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On “Portlandia,” Kyle MacLachlan plays the energetic and affable Mayor, who tasks Fred and Carrie with missions to better the community and sometimes takes off on his own creative endeavors. Above all, the Mayor is cool, hip and open with the public. Last Friday night, “Portlandia” fans got to find out that in the case of Kyle MacLachlan and his character, fantasy isn’t too far from reality.

Joining IFC’s weekly live chat during the premiere of the episode “No Olympics,” MacLachlan talked with fans about his passion for Portland, his experience working on the show, “Twin Peaks,” “Dune” and pretty much everything else the crowd asked him. For those who couldn’t participate, the questions the fans asked and Kyle’s replies are posted below. Be sure to catch the Season Two finale of “Portlandia” this Friday at 10/9c, when the Mayor embarks on his greatest adventure yet in “Brunch Village.”


As a native of Portland, I’m always curious to know what others think of my home town. Your thoughts?

Kyle MacLachlan: Love it! I’m from Yakima and my grandparents lived across the water in Vancouver. We visited a lot when we were kids. Loved the moss, didn’t really dig the paper mill.

Love you on the show. How did you come to be on “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: The mad team of Fred, Carrie and Jon made me an offer I couldn’t refuse!

Are you as positive as your character in person?

Kyle MacLachlan: Pretty much.

Kyle, what’s your favorite kind of donut? Are you a cinnamon man?

Kyle MacLachlan: Always liked a maple bar.

Do you and David Lynch still talk?

Kyle MacLachlan: Frequently. And drink coffee.

You have a great singing voice, do you have any experience singing?

Kyle MacLachlan: You are too kind…I did study in college. As you could tell that was a looooooong time ago.

What characteristics do you and Mr. Mayor share?

Kyle MacLachlan: We’re both positive to the point of nausea ūüôā

Kyle, what is it about the Pacific Northwest you find so inspiring?

Kyle MacLachlan: I love the friendly people.

When are we going to see some Mayor action figures with detachable Mayor-Capes?

Kyle MacLachlan: I’m on it!

Mayor, may I put a bird on you?

Kyle MacLachlan: Already got one, thanks!

Have you started shooting your new movie with Drake Doremus yet? “Like Crazy” was great!

Kyle MacLachlan: I love Drake! I worked on it last year. He’s a really cool and talented guy.

What is your favorite section of Powell’s Books?

Kyle MacLachlan: The top.

If you ever became a pro wrestler, would Kyle “The Mayor” MacLachlan be your name?

Kyle MacLachlan: That would be awfully long…maybe MacAttack!

What’s your favorite Beatles album?

Kyle MacLachlan: White or Pepper.

Did Josie ever escape from the drawer knob?

Kyle MacLachlan: Gosh I hope so!

Carrie Brownstein or Carrie Bradshaw?

Kyle MacLachlan: How about just “Carrie” ?

Do you miss eating at Miners?

Kyle MacLachlan: I always stop by when I head down to Walla Walla…that’s a two hour meal!

Got any tips on how to strengthen my core?

Kyle MacLachlan: Eat more apples..?

Will we ever see you at the Twin Peaks Festival? Sheryl and Ray were there last year. It would cause many heart attacks.

It would be fun to come up. I’ll bring my paddles.

What do you do for exercise?

Kyle MacLachlan: Golf.

Mr. Mayor… Smiths fan?

Kyle MacLachlan: Meat is Murder.

Should they remake “Dune”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Who would play Sting’s part?!

I moved to the east coast and get my best friend to mail me Tillamook cheese…Do you love Tillamook cheese?

Kyle MacLachlan: My first ever visit to a cheese factory was in Tillamook Washington…yes, I am that nerdy.

I’m originally from Yakima as well ūüôā Do you still have family in the area?

Kyle MacLachlan: My Stepmom. I lost my Dad last May.

Let me guess, you own an iPhone.

Kyle MacLachlan: BB.

What inspired you to get into the wine business?

Kyle MacLachlan: Lots of falling down.

Paper or plastic?

Kyle MacLachlan: Naugahyde.

Did the real mayor of Portland give you any inside tips?

Kyle MacLachlan: Keep a red ball handy at all times.

Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow “Twin Peaks” natives?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not really, sadly. Just David Lynch.

Do you enjoy working with the real mayor of Portland? He seems to be having fun.

Kyle MacLachlan: Very much, and he’s a good sport.

As Mayor of Portland, did you know the ear from “Blue Velvet” is housed at Movie Madness on Belmont in SE?

Kyle MacLachlan: Of course! …..it is?

Who is your favorite sports team?

Kyle MacLachlan: Seahawks. I like football.

Do you now own a wardrobe of capes?

Kyle MacLachlan: In fact…no. But I did dress up as Dracula for Halloween when I was 8 or 9. Capes become very important for boys between 5 and 9.

What are your real feelings about the Olympics?

Kyle MacLachlan: I’m an Olympic junkie! Love them!

What drew you to this show? You play the mayor so well!

Kyle MacLachlan: I was asked to join by Fred and Carrie. How could I say no with the chance to work with such talented people.

What kind of beer do you like?

Kyle MacLachlan: All kinds! I remember drinking Lucky Lager when I was in Yakima, and Rainier and Olympia. The Northwest has come a long way from those days! I did love the stubby bottle though…

What is the link between “Twin Peaks” and “Portlandia” (Seattle/Portland)? It’s ironic because Dale Cooper loved Seattle.

Kyle MacLachlan: The spice.

Would you ever consider being a mayor? If so, where and why?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not my ‘cup of joe’…so to speak.

Do you take your coffee black?

Kyle MacLachlan: As midnight on a moonless night? No…I fortify it ūüėČ

What’s your favorite band?

Kyle MacLachlan: Hmmm. My first album was The Doobie Brothers…”Captain and Me.” You always remember your first!

Mayor, do you have a lava lamp? If so what color?

Kyle MacLachlan: Never had one. Might brighten up the office though. Good suggestion!

What is your favorite shooting location in Portland?

Kyle MacLachlan: City Hall is pretty cool. Love the building.

Will we ever see the Mayor in Women and Women First Bookstore?

Kyle MacLachlan: I hope so!

How many of your lines are improv?

Kyle MacLachlan: All of ’em!

What would be your first mayoral decree?

Kyle MacLachlan: Less rain.

Do you plan on doing anymore work with David Lynch in the future?

Kyle MacLachlan: Nothing planned at the moment. Now we just drink coffee.

Kyle, how soon before you have to solve a murder mystery on Portlandia? The world needs more Coop.

Kyle MacLachlan: I’ll check with the director, see if he has any ideas…something under a bridge maybe?

Mr Mayor, Is there a back up plan in the event the tattoo ink does indeed run dry?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not yet…let me get Sam on that straight away.

Which has been more fun, “Twin Peaks” or “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Hmm…good question. There was a mystery to Cooper that I really enjoyed along with his quirky enthusiasm(which the Mayor shares I think!). Maybe the Mayor is Cooper in disguise!

Were you ever offered a role on ‘The X-Files’?

Kyle MacLachlan: Never asked to be on the show. Loved it, though!

Any chance we’ll be seeing a Portland-themed reggae album from The Mayor in the future?

Kyle MacLachlan: Need to get into the studio with Fred!

Favorite Reggae band?

Kyle MacLachlan: Bob Marley & the Wailers.

What is the best part, as an actor, of working on “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Six words…Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jon Krisel!

What questions do you have for the people behind “Portlandia”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Jan Against Evil

10 Things You Need to Know About Janet Varney

Catch Janet Varney on Stan Against Evil premiering November 2nd at 10P with back-to-back episodes.

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Janet Varney is about to go big time. She’s been on our radar for years, always popping up on that show, Web series or podcast we couldn’t get enough of. Now,¬†Janet’s about to star on Stan Against Evil,¬†the new IFC horror comedy series from the folks behind The Simpsons and The Walking Dead. As a little homework, we thought we’d dig into this talented performer’s¬†past, and see what’s helped make her such a star on the rise.

Bone up on all things Janet Varney below, and be sure to stay tuned to IFC.com for more Stan Against Evil news before the big premiere on November 2nd at 10P.

10. She’s an Animation Voice¬†Acting Superstar.

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While Janet might be a new face to some folks, animation fans know she’s been the¬†voice behind some beloved animated characters. Probably best known for bringing the heroic Korra to life on The Legend of Korra, she’s also provided her talents to shows and movies like Norm of the North, Sanjay and Craig and Dante’s Inferno.


9. The San Francisco Sketchfest? She co-founded it.

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Now entering its 15th year, the SF Sketchfest started as an excuse by Varney, and friends David Owen and Cole Stratton, to give Bay Area comedians a place to perform. Over the years it has transformed into a comedy hotbed, with everyone from Zach Galifianakis to the original cast members of SNL taking part.


8. She’s Been Known to Perform Old Time Radio Plays.

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The Thrilling Adventure Hour¬†is a stage show and podcast that performs in the style of the radio plays of yore. Varney began as a guest, popping up in numerous productions, until she finally just went ahead and joined the troupe. Some of the show’s more notable regulars include¬†Nathan Fillion, Comedy Bang! Bang! favorite Paul F. Tompkins and¬†Linda Cardellini.


7. She Nailed a Classic Key & Peele Sketch.

Key & Peele was always at its best when deconstructing race in America. In this classic sketch, Janet Varney and comedian Natasha Leggero¬†starred as two women who vacillated between the good and the bad of having preconceived notions about black people. Are stereotypes always racist? Can you use people’s ignorance to your own advantage? Is it wrong to have sex with a¬†racist girl? No, seriously, is it? Because Key and Peele would like to know.


6. She’s Riffed Movies with the MST3K gang.

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From the warped minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000, RiffTrax Presents is a series where comedians are set loose on lousy movies, taking them down one sarcastic comment at a time. Varney, along with longtime collaborator Cole Stratton, are frequent guests on the show.


5. She claims June Diane Raphael is an Amazing Kisser.

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While doing an AMA on Reddit, Janet coughed up some juicy gossip. Varney was one of the stars of the Yahoo! series Burning Love, making it all the way to the end of the parody dating series. At one point, she was fortunate to lock lips with Mrs. Raphael, and gives the experience a big thumbs up.


4. Her Podcast The JV Club Perfectly Captures Our Awkward Years.

The JV Club
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A renaissance woman if there ever was one, Varney curates her own art exhibition called Fleeting Immersion, writes music, and hosts her own podcast,¬†The JV Club, on the Nerdist Network. A weekly look back at all of our awkward years, the¬†show is consistently featured in The Onion’s AV Club “Best Podcasts” lists.¬†Guests from all areas of entertainment have stopped by to dish about their formative years, including Portlandia‘s own Carrie Brownstein.


3. She Had Puppet Dreams with Neil Patrick Harris.

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Nerdist

Varney helped bring Neil and his partner David Burtka’s puppet fantasies to life with the Web series Neil’s Puppet Dreams. She raved about working on the Jim Henson Company series, telling¬†Nerdist that “[Neil’s Puppet Dreams is] my baby. I had a baby with two gay men and that’s what came out.”


2. Remember Dinner and a Movie? She Cohosted it!

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What better way to enjoy a movie than with a delicious dinner inspired by a pun? From “Snow Coens” to “The Hippocratic Loaf” to “The Beets Go On,” if there was an adorably corny food-related joke to mine, the good people behind Dinner and a Movie found it. Thankfully, that was far from the only reason to tune in. From 2005 to 2011, Janet got to stuff her face and flaunt her film knowledge as the host of the late night dinner party. Unfortunately, the show was canceled, but Varney says she’s still extremely close with cohosts Paul Gilmartin¬†and Claud Mann.


1. She Plays Becca on You’re The Worst.

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Prior to signing on to fight demons in Stan Against Evil, Janet was channeling inner demons on the FX dysfunction-com You’re the Worst. Her role as Becca, sister to Lindsay and Jimmy’s ex, is both integral to the show (her wedding is where Jimmy meets Gretchen) and earned Varney rave reviews.

Check out Janet in a clip from Stan Against Evil below.

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Great Moments in Rotten History

10 Classic Rotten Movie Moments

Catch "Too Rotten to Miss" movies Fridays at 8P on IFC.

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Sometimes you don’t need to watch an entire movie to know how bad it is. Sometimes, just knowing about infamous scenes is enough to know why some movies have entered the cultural lexicon of badness. As we kick off a new month of “Too Rotten to Miss” movies on IFC, here are ten of the most infamous rotten movie moments — notorious even if you haven’t seen the movie from which they spawned.

1. “Not the bees!,” The Wicker Man

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There could be an entire list of these moments starring just Nicolas Cage. But despite a wealth of moments to choose from, the actor’s¬†most infamous rotten moment comes from The Wicker Man, in which a fragile masculine fever dream in the form of a neo-pagan cult dumps a bucket of bees on Nic’s head.

This one is particularly beloved in bad movie circles — it was even made into a techno remix.


2. “I was being trained…to conquer GALAXIES!,” Battlefield Earth

Though I’m partial to all of the scenes on this list, this one has a special place in my heart. Battlefield Earth‘s badness is mostly stylistic, a film that positions itself as epic and badass but is really just…well, it’s something.

In this scene, John Travolta’s alien character Terl is getting drunk to drown his woes, so his line read is exceptionally ridiculous in a film full of already ridiculous line reads. And while you can’t say the failure of Battlefield Earth is entirely Travolta’s fault, he’s not blameless, either.


3. “Man, everybody got AIDS and shit!,” Showgirls

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Picking only one scene from this fruit salad of wonderful, terrible ideas was a challenge — what could possibly outdo “Different PLACES!“?¬†Or Nomi’s empowering beating of her friend’s rapist while topless with lipstick on her nipples? Or any scene between Elizabeth Berkley and Gina Gershon?

Showgirls whorey
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But really, one must go with that exercise in David Lynchian surrealism where Nomi is warned off by her friend/mentor(?) James against…unsafe sex? Metaphorical promiscuity? Actual promiscuity? Because everybody got AIDS. AND shit. #90s.


4. “Daddy would you like some sausage?,” Freddy got Fingered

Like with Showgirls, Freddy Got Fingered is also a stacked deck — do I choose, for instance, the scene in which Gord (Tom Green) manually stimulates a horse while merrily shrieking, “Look at me, daddy! I‚Äôm a farmer!”? Or, perhaps I could go with the one where he shoots elephant semen at Rip Torn out of an ejaculating elephant like an anti-aircraft missile? But no, perhaps because it’s more absurd than disgusting, Gord trying to tap into his creativity by chanting a monotone “Daddy, would you like some sausage?” has probably become the most infamous scene from an already infamously terrible movie.


5. “They’re eating her…,” Troll 2

Troll 2 is so terrible it even has a documentary (Best Worst Movie) chronicling its terrible-ness. But the truth about Troll 2 (which happens not to really be a sequel to Troll, or have much at all to do with it, really) is that, unlike Freddy Got Fingered and Showgirls, Troll 2 doesn’t have a litany of delightfully terrible sequences to choose from, and is comparatively forgettable. But the scene in which Arnold (Darren Ewing) witnesses a girl turn into plant matter, and reacts…accordingly(?) is definitely one for the books.

This one also has a dubstep remix!


6. Basketball scene, Catwoman

Catwoman is cited by many as the film that single-handedly killed superhero movies starring women, a genre which has been basically non-existent until next year’s Wonder Woman film (finger’s crossed, everyone). Here, a newly powered Catwoman (Halle Berry) goes one-on-one with her love interest, played by Eric Roberts. I think what they were going for is light-hearted and sexy, but the result defies not only logic, but spatial relativity, from a point-of-view shot where Berry¬†is awkwardly shaking her booty to the confusing rapid fire cuts. Why, God why, are there so many cuts?


7. “Hi doggy!,” The Room

The Room is more a collection of surreal one-liners than scenes with intent or purpose. With that in mind, which do I go with as the most rotten moment? The “I definitely have breast cancer” scene? Or perhaps, even more memorable, “Everyone betray me!” (Watch it above.)

But I have to go with “Hi doggy!” for being the scene that wholly embodies the strangeness of The Room. Aside from the fact that the scene doesn’t really need to be in the movie, it looks like the crew only had this flower shop available to shoot in for ten minutes, and the rushed, surreal nature of the clipped dialogue just puts it over the edge.


8. “Turkey Time,” Gigli

And thank you, Jennifer Lopez, for basically ensuring that the boyfriends of an entire generation of women would never, ever go down on them. Alternately, if you’re not a fan of oral sex and want to make sure he never tries, this line is guaranteed to kill any mood, possibly forever.


9. Peter Parker dance, Spider-Man 3

When people want to explain why Spider-man 3 was the worst of the Spider-Man movies, perhaps the worst of any movie, this is the go-to example for why. People generally enjoyed Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man run for its ability to straddle a line between dramatic realism and comic book-y chicanery, but this scene alone brought the whole franchise dangerously close to Batman & Robin territory.


10. “Stop lubricating the man,” Transformers

Personally, I don’t think this one gets enough credit for the awful moment it is. Beloved character actor John Turturro gets pissed on by a precocious mute giant space robot named Bumblebee.

Oh, there are many terrible moments in later Transformers films, and yes, most of them do involve John Turturro…

But the first time I saw the Bumblebee golden shower scene, I legitimately thought I had dreamed it until a friend reminded me of its existence days later, including the little “byooiing!” as his…lubricant cap pops off? Truly, this was a landmark of badness.

Kick back with The Matrix Revolutions this Friday at 8P on IFC!

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Necessary Evil

Get Freaky With New Stan Against Evil Photos

Stan Against Evil haunts IFC starting November 2nd at 10P with back-to-back episodes.

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From the warped minds behind The Simpsons and The Walking Dead comes your next horror comedy obsession.

Stan Against Evil employs ghoulish horror and pitch-black comedy that’ll both tingle the spine and tickle the ribs. And before the demon-possessed festivities kick off Wednesday, November 2nd at 10P ET with back-to-back episodes, we’ve got a glimpse at stars John C. McGinley and Janet Varney as mismatched small New England town sheriffs Stan Miller and Evie Barret who find themselves pitted against witches, demonic goats and other bizarre horrors.

Check out the¬†Stan Against Evil¬†stars — both living and undead — in the brand new photos below. Follow Stan on Facebook and Twitter for more updates as we approach the scarifiying November 2nd premiere.

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