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“The Cabin in the Woods” clip offers a game of Truth or Dare

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Think you know what “The Cabin in the Woods” is about? Think again. Everything we’ve heard about the film suggests that you should go into the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard collaboration unspoiled, because whatever pre-conceived notions of the story were are wrong.

MTV has released a new clip from the movie and, fortunately, it’s spoiler-free. But the clip does a great job of setting up the tone of the movie, from the character tropes that will likely not pan out as we expect to the tongue-in-cheek awareness that these people are in a horror movie. Plus, it reminds us why we always take “truth” in Truth or Dare.

When IFC caught up with the stars of the film at SXSW, they couldn’t stop gushing about how much they love the project.

“I thought my imagination was pretty good. Joss’ and Drew’s imagination is so much better. And so from when you’re reading the script yourself, you’re like, ‘This is awesome! This is awesome! This is awesome!’ When you’re seeing it on the screen, you’re like, ‘That is so much cooler!’” Anna Hutchison gushed about the movie’s screenplay.

Jesse Williams did his best to define the movie, but had a difficult time doing so. “It’s a comedy, it’s a crazy thriller, it’s got insane monsters, it’s terrifying, and it’s like an action film, and the twist,” he explained. “So, reading it, I just became this huge fan.”

Do you plan on checking out “The Cabin in the Woods” when it hits theaters on April 12? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“The Avengers” IMAX 3D spot teases unity instead of division

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Marvel has released a new IMAX 3D spot for “The Avengers,” thoroughly convincing us that we should see the movie in IMAX and 3D. The 30-second teaser doesn’t feature any new footage, but it is cut together to show us a side of the movie that we don’t typically see.

In recent trailers for “The Avengers,” the focus has seemed to be on the way that the crime-fighting superhero group is divided instead of united. We often see Iron Man and Captain America bickering, or Bruce Banner claiming that their division is worse than the terror that Loki is inflicting on Earth. It seems to imply that “The Avengers” is going to be as much about uniting the titular group as it is about fighting off the evil threatening our planet.

The new spot also seems to show that the movie is going to largely deal with the Avengers learning to work together, but in this video we see that the focus is more on how they can play nice with one another. Stark and Captain America address each other politely, while Nick Fury claims, “I still believe in heroes,” against the circular group shot we have come to know and love. Honestly, we’re hoping that this new trailer gives us a better sense of what “The Avengers” will look like, because there’s only so much bickering we can take during one two-hour movie.

Directed by Joss Whedon, “The Avengers” stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. It is due in theaters on May 4.

What did you think of the tone of this new teaser? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

SXSW 2012: “The Cabin in the Woods” cast opens up about the film

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Judging by the insanely pleased critical response to “The Cabin in the Woods” premiere at SXSW, it seems like this is a film that we should all be looking forward to. It doesn’t hit theaters until April 13, but don’t think that there’s much that will be spoiled in the meantime.

Based on what we do know of “The Cabin in the Woods,” the film will end up being absolutely nothing like whatever you currently imagine it will be. It follows five friends who travel to a remote cabin in the woods, and whose journey quickly spirals out of control. There’s also a mysterious group of people somehow involved with the cabin, two of whom are played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.

Turns out the two groups don’t have many scenes together. Whitford told IFC at SXSW, “Strangely, we didn’t work with them at all.

“And that’s why we are crazy about them,” Jenkins joked, adding seriously, “If you watch an actor and you go, ‘God damn,’ you know it’s good. And they did a fantastic job. I’m going to start hanging around with them if they’ll have me.”

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When talking to three of the younger leads, we found out that they were just as enamored with producer/co-writer Joss Whedon and director/co-writer Drew Goddard‘s script as Jenkins and Whitford were with their acting. Apparently it manages to be crazy ridiculous but also work as the set up for a great movie at the same time.

“I thought my imagination was pretty good. Joss’ and Drew’s imagination is so much better. And so from when you’re reading the script yourself, you’re like, ‘This is awesome! This is awesome! This is awesome!’ When you’re seeing it on the screen, you’re like, ‘That is so much cooler!'” Anna Hutchison gushed about the movie’s screenplay.

Jesse Williams did his best to define the movie, but had a difficult time doing so. “It’s a comedy, it’s a crazy thriller, it’s got insane monsters, it’s terrifying, and it’s like an action film, and the twist,” he explained. “So, reading it, I just became this huge fan.”

Kristen Connolly agreed. The marketing campaign set “Cabin in the Woods” up for being a spin on classic horror films, and according to the cast (and, you know, everyone who’s seen it) they succeeded.

“Anyone who’s seen a horror movie has an idea of what some of those archetypes might be,” Connolly said. “It was really fun to fully invest in them and then sort of turn them on their heads.”

Do you plan on checking out “The Cabin in the Woods” when it hits theaters on April 12? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter.

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