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WonderCon 2012: Interview with “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders and the action-packed new trailer

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“Snow White and the Huntsman” marks a lot of “firsts” for the people involved in the film. It’s the first feature film from esteemed commercials director Rupert Sanders. It’s the first blockbuster movie after “Twilight” that Kristen Stewart has starred in. And it’s the first time fans will get to see Snow White depicted as a warrior princess.

Following the movie’s panel at WonderCon on Saturday, IFC participated in a roundtable interview with Sanders to talk about why he chose Kristen Stewart for the role of Snow White, some of the details surrounding the movie’s plot and whether or not he is scared by Tarsem Singh‘s competing Snow White film. Read on for some of the highlights from the interview.

Kristen Stewart will change your opinion of her in “Snow White and the Huntsman”
“I think what I realized [is] she’s such a good actor that everyone thinks she’s Bella Swan. They believe that that’s her. And obviously an actor is playing a role. She is nothing like Bella,” Sanders said. “I was just amazed at her talent, really. She’s incredibly good at her craft. She’s incredibly instinctive, she’s incredibly intuitive.”

Even though he compares Stewart’s real-life persona to her onscreen “Twilight” character Bella Swan, Sanders isn’t really the expert on the subject. “I’ve never seen the ‘Twilight,’ so I didn’t really care that much,” he admitted. “I get her, I really got on with her, she’s a great actor, she was right for the character, that’s it. It was simple as that for me.”

Just because you haven’t seen Snow White much in the trailer doesn’t mean she won’t have a big role in the movie
“She’s the lead. I wouldn’t pretend to be a marketing expert, but the way it’s positioned is we’re starting to bring her in more and more. We don’t want to give too much away. We just want to say, ‘Here’s the bad person, and there’s someone who’s trying to get to her,'” Sanders said. “We’ve only done teaser trailers as well. I think the more stuff people see, the more people will see of her and the more they’ll be pretty blown away by what she did.”

Charlize Theron‘s character will probably scare you
“When you’re playing an evil queen, you can go into pantomime really quickly. I think what she did and what’s indicative of the film we tried to make is that she grounded that in reality. She found a way of playing this character in a very modern and realistic and gritty way,” he said. “She’s playing it pretty straight as a very disturbed character who’s desperately got to find this heart because she needs to live forever. It’s as simple as that. She’s someone who’s dead on the inside but is determined that she will avenge her family and the tribe that she was with that was constantly brutalized by kings and by other kingdoms. She’s determined that the world will feel the suffering that she felt and she will stop at nothing to do that.”

Expect all of the characters to get a rich backstory
“All of them have very rich backstories. They’ve all suffered a great deal of loss. This queen took over a kingdom, she’s someone who’s suffered a lot of loss. She lost a family, she lost a tribe, she found her way into this kingdom, like a Trojan horse she moves from kingdom to kingdom hollowing them out, she’s like a siren who attracts these people to her beauty,” he said.

Sanders continued, “The dwarves lost everything, they were down in the mines. They’re noble gold miners who see light in the darkness and that’s why they were always the gold miners, and when they came up from the mines, the world was blackened and they lost all the other people in their race. The Huntsman lost a wife and Snow White lost a kingdom. She lost both her parents and she lost the love of the people, so everyone’s dealing with loss in very different ways.”

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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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