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Chimera, Minotaur, and Titans… The “Wrath of the Titans” team reveal their favorite creatures

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If you’ve seen any of the trailers or clips for “Wrath of the Titans,” you know that the film isn’t skimping on creature cameos for Perseus’ return to the big screen.

Whether it’s a well-known mythological monster like the bull-headed Minotaur or the massive, world-shaking titan Kronos, “Wrath of the Titans” offers a veritable cornucopia of creatures culled from legends and brought to life on the screen to battle Perseus (Sam Worthington). During the recent press junket for the film, IFC asked the cast and creators of the film which creatures they thought were the most memorable of the bunch.

“I loved the Chimera, because I love interaction,” said director Jonathan Liebesman of the fire-breathing beast that terrorizes Perseus’ village early in the film. “I love things running through walls. Completely creature-wise, the Chimera was the most fun. It’s fun on set blowing shit up, saying ‘There’s going to be a Chimera going from here to here, so let’s set explosions on that wall and blow it up.'”

“Wrath of the Titans” screenwriter Dan Mazeau agreed with Liebesman, calling the Chimera his favorite of the creatures that made the leap from page to screen.

“I would also say the Chimera fight in the beginning,” he said. “That was one of the first things we wrote, and it really stayed the same throughout the entire process. It was just a whole lot of fun to write Sam getting his ass beat by this incredible creature, and to have it realized in such a way is almost better than you imagine.”

For actor Toby Kebbell, however, it was the maze-dwelling Minotaur that left the biggest impression on him.

“I was there in the labyrinth when we were filming all of that, and the Minotaur was excellent,” said Kebbell, who plays the demigod Poseidon in the film. “The makeup was excellent. The boy doing the work put his heart and soul into it. The Minotaur was always my favorite anyway, reading books of Perseus and those kinds of stories — Medusa and Jason and the Argonauts and all of that…”

Still, it’s hard to ignore the biggest creature in the film, Kronos, a gigantic titan made of stone and lava with fists the size of a small village and a desire to destroy the world.

“Kronos is fun in terms of decimating huge areas, but all of that is created in a computer, so for a director that’s a little less fun,” admitted Liebesman. “But I have so much faith in our visual effects supervisor. I have so much faith in him and the technology that I felt comfortable saying, ‘Here’s the frame, and Kronos is going to be there, and we’ll add him on.’ The most difficult thing with Kronos is if you’re creating something that big, how does it interact with the world and how do you have your characters interact with him in a way that’s interesting? That’s more of the challenge. Kronos is interacting with things miles away.”

“Wrath of the Titans” hits theaters March 30, and stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, and Toby Kebbell. Keep an eye on for more from the “Wrath of the Titans” press junket.

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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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.