The Secret of the Winklevi

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When I saw “The Social Network” for the first time, my only thought about Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the Olympic rowers who sue Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) for supposedly stealing their idea for Facebook, was “Man, where’d they find two twins who could act and row?” I had absolutely no idea that they hadn’t found two twins, that, in fact, they’d found two totally different actors — Armie Hammer and Josh Pence — and then grafted the face of the former onto the face of the latter using digital trickery. When I learned that, I was absolutely astonished. Then I remembered “The Social Network” was a David Fincher film, and nobody is as good at invisible digital effects as David Fincher.

I just rewatched “The Social Network” again last Friday, the first time since I learned the secret of the Winklevi. Knowing that Cameron and Tyler were really Armie and Armie (with help from Josh) completely changed the way I watched their scenes. Now, the Winklevoss twins’ scenes were wildly impressive and totally distracting. I couldn’t stop looking for the seams, trying to find where Josh ended and Armie began. Ultimately, Fincher and his team of artists did such a good job that I couldn’t. But that didn’t stop me from trying. I’m definitely glad I saw the film once without knowing about all the trickeration going on behind the scenes.

That said, now that I do know the truth, I’m fascinated to learn more, and that’s why I love this clip from Vulture that reveals how Fincher gave one actor another actor’s face without anyone noticing. I also love watching the notoriously detail-oriented Fincher on set — really, he’s the perfect guy to shoot a movie where you have to precisely recreate performances over and over again, because he’d probably be just as crazed about body posture and continuity even if it wasn’t absolutely necessary for the purposes of pulling off insanely complex special effects.

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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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