“Scarface” to get remade yet again

“Scarface” to get remade yet again (photo)

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After last week’s mass Internet outcry over the news that Alcon Entertainment would be remaking “Point Break”, apparently Universal was feeling a little left out. So, they did what any reasonable studio would do, scrambling around for one of their existing properties to remake, ultimately settling on “Scarface.”

Deadline reports that the studio is already meeting writers to script a new take on the concept that has given us so much already, including countless hacky rap metaphors and wall-art for generations of unimaginative college students. Truly, “Scarface” has the cultural influence of both Tupac Shakur and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec combined.

While the best known version of the film is Brian De Palma’s 1983 “Scarface,” starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana, that film was itself a remake of the 1932 film of the same name, directed by Howard Hawks. So while there will no doubt be cries of sacrilege and blasphemy on the internet about this remake, it’s nothing all that unusual, shocking or out of the ordinary. In fact, Deadline points out that when Universal first assembled the De Palma version, there were “howls of heresy.” The more things change, huh?

Deadline also notes that while the new “Scarface” won’t be a true, full-on remake, “it will take the common elements of the first two films: An outsider, an immigrant, barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted version of the American dream, becoming a kingpin through a campaign of ruthlessness and violent ambition.”

The original “Scarface” followed an Italian in Chicago, while the 1983 one memorably set its sights on a Cuban in Miami, but the focus of the new movie is currently still under wraps. Will it be a Chinese Triad who takes over the marijuana trade in California? A Russian gangster who runs a gambling ring in New York City? Or could it possibly be a high school chemistry teacher who enters into Albuquerque’s lucrative, yet dangerous, crystal meth trade, falling down the rabbit hole of deadly, criminal behavior? Anything is possible at this point.

How do you feel about an update to “Scarface”? Do you think it’s necessary or do you prefer your crime movies kitschy, dated and filled with aggressive scenery munching? 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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