J.J. Abrams gears up for untitled mystery adventure

J.J. Abrams gears up for untitled mystery adventure (photo)

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New J.J. Abrams projects come about as regularly as the new week nowadays, and here’s another one for the pile. Word has it that the writer/director/producer/showrunner/clone-of-a-clone-of-a-clone has yet another movie up his sleeve that teams him with screenwriter Billy Ray, who is best known for “State of Play” and “Flightplan.” Deadline has learned that the movie will be a mystery adventure, which pretty much classifies every project Abrams has ever done (other than his random assortment of romcoms, of course).

This news comes shortly after the confirmation that Abrams will in fact be directing “Star Trek 2.” In addition to that commitment, Abrams is also producing “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and showrunning new TV series’ “Person of Interest” and “Alcatraz,” as well as his old staple “Fringe.” And that’s still not including his attachment to the untitled “Cloverfield” sequel, an alleged “Seven Minutes In Heaven” movie and his planned book project. Seriously, the man must have clones to get all this work done. It’s the only explanation.

Ray is a pretty hot commodity in Hollywood right now as well. He is currently revising the Channing Tatum vehicle “Pan,” which is a retelling of the classic Peter Pan story, adapted “A Captain’s Duty” for Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks and wrote a remake of “The Secret In Their Eyes” that he will also direct. Most importantly, Ray is the man responsible for the long-in-gestation “24” film that Kiefer Sutherland is confident is still on its way.

Are you intrigued by a collaboration between Abrams and Ray? Tell us in the comments section 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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