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A few Cannes snapshots.

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"...ragingly punitive Danish anti-porn anime..."
Matt Dentler (who also notes that "Tartan did pick up North American rights for that film, ‘Princess,’ I liked and blogged about the other day") offers up a slew of photos, including one of "alas, my new best friend: the guy who sells crepes off a cart on the street."

Jeffrey Wells has a shot of the poster for the new Wong Kar Wai "My Blueberry Nights" (still, of course, only in pre-production) with Norah Jones looming large (Jude Law and Natalie Portman have just been added to the cast).

Scott Roxborough at the Risky Biz blog shares that:

London-based flacks (and Arsenal backers) DDA public relations, set up a ultra-wide screen TV at the Majestic Hotel and flew in a UK techie to set up a live British satellite feed of the [Arsenal vs. Barcelona football] match. The game – a nail-bitter that ended in a 2-1 victory for Barcelona – delivered more in the way of excitement, human drama and suspense, than most of your Festival films.

It also revealed a few things about national character. While the Spaniards watching were screaming and clapping madly at almost every play, the Brits remained stoic, only emitting a bitter “kick ‘em again!” whenever an Arsenal player fouled Barcelona star Ronaldinho.

From Kim Hyun at Yonhap News:

The Cannes Film Festival has given unanimous support to South Korean movie industry personnel fighting a trade deal with Washington that would cut a screen quota for domestic movies, according to its statement released here Monday.

"The Korean screen quota that was launched in 1993 made possible the development of diverse movies, which the Cannes Film Festival approves and pays its regards to," the festival’s board of directors said in a statement in French unanimously adopted in Cannes on Sunday. It was released in Seoul via an e-mail from the Korean movie workers.

About 70 Korean directors, actors and movie staff are in Cannes to publicize their protest. They have demonstrated publicly in South Korea to reverse the policy to cut a quota in theaters for homegrown movies. The reduction was a years-long demand from Washington under the influence of major U.S. studios.

Yeah, that’s still not going to change anything. Cool, though.

Jon Morrison at the Guardian‘s Culture Vulture blog:

[T]he one party we just couldn’t get into, no matter what we tried, was the Isle of Man Film bash on their yacht. We tried persuading them that we were going to shoot the next movie – a psychological thriller called "Cuckoo" – on their island. They seemed bemused. We tried saying how much we disliked paying taxes. They bristled. We even tried pretending they’d invited us but merely forgotten. They didn’t buy it. It was the first great failure of our trip. I mean – just what do you have to do to get on the boat?

And Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter has Focus Feature’s big festival announcement:

Oscar winner Ang Lee is reuniting with longtime collaborator James Schamus and Focus Features to direct his follow-up to "Brokeback Mountain," the espionage thriller "Lust, Caution." Set in World War II-era Shanghai, the Chinese-language film is expected to begin production this fall.

+ Cannes 2006.7: Shower… Crepes (Matt Dentler’s Blog)
+ In front of Cannes’ Majestic Hotel  — Tuesday, 5.16.06, 5:15 pm (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ Soccer Mad at Cannes (Risky Biz Blog)
+ Cannes backs Korean protest against cut in domestic film quota (Yonhap News)
+ Schmooze cruise (Guardian)
+ Lee’s future will include ‘Lust,’ WWII (Hollywood Reporter)

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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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