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Fans Bring The Bleak World of “Gears of War” to Life

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Like any best-selling video game franchise, there’s been talk of a “Gears of War” movie for the better part of a decade now. The first “Gears” game established the sci-fi war series as an important pillar on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console in 2006. Then, “Gears 2” cemented the kind of gamer loyalty that drives multimillion dollar success in 2008. The first believable whispers about bringing Marcus Fenix and the other human soldiers in Delta Squad to the silver screen bubbled out of Comic-Con in 2009, with director Len Wiseman attached.

But budget concerns and talent availability have apparently put the project in limbo. The “Gears” games tell the tale of an all-consuming war on the planet of Sera, where humans fight against slug-like subterranean race called the Locust. Epic Games’ design director Cliff Bleszinski makes much of the game’s attention to architecture and a bombed-out Euro village aesthetic, and you’d have to nail that to make a “Gears” film feel authentic. It’s the kind of movie that’ll need money to capture the game’s distinct look.

That’s why it’s so amazing that Try Force Productions’ low-budget trailer effectively channels the milieu of Marcus Fenix. The 1:42 trailer doesn’t tell any kind of story but as works a proof-of-concept. Sure, the guy acting as Marcus doesn’t have the playable character’s roided-out bulk and the environs don’t look as sci-fi as they do in the three games. But, Try Force’s clip captures the lonely, desolate feeling of a “Gears” playthrough, of hustling your way through a ravaged world where loss echoes out in the empty spaces. The filmmakers are trying to crowd-fund their future efforts, so if you want to see more of this kind of thing, visit their Kickstarter page.

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Does the sight of this fan-made trailer get you more excited for a “Gears” movie or do you want Hollywood to stay away from Marcus, Dom and Cole Train? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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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