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In the works: “Still Life” acquired, Tavernier in English.

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Acquired: New Yorker Films has picked up Jia Zhang-Ke‘s acclaimed "Still Life" for a fall release. Jia, the only director in the entire country of China not making pricey historical battle epics, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival last year, where the film made its premiere. [Hollywood Reporter] That deal was made at Tribeca, as were the acquisition of German drama "Vivere" by Here! Films for a release sometime this year, and the acquisition of doc "9 Star Hotel" by Koch Lorber for a May release in New York, with other cities to follow. "Vivere" is from Angelina Maccarone; "9 Star Hotel" follows Palestinian construction workers who sneak into Israel every day for work. [Hollywood Reporter] In another Tribeca pick-up, First Run/Icarus Films has snagged Camila Guzmán Urzúa‘s autobiographical doc "The Sugar Curtain," which traces the director’s years growing up in Cuba in the 70s and 80s, and which will get a summer release.

Elsewhere, Brian Jun‘s Midwestern drama "Steel City" will be release by Truly Indie, opening May 25th in New York and rolling out from there. The film premiered at Sundance last year, and Raymond J. Barry received a Spirit Award nomination for his role. [Hollywood Reporter]

In the works: France’s Bertrand Tavernier, director of "Coup de torchon" and many more, will make his English language debut with "In the Electric Mist," based on this James Lee Burke novel. The film, a Louisiana-set mystery about a detective tracking a serial killer, will star Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Peter Sarsgaard, Ned Beatty and Tom (Yes!) Sizemore. [Hollywood Reporter]

Tran Anh Hung, the Vietnamese filmmaker behind the impressive films "The Scent of Green Papaya" and "Vertical Ray of the Sun," will next direct boundless bundle of charisma Josh Hartnett in "I Come with the Rain," about "a private detective who, haunted by a past encounter with a serial killer, heads for the Far East to search for a missing heir who has the power to heal with his touch." [Variety]

George Clooney and Grant Heslov, who together wrote "Good Night, and Good Luck," will be co-writing "Escape From Tehran," based on this Wired magazine article. The film will be a dramedy about how the CIA used "a fake movie project to smuggle a handful of Americans out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis." [Variety]

Cillian Murphy is going to play a hippie. [Empire]

Mr. Bean is going to play a Dickens character. [Variety]

And, because the world always need more graphic novel adaptation (or at least the box office does), Warner Brothers has acquired the rights to Frank Miller‘s "Ronin," about  a dystopic New York, evil sword, and so on. [Hollywood Reporter] Columbia Pictures has picked up Dark Horse Comics’s "The Ark," created by Mark Verheiden. [Hollywood Reporter]

+ New Yorker draws deal for ‘Still Life’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Vivere,’ ‘Hotel’ among Tribeca pickups
(Hollywood Reporter)
+ Truly Indie hammers out ‘Steel’ deal (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Mist’ opportunity for Tavernier (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Hartnett to star in ‘Rain’ (Variety)
+ Clooney, Heslov visit ‘Tehran’ (Variety)
+ Four Get Their Hippie Hippie Shake On (Empire)
+ Atkinson, Howitt set for ‘Copperfield’ (Variety)
+ Warners ready for Miller’s ‘Ronin’ comic (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Ark’ triumph for Columbia, Moritz (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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