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"...a nauseating orgy of in-group solipsism..."Sorry, we’re trying to finish many things before heading off to stand outside the Gotham Awards and probably not get let in (more on that tomorrow).

The day after a big fight always leads to some introspection and soul-searching (and heavy drinking, which leads to surliness and more fighting…but this isn’t about us), and so, after yesterday’s Patrick Goldstein snarliness, a shocker hovered over raptly by tens of people, Movie City NewsDavid Poland reconsiders his place in the world and wonders what this whole film coverage thing is all about:

I’m not just pointing fingers. In fact, today, I point the finger or responsibility squarely at myself…

I must be less reactive.

I must learn to shut up more often.

I must avoid thinking that "first" is always best.

I must manage my ego, both in keeping it down and letting it loose.

At the LA Times‘s "The Envelope," more measured responses from Sasha Stone, Jeffrey Wells, Andy Scott and Russ Colombo.

At the New York Press, Armond White is angry at his fellow critics again (our favorite part is when he describes "The Squid and the Whale" as "primarily a nauseating orgy of in-group solipsism.") but for some reason, on him, it’s charming.

Via AP, someone stole Gregory Peck‘s Hollywood Walk of Fame star (cut it right out of the sidewalk). Interesting choice, that…we would have gone for Robert Mitchum, probably, given the opportunity and a cement saw, though who are we to be picky?

If you’re a director, you should always pretend you’re above your reviews, whatever they may be and however voraciously you may shred the rest of the paper and your SO in order to get to them quickly in the quiet of your own home. Never have we believed this more than when we read "The Libertine" director Laurence Dunmore‘s "Right of Reply" to his critics, in verse, in the Guardian.

Allen Barra at Salon takes a lengthy and literary look at the comeback of "The Warriors."

Carol Felsenthal has a long profile of Roger Ebert at Chicago Magazine. Excerpt from his wild, dessert-hurling days of youth:

The drinking did not seem to impair Ebert’s writing. He was an alcoholic when he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, but he never missed a deadline and was never late for an appointment. Still, he was beginning to recognize that it was a dead end, says William Nack, Ebert’s friend since college. Legend had it that one night, home from O’Rourke’s, he threw his bowl of ice cream against the wall. “It was taking over my life,” Ebert recalls today.

David Winner slips some anecdotes about Tobias Schneebaum, the subject of the 2000 doc "Keep the River on Your Right," into his Village Voice essay.

And at the LA Times, Rachel Abramowitz and John Horn write about the uncharacteristic lack of pre-publicity for Steven Spielberg‘s "Munich":

"He wants everybody not to have preconceptions, to see the movie and make up their own minds," said Marvin Levy, the director’s personal publicist. Levy said that neither Spielberg nor co-screenwriter Tony Kushner ("Angels in America") nor key members of the creative team plan to speak publicly about the project or participate in the usual Oscar season screenings and filmmaker conversations.

Maybe because they’re all too busy frantically trying to finish the film and skate it into theaters before the end of year awards cut-off date? Or maybe Spielberg’s just leery after what happened during the publicity blitz for his last film?

+ November 30, 2005
(The Hot Button)
+ Bloggers respond (LA Times)
+ Gregory Peck’s Hollywood Star Is Stolen (AP)
+ Right of reply: The Libertine (Guardian)
+ "The Warriors" fights on (Salon)
+ A Life in Movies (Chicago Magazine)
+ The Boys on the Side (Village Voice)
+ For Spielberg, mum’s the word still on ‘Munich’ (LA Times)

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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.


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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Artfully Off

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…


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.


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).


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.


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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