“Toy Story 3” Director Rocks “Win, Lose, Or Draw”

“Toy Story 3” Director Rocks “Win, Lose, Or Draw” (photo)

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“Toy Story 3” director Lee Unkrich must have lost a bet. That’s was my first thought when I saw this tweet yesterday afternoon:

“Video facts: 1) I was 20 years old 2) I was plump 3) I was coerced into buying that sweater by the show’s producers youtube.com/watch?v=x4cLbm…

The link takes you to this video: college student Unkrich appearing on the classic early ’90s game show “Win, Lose or Draw:”

It’s a strong episode, with celebrity guests Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, Donna Pescow and Edie McClurg, who later went on two appear in two Pixar films that Unkrich helped edit, “A Bug’s Life” and “Cars.” Unkrich also tweeted that he’s told McClurg about their shared history but that she doesn’t really remember it.

Unkrich did lose a bet, in a matter of speaking. Or maybe he won it. Oh, let’s call it a draw. He’d vowed to post “an embarrassing old video” when he reached 100,000 Twitter followers. Today was the day and Unkrich was a man of his word. And his Cosby sweater.

Actually if you watch the whole thing (and I highly encourage you do), the video’s not that embarrassing. Yes, he’s a little chunky. Yes, the sweater is terrible. But he does win the game, he’s a sketching savant, and he absolutely slaughters the bonus round, plowing through tough clues like tonsil, throne, and pelican. Plus, when host Bert Convy asks him what he does, and he explains that he’s student at USC, he gets to drop this little prophetic nugget: “I plan on eventually studying film. I’d like to be a filmmaker.”

Since it seems like fun — and since I’m impossibly far from that milestone — I will make the same wager: if I get 100,000 followers on Twitter, I’ll post an embarrassing video of myself on YouTube. And, in fact, I’m so confident I will never have to pay up on this bet, I will put up multiple ones if I do, including a high school musical performance, my first video piece for IFC (which is so bad I’ve previously vowed never to let any human see it ever again), and my own appearance on a ’90s game show. Go ahead, readers. I dare you to make me do it.

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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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