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Tuesday odds: Waldorf.

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"Why can't they do numbers like that?"
"I had a revelation while watching Muppets Music Moments," writes Cheryl Eddy at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Statler and Waldorf are the reasons I became a film critic." Truer words, truer words.

The typewriter Christy Brown user to tap out "My Left Foot" is being put up for auction on July 3rd, according to BBC.

Werner Herzog
talks to Logan Hill at New York:

You love to blur the line between your life and work—
For
me, sometimes life and work become indistinct. Fitzcarraldo, he pulled
a 3,650-ton ship over a mountain, with 1,100 savage Indians, in the
middle of the Peruvian jungle? Yes—we’ll do that too. I don’t mind that
other filmmakers make movies with different means. But I’ll do it my
way.

"Half Nelson" director Ryan Fleck discusses "McCabe & Mrs Miller" in the Telegraph: "Throughout, there are sudden zooms in on characters. You don’t know why – it feels very random, and yet it feels right. Or moments when someone is talking and another character is looking at something off-screen. The dialogue is never as important as all those glances."

Hugh Hart at Wired News reports of the filmmakers behind "Four Eyed Monster," who recently put their entire feature film up on YouTube: "In the past week alone, Crumley and Buice say they’ve earned more than $20,000 in referral payments from sponsor Spout.com, a movie rate-and-review site that’s giving the filmmakers $1 for each new recommendation for Monsters made by a site visitor."

"The Cell" director Tarsem Singh‘s film "The Fall" is "what would’ve happened if Andrei Tarkovsky had made ‘The Wizard of Oz,’" according to David Fincher, but as Patrick Goldstein writes in the LA Times, "He can’t get anyone to release the movie."

Several execs I spoke to theorized that Tarsem’s success as a commercial director worked against the film, saying it would’ve received a warmer festival reception if it had been made by a struggling Third World filmmaker instead of a chic director best known for soft-drink ads and R.E.M. videos.

"If the film were in a foreign language, it would probably would have sold right away," says Think Films chief Mark Urman, an admirer of the movie.

At Slate, Blake Bailey examines Sam Mendes‘ planned "Revolutionary Road" adaptation and Richard Yates’ novel: "Were Yates alive to advise Mendes, I daresay he’d insist that the movie begin, as the novel does, with April’s mortifyingly awful performance in an amateur production of The Petrified Forest." And also at Slate, Eric Lichtenfeld dissects the lasting impact of John McClane’s signature line:

When terrorist-slash-exceptional thief Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) taunts hero John McClane (Bruce Willis), "Who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child?" and asks this "Mr. Cowboy" if he really thinks he stands a chance, McClane’s answer—"Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker"—marks the moment that McClane, an everyman, assumes the mantle of America’s archetypal heroes: Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Gunsmoke’s Marshall Dillon, and others who have been so vital to American boyhood. Unlike the many action-movie one-liners that are rooted in the hero’s narcissism, McClane’s stems from our collective wish-fulfillment. He is not referring to himself, not suggesting an "I" or a "me" but an us.

+ Singin’ and shillin’ with the Muppets (SF Bay Guardian)
+ ‘My Left Foot’ typewriter on sale (BBC)
+ Influences: Werner Herzog (New York)
+ Filmmakers on film: Ryan Fleck (Telegraph)
+ Fans Help Filmmakers Win YouTube Deal (Wired News)
+ No one wants to take "The Fall," a film Tarsem Singh made on his own terms (LA Times)
+ Revolutionary Road—the Movie (Slate)
+ Yippee-Ki-Yay … (Slate)

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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