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DreamWorks' great non-white Oscar hope.
A few quickies:

"The Da Vinci Code": Color us bemused. $77 million opening weekend, despite those reviews.

At Cannes, people are plotzing over DreamWorks’ 20-minute preview of Bill Condon‘s "Dreamgirls," which stars Beyoncé and Jamie Foxx and which is based on the Broadway musical based on the rise of Diana Ross and the Supremes. Bob Tourtellotte at Reuters:

Shouts of "more" echoed round the room after the four brief scenes were shown — the first ever screening of the clips — and when Foxx addressed the crowd, Oscar whispers filled the air.

We imagine that’s like smoke filling the air, but less breathable. David Poland:

My favorite unspoken bit is when [Eddie] Murphy‘s Early (a performance that
stinks of Oscar, even in this small quantity) wants two back up
singers, but accepts the three, figuring without a word that there is
the beauty, the singer, and the one to whom he is immediately attracted
and that if the girls were forced to drop one member, his hoped for
lover would be the one to go. And of course, this is an early echo of
what is to come in the film.

Again! Oscar buzz is not unlike some form of conical incense. Mary Corliss, blogging for Time:

Twenty minutes, even the 20 shown at the Martinez, do not make a movie. There’s no telling how the entire film will play. But the Friday-night tastes were savory. It was apparent that the film, designed by John Myhre ("X Men," "Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha") with special lighting by Broadway legend Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, looks fabulous. Choreographer Fatima Robinson put the non-dancing actors through brilliant moves.

And the teaser, for you the judge yourself. All this Oscar buzz is going to our head, we need some fresh air. The film’s not even done yet, and it has a late December premiere date attached.

Speaking of, the trailer for Oliver Stone‘s "World Trade Center," backed with wall-to-wall sappy strings and headed by Nicolas Cage (attempting what may be an even less convincing accent than the one he assumed for "Captain Corelli’s Mandolin") is still oddly comforting — we don’t particularly want to see it, but if 9/11 films are an inevitability, we’d rather see them a-drip with sentimental cinematic goo than sparse and lean and delivered like a dose of medicine.

Also at Cannes, via Todd at Twitch:

Apparently Choi Min-Sik and Bong Joon-Ho have been leading nightly vigils in from of the Palais Lumiere every night at eight, just on time for the big nightly galas. The duo are there protesting, once again, the reduction of the Korean screen quota system. Bong’s presence makes good sense as he’s there with "The Host" this year, but as near as I can tell Choi has nothing at the festival whatsoever, not even in the market, which means he’s made the trip solely for this purpose.

Incidentally, "The Host," which is part of the Directors’ Fortnight, and which IMDb sums up with "a mutant emerges from Seoul’s Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people," has been generating advance rumblings for ages.

Via Gregg Kilday at Hollywood Reporter, Todd Solondz is apparently at Cannes trolling for cash for a new film "inspired by his black comedies ‘Happiness’ and ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse.’ " Because, boy, save his embarrassing 1989 semi-studio film "Fear, Anxiety & Depression," his films have just been all over the extremely bleak black comedy map.

Finally, via (yes!) the New York Post‘s Page Six, Lionsgate’s promotional efforts surrounding forgettable horror flick "See No Evil" reportedly sidestep the slight issue of helmer Gregory Dark‘s previous career directing and producing pornos (as if they were required to trumpet the fact?). Title highlights include "The Creasemaster," "Between the Cheeks," and our personal favorite, "Dr. Penetration." We do feel they’ve missed out on a key marking hook here: "From the makers of ‘Hootermania’…" beats out "Hey! This movie stars a pro-wrestler!" any day. It does also add a mildly ironic twist to that whole "torture porn" discussion.

+ The Da Vinci Code (Boxoffice Mojo)
+ "Dreamgirls" casts spell over Cannes audience (Reuters)
+ Dreamgirls On The Croisette (The Hot Blog)
+ Dream a Little Dream (Time)
+ Teaser: Dreamgirls (Apple)
+ Trailer: World Trade Center
(Apple)
+ Choi Min-Sik and Bong Joon-Ho Holding Screen Quota Vigils at Cannes (Twitch)
+ Solondz finds more "Happiness" with new film (Hollywood Reporter)
+ HISTORY EXCISED (NY Post)

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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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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A-O Rewind

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.

via GIPHY

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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