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Venice 2008 lines up.

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07292008_thewrestler.jpgThe 65th Venice Film Festival announced its line-up today — among the juicy offerings are the new Darren Aronofsky film “The Wrestler,” with Mickey Rourke playing Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a retired pro wrestler struggling to get back into the ring; Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq drama “The Hurt Locker”; Takeshi Kitano’s comedy “Achilles and the Tortoise”; the new Miyazaki movie “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” which is already in theaters in Japan; Jia Zhang-ke cinematographer Nelson Yu Lik-wai’s São Paulo-set multi-ethnic thriller “Plastic City”; and Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married,” in which Anne Hathaway plays a girl fresh out of rehab.

Premiering out of competition, as already announced, will be the Coen brothers “Burn After Reading,” along with Claire Denis’ “35 Rhums,” Abbas Kiarostami’s “Shirin” and Agnés Varda’s documentary “Les Plages d’Agnès.” “Chop Shop” director Ramin Bahrani’s “Goodbye Solo” and Ross McElwee’s “In Paraguay” will play in the sidebar.

Full competition line-up after the jump:

Darren Aronofsky: The Wrestler – USA, 105′
Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

Guillermo Arriaga: The Burning Plain – USA, 147′
Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, Joaquim de Almeida

Pupi Avati: Il papà di Giovanna – Italy, 104′
Silvio Orlando, Alba Rohrwacher, Francesca Neri, Ezio Greggio, Serena Grandi

Marco Bechis: BirdWatchers – Italy, 108′
Claudio Santamaria, Alicélia Batista Cabreira, Chiara Caselli, Abrisio Da Silva Pedro

Patrick Mario Bernard, Pierre Trividic: L’Autre – France, 97′
Dominique Blanc, Cyril Gueï, Peter Bonke, Christèle Tual

Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker – USA, 131′
Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse, Jeremy Renner

Pappi Corsicato: Il seme della discordia – Italy, 85′
Caterina Murino, Alessandro Gassman, Martina Stella, Michele Venitucci, Isabella Ferrari

Jonathan Demme: Rachel Getting Married – USA, 116′
Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Rosemarie Dewitt, Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe

Haile Gerima: Teza – Ethiopia / Germany / France, 140′
Aron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Takelech Beyene

Aleksey German Jr.: Bumažnyj soldat (Paper Soldier) – Russia, 116′
Chulpan Khamatova, Merab Ninidze, Anastasya Shevelyova

Semih Kaplanoglu: Süt – Turkey / France / Germany, 102′
Melih Selcuk, Basak Koklukaya

Takeshi Kitano: Akires to kame (Achilles and the Tortoise) – Japan, 119′
Beat Takeshi, Kanako Higuchi, Yurei Yanagi, Kumiko Aso

Hayao Miyazaki: Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on Cliff by the Sea) – Japan, 101′

Amir Naderi: Vegas: Based on a True Story – USA, 102′
Mark Greenfield, Nancy La Scala, Zach Thomas

Mamoru Oshii: The Sky Crawlers – Japan, 122′

Ferzan Özpetek: Un giorno perfetto – Italy, 95′
Isabella Ferrari, Valerio Mastandrea, Valerio Binasco, Nicole Grimaudo, Stefania Sandrelli

Christian Petzold: Jerichow – Germany, 93′
Nina Hoss, Benno Fürmann, Hilmi Sözer

Barbet Schroeder: Inju, la Bête dans l’ombre – France, 105′
Magimel Benoît, Minamoto Lika, Shun Sugata, Maurice Bénichou, Ryo Ishibashi

Werner Schroeter: Nuit de chien – France / Germany / Portugal, 110′
Pascal Greggory, Bruno Todeschini, Amira Casar, Jean-François Stevenin

Tariq Teguia: Gabbla (Inland) – Algeria / France, 140′
Kader Affak, Ines Rose Djakou, Ahmed Benaïssa, Fethi Ghares, Kouider Medjahed, Djalila Kadi-Hanifi

YU Lik-wai: Dangkou (Plastic City) – Brazil / China / Hong Kong/China / Japan, 118′
Joe Odagiri, Anthony Wong, Huang Yi, Jeff Chen

[Photo: Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” Protozoa Pictures/Saturn Films, 2008]

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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

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Breakfast In Bed

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Comfy Clothes

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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

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Colin the Chicken

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Dream Of The ’90s

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No You Go

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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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