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15 Little-Known Facts About Intolerable Cruelty

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They’re after each other’s assets, but we’re after the facts. Here are a few things you may not have known about the Coen brothers’ 2003 romantic comedy, Intolerable Cruelty.

1. IT’S THE FIRST COEN BROTHERS MOVIE THAT ISN’T THEIR ORIGINAL IDEA.

In 1995, the Coens rewrote a script originally penned by other screenwriters; they didn’t decide to direct the movie until 2003.


2. THE COENS WEREN’T THE FIRST CHOICE AS DIRECTORS.

Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme were initially attached to direct.


3. THEY SIGNED ON AFTER ANOTHER PROJECT FELL THROUGH.

In 2002, the brothers were going to direct a WWII drama called To the White Sea starring Brad Pitt, which was cancelled when the $80 million budget was deemed too expensive.


4. GEORGE CLOONEY AND CATHERINE ZETA-JONES WEREN’T THE ORIGINAL STARS.

Demme originally cast Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts as the lead characters.


5. CATHERINE ZETA-JONES MIGHT HAVE BEEN PREGNANT WHILE FILMING.

Zeta-Jones refuses to “mention any specific dates,” but has confirmed in interviews that “at the end of the movie, I got pregnant.”


6. IT’S THE FIRST COEN BROTHERS MOVIE WITH A CO-PRODUCER.

Until Intolerable Cruelty, which is co-produced by Brian Grazer, the Coens produced their movies themselves.


7. THE COEN BROTHERES BORROWED LINES FROM 15TH CENTURY POETRY.

In one courtroom scene, Clooney says lines 425-426 of Shakespeare’s poem “Venus and Adonis” to Zeta-Jones. She responds with a line from Christopher Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander.”


8. THE COEN BROTHERS LOVE TO LIVE IN THE PAST.

Intolerable Cruelty is the first Coen movie since 1987’s Raising Arizona, their second film, with a contemporary setting.

9. CLOONEY’S CHARACTER’S LOOK IS BASED ON A HOLLYWOOD ICON.

Miles’s style was inspired by Cary Grant’s in the 1958 rom-com Indiscreet.


10. BILLY BOB THORNTON IS A COEN BROTHERS VETERAN.

The actor appeared in their previous movie The Man Who Wasn’t There, and he would go on to appear in the TV series based on their movie Fargo.


11. INTOLERABLE CRUELTY WAS CLOONEY’S SECOND COEN BROTHERS FILM.

He previously appeared in O Brother Where Art Thou? He would go on to star in 2008’s Burn After Reading and has been cast in the Coens’ upcoming film, Hail Caesar!


12. BRUCE CAMBPELL MAKES A CAMEO AS THE SOAP OPERO DOCTOR ON TV.

This isn’t the first time Campbell appeared on a TV in a Coen brothers movie. He was also on a background TV in Fargo (you can see him onscreen when Steve Buscemi’s and Peter Stormare’s characters hold William H. Macy’s character’s wife captive).


13. MILES AND MARYLIN GET MARRIED AT LAS VEGAS’S VERY FIRST WEDDING CHAPEL.

The Wee Kirk O’the Heather opened in 1940. You can get an Elvis-themed ceremony there for $397.


14. IT INCLUDES A NOD TO FILM HISTORY.

The movie playing in the background during Rex’s death scene (behind all the scantily clad women) is director Jean Renoir’s 1938 movie, La bête humaine


15. MARYLIN MEETS MILES AT THE SWANY L.A. RESTAURANT L’ORANGERIE.

The same restaurant made an appearance in 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show comes to IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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