“Akira” loses Gary Oldman, offers part to Ken Watanabe

“Akira” loses Gary Oldman, offers part to Ken Watanabe (photo)

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As the casting process for “Akira” narrows down its search for its lead actors, there are some change-ups already occurring. Gary Oldman had previously been eyed to play The Colonel in the upcoming adaptation of the 1988 cult anime, but hadn’t signed on officially. New reports now say that he’s off the part, though Warner Bros has a potential replacement lined up already.

Twitch is reporting that the studio is looking to Ken Watanabe to replace Oldman as the military commander in “Akira.” They’ve offered him the part, and are now just waiting to hear back confirmation. Watanabe is one of the best-known Japanese actors in Hollywood, and thus would be a good fit for the role.

So far, the only actor who is pretty much confirmed for the flick is Garrett Hedlund as Kaneda. Offers are also out to Kristen Stewart to play Kei and Helena Bonham-Carter to play Miyako. Warner Bros is narrowing down their search for main character Tetsuo with a list of actors including Richard Madden, Paul Dano and Michael Pitt.

“Akira” follows the story of a boy named Tetsuo who discovers his latent psychic powers in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo (Manhattan, for the sake of the movie). It’s up to his friend Kaneda, a leader of a biker gang, and a group of other people to stop Tetsuo from unleashing a terrible power on Earth.

The film is being directed by “Orphan” helmer Jaume Collet-Serra, and was written by “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves. Filming is set to start in the spring.

Do you think Watanabe would be a good fit for the role? Tell us 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.


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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