Trailering: “Another Earth”

Trailering: “Another Earth” (photo)

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Just in time for Earth Day (ho ho!), Fox Searchlight released the trailer for “Another Earth,” the cerebral sci-fi film that sparked standing ovations at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Here’s IMDb’s official plot synopsis:

“On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.”

Sounds like an intriguing high concept for smart science fiction film (and it’s a gorgeous trailer), but I’m especially excited to see it because it stars and was co-written by Brit Marling, who was also the star and co-writer of another festival sci-fi hit, “Sound of My Voice.” That film, a story about a young couple who goes undercover in a cult that worships a mysterious woman, was both mine and my colleague Stephen Saito’s favorite film at South by Southwest. I don’t know where Marling came from — a parallel earth? — but she’s got some serious talent.

And speaking of “Sound of My Voice” it was also announced just in time for Earth Day (ho… ho?) that Fox Searchlight has also picked up that film for release. When I saw “Sound of My Voice” at SXSW, the producers in attendance were asked about distribution; they said that Marling had director Zal Batmanglij had offers, but were waiting to find a home that would treat the film properly. He also alluded to the fact that Marling and Batmanglij envision “Sound of My Voice” as the first entry in a larger series, and hinted that their choosiness over the distributor hinged in part on the fact that they wanted to ensure that they could get the sequels made. There’s no word in the press release about any of that, but I’m sure they’ll be asked about that when they’re making publicity rounds with the movie.

“Another Earth” opens on July 22. No word yet on a release date for “Sound of My Voice” but someday soon that’s going to be an awesome double feature.

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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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