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Odds: Thursday – Cannes, the rest o’ the world.

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"This movie is a love letter to Paris and romance." Of course.
Roger Ebert (whose meandering festival reports we find ourselves enjoying much more than his reviews, which we of course scoff at: "What the hell do you know, you damn Pulitzer Prize winner?! Scoffscoffscoffscoff.") reflects not once, but twice, on Cannes booing:

One, re: the infamous "Marie Antoinette" press screening:

Variety, the showbiz bible, reported the booing was "Gallic-accented.”" As a test I have been trying to boo with a French accent. I think a Gallic boo sounds like BOOoo! starting strong and fading abruptly, while an American boo sounds like a prolonged booOOO!

In any event, I did not boo. But I sensed some discontent. "I wanted to see heads rolling," groused Baz Bamigboye, the famous Daily Mail columnist, and there seemed to be disappointment that the film ends well before the king and queen are beheaded.

And two, on the fervor caused by booing reports like the above:

But now let’s step back and be fair. Yes, there was booing. But I was present at the screening and would guess not more than five people, maybe 10, booed. Many others applauded. Booing is always shocking to North American critics; I am not sure I have heard booing more than once or twice in all my years at the Toronto, Sundance, Telluride, Chicago, Montreal or New York festivals. In Europe, they boo all the time, sometimes because they think a film is bad, sometimes because it is (according to them) politically incorrect.

Regarding darling "Marie," the New York Timesterrible twosome is split: Mme. Dargis says "meh"; M. Scott takes it as a Hollywood parable and likes it.

These images are everywhere, and who are we to part from the crowd? Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat hits the beach in a truly European bathing…apparatus. Via

At indieWIRE, Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks and Tamara Schweitzer report that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American rights to Luc Besson‘s "magical fantasy" "Angel-A," Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the new feature film of "Lassie" and Picturehouse has acquired the U.S. rights to Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie En Rose."

In other biz news, Cate Blanchett has joined the cast of Todd Haynes‘ semi-experimental Bob Dylan biopic "I’m Not There" as one of seven actors to play Dylan at various stages of his career. Via AP.

At the Guardian, Xan Brooks talks to Jane Campion about why she and other big names (including Gus Van Sant and the Coen brothers) chose to come to Cannes with a short (hers is "The Water Diary").

Elsewhere: The new issue of Wired turns to "Superman Returns": Neil Gaiman & Adam Rogers have an interesting piece deconstructing the myth of Superman and its appeal. Interesting if you’re a nerd! Which, of course, we are. In the same issue, Thomas Goetz interviews director Bryan Singer.

Scott Kirsner at CinemaTech notes that "Paramount Pictures and Technorati announced a multi-picture deal today to add blogger comments to movie Web sites," beginning with "An Inconvenient Truth." The big question, of course, is how (and if) comments will be filtered.

Grady Hendrix at Kaiju Shakedown has some goood stuff on beef between Chris Doyle and Martin Scorsese regarding Scorsese’s impending "Infernal Affairs" remake "The Departed" (Doyle was the cinematographer and visual consultant for "Infernal Affairs).

At Slate, Mac Rogers reflects on the art of mauling films to fit the stage.

And at the Guardian, Mark Lawson writes about "The Da Vinci Code" and wonders "Has our culture now created a sort of genetically modified turkey – the critic-proof product?"

+ Cannes #6: Palme d’Odds (
+ Cannes #7: A real movie (RogerEbert)
+ ‘Marie Antoinette’: Best or Worst of Times? (NY Times)
+ Thongs On Hairy Men Are Sexy (Just Jared)
+ Fortissimo Coming to America; Sony Classics Grabs Besson’s "Angel-A"; Picturehouse Goes For "La Vie En Rose"; and More (indieWIRE)
+ Cate Blanchett to play Bob Dylan in biopic (AP)
+ Get shorty (Guardian)
+ The Myth of Superman (Wired)
+ Bryan Singer & the Man of Steel (Wired)
+ Paramount + Technorati: Adding blogger comments to movie Web sites (CinemaTech)
+ From Screen to Stage (Slate)
+ Who cares what the reviews say? (Guardian)

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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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