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“Being beaten over the head with an ’80s stick.”

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"Me, I ride for me."
It’s time, one again, for a cruise ’round the current interview circuit. The San Francisco Bay Guardian, never ones to give the high hat to a novelty film, has Duncan Scott Davidson and Cheryl Eddy looking up and interviewing Bill Allen (not that he’s hard to find), the actor who played Christopher "Cru" Jones in 1986 BMX extravaganza "Rad":

I’m sure a lot of people ask you about the bicycle boogie scene.

Oh god. [Pause] It’s [like] being beaten over the head with an ’80s stick. It’s just very indicative of that time period, and that’s not always a great thing, if it’s the ’80s we’re talking about.

What about the ass-sliding? Another classic Rad moment…

It was really cold, and they gave us these wetsuits which did zero good if you’re just gonna be in and out of the water. It was one of the less glamorous parts about the job.

At the Herald Sun, Claire Sutherland talks to a somewhat dour Rowan Atkinson, who’s prepping for another press go-round for his next film, "Mr. Bean’s Holiday" (not due out in the US until August). Atkinson claims it’s "reasonably unlikely" he’ll make another Bean movie.

Making movies is something Atkinson endures rather than enjoys.

"That’s absolutely true. So why do it? I sometimes think it’s like bashing your head against a brick wall. It’s just nice when you stop, and you can’t get that satisfaction of stopping unless you start."

Benjamin Secher talks to "Days of Glory"‘s Rachid Bouchareb at the Telegraph, and the director shares details about the subject of his next film:

"Oui, Bob Mar-lay," he chants, an enormous grin spreading across his face. The details of the biopic are still vague – Bouchareb denies industry gossip that Jamie Foxx has been cast in the lead role – but in securing the official stamp of approval from Marley’s widow Rita, Bouchareb has already succeeded where many others have failed.

"Marley is the only global superstar ever to emerge from the developing world," he says, when asked to explain his fascination with the singer. "Go to any poor neighborhood on the planet – to the suburbs of Paris or Kingston, Jamaica – and you’ll find a poster of Marley on the walls and hear his music on the stereo. He was a carrier of hope for so many people. He used singing as another way to change the world."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on movie economics — double feature! Talking with Scott Tobias at the Onion AV Club:

I think that there is a market for good movies, for true—I hate to use the word, because people will think I’m pretentious or something, but—"art." I think you can make money. If you look at all the great movies that have made tons of money, almost all of them are great movies too. Even Titanic. I think Titanic is a great movie. I recently watched it, and I thought it was fucking great.

And with Andrew O’Hehir at Salon:

Given your recent performances, you’re going to get offered parts in films that are a little bit more black and white in terms of their structure and that maybe also pay really, really well. Are you really going to be able to say that you don’t want to do those kinds of movies?

I just want to do good movies, and by the way, "The Lookout" paid really well.

Well, good. I’m glad to hear it.

I’m so lucky to have a job like this. It’s funny to me when I hear actors talk about "littler" movies like "The Lookout." "The Lookout" is a huge movie! It cost like $20 million to make! Come on. The point is not how much it cost to make or what corporation backed it, the point is that it was a good script and that the people making it loved what they were doing.

At the Independent, Cathy Pryor speaks with Thelma Schoonmaker, the Oscar-winning editor (most recently lauded for her work in "The Departed") and widow of Michael Powell:

So there are unwritten scripts? "Oh yes! Scorsese tried to get Michael jobs as a director so some of the projects could get made but there were always problems with insurance, even though Scorsese offered to direct if anything happened to Michael, and so did Coppola. Unfortunately, sometimes Michael would get annoyed at a potential backer they had found and insult him if he said something insensitive. Marty, you see, has learned how to function in the studio world, he’s learned how to walk that tightrope between commerce and art and work with studio people. But Michael never learned that."

Robert Koehler interviews Paul Verhoeven at Cinema-Scope:

Joe Eszterhas has written that Spetters was the basis for Flashdance (1983).

Yes, I’ve seen that although funnily enough he never told me that. He’s very good at changing the reality, and altering the parameters. When he writes about me, either negatively or positively, Joe is very amusing. He makes things up sometimes, or adds to it. He’s done that all along. He did this when he was a journalist.

In all of Eszterhas’ references to you in his book, he would refer to you as “my friend Paul.” So are you friends?

We have very much a love-hate relationship, I would say. He’s written things that are completely untrue. I know because I was there. This may also be the case when he writes about others as well.

And Mark Wahlberg hilariously details his clashes with Scorsese on the set of "The Departed" for John Hiscock at the Telegraph:

"I was only supposed to do a couple of weeks on The Departed so I was able to grow my hair for Invincible. But then the schedule changed and four months later I’m still working on The Departed so I wouldn’t cut my hair and Marty was pissed off," he says, remembering their expletive-filled exchanges. "He was like, ‘You’ve got to cut your f***ing hair,’ and I was, ‘I don’t give a f***.’

"He was, ‘I’m Martin Scorsese… da-dee da.’

"I said, ‘Well, I’m not getting paid for this… da-dee-da. What the f***?’"

+ To Helltrack and back
(SF Bay Guardian)
+ The Atkinson diet (Herald Sun)
+ Forgotten war of Africa’s heroes (Telegraph)
+ Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Onion AV Club)
+ "Life’s not simple" (Salon)
+ Thelma Schoonmaker: Life on the cutting edge of film (Independent)
+ Vulgar Moralism: Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book (Cinema-Scope)
+ My battles with Scorsese (Telegraph)

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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