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Exclusive premiere: Jeff Bridges “Falling Short”

Exclusive premiere: Jeff Bridges “Falling Short” (photo)

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“Crazy Heart” was more than an Oscar winning film for Jeff Bridges, it was an opportunity to rekindle his musical pursuits, which he has kept “cooking on the stove” throughout his brilliant career as an actor. Reuniting with his old pal, record producer T Bone Burnett, and the impetus from the success of that film was all Bridges needed to turn from portraying a great musician, to actually becoming one.

Bridges harnessed the momentum from that film, and with his “Crazy Heart” collaborators lead by Burnett, recorded his self-titled debut on Blue Note Records. Bridges and Burnett were originally introduced to each other by actor/singer Kris Kristofferson in 1980, while the three were filming the infamous Western, “Heaven’s Gate.” Burnett, known for his work with Robert Plant, Elton John, the soundtracks to “O Brother, Where Are Thou?,” and “Walk the Line” also helped put the soundtrack together for “The Big Lebowski,” starring Bridges as the lovable Dude. Burnett also co-wrote the songs for the “Crazy Heart” soundtrack. That film’s theme song, The Weary Kind,” was written with Ryan Bingham — who also joins Bridges on this album.

Recorded in LA and Brooklyn, “Jeff Bridges” features material written by his venerable collaborators, a few covers (including Stephen Bruton’s “What A Little Bit of Love Can Do,” John Goodwin’s “Everything But Love,” Bo Ramsay’s “Either Way”) and several original compositions by Bridges — including the gorgeous, “Falling Short,” which we are pleased to premiere right here.


Stream: Jeff Bridges’ “Falling Short”

“Am I falling short or do I fly / While I miss the mark do I hit the sky / And in my wandering do I answer why,” Bridges sings in this wistful, somewhat psychedelic ballad that would be more at home with the Moody Blues or on a 1969 Bee Gees record than with Bad Blake. It’s a brilliant musical turn for a man whose already one of the greatest actors of his generation.

“Jeff bridges” is due out August 16th, coincidentally the same day as Lebowski Fest New York where the Dude will abide, joining a cast reunion including John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, and T Bone Burnett for a Q&A at the Hammerstein Ballroom. And if you’re in New York, you can catch Bridges signing copies of his album at the Barnes & Noble at 555 Fifth Avenue on August 18th (beginning at 6:30pm).

In the meantime, watch this hilarious album trailer where Bridges likens his musical urges to the growth of a persistent weed. “Man I’m really digging the way the weed has popped through this concrete,” he exclaims. Later, Burnett applauds his collaborator’s artistic integrity, “I respect his process deeply,” he says, to a shot of Bridges crawling around in some kind of lawn mandala. “I have no idea what it is…. But the end result is clearly great.”

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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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SO EXCITED!!!

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.”

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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. 

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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.