Kristen Stewart reportedly offered “Akira” female lead

Kristen Stewart reportedly offered “Akira” female lead (photo)

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She’s played the damsel in distress in “Twilight,” she’s playing a warrior maiden in “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and now Kristen Stewart has reportedly been offered to star in a whole new genre.

Twitch is reporting that Stewart has been offered the female lead role in Jaume Collet-Sera’s upcoming adaptation of “Akira.” This is a huge vote of confidence in the young actress — who, it should be noted, didn’t even get a line of dialogue in her “Snow White” trailer — because it would send her out of her comfort zone and into nerd territory on the opposite end of the spectrum from “Twilight.” Collet-Sera currently wants her “On The Road” costar (and onscreen love interest) Garrett Hedlund for the central role of Kaneda, so it does make sense to have her join the project. But “Akira” would be a very different role from anything Stewart has played in the past.

Offers are allegedly out to Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter as well. There’s still the main role of Tetsuo — as significant a role as Hedlund’s Kaneda — to fill, as well as the titular Akira. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ezra Miller and Alden Eherenreich are the frontrunners to play Tetsuo.

Stewart would likely play the character Kei from the cult 1988 anime film. Kei is a young revolutionary who ends up teaming up with Kaneda on his quest to find Tetsuo. Sparks fly between the two young residents of Neo-Tokyo (or Neo-Manhattan, in the case of the remake) and Kaneda quickly becomes enamored with her. Though Kei doesn’t have any special psychic abilities like some of the other characters in the movie, the three Espers (one of which Bonham Carter could potentially play) do posses her at several points throughout the story.

“Harry Potter” screenwriter Steve Kloves penned the screenplay for “Akira.” Filming is set to start in the spring.

Do you think “Akira” would be a good film for Stewart? 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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