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In the works: “Money,” “Bones,” “Marx.”

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"What's worth doing is worth doing for money."
Trailer: Good morning, Baltimore — the trailer for "Hairspray" is here. Has anyone come up with a clever name for the movie adaptation of the stage adaptation of a movie yet? Or will that just provide unnecessary encouragement where none is needed?

Acquired: Screen Media/Red Envelope has picked up small town coming-of-age dramedy "I’m Reed Fish" for a June 1st release. The film stars Rory from "Gilmore Girls" and Jay Baruchel, and was in fact written by one Reed Fish, who assures on his blog: "Yes, I put my own name in the title of my movie. And no, I’m not quite as narcissistic as that makes me sound." [Variety]

In the works: Michael Douglas will reprise his role as Gordon Gecko in "Money Never Sleeps," the just-greenlit sequel to "Wall Street," with producer Edward R. Pressman returning but director Oliver Stone choosing to sit this one out. The indelible "Wall Street" image for us is the scene in which Douglas, walking on the beach, pulls out a cell phone the size of "Infinite Jest" and preens at the mere act of being able to lift, however awkwardly, such a device to his ear. How will they ever come up with a 2008 equivalent? [NY Times]

Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of "The Lovely Bones" goes to DreamWorks after some competition over the script. The film, which was expected earlier to be a smaller scale project for Jackson, was being shopped around with a projected $80 million budget. Which, for Jackson, is pretty small, come to think of it. [Hollywood Reporter]

Catherine Hardwicke, of "Thirteen" and "The Nativity Story," is in talks to direct an adaptation of Rebecca Godfrey’s book "Under The Bridge," which tells the true story of a 1997 high school killing. Reese Witherspoon will produce. [Empire]

Who hasn’t, at one time or another, idly longed for a Karl Marx biopic? Haitian director Raoul Peck (of charged 2000 biopic "Lumumba") is set to make the dream happen — the film, which will be entitled "Karl Marx," will be in English and will trace Marx’s life up until the 1848 publication of the Communist Manifesto. The cast has yet to be set. [Hollywood Reporter]

Korean director Jang Jun-hwan, of the brilliant, bonkers "Save the Green Planet!", has been tapped to direct a sequel to gambler flick "Tazza: The High Rollers," a huge success in Korea. This appears to mean that for now, Jang will set aside his previously announced next project, superhero film "Fartman." [Variety]

And John Malkovich is in negotiations to star in the Coen brothers’ CIA screwball comedy "Burn After Reading." George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand have already joined the cast. [Hollywood Reporter]

+ Trailer: Hairspray (Apple)
+ Red Envelope seals ‘Fish’ (Variety)
+ Film’s Wall Street Predator to Make a Comeback (NY Times)
+ DreamWorks digs Jackson’s ‘Bones’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Witherspoon Heads Under The Bridge (Empire)
+ Peck sets sights on Karl Marx biopic (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Jang to direct ‘Tazza’ sequel (Variety)
+ Malkovich, ‘Burn’ make good match (Hollywood Reporter)

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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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