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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.