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SXSW 2012: Ziggy Marley on why “Marley” director Kevin Macdonald was the man for the job

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It was always going to require a lot of effort to document the life of Bob Marley on film. So it should come as no surprise that Ziggy Marley spent a lot of time and effort finding the right director for the job.

IFC caught up with Marley at SXSW where he was promoting the film “Marley” with director Kevin Macdonald. Marley explained that he knew from the moment he met Macdonald that he was the right man to helm a documentary about his famous musician father.

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“Because he was the man for the job. He just was,” Marley said of Macdonald. “I met Kevin and we talked and that was it. I mean, I knew what he had done before and that he had done documentaries before, but I think it’s mostly when you meet someone and you talk to them and what kind of vibe you get from them, and then that’s how you know.”

It turns out that the duo spent a lot of time trying to figure out the right way to approach the documentary. It’s up to viewers to decide whether or not they found the right way to do so, but Macdonald said he was satisfied with the end result.

“I remember I said to Ziggy the first time he talked about it, he said, ‘How are you going to tell the story?’ and I said, ‘Well, I don’t know. We should go out and talk to everybody who’s willing to talk to us who was intimate with Bob and will tell us something’ and then figure out from what they said what the story should be,” Macdonald explained. “And that way, I guess, we discovered all sorts of new things.”

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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.

SXSW 2012: Robin Tunney on what makes South By Southwest special

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It’s no secret that the Sundance Film Festival has become a bit more mainstream over the past few years. When it comes to the defining moment when celebrities seemed to realize that the festival was more about promotion than it was filmmaking seems to universally be the year that one company was handing out free washing machines. It seems as though celebrities and filmmakers are flocking to South by Southwest in Austin so much because it is a less commercialized alternative to Sundance.

IFC caught up with “See Girl Run” actress Robin Tunney during SXSW, and she admitted that she’s seen a definite change in Sundance over the many years she has attended it.

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“I’ve been going to Sundance for so many years, like 15 years, and I think it’s more like what that was when it started before like Paris Hilton came down on it and started getting free washing machines,” she said, going back to the fan-favorite Sundance anecdote. “I was offered a free washing machine at Sundance! They’re like, ‘Will you sit on a washing machine to get a free washing machine?'”

And that’s not the only instance of weird freebies Tunney has had to deal with. “I think there was one time that someone asked me to pose with their cookie and they said they’d give me a cookie,” she said. “You end up with this enormous garbage bag filled with like underpants, like really bizarre promotional things, and there’s really horrible pictures of you on the internet wearing free sunglasses in 1996.”

Bottom line? Sundance has changed, while SXSW is still hitting its stride.

“[Sundance has] become about promotion, and here it just seems like it’s about the movies and it’s not so overrun,” Tunney admitted.

Do you agree with Tunney’s sentiments about SXSW versus Sundance? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

SXSW 2012: Reggie Watts explains his unique comedy style

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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.

Do you find Reggie Watts’s brand of comedy funny? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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