Tom Cruise’s next onscreen opponent is… Werner Herzog?

Tom Cruise’s next onscreen opponent is… Werner Herzog? (photo)

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Tom Cruise has been a movie star for roughly thirty years. In that time, he’s fought such onscreen adversaries as Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Oprah’s couch. Now, according to Entertainment Weekly, he’s about to face off against his most intense opponent yet: director Werner Herzog.

EW reports that Herzog has signed on to co-star in the upcoming Cruise vehicle “One Shot” as “a character named The Zec, an ex-prisoner of war that first came to life in one of Lee Child’s bestselling Jack Reacher novels.” Herzog knows a thing or two about directing movies about ex-prisoners of war — he made the documentary “Little Dieter Needs to Fly” and and the fiction film “Rescue Dawn” about just that subject.

Earlier today, I got a press release about Herzog’s new documentary “Into the Abyss,” which opens in November, and I was thinking about possibly interviewing Herzog. The first question that came to mind: why don’t you act more? Funny timing; I guess Herzog’s been wondering the same thing. He’s known as a director, but he’s so naturally funny I really think he could have a second career in comedy. He’s so droll and poetic as the narrator of documentaries like “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and he was great in Zak Penn’s two improv comedies, “The Grand” and “Incident at Loch Ness,” where he played himself in a cheerful spoof of one of his doomed productions.

I don’t know how good Herzog will be as the villain of a big Tom Cruise picture — I had a hard enough time taking Hugo Weaving seriously in “Captain America” as the Red Skull when he just sounded like Herzog — but I am really curious to see what happens. If The Zec is a kind of tongue-in-cheek baddie, I can’t imagine anyone more perfect. I’ll be keeping an eye on this project as it develops; it’s currently listed on IMDb with a 2013 release date.

DO you want to see Werner Herzog playing the big bad in a Hollywood thriller? 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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