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Mark and Jay Duplass and Judy Greer talk life after “Jeff, Who Lives At Home”

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“Jeff, Who Lives At Home” may be a studio film, but it still feels as small and personal as any Duplass brothers project. The movie was praised for drawing new performances out of its leads — Jason Segel and Ed Helms — by placing them in roles that were twists on the characters that they have become known for.

In the months since “Jeff” hit theaters in limited release, it’s found a niche audience and earned a positive response from critics. At an event in Los Angeles promoting the DVD/Blu-Ray release of the movie, Jay Duplass admitted that he was surprised at the divided interpretations its drawn those who have seen the movie.

“A lot of my friends have called, and … a lot of people will be like, ‘Yeah man, you made a beautiful movie about the reality of the universe and that destiny is real and that everything is interconnected, and I’m glad that you did that,’ and then I have my other friends that are like, ‘Dude, you made the funniest fucking movie about those idiots that think everything is connected in the universe. It’s like, yeah, you keep holding on to anything for long enough, it’ll eventually come true,'” he said. “Everyone thinks that their own conception is like what we intended or created or whatever. It’s been really wild. I never know what people are going to say about it.”

The party was held at the appropriately titled Basement Tavern in Santa Monica, and if he had been there, Jeff would approve. Some of his insights were scribbled up on the wall in chalk, Buffalo Trace bourbon was the well whisky and “Signs” was playing on one of the bar’s television screens. Even wood glue was passed out at the end of the night so that the attendees could complete the journey that Jeff embarked on in the movie.

The logline of the film– a slacker stoner gets sent to buy wood glue for his mother but ends up discovering his destiny while spending the day with his jerk brother — might not seem like its something that would appeal to all audiences, but the deeper messages of the movie and intimate way it is told make it something that can connect with many people. Duplass said that it is a goal of his and his creative partner Mark Duplass‘s to tell stories that are very personal to them.

“It’s about issues that are near and dear to us,” he explained. “We’re obsessed with family, we’re obsessed with like just the whole concept of believing in something big and how hard do you have to work to get it, should you force it or you should you let it come to you?”

Mark, also present at the party, agreed with those sentiments. “While a stoner living in his basement who’s obsessed with the movie ‘Signs’ isn’t someone that people can immediately connect with, the core of him as this guy who wants more for his life and believes that there’s something great out there for him, I guess there’s a sweetness and a comedy to that that I think, I guess I’ve learned, do connect broader than just the specificity of his character,” he said.

Judy Greer, who plays the potentially adulterous wife of Helms’s character, said that this is a project she’s been attached to since the get-go. She’s been happy with the success it’s seen, and is always pleased to promote it to anyone she can talk to.

“I have been enjoying all the people who go see it who genuinely love the movie,” she said. “It’s so easy for me to tell people to go see it because I’m so proud of it, and I rarely really pitch my own work because it just doesn’t feel right to do, I feel like other people should do it, but with this movie I just love talking about, I love telling people to go see it.”

Her greatest moment following the film’s release came when she heard it mentioned on Sirius XM radio.

“I listen to Sirius XM New in my car obsessively, and I love like this moment when they were playing our song that fucking Beck made for our movie, which is bananas, so then my first thought is like, ‘Oh my god, Beck has seen me in a movie! How cool is that?’ Beck knows my work. That was the first thing. And then the DJ was like, ‘That’s the song for “Jeff, Who Lives At Home,” it’s so awesome, really awesome movie, you guys should go check it out,’ and I was like, ‘I’m in that movie!'” she said enthusiastically. “I wanted to call in.”

Judging by the chemistry and good relationship present between Greer and the Duplass brothers, it clear that they enjoyed working with each other on “Jeff, Who Lives At Home.” And with the Duplass’s movie “The Do-Deca-Pentathalon” coming out on July 6, they now have time to look forward at future projects. Jay said that he and Mark had been talking to Greer about teaming up on another movie as recently as that night.

“I can’t tease anything yet [points at Greer], but there are some definite things in the works,” he said.

It will likely be a change of pace from their typical films, as well. Apparently after some prodding from their wives, the Duplass brothers have decided it’s time to make a movie with a female lead.

“We’re early in our careers and we’re two dudes who are desperate, so we’ve been making movies about that lately,” Jay explained. “Our wives are kind of like, ‘Enough with it. Enough with it. Let’s make some movies about some people who don’t have balls.'”

“Jeff, Who Lives At Home” comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 19.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.