“Harry Potter” team to bring their magic to Stephen King’s “The Stand”

“Harry Potter” team to bring their magic to Stephen King’s “The Stand” (photo)

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Let’s be frank, shall we? The “Harry Potter” series made Warner Bros. a veritable ballsload of money over the past decade. But with no more books to adapt, the series has currently come to a close, up until J. K. Rowling decides she needs to buy a spaceship or something. Without a colossal new franchise waiting in the wings, it should come as no surprise that the studio wants “Potter” director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves to develop another lengthy adaptation: Stephen King’s “The Stand.”

“The Stand,” King’s humongous post-apocalyptic novel, has already been adapted as a miniseries in the 1990s, and more recently as a series of comic books at Marvel. But given the fact that the miniseries was on network television and wasn’t able to revel in all the horror and violence of the source material, a big screen adaptation makes quite a bit of sense, especially if the movie is allowed to hit theaters with an R-rating.

The story starts with a killer virus that decimates the population, which then splits into two sides, becoming the armies in the final battle between good and evil. Given current fears and neuroses about the state of the world and increasing religious fanaticism on seemingly all sides, now seems like a pretty perfect time to put “The Stand” back in the public consciousness. Hell, put an even finer point on it by having the virus get released as the result of a financial crisis and the subsequent budget cuts. You can have that one for free, Warner Bros.

David Yates, who directed the fifth through eighth “Potter” movies has been speaking about the possibility of a new “Stand” adaptation for months now, but the potential involvement of Steve Kloves is something rather new. The screenwriter was responsible for all but one of the “Potter” movies, and would bring a steady, experienced hand to the production. Neither Yates or Kloves is locked down at this point, but HitFix seems to think it’s all but a done deal at this point.

Is “The Stand” worthy of yet another adaptation? How awesome do you think they’ll make that big hand look in CGI? 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.


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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