes
“Melancholia,” directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst
“The Oranges,” directed by Julian Farino, starring Leighton Meester and Adam Brody
“Pearl Jam Twenty,” directed by Cameron Crowe
“Rampart,” directed by Oren Moverman,” starring Woody Harrelson and Sigourney Weaver
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt
“Shame,” directed by Steve McQueen starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan
“A Simple Life,” directed by Ann Hui, starring Andy Lau
“The Skin I Live In,” directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas
“Take Shelter,” directed Jeff Nichols, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain
“Ten Year,” directed Jamie Linden, starring Channign Tatum and Rosario Dawson
“Twixt,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning
“Tyrannosaur,” directed by Paddy Considine
“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” directed by Lynne Ramsay, starring Tilda Swinton
“Where Do We Go Now?” directed by Nadine Labaki
“Woman in the Fifth,” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas

What other titles do you want to see at Toronto 2011? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.