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Complete Video of Kevin Smith’s “State”-ment

Complete Video of Kevin Smith’s “State”-ment (photo)

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So there’s the director, Kevin Smith, I don’t know if you’ve heard of him. The guy’s not comfortable promoting his own stuff, so it’s possible you haven’t. Anyway, he premiered his new movie, “Red State,” at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, and though he had claimed he was planning to auction the film off to distributors after the screening, he wound up spending his Q&A instead announcing his plans to self-distribute his film throughout the country. All of this garnered no reaction at all from the media. (The last link gives you our own thoughts, courtesy of my colleague Stephen Saito)

There are a lot of heated emotions surrounding Smith’s work of late. In recent months he’s repeatedly attacked critics for their negative reviews of his last movie “Cop Out,” and he came through on his vow not to have a press screening of “Red State” at Sundance, forcing the press to scrounge for a public ticket to the premiere when tickets were going for as high as $500 bucks a pop. The media claim they help create Kevin Smith. Kevin Smith claims he made himself, and all the media has try to do in recent years is tear him down. In truth, they’re both probably right to various degrees.

Which is why I like this video. It is the full 26 minutes of Smith’s speech, uncolored by journalists who might be a wee bit peeved at this guy for crapping on their whole line of work or by Smith himself who might be a wee bit peeved at these journalists for crapping on his whole body of work. If there’s one thing Smith is without question, it is candid, even to a fault. And while he’s bashing the people who’ve helped release his earlier films (I believe “people who just don’t fucking get it” is how he described them), he’s talking openly about the economics of Hollywood movies, something you don’t hear directors often do.

I remain skeptical that this model would work for anyone who doesn’t have Smith’s audience or talents as a promoter. But I don’t doubt it’s going to work for him. Have a listen:

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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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