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Saturn Awards: James Remar says there’s a “message” in “Django Unchained”

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To borrow James Remar‘s words, we’re all going to be getting a great big present from Quentin Tarantino come the holiday season this year.

IFC had the chance to catch up with the “Dexter” star on the red carpet for the Saturn Awards Thursday where he received the Life Career Award alongside Frank Oz. Though Remar has plenty other exciting projects on his plate this year, he was happy to go on about his working relationship with Tarantino on the set of “Django Unchained.”

“I was in tears when I left [the set of ‘Django’]. I love Quentin,” Remar said. When we asked him if he’d work with Tarantino again, he said, “God willing. Nothing would make me happier. Obviously there’s world peace and the well-being of my children, of course, but working with Quentin again on another awesome movie, I’d feel like a De Niro/Scorsese.”

Remar will play two characters in “Django Unchained”: the slave trader who first acquires Django (Jamie Foxx) and the right-hand man to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The actor said that the fact he’s working with Tarantino at such a late stage in his career is as much a sign that he’s doing something right as the Life Career Award is.

“To play with Quentin Tarantino as a grown man, as an older man, is great. And I’m playing a couple of bad guys that are men, and it’s a departure. I don’t have to play just slime balls. It’s kind of boring,” he said. “They’re interesting characters. They’re characters that are men and they’re men in their time that are shaped by their time, shaped by their history. So that’s been extremely exciting.”

Unlike “Inglourious Basterds” before it, Remar said that “Django Unchained” won’t be “revisionist history.”

“There’s a lot of tremendous accuracy in this, and it’s very honest insofar as it’s showing and demonstrating a period of time where there was incredible brutality from one human being to another, which still exists very pervasively throughout out entire race,” he explained. “It’s a rough subject and it’s a really good subject. I don’t know that it’s a touchy subject, but he’s such an honest guy that he’s not going to look at it and flinch. He gives tremendous human dignity to all the people involved.”

All the people, including the film’s villains. “Villains are people too, and anyone can be on the other side at any time. All races have been enslaved,” Remar said.

The topic of enslavement and the inclusion of the n-word in “Django” will likely be a touchy subject for some, but Remar thinks it shouldn’t be.

“Enslavement is a horrible thing to do to other people. Quentin has got such a depth of sensitivity and his view on the world that it’s almost like each piece that he makes is a movement in a very significant symphony. And all of the films are going to tie together. ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Jackie Brown,’ ‘Kill Bill, ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ ‘Django’: they all are going to stream together in a very profound way because his view is very interesting and very sensitive,” Remar said. “And the violence that he portrays, it’s stylized. You feel the brutality of it when you’re supposed to. It gets your attention because it’s something that’s exciting to watch. And in that moment, you get the message. It’s not just stuff splattering all over the place for the sake of that. There’s a message there, and it’s profound and it’s gentle and it’s very filled with love. He’s one of the most loving people that’s just leaking all over the place.”

“Django Unchained” is due in theaters on Christmas Day.

What are you most looking forward to about “Django Unchained”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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