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Elizabeth Taylor’s Greatest YouTube Hits

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Probably like many people reading this, I’ve spent a lot of the afternoon reading and thinking about Elizabeth Taylor, who died earlier this morning at the age of 79. And I’ve been watching clips of and about Taylor on YouTube, of which there are many. Here, now, are just a few of the best I’ve found.

“I am a survivor,” Taylor says in this amazing clip from “The Tonight Show” circa 1992. “I’ve had addictions, weight problems, and extreme happiness,” she tells Johnny Carson (she also had a bedazzled leather sportcoat, apparently). Kidding aside, how often to megastars talk this unguardedly about their personal life and demons on late night television? Or anywhere? That’s why people loved “Liz.” She’s hysterically funny when she talks about her marriages, too. She had fun with her own persona, that’s for sure.

Did you know Elizabeth Taylor was on “General Hospital?” I didn’t. Did you know someone went to the trouble not only of compiling her bloopers but to put them on YouTube? Well, they did. Before you judge her repeated flubs, you try saying the name Mikkos Cassadine in a cleavage-bearing gown.

I actually find Taylor charming in these unguarded moments. She’s got a great laugh, and it’s pretty clear that she reached a point in the business where she was untouchable and she knew it. She could do and say just about anything and get away with it. Like this moment, from the 2001 Golden Globes, where she nearly ruined the drama around the Best Picture winner by looking inside the envelope rather than reading the nominees off the teleprompter. This video is called “Elizabeth Taylor Drunk at the Golden Globe Awards” on YouTube. NOTE: I didn’t call her drunk. The guy who named this YouTube clip did. I want to make that very clear:

Also, it’s not embeddable, but you should really check out Edward R. Murrow’s interview with Taylor and then husband Mike Todd, from “Person to Person” in 1957. Todd died in a plane crash about a year after this interview, which is a little freaky to consider when he brags about how it’s better to be lucky than smart in the movie business (Todd was a producer who won the Academy Award for his film “Around the World in 80 Days”). In the most fascianting exchange, Murrow asks Taylor whether she plans to retire from acting to become a full-time housewife for Todd. “I couldn’t really care less about making movies, to tell you the truth,” she says. “I consider it much more important to be a good woman than a great actress.” And this interview came before she won either of her two Oscars or made “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Life is funny sometimes. Funnier than watching Elizabeth Taylor butcher the name Mikkos Cassadine.

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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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