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The top five talent agent scenes in movies

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Where would a man be without his agent? He’d be lost in the jungle (sometimes literally), wondering how all this anarchy and madness came into being. Here are some of our favorite scenes that depict the often complex but almost always beautiful relationship between an agent and his client.


Martin Short in “The Big Picture” (1989)

“The Big Picture” could be seen as the scrappy prelude to Robert Altman’s “The Player” with its story of Nick Chapman (Kevin Bacon), an up-and-coming film director who gets plunged into the madness of Hollywood following the acclaim of his Academy Award-winning student short film. Like Steve Martin’s “L.A. Story” (which was released two years later), “The Big Picture” takes place in a bizarro-alt-world Los Angeles filled with hustlers, creeps and weirdos (a portrayal that could be argued ends up being more realistic than surrealistic), with Martin Short making a rather amusing uncredited appearance as fey talent agent Neil Sussman, with whom Nick “does lunch.” Short’s obviously having a blast, and the feeling is infectious — we especially like his final exchange with the waiter, who’s quick with a detailed and eloquent description of a fellow restaurant patron.


Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” (1996)

“Jerry Maguire” might be writer-director Cameron Crowe’s crowning achievement (next to “Say Anything”) due to its endlessly quotable screenplay and terrific performances by Tom Cruise as Maguire, a pushing-40 sports agent who suddenly has a crisis of conscience about the inherent moral corruption of the industry he works in, and Cuba Gooding Jr. as Rod Tidwell, the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver who’s disgruntled with his current contract. Never has there been an agent-client relationship that was more inspiring as they take on the system with a determination to make a difference in their respective fields — and it all begins in a locker room (“Towel?” “No, I air dry.”).

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Sydney Pollack in “Tootsie” (1982)

This hilarious exchange between long-suffering agent George Fields (played, appropriately enough, by “Tootsie” director Sydney Pollack) and his client, difficult method actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), might not be as “iconic” as the “Help Me Help You” scene between Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. in “Jerry Maguire,” but it’s pretty close. Pollack is spot-on perfect in the role, immediately exasperated the second Hoffman walks into the room — as is, apparently, the person whom Pollack was talking to on the phone, who hangs up either on purpose or by accident (“Look what you did!”). Hey, we also might argue that a tomato wouldn’t necessarily ever sit down — “logic” has to apply to fruit, too.


Matthew McConaughey in “Tropic Thunder” (2008)

It’s always good to see Matthew McConaughey do comedy — he’s a great dramatic actor, too, but a part of us will always see him as Wooderson, the eternal admirer of trapped-in-time high school girls, from “Dazed and Confused.” The role of Rick Peck was originally intended for director-star Ben Stiller’s “Zoolander” pal, Owen Wilson (you can kind of tell — there’s something distinctly Owen Wilson-ish about Peck’s dialogue), but McConaughey makes it his own just fine, balancing the agent’s fast-talking industry speak with an inherent sweetness that comes from the fact that he’s hopelessly in love with his client, aging action star Tugg Speedman (Stiller), whom he affectionately refers to as “Tugboat.” One thing’s for sure — Peck has the best office, like, ever.


Ron Livingston in “Adaptation” (2002)

Ron Livingston’s first contribution to the conversation between him and his neurotic screenwriting client, Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage), could’ve been his only line in the movie and he still would’ve stolen the entire thing from a heavyweight cast that also includes Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Brian Cox. Livingston’s Marty Bowen (who’s based, at least in name, on Kaufman’s real-life agent) is a spot-on caricature of what most people think talent agents must be like — id-driven, narcissistic and almost endearingly clueless/distracted. The fact that Cage’s Kaufman has no response whatsoever to his agent’s random revelation about a female co-worker makes it even funnier.


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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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).

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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.

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