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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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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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