“John Carter” trailer arrives online with big-budget Martian violence intact

“John Carter” trailer arrives online with big-budget Martian violence intact (photo)

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The first trailer for “John Carter” arrived online today, offering the first footage from Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ popular sci-fi/fantasy novels.

For anyone like myself, who preferred John Carter’s bloody, sword-swinging brawls with aliens to Burroughs’ other famous creation, Tarzan, the new trailer is a nice indication that Disney is playing it straight with their adaptation of the beloved series.

Burroughs’ 11-volume “Barsoom” series followed the adventures of a Civil War veteran who’s transported to Mars and thrust into the middle of a conflict between the various alien and humanoid races that populate the planet. “Friday Night Lights” actor Taylor Kitsch plays the title role, with Lynne Collins as the Red Martian princess Dejah Thoris. Willem Dafoe plays one of John Carter’s allies, a green-skinned, multi-armed Martian warrior named Tars Tarkas, who we get a quick peek at in the trailer.

Equal parts fantasy epic and science-fiction saga, Burroughs’ “Barsoom” novels were notable both for the content of the stories and their original cover art, which featured the work of iconic painter Frank Frazetta.

Of course, given Disney’s stewardship of the upcoming film, it’s no surprise that Dejah Thoris and the rest of the film’s cast appears to be sporting significantly more clothing than Frazetta imagined in his cover art. Heck, the fact that Collins is wearing any clothing at all is a marked difference from many of the famous cover images, but given how good the trailer looks and how long it’s taken to get to this point (an adaptation of the series has been in various stages of development since 1931), we’ll let it slide.

Directed by longtime Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton, “John Carter” hits theaters in March 2012.

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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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