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HCFF: Andrew Stanton on Pixar sequels and Steve Jobs


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Though Pixar is now owned by Disney, it wasn’t so long ago that the prestigious computer animation studio was a subsidiary of Apple. Following Sunday’s Hero Complex Film Festival screening of “Wall-E,” director Andrew Stanton opened up about his experience working with the late Steve Jobs, and the way “Wall-E” was in some ways prescient.

“The iPod had come out on the front end of us working on ‘Wall-E’ and the iPhone had come out just on the back end, and it was so obvious to us that all this is going to happen,” Stanton said. “It’s like Aldous Huxley was right, not Orson Welles. We’re going to incarcerate ourselves because it’s out of pleasure and attraction. It’s like, oh I want that toy, I have to have that toy, and we’ll just start devolving out of our own free will.”

The idea behind “Wall-E’s” cruise liner was to think of the one thing that would be “so sexy on a cruise that you wouldn’t be able to resist.” In the film’s case, it was hover chairs, being able to drink out of a cup and having robots do everything for you. Though it’s a bit of a stretch from the real world, Stanton found the comparisons the Apple’s brand of technology humorous.

But apparently Jobs didn’t quite see the connection. Stanton shared a funny story of Jobs’ first time seeing “Wall-E” with the audience at the screening.

“When this movie was kind on its legs finally and we could see the whole movie and we could see where it was going, Steve Jobs and Bob Iger were sitting in our screening room and watching it, and Steve goes on and on, ‘Yeah, you know, people get seduced, and then they stop doing this and they stop doing that,’ and Bob Iger just slowly looks at him and goes, ‘Who’s fault is that?'” Stanton said with a laugh. “I literally said I am so glad I got to see that.”

When asked what it was about Jobs that made him such a great inventor and developer, Stanton credited it to the Apple co-founder’s “leader gene.”

“It’s not about so I can be the most important person in the room, it’s just that they have some passion, they have some foresight, they can see something that nobody else can see, and you just start to believe that if we don’t see it too, we’re all going to lose out,” Stanton said.

He continued, “[Jobs] just had that gift of no matter how wide you were thinking, he was thinking way out there. And he had a way of describing it that you just got it, and then everybody would just go, ‘Let’s go with him.’ It was amazing to watch. You felt like a million bucks when you could convince him something.”


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.