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Five favorite films by Dino DeLaurentiis

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It should come as no surprise that we are huge fans of Dino DeLaurentiis’ films. One of the producer’s projects is almost always on IFC’s air, be it the sleuths of “Manhunter” or the demonically possessed trucks in “Maximum Overdrive” or tonight’s movie “The Last Legion,” which airs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET. Until he passed away in 2010, DeLaurentiis had a vast and storied career spanning continents and many many years in the biz. In his metier he worked with some of the most notable directors to ever sit behind a camera, including Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch, Sidney Lumet, Milos Forman, Roger Vadim, Ridley Scott, The Wachowskis, and so many more. The films he produced spanned genres in a remarkable way. Whether working on Fellini’s “La Strada” or John Huston’s “The Bible: In the Beginning” or “Ragtime” or “Conan the Destroyer” or “Amityville 3D” or “Hannibal,” DeLaurentiis was a tireless and fearless producer.

In “The Last Legion,” which was one of the last films DeLaurentiis produced, we get the fantastical pairing of the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire and the Arthurian legends. Loosely based on the historical events of 5th century Europe, the film stars Colin Firth as Aurelius, a commander in the Roman army, and Ben Kingsley as Ambrosinus, a magician who may or may not have actual magical powers. Together the men will join with the Ninth Legion and plan one final triumphant stand against the barbarian invaders of Rome. DeLaurentiis produced the film as a family affair, working with his second wife, Martha, and Raffaella, his daughter by his first wife. It was Raffaella who suggested the film’s director Doug Lefler due to his work on “Dragonheart: A New Beginning,” which she produced.

In honor of the film, we made a list, less to play favorites among DeLaurentiis’ movies and more to highlight some of the great work of the legendary producer. In no particular order, here are five of our favorite films produced by Dino DiLaurentis:
1. “Nights of Cabiria,” dir. Federico Fellini

2. “Serpico,” dir. Sidney Lumet

3. “The Serpent’s Egg,” Ingmar Bergman

4. “Blue Velvet,” dir. David Lynch

5. “Evil Dead 2,” dir. Sam Raimi

DiLaurentis’ “The Last Legion” airs on IFC tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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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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