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Odds: Monday – Pirates, Je T’Aime.

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Moi non plus.The site for another big Cannes title, massive anthology film "Paris Je T’aime," is live here, with photos and trailer (click "Film Annonce"). In French, natch — no US distributor for this one either, despite looking mighty charming.

At The Hot Button, David Poland big hearts "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest," "easily the best studio confection of the year… kicking ass, taking names, and reminding us all of the joy that going to a big summer movie is supposed to inspire in us."

Slightly old, and we’re still having trouble believing it: Newsweek‘s Lorraine Ali reports on the new plan to dissuade suicide bombers: "A new, American-made PSA aimed at discouraging these deadly attacks is currently in production. The ad is slated to air as a 60-second spot on Iraqi television this summer."

"We all watch it on the evening news," says [LA-based production company] 900 Frames partner Drew Plotkin, "but we’re using a 120-camera set up that was used in films like ‘The Matrix.’ It gives a frozen-in-time feeling. Instead of seeing a flash and ambulances racing to the scene, we’re showing the street right before the attack, during and right after. That will communicate the horror, the carnage, the human toll these attacks take on innocent civilians."

At the LA Times, Paul Cullum interviews "Ned? Ned Ryerson?!" himself, Stephen Tobolowsky.

Chris Nashawaty at Entertainment Weekly chats with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez about "Grind House":

Why do you love the exploitation movies of the ’70s so much?

RODRIGUEZ
A lot of these movies, when Quentin would show them, the prints would be in disrepair. So sometimes you’d miss key lines of dialogue, or you could tell whole scenes were cut out because the film broke there.

TARANTINO
We were watching this Oliver ReedRichard Widmark movie called "The Sell-Out," and it was missing a reel right in the middle. And I’ve come to like it that way. I don’t even want to know what happens in the missing reel. I like having to figure it out. Richard Widmark has this girl, and you can’t tell if Oliver Reed had sex with her in the missing reel or not. Maybe he did, and that’s why they’re all mad at each other. It was Rick ["Dazed and Confused"] Linklater‘s idea that we do the missing reel.

RODRIGUEZ We tried to use that stuff to our favor. In my film, we have a missing reel. A sign comes up in the second-half that says ”Missing Reel.” It’s like you went on a 20-minute bathroom break and you come back and all hell’s broken loose.

At the Japan Times, Mark Schilling reviews "Imprint," Takashi Miike‘s infamous banned installment of "Master of Horror," and interviews Miike.

The Toronto Star‘s Peter Howell ain’t interested in boxing with Uwe Boll: "If the prize in the boxing match were a promise from Boll that he would never again make a movie, it might be worth bulking up on the protein shakes to take him on. But I doubt I could trust Boll to do the right thing, since nothing short of a Scud missile attack could keep him away from a movie camera."

IBN Live reports that Bollywood beauty-queens-turned-actresses Sushmita Sen (Miss Universe ’94) and Aishwarya Rai (Miss World ’94) both have plans to "star in separate films about the life of freedom fighter Rani Lakshmibai."

And a Sina.com, two photos from Wong Kar Wai‘s currently filming (in New York, nonetheless) "My Blueberry Nights" — one and two.

+ Paris, Je T’Aime (Official site – France)
+ June 26, 2006 (The Hot Button)
+ This Is Your Street Mid-Bombing (MSNBC)
+ Stephen Tobolowsky Adds a Name to the Face (LA Times)
+ ‘House’ Mates (EW)
+ Dial J for horror (Japan Times)
+ Takashi Miike makes his mark (Japan Times)
+ Uwe Boll can kiss the canvas without me (Toronto Star)
+ Sush ‘n’ Ash strike swords for film (IBNLive)
+ "My Blueberry Nights" shoot 1 (Sina.com)

+ "My Blueberry Nights" shoot 2
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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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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…

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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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