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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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