The first episode of IFC’s docu-comedy Documentary Now!, which premieres on IFC on Thursday, August 20 at 10p, pays tribute to Albert and David Maysles’ 1975 doc Grey Gardens about an eccentric upper-crust mother and daughter (related to Jackie Kennedy Onassis, of course) who live together in a dilapidated Hamptons manor.
Hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, the six-episode series from the minds of Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and executive producer Seth Meyers, will take viewers on a very well documented trip through documentary history. For a sample, watch this clip from Sandy Passage, which follows two reclusive women (Hader and Arimsen) as they live their humble lives surrounded by sandwich-swiping squirrels, house opossums, and scared suitors hiding in trees.
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Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans
Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.
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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.
If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.
In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…
Robert Loves Robert
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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was written, produced, directed and narrated by Robert Evans. It is totally unbiased.
He’s Kind Of A Big Deal
Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.
He’s Also Kind Of A Joke
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Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.
So Wrong He’s Right
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Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.
There’s Something Missing
Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.
He Blew It
Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.
Losing Is For Losers
In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.
With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.
Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.
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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.
Weird Science (1985) 56%
A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.
The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%
This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.
All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%
Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.
Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%
This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.
Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%
Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.
Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.
Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.
Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.