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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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