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Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” To Play Venice

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Variety reports that David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” will premiere at the 68th Venice Film Festival, which begins on August 31. The film, Cronenberg’s first since 2007’s “Eastern Promises,” stars his frequent collaborator Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, and Keira Knightley as the woman they both want. I can’t decide; do I go with the “Paging Dr. Freud” joke or the “Tell me about your mother” joke here? Decisions, decisions…

According to Variety, the Venice lineup will also include Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” (based on the Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage”), Aleksandr Sokurov’s “Faust,” Cameron Crowe’s documentary on Pearl Jam, Jonathan Demme’s doc on Hurricane Katrina, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth” follow-up “Alps,” Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” follow-up “Shame,” and the latest from Todd Solondz, “Dark Horse.” It’s the first I’ve heard of that one, so here’s the plot summary per Wikipedia:

“Abe, a 30-something who lives with his parents, reluctantly works for his father and avidly collects toys. When Abe isn’t playing backgammon with his mother, he’s trying to romance Miranda, another 30-something who has moved back in with her parents after a failed literary/academic career. Out of desperation, Miranda agrees to marry Abe, and the two begin to plan their life together. But just when it looks like things are starting to go right for Abe, everything goes horribly wrong.”

Sounds appropriately Solondzian, as does the cast, which includes Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, and Christopher Walken.

The final Venice lineup may also include one of two upcoming films by Steven Soderbergh — either his action thriller “Haywire” or his disease thriller “Contagion,” both of which sport, ahem, sick casts — and one of two new movies from Steven Spielberg: the drama “War Horse” or his first animated film, “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,” which just debuted its first teaser trailer earlier this week. My hunch tells me to bet on the latter movie for each director.

By the by, if Soderbergh’s “Haywire” does get selected that would make three films featuring Michael Fassbender at the festival; besides his aforementioned role in “A Dangerous Method,” he’s also the star of McQueen’s “Shame.” And, hey, it could be still four; c’mon “X-Men: First Class!”

The 68th Venice jury will be lead by “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky. The rest of the movies he’ll be judging will be formally announced in July.

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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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