Sarah Silverman comments on baring all for “Take This Waltz”

Sarah Silverman in Take This Waltz

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By Jennifer Vineyard

Sarah Silverman is a fearless woman – she’ll say anything for the sake of comedy, whether in her stage act (see “Jesus is Magic”), her memoir (“The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee”), or her TV show (“The Sarah Silverman Program”). But with her latest film, “Take This Waltz,” Silverman does something even braver – a full frontal nude scene with Michelle Williams.

“Women are naked together all the time,” Silverman told IFC. “I mean, I’m in the tub, and my girlfriend’s reading a magazine. Women are very comfortable being naked together. It’s an everyday thing. But in movies, you never see that. Nudity in movies is frequent, but it’s usually sexual. So to have nudity in a movie that’s not at all sexual is jarring.”

Silverman’s nude scene takes place in the locker room shower, after her character Geraldine takes an aqua fitness class with Williams’ character Margot at the local gym. The two are sisters-in-law, since Margot is married to Geraldine’s brother Lou (played by Seth Rogen), and consequently spend some time together. Geraldine might be the only friend in Margot’s world who perceives that she’s considering straying from her marriage with attractive neighbor Daniel (played by Luke Kirby), and of course, she’s got a vested interest in that not happening. But for the most part, Daniel’s seduction of Margot is purely verbal – the two have an intense moment when she asks him to tell her what he would like to do to her physically, and his very vivid description at turns embarrasses, delights, and arouses her.

“Although I’m a huge porn person, women’s porn is usually what you read, and guy porn is more visual,” Silverman noted, perhaps thinking of the erotica phenom “50 Shades of Grey.” “So it’s interesting that the sexy scene is all words, and the naked scene is like looking at your mom take a shower.”

Silverman’s been less than boastful about her group shower scene – likening her appearance to that of Kathy Bates in “About Schmidt” and joking that she gained weight for the role. But in contrast to the elderly women also in the locker room for the scene, or even the gamine Michelle Williams, Silverman is no “mom in the shower.” She looks like a fit, curvy woman. Tell her that there was no need on her part to lower expectations, and she’s proud. “That’s exactly right! See what I did? I got you. And that’s why you enjoyed it.”

“I think I get self-conscious about it,” she admitted. “I think I just look [frumpy],” which she demonstrates by slumping over. “If it wasn’t me, I’d go, ‘That’s so great!’ I’m trying to have that attitude.”

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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