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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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