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"Different brains, that's all."
The biggest fight being picked today is a "whose threequel is bigger" one between Sony and Disney over the super, ultra impressive box offices numbers being claimed for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End." According to Andrew Clark at the Guardian:

In a rare public spat between the two Hollywood studios, Sony has accused Disney of including a seventh day of takings in figures purporting to show unprecedented six-day takings of $401m (£202m) for the third part of the series, At World’s End.

Previews in several countries were rolled in to the total, though Disney said this did not amount to many filmgoers. Sony said that including a seventh day, its recent hit Spiderman 3 grossed $418m.

Now, if that doesn’t make you want to go out and buy pirated DVDs of both those bloated efforts just out of spite, what will? In older business surliness, Anne Thompson at Variety cornered Harvey Weinstein to discuss those rumors of financial trouble at the Weinstein Company ("This is done out of jealousy. Execs and people I know who look cool and have a big office just say nasty shit."). She also outlines Weinstein’s recent tiff with Luc Besson:

Besson claimed at last week that the Weinsteins butchered the release of the animated family film "Arthur and the Invisibles": "Its American distributor was the worst I have worked with in my entire life, in any country, because they changed so much of the film and tried to pretend the film was American."

Harvey responded in the New York Daily News by calling Besson a "has-been" and offering him $1 million if he could prove that he made the film for the $85 million he originally claimed.

That’s one way to win friends and influence people.

Kaleem Aftab at the Independent catches Harvey trying to fend off negative comments from Kurt Russell regarding the de-"Grindhouse"ing of "Death Proof" at a press conference at Cannes: "What we did in cutting those films down for Grindhouse was a mistake. It removed the very essence of the movies. See these movies, they will dwarf Grindhouse."

Over at London Times, Stephen Dalton chides George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh  for having grand plans of subverting Hollywood pressures with their Section Eight production company and ultimately succumbing to the bloat of the season’s next threequel, "Ocean’s Thirteen": "They fought the mainstream, but increasingly it looks as though the mainstream has won."

In less moneyed news, Stephen Totilo at MTV talks to former "Donkey Kong" world-record holder Billy Mitchell about his unflattering portrayal in the upcoming doc "The King of Kong": "It’s funny — if ‘funny’ is the right word, which it isn’t. They paint Steve [Wiebe] as the family man and I guess they paint me as a son of a gun." At Variety, the film’s editor Michael Levine speaks up in defense of another doc on the festival circuit, "Billy The Kid," after John Anderson, in a scathing review, accused it of staging scenes and being exploitative.

The often upset country of Iran is also upset about something: According to Variety‘s Ali Jaafar, country officials are protesting the Cannes jury prize given to Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud‘s "Persepolis," calling it an example of Islamophobia and "another example of U.S. attempts to "encourage forces opposed to the authorities in any way possible."

+ Sony accuses Disney of inflating Pirates takings (Guardian)
+ Harvey Weinstein answers critics (Variety)
+ Weinstein and Tarantino fall out over major edit (Independent)
+ One last drop in the Ocean? (London Times)
+ Ex-‘Donkey Kong’ Champ Finally Speaks After Getting Bruised By New Doc (MTV)
+ In defense of ‘Billy The Kid’ (Variety)
+ Iran decries ‘Persepolis’ jury prize (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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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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