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Arnold Schwarzenegger Probably Sticking With Politics

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Entertainment Weekly reports that former California Governor and current unemployed actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is not planning a return to filmmaking. This according to Ivan Reitman, who directed Schwarzenegger in the 1990s comedies “Twins” and “Junior.” Okay, so he directed in the 1990s comedy “Twins” and the 1990s …something… “Junior.” Here’s what Reitman told EW:

“I had a lovely talk with him about a month ago, and my guess is he will continue in government work…he’s joked around about coming back to acting, but I think really he would like to do something serious.”

And by serious Reitman meant helping to solve our country’s energy crisis, not appearing in “Red Heat: Port of Call New Orleans.” Which is a loss for all of us. If Hollywood is going to remake his best movies, why can’t he in star in them? If Schwarzenegger’s longtime rival Sylvester Stallone can revive his career on the cusp of collecting Social Security by pretending he’s not getting old, why can’t he do the same? Now that doesn’t mean he should start pumping up for “Terminator 5: Port of Call Cyberdine Systems.” But that doesn’t mean his last significant role be in Jackie Chan’s woeful “Around the World in 80 Days” either. That just can’t be.

I’m sure returning to acting is a massive comedown from being in charge of the eighth largest economy in the world. I would understand if he said he needs a few years to decompress and perhaps to pursue further opportunities in politics. But just as John Wayne got to make “The Shootist,” we need Schwarzenegger to make one more action film. He needs that career capper, the summation of everything he did and stood for (and hopefully has at least one shot of him decapitating a guy while quipping “I told you not to lose your head!”).

It has to happen. C’mon, man. You promised.

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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.

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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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