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Schwarzen-Watch: Universal Eyes “Terminator” Franchise

Schwarzen-Watch: Universal Eyes “Terminator” Franchise (photo)

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IFC.com’s film writer, Matt Singer, is the biggest Arnold Schwarzenegger fan on the planet. He blogs any time any news about Schwarzenegger’s return to acting, no matter how flimsy or improbable, hits the Internet.

Deadline reported yesterday that with former actor turned former Governor Arnold Schwarnzenegger accepting movie offers, studios are looking for material to pitch the Austrian Oak. Universal Studios, also looking for material for “Fast Five” director Justin Lin, is considering acquiring the “Terminator” franchise, which has bounced around from Orion to Carolco to Warner Brothers to who knows where and now rests in the hands of a hedge fund named Pacificor.

Deadline’s report makes no specific mention of Schwarzenegger’s interest in the project, only Universal’s. But it does sort of make you wonder whether Arnold, at age 63, would be interested in — i.e. crazy enough — to try to make another “Terminator.” The third “Terminator,” “Rise of the Machines,” was his last starring vehicle before his move into politics, and he was already looking a wee bit creaky for the role back when he was just 54. Unlike his contemporary, Sylvester Stallone, Schwarzenegger does not have the luxury of having a human signature character. Stallone got older, so did Rocky and Rambo. Schwarzenegger gets older, but the T-800 remains eternally young.

Schwarzenegger’s likeness appeared to good effect on a CGI creation in 2009’s “Terminator Salvation” (you can watch the scene on YouTube). You have to imagine that anyone considering a Schwarzenegger return is considering the possibility of doing something like that on a bigger scale, with Arnold himself providing motion capture and voice work for some sort of digitally scrubbed version of himself, a la Jeff Bridges’ youthful digital doppelganger in “TRON: Legacy.” If the effect was convincing enough — and Bridges’ in “TRON” was close — it could be interesting, and open the door to stuff “Terminator”‘s never done before, like seeing hundreds of identical Arnolds all onscreen at once.

Also possible, and slightly more worrisome, is Schwarzenegger eyeing his rival Stallone’s box office success, and deciding he needs to one-up Sly by becoming the T-800 again without the aid of special effects (Note: human growth hormone does not count as a special effect). I’d rather he revisit one of his other franchises, like “Predator” (which just got a sequel last summer) or “True Lies” (which director James Cameron is currently turning into a television series). They’re also remaking “Total Recall” with Colin Farrell in Schwarzenegger’s role. Maybe he can play Howser. Or Quato!

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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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