Police to Re-Open Natalie Wood’s Death

Police to Re-Open Natalie Wood’s Death (photo)

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced that it is re-opening the investigation into the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood. While the coroner originally ruled the death an accident, new evidence has come to light that has them thinking otherwise — and taking a good hard look at the actress’ husband, actor Robert Wagner.

The circumstances surrounding the young actress’ death have long been considered suspect. She disappeared from a yacht off of Catalina Island where she had been drinking — and arguing — with Wagner, her “Brainstorm” co-star Christopher Walken (yes, that Christopher Walken), the ship’s captain, Dennis Davern, and others. Her body was discovered the next morning about a mile away from the yacht with the ship’s dinghy beached nearby. At the time the coroner categorized her death as an accident, assuming she had slipped off the boat while trying to launch the dinghy.

On Friday, almost 30 years to they day after the incident, Davern told the Today Show that he lied to investigators about Natalie Wood’s mysterious death. When the show’s host David Gregory asked Davern, “Was the fight between Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner what ultimately led to her death?” He replied, “Yes.” This isn’t the first time Davern has told his tale, having been interviewed by Vanity Fair in 2000 and Geraldo in 1992, but for the first time, the LA sheriff’s department thinks he “made comments worthy of exploring.”

Wood, a three-time Oscar nominee most known for her roles in “West Side Story,” ”Rebel Without a Cause” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” was 43 when she died. She and Wagner, star of the TV series “Hart to Hart,” were married twice, first in 1957 and again in 1972.

According to the LA Times, Wagner released a statement through his spokesman expressing support for a new investigation into his wife’s death.

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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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