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HCFF: Updates on “The World’s End,” “Star Trek 2,” “Ant-Man” and “Man of Steel”

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Over the weekend, IFC had the pleasure of covering the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival at LA Live. It was a long three days of screenings that included Q&A sessions with fan favorite celebrities like Malcom McDowell, Edgar Wright, Robert Kirkman and Nathan Fillion, as well as surprise guests like Simon Pegg and Rick Baker.

The first day of the festival included screenings of Zack Snyder‘s “Dawn of the Dead” remake and Wright and Pegg’s “Shaun of the Dead.” Though they spent plenty of time talking about the films they were there to honor, Snyder, Wright and Pegg also teased some of their upcoming projects. Here are the latest updates on “The World’s End,” “Man of Steel,” “Star Trek 2” and “Ant-Man.”

“The World’s End”
Fans might be hoping that Edgar Wright will start work on “Ant-Man” soon, especially with the incredible wave that “The Avengers” is riding right now, but when Wright was speaking before the “Shaun of the Dead” screening Friday night, he made it seem like that film is not his top priority.

“Me and Simon [Pegg] are very much hoping to do ‘The World’s End’ soon. We’ll see,” he said.

That’s good news for fans of Wright’s Blood and Ice Cream trilogy, at least. Since Wright has previously said he expected “Ant-Man” to shoot within the year, that means he and Pegg are likely going to start filming “The World’s End” within the next few months.

“It was a joy to write this one, and I think it’s because we’ve done it a few times and kind of know what to expect,” Pegg said during a surprise appearance after the screening. “We’re a little mature and I used to really love coming to work and it was a great experience and I cannot wait to start making the film.”

When someone asked Pegg whether he’d want to work with Wright again after they wrap the final film in their trilogy, he answered simply, “I want to work with Ed until I die.” But he also elaborated on how these three seemingly unrelated movies will work as a threesome.

“The thing about ‘Shaun,’ ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘World’s End’ is that, I’ve said this on Twitter recently, but it’s very easy to sell something just because it’s three. I think these films, when you see them all together, will feel like a trilogy,” he said. “And the next thing we do might just be a one-off, who knows. But these three films, when you finally see ‘World’s End,’ they will sit together as a threesome.”

Wright added, “We never ever really wanted to do a sequel to ‘Shaun of the Dead’ or ‘Hot Fuzz,’ but we did want to do like a thematic trilogy. … The idea is that the third one is no returning characters but it is something that makes the other two films part of a trilogy.”

Is the fact that they’re called the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy news to you? Well, Wright also took the time to explain how a joke during the interview gave them that name. It all started with an English ice cream treat called a Cornetto that has a small part in both movies.

“It’s funny, there’s this thing called Cornetto that’s a sort of British ice cream. This trilogy that has formed, I said in a joke in an interview, I can’t even remember who the interview was for, since we had Cornettos in both movies and they said, Are you going to do a trilogy, and I said yeah, it’s going to be like Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘The Three Colors Trilogy,’ ‘The Three-Flavored Cornetto,’ and it’s a joke that stuck,” Wright explained.

Originally, there weren’t even supposed to be Cornettos in “Hot Fuzz,” but after the studio gave away free ice creams at the “Shaun of the Dead” premiere, Wright and Pegg figured they’d write in some more of the tasty treats in the hopes of getting more Cornettos at the “Hot Fuzz” premiere. They didn’t.

“Basically third time lucky. That’s the whole idea,” Wright said with a laugh. He added, “[A Cornetto is] the weirdest thing you would want to eat at that time in the morning. The fact that he’s sort of not even awake … but also the reason was that when I was in college I got very, very drunk one night and I had a Cornetto in the morning and I felt a lot better, so it became my hangover cure. The strawberry ones particular.”

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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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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