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Going to Cannes for only a few days was a terrible tease, though we’re hardly complaining. Orange France, which provided internet access at our hotel, did not get along well with our blogging tool, so we have a few late, backlogged reviews to post shortly.

We were given the okay to go far too late to apply for a press badge from the festival’s famously draconian press office, but IFC did provide us with a bluish badge, the mysterious nature of which we did not manage to divine, as every time we used it to get into a screening we were told to stand in a different line. Once, waiting for what turned out to be the premiere of Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s "Flight of the Red Balloon" as well as the opening night of Un Certain Regard, we were let in first and ended up sitting across the aisle from Juliette Binoche and co. It was all very bewildering and exciting.

We mooched into the first press screening of "My Blueberry Nights" via a means we were too chicken to repeat, and so on Thursday morning with no screenings open to us we wandered over to the Carlton to watch, with dozens of our peers and the slightest amount of malignance in our heart, as Jerry Seinfeld, clad in a Styrofoam bee costume, slid down a zip line accompanied by "Flight of the Bumblebee" to promote "Bee Movie."


Seinfeld went down once, arms flailing, went back up, and went down a second time, clearly a little sooner than he had planned — he looked stricken as they unhooked him on the dock to head to the press line, but valiantly pulled himself together while others headed off to eat the buffet lunch provided by DreamWorks. Those we spoke to about the stunt were mildly impressed, if also curious about the insurance costs of slinging a famous comedian off a ten-story luxury hotel.

We were given the opportunity to attend one red carpet premiere, for "Les Chansons D’Amour." If you’ve been watching the Cannes Cam at all, you’ll have a sense of what that was like — everyone piles into cars to be driven to the Palais, which is, naturally, only about a five-minute walk from all of the major hotels. When you exit at the entrance of the red carpet, there’s a flutter from the barrage of amateur photographers and fans gathered on the median until they realize you’re no one of importance, at which point you can meander around the red carpet until a polite Cannes staff member observed that you perhaps would like to go inside and take a seat and leave some room outside for the talented and famous. Our experience was considerably improved by the fact that we were walking next to a French starlet named either Alice or Alison, and so could pretend we were walking away from hoards of tuxedoed paparazzi yelling our name.

The red carpet for Cannes anniversary anthology film "Chacun Son Cinéma" was, we were told, a madhouse, though it will probably be outdone by Thursday’s premiere of "Ocean’s Thirteen." Still, no one’s made a bigger entrance yet than Alain Delon, who appeared late and set the crowd screaming with excitement. Here, the "Chacun" directors gather on the steps to the Palais:


The most interesting thing we learned at Cannes is that it’s very not in vogue to be fond of the Coen brothers. We’ve heard, either directly or indirectly from three different critics that "No Country For Old Men" is good, but that they just don’t like the Coens. Who knew?

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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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