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Ron Howard still hustling to make that “Dark Tower” movie; a patient Javier Bardem still attached to star

Ron Howard still hustling to make that “Dark Tower” movie; a patient Javier Bardem still attached to star (photo)

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Last month we brought you the news that Universal Pictures had passed on Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s utterly brobdingnagian multimedia adaptation of Steven King’s “Dark Tower.” But apparently, when you’re rich as all hell and have a project in mind, that kind of thing is only a temporary setback.

Howard and Grazer recently told the New York Post that they are not only trying to move forward with the adaptation of King’s massive series of novels, but that they are sticking with the original plan of three movies and a couple of television spin-offs. As to where all the money will come from for their expansive project, Grazer reportedly claimed that Howard is “trying to get outside financing to make it, and distribute it through a major [studio].”

This isn’t too much of a surprise, as “The Dark Tower” remains one of King’s most impressive and beloved works, and both Howard and Grazer appear completely committed to going through with it. What’s interesting, however, is that despite not having a start date or even a studio attached, Javier Bardem is still set to star as the gunslinger Roland Deschain.

What really perked our ears up, however, is not so much that Howard and Grazer are planning to move ahead with the “Dark Tower” television series, but where they mentioned taking them: Netflix. To be fair, they also mentioned taking the project to other networks, but with Netflix’s recent push to start developing their own original content, snagging an established franchise like “The Dark Tower” would be a real coup.

What do you think about Howard and Grazer’s “Dark Tower”? Is the duo a good fit for the material? Would you watch a “Dark Tower” television series over Netflix? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and 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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