Recommended: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Celebrate IMDb

Recommended: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Celebrate IMDb (photo)

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As part of its 20th anniversary, the Internet Movie Database has been presenting a series of exclusive interviews with actors and filmmakers about their work, careers and, yes, how much they love IMDb. Turns out Kevin Spacey really digs it, though it sounds to me like Oliver Stone might think IMDb is actually a person. Most of them have been a lot of fun — I particularly enjoyed hearing Jesse Eisenberg of “The Social Network” describe IMDb as “a singular site doing something that no other site does and you guys I’m sure will have a movie one day about the lawsuit that came out of the creation of IMDb.com/Pro” — but the best so far came out over the weekend, when “Anchorman” and “The Other Guys” masterminds Adam McKay and Will Ferrell popped up to celebrate our favorite movie site’s china anniversary by making fun of it. As in all the previous IMDb anniversay interviews, the pair was asked a series of serious questions. McKay and Ferrell promptly ignored them and proceeded directly to the silliness. As in this exchange about whether the “internet revolution” has changed the movie industry for better or worse:

Adam McKay: Very technical question.

Will Ferrell: Yeah. Well, without the “intranet,” as I like it call it…

AM: That’s not the correct word though.

WF: I know. It’s my flair, it’s kind of my thing I bring to the table.

AM: But you know it’s wrong.

WF: I don’t know if it’s wrong. I don’t know if it’s right…

AM: But definitively it is. That’s not the word.

Look, I’m on record as a McKay-Ferrell apologist. I would pay to watch these guys order lunch. And they’ve done commentary tracks together that are essentially extended improv sessions (if you’ve never listened to the one on the “Step Brothers” DVD, McKay, Ferrell, and co-star and co-writer John C. Reilly sing the entire thing, completely off-the-cuff, with musical accompaniment by composer Jon Brion). But watching this clip, I really wonder why McKay always finds someone else to play Ferrell’s wingman instead of just doing it himself. He’s comfortable in front of the camera and their onscreen chemistry is as good as Tracy and Hepburn (improvisationally speaking course). This needs to happen.

In the meantime, do go over to IMDb, and watch all 227 glorious seconds of the interview. And stick around for the rest of the series if you haven’t been watching them; they’re quite good. With all this cooked up for the 20th anniversary I can’t wait to see what they do next year for IMDb’s 21st, when the site’s legally old enough to drink. It’s going to be saucy.

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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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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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