Amy Poehler, Kids in the Hall and More Are Heading to Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme 2015
Get ready to get rowdy when Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme returns to Los Angeles for a third face-melting-ly awesome year.
The line-up is a who’s who of comedy and music talent with Amy Poehler, Die Antwoord, Aubrey Plaza, The Darkness, Kristen Schaal, Dan Deacon, Jenny Slate, Andrew W.K., Kyle Mooney, Dan Harmon, Nathan Fielder, and many more all performing. Of course, The D will be doing a mellow jazz set. Just kidding — they’re going to pummel the masses with the force of rock.
If that roster isn’t enough to convince you to go buy tickets right this second, there’s also a Kids In The Hall get-together with cast members Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. Oh, and in case one cult comedy reunion wasn’t enough, the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will also be appearing.
The one-day comedy festival will be held on Saturday, October 10th at Los Angeles, California’s Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds. Tickets are $99 (a limited number are available at the discounted price of $75) for the whole day, and are on sale now. Special $250 VIP tickets are also available. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more updates, and check out the awesome poster below. We’ll see you there!
Rick Moranis on Why “Ghostbusters 3” Might Still Happen
Rick Moranis would very much like you to know that he isn’t retired anymore and not just because he has a new album, “My Mother’s Brisket,” out. And more specifically, that he never was really retired, just withdrawing from the spotlight to raise his kids after his wife died in 1991.
Well, he’s back now and is actively clearing up rumors and explaining what he’s been up to, projects he almost got involved in, and it may disappoint you depending on how passionate you are about some of the big movies he’s been in over the years. In an interview with Heeb Magazine, Moranis says that he “hasn’t been in touch with anyone I’ve worked with for over 20 years.”
But this part of the interview is interesting and shows he might be open to reconnecting:
BA: Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money was a conversation?
RM: Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit. It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. And I was unable to make a deal with Mel. I couldn’t make a deal.
BA: In terms of just getting enough money?
RM: I wasn’t privy to what the budget was or anything, but the deal he presented me, what he wanted me to do, was not workable. It was two or three years later. He wanted me to … it’s better if I don’t get into the particulars of it. Because it is so specific, it’s counter-productive to talk about it. But I was unable to make a deal, and it would have been something I would have wanted to do. But that ship has sailed. Then, there’s the perennial talk of another Ghostbusters, but that’s all talk and speculation.
BA: Have you been approached about it?
RM: I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Aykroyd’s. Some sort of producer. And he said, “Listen, I gotta ask you something, because the Internet says you’re retired”—which is one of my favorites, by the way.
BA: When the Internet says you’re retired?
RM: I just love when the Internet is wrong. It’s the only thing that will save journalism. So he says, “I gotta ask, would you do it?” I said, “I don’t say no to anything until everything is presented to me.” What is it? Is it happening? Is there a script? What’s the part? Who else is in it? Where is it? How long is it gonna take? You know, I need a little bit more information. “But it’s something you would do?” he asks. Do I have to answer that?
BA: He needs that confirmation, so he can go back to people and make his deal.
RM: Yeah. That’s called “producing.” I got this, and I got this. Gimme some money.
So, if nothing else, it still leaves “Ghostbusters 3” and his involvement as a possibility.
Read the full interview here.
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Exclusive premiere: The Lost Brothers “Blue Moon In September”
The Lost Brothers, sail away under a blue moon to New York this week where they are playing their Ireland-by-way-of-Nashville brand of “cosmic swamp” folk ditties. The Liverpool based duo, Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, met Raconteur Brendan Benson last year and what was initially an invite to “record a song or two” with him in Nashville, suddenly turned into the making of a whole record.
“There was a great spirit of friendship and creativity in the studio,” the Lost Brothers said. “Ideas would be flying high about how to record the next song and we would grab at them like crazed pirates racing towards some finish line.”
The video for this high seas lullaby was created by artist Gavin Wood in Liverpool, using hand crafted props and puppetry.
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The Lost Brothers’ album, “The Passing of The Night,” is out on Benson’s Readymade label now. They are currently on tour with Glen Hansard and still have a CMJ date, Oct 20th, at the Irish Arts Centre in NYC.
Rachel McAdams gets kinky in trailer for Brian De Palma’s “Passion”
If you hadn’t yet heard of Brian De Palma’s latest directorial effort, “Passion,” then now is the time to start paying attention.
The first trailer for the film has finally debuted now that it is coming close to its Toronto Independent Film Festival and Venice Film Festival debuts, and the flick looks rife with exactly what the title promises. Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace star as a career woman and her assistant (respectively) who enter into a game of sexual politics that likely won’t end well for any of them.
McAdams, known best for her sweet roles in “The Notebook” and “The Time Travelers Wife,” looks like she’s having the time of her life in this film. This is the first time we’ve really seen her be able to step away from the romantic roles she’s typically stuck in, with “Mean Girls” being the closest she’s ever come to being this malicious. The trailer only teases the downward spiral Rapace goes on, but the below synopsis promises that she’ll end up being just as manipulative as Isabel as McAdams is as Christine.
Here’s the official synopsis for “Passion” from the TIFF website:
“Passion” is a remake of Alain Corneau’s elegant thriller “Crime d’amour,” which we presented at our Festival in 2010. De Palma follows the structure of the original while making it entirely his own. The film centres around two women: Christine (Rachel McAdams), an elegant, ice-cool blonde career woman who holds a senior position with a high-powered advertising agency; and her assistant Isabel (Noomi Rapace), a shy and reticent brunette. Christine has a silky smooth charm, but underneath her veneer of control hides a tangle of kinky sexual needs. Isabel, smart and creative despite her hesitance, harbours a growing ambition.
When Christine claims credit for a daring marketing campaign that was entirely Isabel’s idea, the gloves start to come off in subtle ways. Isabel is initially disarmed by her boss’ candour: as Christine explains it, stealing her idea was simply business. But things change when Christine humiliates Isabel in public. With the plot set in motion, De Palma uncorks all the stops and, with wild abandon, launches into a labyrinthine revenge story.
As Isabel schemes, Christine parries her thrusts with calculated bravura. De Palma relishes these kinds of baroque plots; here he lets rip with a series of set pieces in the style for which he is famous. McAdams and Rapace revel in the expanse De Palma always allows his actors, while the story twists and turns in unexpectedly. Scratch below the surface: passions rage.
“Passion” does not yet have a US release date.
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“Looper” to open Toronto International Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off in only 44 days, and the fest has honored Rian Johnson’s “Looper” by having it open the 10-day-long event. It’s the second time Johnson has had a film at TIFF, the first being his theatrical debut, “Brick.”
“With ‘Looper,’ Rian has taken his filmmaking to a new level, and we can’t wait to present it to the Toronto audience in the most prestigious platform we can offer,” Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director, told The Los Angeles Times.
“Looper” kicks off what looks to be an awesome year for movies at TIFF. In addition to the opening night film, the festival also announced its line-up of galas and special presentations. Now we wish it was much easier — and cheaper — to fly into Toronto, because just about every movie we’ve been looking forward to that comes out over the next year is screening there.
Chief among them are the Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas,” Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines,” David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep” and Ben Affleck’s “Argo.” Even more exciting is the fact that Joss Whedon is bringing his low-budget take on “Much Ado About Nothing” to the festival, while Terrence Malick’s recently-titled “To The Wonder” will make its big premiere as well. Even Summit’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is being taken out and shown off.
Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” Saorsie Ronan and Gemma Arterton’s “Byzantium,” David Ayer’s “End of Watch and Kristen Wiig’s “Imogene” will be screened during special presentations. We’re also psyched to hear what people think of the Bill Murray-starring “Hyde Park on Hudson,” Michael Shannon’s “The Iceman” and Terry Gilliam’s “A Liar’s Autobiography — The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.” And, you know, every other movie there. Did we mention we’re jealous of everyone getting to attend yet?
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16. “Looper” hits theaters on September 28.
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Exclusive premiere: honeyhoney “Angel of Death”
Heartbreakers and murderers, the seemingly sweet folky duo, honeyhoney show what they’re really capable of on this opener from their last album, “Billy Jack.” Singer Suzanne Santo begins the song wistfully, “Floating on the wind until I find you,” she sings longingly. But something wicked seeps in as Ben Jaffe and the rocking chair melody strums lazily on. “I guess there have been many others,” she croons, “I bled them dry, and I licked the salty tears they cried.”
This endearing yet dangerous duality made it’s way into the video for “Angel of Death” too, which betrays its meaning up front. But they make dying look pretty good. “All I know is that Suzanne really wanted to get naked and Ben wanted to kill people,” director Bradley Scott said, “So we compromised.”
“I’d really just like to thank everyone that contributed,” Scott added. “This was a real friends and family effort — especially our talented cast.” Watch for cameos from Paget Brewster, Martin Starr, Joe Rogan, Jim Turner, and Jason Ritter, who gets caught with his fly down.
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SXSW 2012: Reggie Watts explains his unique comedy style
There’s a lot to be excited for when IFC’s new show “Comedy Bang! Bang!” comes to a television set near you in June. Chief among those reasons is the inclusion of comedian Reggie Watts, who many were first introduced to when he opened for Conan O’Brien live tour in 2010.
IFC caught up with Watts at SXSW where we talked to him about his unique brand of comedy. If you haven’t heard of Watts before, you’re in for a treat (check out “Fuck Shit Stack” for an example of his hilarity). Watts’ unique blend of comedy and music (and his insane array of accents) makes for an experience unlike any we have ever seen. So we were curious how he built up to that point in his comedy career.
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“It really started in high school for me. I was an only child, so I used to dance a lot in my basement, like to Michael Jackson records and Billy Ocean and stuff, and I used to sing and I used to make fun of songs a la Weird Al Yankovic,” he explained. “And so I incorporated elements of that into my act in high school for Drama. So I could just get up and improvise these ridiculous characters and sing songs.”
But that was just where it started. Brooklyn-born Watts moved to Seattle in 1990 and ended up staying there for three years. During that time, he was exposed to a wide array of music and comedy groups that helped lend themselves to created the brand of comedy he performs today.
“[I] lived [in Seattle] until 2003. In that time I was mainly doing just music. I was in punk rock bands, heavy metal bands, world music bands, jazz groups, any type of music that would take me. I just love music,” Watts said. “And in that time I did some stage comedy and I had a lot of fun with that, but then I ran into Stella, the Stella shorts, the original, and I was like, ‘What is this?’ It blew me away. I was like, ‘This is the type of comedy. This is my comedy.'”
Check out a sneak peek of “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and make sure to tune in to IFC when it premieres in June.
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SXSW 2012: Willem Dafoe talks training for “The Hunter”
Willem Dafoe has won audiences over yet again with his new film, “The Hunter.” The thriller follows him as mercenary Martin David after he is hired by a biotech company to kill a creature previously thought to be extinct. The movie required Dafoe to spend a lot of time in the Tasmanian wilderness, and also forced him to learn a heck of a lot about the craft of hunting.
The film premiered at SXSW, where IFC was able to catch up with Dafoe and director Daniel Nettheim to talk about the film. Even though it tells a bigger tale, “The Hunter” is often very simple in its storytelling.
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“It’s kind of stripped down essential filmmaking when it’s just one actor, simple actions, a landscape, and a camera,” Dafoe said of the movie.
Of course, there’s more than just Dafoe in the film. “The Hunter” also stars Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill, but spends plenty of time alone with Dafoe in the forest hunting a Tasmanian Tiger that was believed to be extinct. Dafoe spent a lot of time working with a bush survival expert who helped him prepare for the role. The expert taught him tips like how to de-scent himself so animals wouldn’t notice him and more.
“[He taught me] everything from how to move through the bush to how to spot a trail, what kind of things he takes in a bush, what does he need, what can he find out there, and then there was a whole array of snares and traps that were quite intricate and very beautiful that he would make by hand, and he taught me how to do that,” Dafoe explained. “It was very thrilling because when you learn something like that, that really becomes a key to the character.”
“The Hunter” opened in Australia on September 29, 2011, and hopefully will come to US theaters near us soon.
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SXSW 2012: Nick Offerman’s mustache steals the show
There’s a good chance you know Nick Offerman‘s facial hair better than you know him as an actor. The man best known as Ron Swanson in “Parks and Recreation” has frequently been defined by his mustache to the point that he is even selling a limited edition moustache comb on his personal wood-working website.
“I’m sort of the vehicle for my facial hair. I mean I’m sort of happy to ride the coattails of my beard,” Offerman deadpanned when IFC caught up with him at SXSW.
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The comedian was there to promote his new film, “Somebody Up Theres Likes Me.” But in this new film, Offerman sports a pretty intense beard instead of his token Swanson mustache.
It’s worth noting that, in this interview, Offerman doesn’t have any facial hair at all. Hopefully that’s because of some hilarious new storyline in “Parks and Recreation,” but in all likelihood Offerman just didn’t want to be defined by it in his real life like he is in his acting. That being said, Offerman admitted that he is totally okay being the man behind the mustache.
“I mean, I went into theater school because I love the sort of Lon Chaney side of acting, so I’m glad I have the ingredients to look like some different sort of troll in everything I do,” he said.
We applaude you for succeeding, Mr. Offerman.
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IFC at SXSW: Interviews this week with Johnny Knoxville, Willem Dafoe, Ziggy Marley and more
Can’t attend South by Southwest this year? IFC Fix has got you covered! We’ve set up camp in Austin to bring you the latest and greatest interviews and stories from the film and music festival. Over the next couple of days, you’ll be able to find interviews and performances right here to make it feel like you are actually in the midst of the madness that is SXSW. Want to feel even more like you’re there? Post your questions for our guests in the comments below to be a part of the interviews.
IFC will be catching up with the folks behind “Cabin in the Woods,” Ziggy and Karen Marley and the rest of the people who helped them make “Marley,” the director and writer of “Casa de mi Padre,” and plenty more. If you’re a fan of folks like Nick Offerman, Willem Dafoe, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Mumford & Sons, Matt Lucas, Paul Schneider, Johnny Knoxville and Olivia Munn, you should definitely stay tuned over the next few days.
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