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In the works: Boden, Fleck and Bertolucci.

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Diving bell.
Cannes rundown: By our count, these are the big acquisitions from the competition, Un Certain Regard and Directors’ Fortnight:

IFC First Take:

"Flight of the Red Balloon" [Rainbow]
"4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days" [Hollywood Reporter]
"Paranoid Park" [Variety]


"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" [indieWIRE]

Roadside Attractions:

"Caramel" [Hollywood Reporter]


"We Own the Night" [Variety]


"My Brother Is an Only Child" [Variety]

Weinstein Company:

"Control" [Hollywood Reporter]

Acquired elsewhere: The Weinstein Company has picked up Woody Allen‘s latest, "Cassandra’s Dream," another London-set venture, this one starring Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell as estranged but scruffily attractive brothers. [indieWIRE]

In the works: Bright young things Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the team behind "Half Nelson," will adapt "Special Topics in Calamity Physics," the bestselling book (and NY Times "10 Best" pick) by bright young thing Marisha Pessl (see how that works?). The story is somewhat young adult novelish, and we expect the resulting film to be blindingly dewy and precocious. [Hollywood Reporter]

Bernardo Bertolucci will direct a yet-untitled English-language drama about Gesualdo da Venosa, a 16th century Italian composer famous for murdering his wife and her lover. And possibly also his son. And possibly also his father-in-law. Bertolucci is writing the script with Mark Peploe, who worked with him on "The Last Emperor." [Variety]

John Woo (oh, break our heart again, why don’t you?) will be directing "Ninja Gold" for Fox Atomic  — he created the idea for the film with video game vet Warren Spector. The film will be about ninjas, er, fighting things. Possibly the yakuza? "’Ninja’ centers on a ninja warrior, part of a centuries-old legacy and bloodline, forced to confront the reality of covert warfare in the modern world." [Hollywood Reporter]

On the "look who’s making movies now" front, Reader’s Digest is one of three partners producing "Ace of Hearts," which is a Dean Cain-starring "movie based on a story published by Reader’s Digest about a policeman and his crime-fighting dog." [Variety] Meanwhile, Sony BMG Film, which has already produced two high profile musical-oriented docs (Asger Leth‘s "Ghosts of Cité Soleil" and Julien Temple‘s "Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten"), will be having Darnell Martin (of "Their Eyes Were Watching God") direct "Cadillac Records," about the 1950s Chicago music world. [Variety]

On the remake front: That long-delayed remake of "The Women" now has a cast: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing and Candice Bergen. The film will be Diane English‘s directorial debut. [Variety] And it turns out 1939 is the current go-to year for those in need of ideas: Reese Witherspoon will star in a remake of Claudette Colbert comedy "Midnight." "Little Miss Sunshine"‘s Michael Arndt wrote the script. [Variety] Wes Craven has found a director for the remake of his own directorial debut "The Last House on the Left," which is itself a sort-of remake of "The Virgin Spring." Greek director Dennis Iliadis, whose 2004 debut "Hardcore" was declared by Craven to be "so compelling and real," is the chosen one — Craven will produce. [Variety] And Stephen Fung‘s pop star-laden,  gay-themed Hong Kong action comedy "Enter the Phoenix" is also up for a US remake, though no director or stars are yet attached. [Variety]

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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.


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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