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“She looks just like me…only…not crazy.”

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Not yet dead.
Trailer of the day: For Karen Moncrieff‘s "The Dead Girl," which scooped a surprising amount of ISA nominations (including Best Feature), here. Oh, Brittany Murphy.

In the works:

At Variety, Gabriel Snyder reports that David Gordon Green (♥!) is set to direct comedy "The Pineapple Express," which will star Seth Rogen and James Franco (additional "Freaks and Geeks" connection: Judd Apatow is one of the producers):

"This project is an opportunity to plant an absurd buddy comedy in a rough-and-tumble action movie," Green said. "I’ve always been a sucker for the genre and hungry to fire up a comedy where characters don’t get lost in their own concept."

Empire reports that first-timer Jonathan Ogilvie will direct Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne in "The Tender Hook," "a 1920s film noir that follows a young woman’s rise within a love and power struggle set in the world of boxing."

Scott Roxborough at the Hollywood Reporter notes that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American rights to "Vitus," Switzerland’s official selection for the foreign-language film Oscar and the winner of the AFI Fest audience award for best feature. In older news, Brian Brooks at indieWIRE writes that Magnolia Pictures has rescued Wisit Sasanatieng‘s 2001 Cannes feature "Tears of The Black Tiger" from the Miramax shelf: "Described as a ‘pad thai’ Western, the film is the story of a handsome bandit who is in love with a high society sweetheart whose father is trying to keep them apart."

Mack at Twitch has some of Tartan’s 2007 theatrical release line-up: "The Page Turner," "Triad Election," "Princess," "12:08 East of Bucharest" and "Taxidermia" are on the list. Steven Zeitchik reports that Morgan Spurlock‘s distribution label Morgan Spurlock Presents "has bought Independent Spirit nominee ‘Chalk’ and tsunami doc ‘The Third Wave’ with plans to release them theatrically next year. It also has picked up education-themed doc ‘Class Act’ for homevid."

At MTV, Larry Carroll talks to Richard Linklater about the quiet epic he’s been working on for the past few years:

"I’m in my fifth year of a 12-year project," the "Fast Food Nation" director said recently about the ambitious project he and his small crew have been calling "The 12-Year Movie" or "Boyhood." It’s a flick that could turn out to be unlike anything ever attempted before — and at a time when people are chronicling their own daily decay with YouTube montages, Linklater is aiming to depict the stages of life even more vividly.

Every year, Linklater has a quasi-family reunion with aging A-listers Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette and, along with a skeleton crew of behind-the-scenes loyalists, shoots scenes that will someday be pasted together to create an exploration into adolescence. Alongside young actor Ellar Salmon (who is briefly glimpsed in "Nation"), the group gets together annually to film Linklater’s script about a troubled young boy who will eventually grow into a college freshman.

+ Trailer: The Dead Girl (Moviefone)
+ Columbia plucks ‘Pineapple’ (Variety)
+ Hugo Weaving Has The Tender Hook (Empire)
+ Sony Classics picks up Swiss drama (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Magnolia Pictures Takes US Rights to "Tears of the Black Tiger" (indieWIRE)
+ Tartan 2007 theatrical schedule announced (Twitch)
+ Spurlock label acquires pics (Variety)
+ Got Plans For 2013? Check Out Richard Linklater’s ’12-Year Movie’ (MTV)

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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.

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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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