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HCFF: Peter Weller talks “Robocop” remake, “Star Trek 2” and too much more

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Peter Weller has a lot to say. That’s the main thing that those who attended Saturday’s “Robocop” screening during the Hero Complex Film Festival learned about the actor. He has a lot to say about everything, be it the caves of Lascaux or process trailers or his love of Philip K. Dick. The man went on a wonderfully passionate and slightly unhinged rant for a good hour after the screening of “Robocop,” and everyone present was in for a treat.

In the midst of all that fervor, though, he did talk about quite a few things that we figure those of you reading this site will find pretty interesting. To start, he shared his thoughts on the planned “Robocop” remake that is currently in pre-production. Needless to say, he doesn’t care for the idea very much.

“I couldn’t give a shit,” he said. “I say you know what, god bless them, man. Go make another ‘Robocop.’ I got to tell you this: when I sat there in Dallas three weeks ago to watch this thing, I don’t know. I mean, can they throw a lot of CGI at it and so forth? The morality that’s endemic to the movie that you just watched, it’s hard to replicate.”

He continued, “I mean, it makes you laugh and cry and moves you and hysterical and horrible and all those unbelievable things at once. Well good luck to them. They’ll never do it.”

We agree with Weller, though the way Joel Kinnaman talks about the project has us slightly intrigued. Still, it’s clear from the way Weller talks about the film that it’s near and dear to his heart despite the 25 years that have passed since he filmed it.

It’s some asthetic distance that I have from the film, and I had forgotten the … social history in ‘Robocop;’ you know, I’d forgotten how profound these writers are. They’re not only funny with those extraordinarily acerbic social obsessions like board games called Nukem. I mean, this is 1986. The parameters of friendly aggression even then,” he said.

He added about a recent screening of the movie in Dallas, “I had the first time, I had to say, that I got past the hoopla of the film and was genuinely proud to be part of it, to be really proud to be part of this film, and to see how anthropological it is.”

Weller talked a lot about his upcoming TV series, a modern Western called “Logmire,” but he also teased his role in “Star Trek 2.” He wouldn’t give us any details about his actual role, but he did explain just how strict Paramount was being about actors talking about the movie by telling an anecdote about a recent interaction he had with a man in Dallas.

“This guy is like following me in Dallas and he’s like, ‘”Star Trek,” are you playing an alien?’ And I just turned around — and I’m not going to tell you if I am or not — but I just said, ‘Hey, do I look like an alien?’ and I walked into the thing,” Weller said. “Paramount went just nuts. ‘You can’t say anything!’ I didn’t. What does that tell you? ‘Do I look like an alien?’ What am I going to do, put band aids over my mouth for Christ sake?”

That’s just about as much as Simon Pegg told us the night before after the “Shaun of the Dead” screening, so it seems like Paramount really is cracking down on the actors. Hey, we only have a little under a year to wait to find out the scoop on the flick, since it’s coming out May 17, 2013. That’s not too long in the scheme of things, right?

Do you agree with Weller’s sentiments on the “Robocop” remake? What do you think of the movie’s social message? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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