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Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley confirmed for “Ender’s Game”

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Many fans were on the fence when Gavin Hood‘s upcoming “Ender’s Game” adaptation was first announced. The beloved sci-fi novel written by Orson Scott Card has been eyed for the big screen for a long time, and Card has even written and overseen drafts of the script, but still people remained skeptical. Fortunately the recently announced full cast for the film should ease a lot of those fears.

Asa Butterfield was already announced to play the titular Ender Wiggins, while Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley were all rumored to be up for roles as well. A new report from Variety confirms Ford as General Hyram Graff, Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian and Kingsley as the legendary war hero Mazer Rackham. In addition, the rest of the full cast has been announced as well.

Abigail Breslin is definitely the biggest new name to come out of the full cast line-up. She’ll be playing Ender’s genius sister, Valentine Wiggin. “Let Me In” actor Jimmy Pinchak will play their psychopathic brother Peter.

In the Battle School, TV actor Aramis Knight has gotten the major role of Bean, Ender’s second-in-command. Rounding out the young soldiers is Moises Arias as Bonzo, Suraj Parthasarathy as Alai, Conor Carroll as Bernard, Khylin Rhambo as Dink and Brendan Meyer as Stilson.

“Ender’s Game” follows young soldier Ender Wiggins after he is recruited by the International Fleet to destroy the alien Formic race that previously attacked Earth. It is set to go into production in early 2012 in New Orleans. The film is currently slated for a March 15, 2013 release date.

What do you think of the full “Ender’s Game” cast? Do you now have faith in this adaptation? 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.

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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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