Watch Michel Gondry’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Watch Michel Gondry’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (photo)

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Ostensibly, director Michel Gondry’s guest directing stint (and guest sidekicking stint) on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night was simply promotion for Gondry’s new movie “The Green Hornet,” which opens today in theaters around the country (you can read our review here and our interview with Gondry here.) But as a fan of all of Gondry’s movies, I have to tell you: I enjoyed this blatant piece of marketing far more than the actual movie it serves to promote. I’d say Gondry fans could wait to catch “Green Hornet” on Blu-ray. But they need to watch this episode of “Kimmel” immediately.

We’ve seen Gondry spoof talk shows before in “The Science of Sleep,” where Gael Garcia Bernal conducts his dreamlife like Letterman conducting “The Late Show.” But seeing Gondry wreak havoc on a real talk show was even more fun, and it’s a credit to Kimmel — who definitely gets more kicks out of screwing around with the late night format than any of his more traditional competitors — that he permitted Gondry to try so many strange gags.

From the dreamlike cold open, which kept cycling back into the monologue like a bad recurring dream, to Kimmel’s “loaf loafers” made out of bread, to Gondry’s mad scientist roving director’s desk, to guest (and “Hornet” star) Seth Rogen emerging for his interview through an enormous replica of his head (with TV monitors for eyes and bongos for teeth!), it was inspired and gloriously weird throughout. I’ve embedded Jimmy’s monologue below — which also includes an appearance by Jay Chou (keep your eyes peeled in the background during that part; Gondry makes an extra appearance on a truck that drive by). You can watch the entire episode on ABC.com — make sure you stick around until the last commercial break for Gondry’s “magnification box.”

Overall, I’d call the experiment a wild success. Gondry’s films all follow the structure and logic of dreams, so late night, and its audience of insomniacs and somnambulists, is actually the perfect venue for him. Bernal’s character in “The Science of Sleep” has a hard time distinguishing from reality and dreams. I bet a lot of half-awake ABC viewers last night could relate to the confusion.

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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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