Ang Lee wanted “Hulk” to look like “Tree of Life”

Ang Lee wanted “Hulk” to look like “Tree of Life” (photo)

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Ang Lee was not impressed with Terrence Malick‘s epic “The Tree of Life,” though not for the reason you might think.

The “Brokeback Mountain” director chatted with Vulture after Monday’s Gotham Awards and said that he’s been so busy planning his new project, an adaptation of Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi,” that he has fallen behind watching the films released in 2011. The one flick he did recently watch was “The Tree of Life.” Though Lee said “most of it blew me away,” he added that portions of the film didn’t “take my breath away” because he’d actually been planning to do the same thing in his experimental 2003 comic book adaptation, “Hulk.”

“I see a lot of the elements I was thinking about in ‘The Hulk.’ Some I put in, some I didn’t. The non-drama part of ‘Tree of Life’ was stuff I was thinking about when I was doing ‘The Hulk.’ So I’ve been there. That’s why that part didn’t take my breath away, because I’d been thinking about similar things. I like to be surprised,” he said.

In fact, the ideas were so similar that Lee said he even scouted some of the same locations Malick used in “The Tree of Life,” though he didn’t end up using them. It certainly puts an interesting spin on what the final product of “Hulk” could have been. Somehow we doubt that Marvel would have been too pleased with such an existential take on their superhero universe, though.

Lee said all his focus is on “Life of Pi” right now as it’s going to take a very long time to complete. The director has filmed a vast range of genres during his time behind the camera — from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” to “Sense and Sensibility” to the aforementioned “Hulk” and “Brokeback Mountain” — and “Life of Pi” will again force him to shoot a mixture of live action and animation elements.

“Takes a long time to shoot, takes a long time to get it off the ground, takes a long time to write a script, scout, prep, and then it will take a year to finish the post-production, so it’s a long project,” Lee said.

Would you have wanted to see a more existential look at “Hulk”? Are you looking forward to “Life of Pi”? 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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