Trailer Tunes: David Bowie And Queen In “Arthur”

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The Russell Brand remake of Dudley Moore’s classic 80’s comedy, “Arthur,” has seemed like a bad idea from the start. Too many writers, too many revisions, bringing too little that’s new to an original film that is already great and should be left well enough alone. I mean, who sees these pictures? Well apparently people do, and admittedly this first trailer for director Jason Winer’s 2011 version has some moments to it.

It starts off lively with David Bowie helping the character intros along with a little “Rebel Rebel.” We see Russell Brand, looking a bit off as Arthur, but Helen Mirren’s Hobson (played originally by the magnificent John Gielgud who an Oscar for his performance) is compelling. Jennifer Garner seems like the perfect woman to be cast in the role of a rich brat no one would want to marry, and Luis Guzmán looks like he could be amusing as Arthur’s driver and playmate. And hey, watching Nick Nolte grab someone by the crotch is always a good time.

But then the tired 70’s chart topper “All Right Now,” takes over and it becomes clear that, unlike the original trailer, there aren’t many laughs. Granted, the original was mostly just Dudley Moore laughing, but it was funny, with gratuitous laughter explained in Moore’s slurred British accent, “Oh, sometimes I just think funny things!” And it was absolutely liquor soaked, something that is conspicuously missing in this tale of a drunken playboy who must ultimately (sort of) choose between wealth or love.

I love me some David Bowie, and Queen too, so “Under Pressure,” the track they wrote together in 1981 that finishes the trailer off, is a hit in my book. But it plays out here like the literal interpretation of some lame producer’s notes: Here we’ll show everything’s going to be all right now, but then he’s under pressure again. I do believe this trailer just put “Under Pressure” over it’s limit of mindless overuse in film and TV.

There is no sign of any film score here, perhaps they are just going to re-use Burt Bacharach’s from the original and are waiting to break some updated version out later. I’ve heard a rumor that the famous Christopher Cross song, ”Arthur’s Theme Best That You Can Do,” will be making a special cameo appearance, but there is still no hint of it here.

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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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