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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sylvester Stallone

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Well, okay, let’s be honest – if you’re a movie nerd, you might actually know some of these things about the man they call Sly. So let’s say here are 10 facts about Sylvester Stallone of which the casual observer may not be cognizant.

10. He Did Porn

Back in 1970, a broke and desperate Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone did a soft-core porn flick called The Party at Kitty and Stud’s. Once he hit big with Rocky, it was naturally re-released under the name The Italian Stallion.


9. His Brother Frank Rocks

Before he was Norm MacDonald’s favorite punchline on SNL’s Weekend Update, Frank Stallone had this quintessentially ‘80s hit on the soundtrack of the ill-advised Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive – which Sly directed. He was also one of the Mario Brothers in Hudson Hawk.


8. He Tried to Mug Woody Allen

Not in real life, of course, but in Allen’s zany 1971 movie Bananas, he became upset when his attempts to beat up old ladies were interrupted.

7. He Robbed Jack Lemmon

Or so we thought, as seen in this scene from The Prisoner of Second Avenue.


6. He Raced Death in the Year 2000

Or, rather, he was in Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000 in 1975 as Machine Gun Joe, who had this gem of a line.

5. He Was a Pro Wrestling Manager

In Paradise Alley, Stallone’s directorial debut, he tried to crack the wrestling business. The movie co-starred Armand Assante – and the two would later reunite to play clones of each other in Judge Dredd.


4. He Was Drinkenstein

He co-wrote and starred with Dolly Parton as a New York cabbie turned country singer in Rhinestone, and, apparently, Budweiser created a monster.


3. He Had Virtual Sex with Sandra Bullock

Demolition Man is a gift of a film fraught with many wondrous things, predicting a world where cursing is outlawed by the year 2032, less than 20 years from now. Also against the law? The nightmare of “fluid transfers.” Incidentally, it also posited that there would be a time in the 1990s when people would refer to said fluid transfers as “the hunka chunka.”


2. He Was Marisa Tomei’s Dad

In John Landis’ screwball comedy Oscar, he was a gangster named Snaps Provolone who becomes determined to find his promiscuous daughter a proper husband.


1. Dolph Lundgren Hospitalized Him

Let Sly tell you himself about his really bad idea on the set of Rocky IV that led to grievous personal injury and five days of intensive care.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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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.