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Sean Penn to direct Robert De Niro and Kristin Wiig in “The Comedian”

Sean Penn to direct Robert De Niro and Kristin Wiig in “The Comedian” (photo)

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Marking his first directorial effort since 2007’s “Into the Wild,” Sean Penn has officially come on board to direct the drama “The Comedian.” He had tapped some interesting talent to play his leads: Robert De Niro and Kristin Wiig. The unlikely duo will play an aging comedian and the woman he falls in love with.

The script, written by Art Linson with comedian Jeffrey Ross assisting, has been circling around Hollywood for a while now. Originally Martin Scorsese was rumored to be helming the project with De Niro as the titular comedian, but Penn started negotiations to direct the movie earlier in the summer. Now The Hollywood Reporter confirms that he is officially directing the flick, with plans to start shooting in the spring.

“The Comedian” follows an aging insult comic who one played a beloved television character but now sees his career stalling out. During one stand-up set, he hits an audience member in the head with a microphone and gets sentenced to doing community service as punishment. It’s there that he meets a “dazzling redhead who turns his life sideways,” according to THR.

Though the movie will likely contain elements of comedy, it will be interesting to see Wiig in her first truly dramatic roles. Both “Bridesmaids” and “Whip It!” were dramatic to a certain extent, but Wiig still leaned upon her comic training for those performances. Still, I don’t doubt that she has the chops to face off against De Niro on the big screen, and it is nice to see her given a chance to show off her range.

Do you think that De Niro and Wiig make an interesting pair? Are you glad to see Penn behind the camera again? Let us know in the comments section 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.

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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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