James McTeigue says Occupy protestors using “V for Vendetta” masks “got the film”


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When the Occupy protests started popping up around the country–and the world–last year, there was one face that many were surprised to see present: Guy Fawkes.

During the protests, people started wearing the Guy Fawkes mask popularized by the 2006 film “V for Vendetta.” While some protestors likely wore it to align themselves with the beliefs held by 17th century protestor Guy Fawkes, others said they felt “V for Vendetta” is very relevant with the problems facing our country today.

IFC had the chance to catch up with “V” director James McTeigue while he was promoting his new movie, “The Raven,” and we couldn’t resist asking him what he thought of the use of the Guy Fawkes masks during the Occupy protests.

“I think they got the film,” he said. “The graphic novel was more about the individual, and very consciously I made the film about the mask, or about the populous, if you like. So when I saw all those people in the masks, I thought it was great. The film talks about a lot of things, obviously, but you know that is a big part. The questioning of government in your life and whether government is truly, in a democracy, representing you. You know, it also talks about the morality of terrorism and what makes a terrorist, but yeah, I liked it. I would have to say I was all for it.”

McTeigue said that anyone making a film hopes that it becomes part of the public conversation. To see the Guy Fawkes masks used in such a widespread way was a great honor to him as a filmmaker.

“I think there’s so much cultural noise now. When you make a film, you hope you’ll make some sort of slight impact, imprint, along the way. To see the ‘V’ masks slip into the cultural vernacular, if you want, I thought that was great, because ultimately it was what the film was about,” he said. “It was about questioning government. It was about questioning whether the voice of the people is actually the voice of the people, and whether you ever get true representation.”

He continued, “I think there were a couple of generations there that were completely non-politicized, and I thought this was the rebirth of people being politicized. And I think the mask, in a weird way, gave them a chance to protest again, or gave them a chance to have a voice. They could be anonymous behind the mask and be unified. I think anything that gets people out into the street and they feel like they can protest and be protected by the mask, and I think that was great, actually.”

I must admit that I absolutely adore “V for Vendetta” and consider it one of my favorite movies. I said as much to McTeigue, and he said that it’s nice to see the film has had continued success since its release six years ago.

“It’s always really nice to hear feedback on that movie,” McTeigue said. “It took a while for people to come round to it, but I’m really glad that so many people like that movie now.”

He acknowledged that “V for Vendetta” was probably one of the best experiences a first-time director could have making a movie, and it helped that he had worked with the Wachowskis on their successful “The Matrix” trilogy.

“I was really glad I got to make it in the climate that I got to make it. It would be hard to get a film like that through the studio system these days, so it’s one of those things you get to do on the back of working on movies that have made a lot of money,” he said with a laugh.

Were you surprised that people were using Guy Fawkes masks during the Occupy protests? Do you think “V for Vendetta” still resonates today? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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:

Frank and Lamar


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

Sport Court gavel

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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