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“Carrie”: The cast and director talk blood, telekinesis and growing up

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“Carrie” will be more than just a prom gone horribly, horribly wrong, promises its stars and filmmakers. Kimberly Peirce’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel –recently pushed back to October 18 — will encompass more from the book than the Brian De Palma version — more destruction of the whole town, more telekinesis, and of course, more blood.

Peirce estimated that they used approximately 1000 gallons of fake blood during production. “We had so many different types of blood!” enthused Chloë Grace Moretz. “Each day was something else: the wet blood, the fire blood, the dry blood. The blood became part of who you are, and I just got used to going home every night covered in blood.”

The blood starts flowing, as you might recall, when Carrie gets her first menstrual cycle, but because she’s grown up with a religious fanatic for a mother, she thinks it means her damnation. Her gym teacher, Miss Desjardin (who is played by Judy Greer), sets her straight. “Carrie realizes, ‘Oh my God, I can be like this woman, who is secure and doesn’t think she’s going to hell just because she got her period,'” Moretz said. “And then she goes home and tries to tell her mother that it’s a natural progression. ‘I know what I’ve been told, but…'”

Margaret White, however, doesn’t want to hear it. This is a woman, as Julianne Moore pointed out, who started off in one religious sect, and when that wasn’t strict enough, “peeled off and formed her own church, which her husband.” Isolated from society, she didn’t understand her own period, which she thought was brought on by sexual sin, let alone her pregnancy — “she thought she had cancer, and delivered the baby by herself,” Moore said.

“All of this was so startling to learn and understand, so upsetting, and so rich in terms of characterization,” Moore said. “It helps you understand how important her relationship to this child is, how completely wrapped up in her she is. So the key is her isolation, and her psychosis, because she’s maybe had several psychotic breaks, and the moment she senses Carrie is moving away from her, she wants to ‘protect’ her. She only sees danger out there for Carrie.”

Moretz said Carrie has her first awakening when she realizes that her mother’s teachings might be wrong, and she has her second awakening when she realizes she has the power to move things with her mind.

“If you look at it from a telekinetic point of view, I don’t think that was used as much in the first film as in our film,” Moretz said. “Other people might be like, ‘Oh, that’s her downfall,’ or you can argue with it, because it’s not logical — ‘Huh, I just moved you’ — right? But here it’s like, ‘Wow, this might be who I am.’ It’s more of a sense of her becoming something. When she’s overly happy, it comes out. When she’s angry, it comes out. It takes her strongest emotion and multiplies it by a hundred, and her whole body tenses up and things move with her. When she’s alone and in her own mind, she can thrive, and you smile.”

Well, until she starts killing people with her mind, that is. Besides blowing up at the prom (just because of a little pig’s blood prank!) and then committing matricide, Carrie sets her entire neighborhood on fire, destroying the fire hydrants as well so no one can put out the fires. “You can’t do that in a PG-13 universe,” producer Kevin Misher said. “I think the only tone that can do this justice is R.”

Misher also said “the thing to remember” about “Carrie” is that it’s a metaphor for a young girl’s coming-of-age, calling it “almost like the first ‘Twilight’ or ‘Hunger Games.'” “It was a phenomenon of a book about teens and processing angst in a supernatural way,” he said.

“You’ve got a girl who’s trying to grow up, and a mother who’s trying to keep her from growing up,” Peirce said. “So beyond all the supernatural, what I found was really interesting is the journey that all girls on.”

Peirce said she amplified the interactions between Carrie and the girls at school — especially Chris, who abuses Carrie the most — but also kept the interactions “completely casual” for a sense of normalcy. “In terms of modernity, the way kids communicate, with social networking, with texting, with making videos everywhere they go on their cell phones, that part is different.”

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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