ADAPT THIS: “Forgetless” by Nick Spencer, W. Scott Forbes, Marley Zarcone and Jorge Coehlo

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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from the industry’s top comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.

This Week’s Book: Forgetless by Nick Spencer (w), W. Scott Forbes (a), Marley Zarcone (a), and Jorge Coehlo (a)

The Premise: An all-night party in New York City provides the setting for a modern version of “Rashomon” that plays out amid the club kids and party people of the city that never sleeps. When a pair of models moonlighting as contract killers try to make some easy money, events go awry and the night takes a turn for the crazy — and that’s before the giant purple koala makes an appearance.

The Pitch: Hollywood already has its eye on Nick Spencer after snatching up his creator-owned series Existence 2.0 last year, so it’s actually a bit of a surprise that Forgetless hasn’t found its way onto a studio exec’s desk yet. This 2009 series charts the events of a crazy night in New York City’s club scene from the points of view of several different characters, including the aforementioned models-turned-assassins, a late-night television host with a sordid addiction, a pair of grifters who star in a twisted web series, and a quarter of New Jersey kids who absolutely must attend the party.

Spencer’s tale weaves all of the disparate narratives together through a series of jumps back and forth in time and abrupt cuts that leave you wondering exactly who to root for — and whether anyone will still be alive when the sun comes up.

There’s been no shortage of films that unfold over the course of a crazy night in the club scene, but there’s never been one that tells a story quite like Forgetless, with its cast of characters so unique that they could only exist in a city as dangerously weird as New York City. Forgetless doesn’t bother romanticizing the city, but instead offers up a long list of the things people can — and do — get up to in the city, juxtaposed against the constant stream of status updates that punctuate most city-dwellers’ days.

Like a murder mystery for the clubbing crowd, an adaptation of Forgetless would be equal parts hip, urban drama and boozy, consequence-free adventure in the big city. It’s easy to imagine a young, up-and-coming actor having a field day with much of the dialogue Spencer has crafted for his characters, and looking back on this project as the one that first caught Hollywood’s eye and opened the door toward more mature roles.

Requiring little in the way of effects or expensive set pieces, a “Forgetless” movie would rely on strong performances from its cast in order to capture the recklessness and city-fueled audacity of its characters. The story also leaves more than enough room for a talented filmmaker to flex his artistic muscles and bring a unique flavor to the film’s visual tone.

The Closing Argument: As far as adaptations and their source material goes, Spencer’s Forgetless lays out all the groundwork for a fresh, edgy spin on the urban experience, and leaves lots of room for interpretation when it comes to its cast’s whims and director’s style. A “Forgetless” movie seems like a win-win situation for Hollywood, offering a compelling, ready-made story with lots of room to be shaped to a particular director or studio’s tastes, and a number of roles that could easily be filled with both fresh and familiar faces.

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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.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.