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A Brief Ode to Keenan Ivory Wayans

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Since “Scary Movie” is airing tonight on IFC at 8 and 10 p.m. ET, we thought we’d take a minute to talk about our deep and abiding love for the film’s director, Keenan Ivory Wayans. To do that, we’re going to take a quick look at a few of his many many many film and television projects.

“I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”

Wayans wrote, directed and starred in the 1998 film, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.” The movie offers a hysterically satiric spin on the blaxploitation films of the 60s and 70s and features several actors who were part of the blaxploitation phenomenon; including Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, and Isaac Hayes. Wayans stars as Jack Spade, a recently-returned Army vet seeking revenge for the death of his brother who died from “over-golding,” i.e. wearing too many gold chains. Wayans sets out to rid the streets of gold chains and seek his revenge on the crime lord responsible for flooding the streets with his dangerous product. The film is truly LOL-worthy, while also offering up a not-so-subtle commentary on the portrayal of black characters on film.

“In Living Color”

This groundbreaking sketch comedy show helmed by Wayans and his brother Damon, featured a predominately African-American cast and focus on modern black subject matter, including skewering white pop culture. Airing on Fox from 1990-1994, the show had an eye for talent and introduced the world to four little known up-and-comers: Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Lopez. Music was a huge part of the show and the Wayans brought bands including Heavy D, Public Enemy, Mary J. Blige, and Tupac Shakur to a national television audience. Every show also featured a performance by the in-house dance troupe known as the Fly Girls whose routines were choreographed by Rosie Perez. The troupe featured J.Lo as well as future “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “In Living Color” is scheduled to return to network television in 2012, airing two half-hour specials hosted and executive produced by co-creator Keenan Ivory Wayans, with the option of picking the series up for the following season.

“Scary Movie”

“Scary Movie” was the movie that was begging to be made. How could the teen slasher genre not be mercilessly mocked on the same silver screen it dared to fill with ridiculous stereotypes, gaping plot holes, and glaring stupidity? Coming off the successful skewering of blaxploitation films, Wayans was the man to do it. The raunchy satire, now known as “Scary Movie,” was produced under the clumsy yet appropriate title “Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween.” Incidentally, the title “Scary Movie” is something of an inside joke: it was the working title for “Scream,” the movie that kick-started the mid-’90s slasher film revival. In the film, as you might expect, a group of teenagers — not-terribly-bright Buffy (Shannon Elizabeth), her best friend Brenda (Regina Hall), stoner Shorty (Marlon Wayans), fey football player Ray (Shawn Wayans), loudmouthed Greg (Lochlyn Munro), sexually overexcited Bobby (Jon Abrahams), and his prim girlfriend Cindy (Anna Faris) — are on the run from a maniacal killer who is looking for revenge after the kids accidentally kill a man following an auto accident. The film was a smash hit spawning endless sequels and becoming the highest grossing movie ever directed by an African-American.

“Scary Movie” airs on IFC at 8 PM ET and at 10:00 PM ET; Sunday, Jan. 8 at 8:30 PM ET; and Monday, Jan. 9 at 2:30 AM ET

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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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