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Coming to a theater near you…perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

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Laura Prepon as Karla HomolkaA few movie fluttering on the far edges of the distribution radar:

Salon‘s Stephanie Zacharek appeals to the city of Chicago to save "Duma," the latest film from Carroll Ballard, director of "The Black Stallion," "Fly Away Home," and other movies starring animals that don’t talk. "Duma"’s non-verbal beastie is a baby cheetah who is adopted by Xan, a young South African boy whose parents are played by Hope Davis and Campbell Scott. "Duma" was picked up by Warner Bros., who are currently having a dream run with the undisputed sleeper hit of the season, "March of the Penguins," but who aren’t convinced that "Duma" will make back the money it’ll cost to market it. Thanks to praise from Roger Ebert, the film’s getting a week-long Chicago release starting tomorrow — depending on how it performs, it will or won’t open elsewhere.

Philip Dorsey Iglauer in the Korea Times reviews "Dongmakgol," which opens this week in Korea. A sentimental anti-war allegory based on a popular play, "Dongmakgol" is set in 1950 and follows three North Koreans, two South Koreans and one American who get trapped in and eventually fall in love with a remote Korean mountain village until the war finds them again. The film stars Shin Ha-kyun (of "Save the Green Planet!"), Jeong Jae-yeong (of "Silmido") and Kang Hye-jeong, Mido in "Oldboy," who also appears in Park Chan-wook’s "Sympathy for Lady Vengence," which is out in Korean theaters now. X over at Twitch has a breakdown on the weekend head-to-head between these two anticipated films.

Paul Kalina at The Age talks to Robin Campillo, who wrote the great 2001 French film "Time Out," and whose directorial debut "They Came Back," which premiered at Cannes last year, is now playing at the Melbourne International Film Festival. "They Came Back" is described as a sort of high-art zombie film (well, now would be the time for it), a parable in which thousands of dead people suddenly, inexplicable return to life.

And Tu Thahn Ha at the Globe and Mail writes that the Montreal World Film Festival has dropped "Karla," Joel Bender‘s feature based on the lives of Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, who kidnapped, raped and murdered three young girls in Ontario. Festival president Serge Losique had announced earlier that MWFF was planning on hosting the film’s world premiere and stood by it through growing controversy, but is apparently now bowing to pressure from several major sponsors, including Air Canada, who threatened to pull funding. "Karla," which stars "That ’70s Show"’s Laura Prepon, will, will, will be coming to theaters in the US in October, having secured a small distro deal with Quantum Entertainment, and is probably better off for having kicked off this freedom of speech! vs. human decency! hollering, considering the amount of ink it’s getting. Anyway, over at the film’s official site, producer Michael D. Sellar’s has released a statement on its getting dropped, noting that (as is often the case with these situations) none of the sponsors who protested the film’s inclusion in the festival had actually seen it.

+ "Duma" (Salon)
+ Korean War Enemies Team Up in "Dongmakgol" (Korea Times)
+ Lady Vengeance vs Dongmakgol: The Battle Begins! (Twitch)
+ Dead people walking (The Age)
+ Festival pulls Homolka film (Globe and Mail)
+  STATEMENT ON THE MONTREAL FILM FESTIVAL SITUATION (KarlaTheMovie.net)

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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