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“Another Earth” star Brit Marling talks working with Robert Redford in “The Company You Keep”

“Another Earth” star Brit Marling talks working with Robert Redford in “The Company You Keep” (photo)

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It’s been a big year for indie darling Brit Marling. Not only did she break out onto Hollywood’s radar at Sundance in January with the two films she starred in and co-wrote, “Another Earth” (out on DVD now) and “Sound of my Voice,” but she’s also solidified herself as an actress to be reckoned with.

Marling has two big projects coming up: “The East,” which she also co-wrote, and Robert Redford‘s film “The Company You Keep.” The latter is her biggest role to date, and the first time has been acting outside the comfort zone of her two fellow Georgetown University alums, Mike Cahill (director and co-writer of “Another Earth”) and Zal Batmangli (director and co-writer of “Sound of my Voice” and “The East”) . When Marling caught up with IFC News recently to promote “Another Earth” coming out on DVD, she talked about her experience shooting with Robert Redford as a film’s star and director, and whether she’d be interesting in directing herself.

For the uninitiated, “The Company You Keep” follows Redford as former Weather Underground militant Jim Grant who managed to hide from the FBI for over three decades. But all that changes when a young reporter, played by Shia LaBeouf, discovers Grant’s identity. Grant is forced to become a fugitive, and the story spins out of control from there. In addition to Marling, Redford and LaBeouf, “The Company You Keep” stars Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Sam Elliot, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Nick Nolte, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Christie, Terrence Howard and Richard Jenkins. We weren’t kidding about that impressive cast.

IFC: “The Company You Keep” is the biggest and most mainstream film you’ve been a part of to date. Do you have any scenes with Robert Redford in this film?

Brit Marling: Most of my scenes actually are with Shia. Robert’s character and I don’t connect. We’re connected, but we don’t connect in scenes. I had a really amazing time working on that film.

IFC: Have you finished shooting already?

BM: I finished shooting a month and a half ago, I think they’re probably just wrapping up now. It was an amazing film to be a part of. And Robert is like, I have a lot of admiration for him as an artist, and just him as a human being. And the things that he finds important.

Creating Sundance in the middle of Utah in the woods and the snow. I mean, it seems so obvious now, but a decade ago when he was doing it everyone was like he was crazy. It’s hard to push against the grain of things and be like, no, I’m going to do something different. When it works, they’re always like, oh yeah, of course, but at the time, not a lot of people were saying , ‘Oh of course, this is a great idea.’ That festival has changed so many artists’ lives, and it’s made so many artists’ lives possible, their work possible.

So yeah, I’m incredibly inspired by him and the way he lives in the world. It was awesome to be directed by him. I learned a lot on that shoot, and I think that’s why we do what we do: learn more every time so we can get a little bit better at it.

IFC: Would you ever want to direct a film?

BM: I don’t want to say no, because then of course it would happen. It’s funny, I feel so overwhelmed by acting, I can’t wrap myself around it fully. I find the challenge so overwhelming, like what it demands of you. To imagine that these impossible, cataclysmic, life situations are happening to you, and that you are this other person that you’re not, and that you’ve actually had all these experiences that you’ve never had, it’s such a stretch. And I find it so overwhelming that, I don’t know, I’ve been stuck on that challenge for a really long time. I don’t think I’ll ever get to the bottom of that. I feel completely content to just work on that and see what happens.

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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