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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.

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10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“Django Unchained” 60-second TV spot gives us plenty of Samuel L. Jackson

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The “d” might be silent in “Django Unchained,” but that doesn’t mean that this is a slave who’s about to keep quiet. A new 60-second TV spot for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie has hit the web, and it focuses on the quest Django (Jamie Foxx) goes on to save his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington).

Of course, there will be plenty of detours along the way. Django might want to head straight for his wife after bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) purchases him, but they have some other business to attend to first. That is the business of killing, of course, and this teaser promises plenty of Tarantino violence in our near future.

Also something worth paying attention to in this footage is Samuel L. Jackson‘s character. An updated synopsis (that can be read below) offers some more information about his character, and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to be a friend of either of our new avenging bounty hunters.

“Django Unchained” focuses on the partnership of Foxx’s Django and Waltz’s Schultz. Schultz purchases Django with plans to free him upon catching his quarry, but Django’s primary goal is rescuing his wife Broomhilda. Their hunt leads them to “Candyland,” a plantation where slaves are forced to fight one another for sport by their owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his slave trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell). It’s there that they arouse the suspicions of Candy’s most trusted slave Stephen (Jackson) and find themselves marks as they try to get Broomhilda out safely.”

Tarantino’s latest also stars Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, Tom Savini, Jonah Hill and many more. It’s due in theaters on Christmas Day.

What did you think of this new footage? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Django Unchained” debuts new picture of Leonardo DiCaprio

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We still have six months to go (to the day!) until “Django Unchained” hits theaters so, to help keep us occupied in the meantime, the kind folks over at The Weinstein Company have released a brand new photo of Leonardo DiCaprio as evil plantation owner Calvin Candie.

The image comes at us courtesy of HeyUGuys, who found it circulating on Tumblr. The more we see of DiCaprio in this movie, the more we love the fact that Quentin Tarantino cast him to play the film’s villain.

DiCaprio has been playing a lot of similar characters in his recent films (there are more similarities than differences between his roles in “Shutter Island” and “Inception”), so it’s nice seeing him step away from that in “Django Unchained.” This picture underlines his character’s quirkiness, and we can’t wait to see how brutal he’ll likely get in the upcoming flick as well.

“Django Unchained” focuses on the partnership of Foxx’s Django and Waltz’s bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz purchases Django with plans to free him upon catching his quarry, but Django’s primary goal is rescuing his wife Broomhilda. Their hunt leads them to “Candyland,” a plantation where slaves are forced to fight one another for sport by their owner, Calvin Candie.

Tarantino’s latest stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, Tom Savini and many more. It’s due in theaters on Christmas Day.

What do you think of this new picture of DiCaprio? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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