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Brad Pitt says he’s looking to retire in three years

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Three years. After that, you won’t have Brad Pitt to kick around or anoint as the Sexiest Man Alive for an eighth time anymore.

Promoting “Moneyball” overseas, Pitt sat down with “60 Minutes Australia” for a lengthy interview. Near the end of the conversation, the interviewer asked how long Pitt would like to continue working as an actor. His response — and it was a quick, confident, I’ve-thought-about-this-before-you-asked it response, too — “Three years.” And then after that? Here’s what he said:

“”Hell if I know. I’m really enjoying the producorial side; the development of stories, putting those pieces together, getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise.”

Fueling retirement rumors? At 47? Can you tell the guy’s made three movies with Steven Soderbergh?

Pitt’s producorial credits in the last five years include “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Kick-Ass,” “The Tree of Life,” and “Moneyball” — all unusual or outright uncommercial properties that may not have made it to the screen without his support. His suggestion that he’ll quit acting and become a full-time producer arrives just before his partner, Angelina Jolie, releases her first film as writer/director, “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” Clearly both have aspirations beyond hitting their marks and memorizing their lines.

As for Pitt, his preretirement slate includes “Cogan’s Trade,” an crime film written and directed by “Jesse James” director Andrew Dominik, and the highly anticipated adaptation of the zombie novel “World War Z.” And then after that? Hell if I know.

UPDATE: At the Korean stop of his “Moneyball” press tour, Pitt clarified his remarks, saying “I wasn’t putting an exact deadline on my expiration date (as an actor) but I just see it coming and I do have an interest in the producing side.” Fueling retirement rumors then taking them back the next day? The guy really is a Soderbergh protégé!

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[H/T Deadline]

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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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