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Odds: Tuesday – Uwe Boll, Justin Lin, Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd.”

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We hate ourselves for posting this, but we wouldn’t be where we are today (sitting behind a computer for hours and hours and hours at a time) without a little self-loathing: Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool reports that everyone’s favorite terrible (and technically indie) director, Uwe Boll, is preparing to take on his harshest critics in the ring as part of his latest film, "Postal":

Towards the end of the filming of Postal, the five most outspoken critics will be flown into Vancouver and supplied with hotel rooms. As a guest of Uwe Boll they will be given the chance to be an extra/stand-in in Postal and have the opportunity to put on boxing gloves and enter a BOXING RING to fight Uwe Boll. Each critic will have the opportunity to bring down Uwe in a 10-bout match. There will be five matches planned over the last two days of the movie. Certain scenes from these boxing matches will become part of the Postal movie. All five fights will be televised on the Internet and will be covered by international press.

To be eligible you must be a critic who has posted on the Internet or have written in magazines/newspapers at least two extremely negative articles in the year 2005. Critics of 2006 will not be considered.

Elsewhere, who knew the director of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" was Justin Lin? Ah, we remember when "Better Luck Tomorrow" came out and carried the promise that maybe there could be a mainstream Asian American film not about fighting with one’s parents over not being a doctor or dating a white guy. Jeff Yang at SF Gate interviews him:

"And I said, ‘I think it’s offensive and dated, and I
don’t have any intention of doing it.’ But Stacey [Snider], the head of
the studio, said, ‘Just tell us what you’d do differently.’ So I said,
‘To begin with, I’d get rid of all the gongs and temples and Buddhas
and the visual gags about how the white guy is a foot taller than all
the Asians.’ And she said, ‘OK, we’ll make the kind of movie you want.’
I was like, ‘Uh, are you sure?’

Er, way to keep it real, Justin…yeah!

Via the Hollywood Reporter, the planned adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical "Sweeney Todd" is being fast-tracked, with Tim Burton set to direct and Johnny Depp in talks for the lead role.

In the Observer, Sean O’Hagan interviews Cillian Murphy‘s Cannes-worthy cheekbones.

On the occasion of "Beyond the Valley of the Doll"‘s arrival on DVD, Roger Ebert reprints "observations written for Film Comment magazine on the occasion of the movie’s 10th anniversary in 1980."

Now that we’re halfway through 2006, the Reverse Shot crew offers up their top ten of the year thus far as a challenge to all those who’ve been moaning about the "dearth of worthwhile cinema thus far."

Via BBC, Eminem is set to star in a film remake of the 50s Western TV series "Have Gun – Will Travel." It’s still in development, but it will be present-day, so probably no cowboy hat.

In the LA Times, Patrick Goldstein writes about Mercedes Maharis’ "Cochise County, USA: Cries From the Border":

Though it has never received a theatrical release, Maharis’ film,  has found a growing audience on the home-video front, having already sold close to 20,000 copies, an impressive tally for a documentary by an unknown filmmaker.

What’s especially startling about the film is that its filmmaker doesn’t fit any of our neat cultural preconceptions. To put it bluntly, Maharis is no liberal-baiting Ann Coulter. She spent much of her life in Santa Monica, where she worked as a volunteer in a homeless shelter, studied meditation, worked in interior design and ran a video firm that produced educational films. She has a master of arts in Latin American studies and has been a longtime advocate of prisoners’ rights.

And at the Japan Times, Kaori Shoji has a short interview with Andy Lau, the director of "Infernal Affairs" and upcoming Ricahrd Gere film "The Flock," about how he ended up directing Amsterdam-set Korean love story "Daisy."

+ Do you wanna go POSTAL on Uwe Boll? (AICN)
+ ASIAN POP: Switching Gears (SF Gate)
+ Burton goes from Ripley to ‘Sweeney’ (HR)
+ ‘I just want to challenge myself with each role’ (Observer)
+ Beyond The Valley of the Dolls (
+ 2006 Half-Time: A Sidelong Glance (indieWIRE)
+ Eminem ‘to star as bounty hunter’ (BBC)
+ Border crossing (LA Times)
+ He’s moving on up (Japan 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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