“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” lead Reeve Carney to star as Jeff Buckley in new biopic

“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” lead Reeve Carney to star as Jeff Buckley in new biopic (photo)

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When Jeff Buckley passed away in 1997 at age 30, the music world lost one of its most promising new artists. The one studio album released during his lifetime was hailed by critics as a modern classic and catapulted the singer-songwriter into the upper echelon of the indie world, where he remained until a tragic drowning incident in a Tennessee river. A posthumous release garnered a Grammy nom.

With so much acclaim and a sad fate, a feature film based on Buckley’s life was probably inevitable, and now we have the name of the actor who will be filling the late musician’s shoes: Reeve Carney. While he’s not the biggest name in Hollywood, Carney has been making waves as the title character in Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” The show marked Carney’s first foray into acting and professional singing; he had been discovered by director Julie Taymor through his rock band.

Fears over Hollywood’s take on Buckley’s life can be partly assuaged by the folks involved: the film is executive produced by Buckley’s mother, directed by Jake Scott (who helmed the dark Kristin Stewart pic “Welcome to the Rileys”), written by Ryan Jaffe (“The Rocker”) and steered by the producers behind “Finding Neverland” and “Control.” The company behind the production has also optioned the book “Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley.”

According to the filmmakers, the untitled script is based on scores of interviews, unlimited access to Buckley’s estate, and the singer’s personal journals, drawings and letters. The production is scheduled to begin in New York and Memphis this November.

Are you excited to see Jeff Buckley’s life on the big-screen? Let us know 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.


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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