Blake Lively passes on “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Blake Lively passes on “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (photo)

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Bad news continues to plague the production of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” The big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s best-selling Jane Austen spoof just recently nailed down its latest director — “Fright Night‘s” Craig Gillespie — but continues to struggle to find itself a leading lady. Something about playing an Elizabeth Bennett plagued by the zombie apocalypse just isn’t tickling the fancy of Hollywood’s actress elite.

The latest person to pass on the project is Blake Lively, according to /Film. The “Gossip Girl” star’s film career took off in recent years thanks to “The Town” and “Green Lantern,” and apparently wants to focus on indie dramas like “Hick” and “Savages” instead of going the big-screen-blockbuster route. To be fair, “Green Lantern” was a total flop, so it makes sense why she’s hesitant.

Natalie Portman was the first actress to pass on the role back in 2009. Since then, everyone from Scarlett Johansson to Emma Stone have turned down the project. Gillespie might end up having to go the unknown route and cast an up-and-coming actress who will be so happy to have such a major role that she won’t even consider shooting the offer down. He can make up for not having a big name actress by finding a Hollywood heartthrob to play the zombie-killing Mr. Darcy.

With all these delays, it seems unlikely that “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” will start filming before the end of the year. Fortunately zombies remain popular in Hollywood thanks to shows like “The Walking Dead,” so the movie still has a couple more years of leeway before its window of opportunity completely closes.

Are you surprised “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is having such a difficult time casting a leading lady? Let us know in the comments section below or share your thoughts 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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