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Toni Collette’s “Mental” Note and the Wave of ’90s Nostalgia Soon Hitting Theaters

Toni Collette’s “Mental” Note and the Wave of ’90s Nostalgia Soon Hitting Theaters (photo)

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Toni Collette is returning to Australia to work with director PJ Hogan for the first time since the two collaborated on their breakthrough film “Muriel’s Wedding” 17 years ago on a comedy called “Mental,” in which Collette is expected to star as a caretaker for a politician’s family of seven that has recently seen their matriarch admitted into the psychiatric ward. The film will not only serve as Hogan’s first in his native country since “Muriel’s,” but it’s also the latest indie production to suggest that soon audiences could relive the glory days of ’90s, or at least enjoy a nostalgic kick of seeing many of its filmmakers reunite.

Late twentysomethings, you knew this day was coming with the pop cultural markers all around. For years, you’ve had a fond spot in your heart for “The Goonies,” A-Ha and “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, but could only embrace it at a remove from those children of the ’70s that started developing their own personal tastes in their teens and you could only watch as the “Star Wars” prequels, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and even as recently as “The Expendables” sent ripples through the spines of hardwired movie geeks that saw their progenitors in theaters rather than from worn VHS tapes.

Personally, I began to worry/anticipate this day as early as 2003 when 1987’s “Can’t Buy Me Love” was remade with a racial twist into the Nick Cannon-Christina Milian romcom “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” but this year alone, it’s a group of films with far better pedigrees that’ll start to filter through theaters possibly as soon as this fall when Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress” will mark the first film from the “Metropolitan” director in more than a decade, updated to include current indie darling Greta Gerwig as a college student who falls in with a clique that aims to treat their depressed peers.

Then “Clueless” fans can expect their day of reckoning with “Vamps,” the romantic comedy that once again puts Alicia Silverstone at the center of an Amy Heckerling production where she’ll play a bloodsucker alongside Krysten Ritter who has trouble with her lovelife. And it was recently announced in Austin that cameras are rolling on a remake of Richard Linklater’s seminal 1991 film “Slacker,” backed by the Austin Film Society, which commissioned a host of local filmmakers ranging from collectives such as the Alamo Drafthouse, who came up with the idea, and the University of Texas’ Reel Women chapter to veteran helmers such as Jay Duplass (“Cyrus”) and Bradley Beesley (“Fearless Freaks”) to recreate scenes from the landmark film. The film is already scheduled to premiere in Austin on August 31st with Linklater in attendance, all to benefit the very worthwhile Texas Filmmakers Production Fund.

It isn’t limited to films – this year alone will see the return of rock bands Soundgarden and a reinvented Sublime, now called Sublime with Rome (a reference to the lead singer that’s replaced the late Bradley Nowell), but apparently 20 years has been decided upon as the right time to recycle pop culture. For “Arrested Development” fans waiting for the long-rumored movie version or the next White Stripes album, you may want to set your clocks for 2020.

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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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A-O Rewind

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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WTF Films

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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