“Akira” starts testing actors for role of Tetsuo

“Akira” starts testing actors for role of Tetsuo (photo)

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The casting rumors for “Akira” are beginning to heat up as the filming start date looms ever closer. The last major role that needs an actor attached to it is Tetsuo, the troubled young man whose psychic powers end up becoming a dangerous weapon. A short-list of actors who have been testing for the role has been released, and it’s a bit of an eclectic bunch.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the short-list of actors testing include a variety of stars from television and films. Some of the more exciting names on the list include Richard Madden from “Game of Thrones,” Paul Dano from “Little Miss Sunshine,” Michael Pitt from “Boardwalk Empire” and Logan Marshall Green from “Prometheus.” Also on the list are “Tetro’s” Alden Ehrenreich, “Breaking Dawn’s” Rami Malek, “G.I.Joe 2: Retaliation’s” D.J. Cotrona and “RocknRolla’s” Toby Kebbell.

The actor for the role of Tetsuo is supposed to be decided before Thanksgiving, so expect that list to be narrowed down very soon. All of the actors are relatively unknown, so it will be interesting to see how the one chosen stacks up against the previously announced stars.

“Tron: Legacy’s” Garrett Hedlund is all but officially confirmed to star in the film as Kaneda, the leader of a motorcycle gang who is also the film’s second lead. Kristen Stewart has been offered to play Ky Reed, a spin off Kei in the original 1988 anime. And Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter have rumored to be attached to the film as The Colonel and Miyako, respectively.

“Orphan” and “House of Wax” director Jaume Collet-Serra is helming the film, but it isn’t a horror movie per-se. “Akira” has been pegged to have a budget of about $90 million, so expect it to be a lot grittier than its blockbuster anime counterpart. Filming is set to start in the spring, so hopefully the flick will hit theaters at some point in 2013.

Which of these actors do you think best fits the role of Tetsuo? 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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