Peter Jackson heads back to Hobbitown in new production diary video


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All you little boys and girls must have behaved very well in 2011, because Peter Jackson put together a very special gift for you for Christmas. In addition to the release of “The Hobbit” trailer, he has put together the fifth installment of his video production diary for our viewing pleasure.

This behind-the-scenes segment focuses on shooting on location in New Zealand, and — as the video underlines — all the effort that goes into moving a large set around a fairly large island. Needless to say, “The Hobbit” team is managing to do it with flying colors and, apparently, a whole lot of booze.

But the video has a couple special treats for those willing to watch all twelve minutes of its length. It caught Elijah Wood‘s first visit to Hobbiton since it’s been rebuilt on camera, and it turned out to be a very emotional visit. Nothing quite highlights how much time has passed since “The Fellowship of the Ring” first hit theaters like Wood saying that he first came to set when he was 19, and now he is 30.

It’s also nice to see motion-capture actor Andy Serkis doing double duty as second-unit director as well. Hopefully he isn’t smoking too much of that pipe he’s carrying around in front of his sons Louis and Sonny, who make a brief appearance in the video in their hobbit costumes.

And for those of you who didn’t get enough dwarves, hobbits or Gandalf in the trailer, then this video should hit the spot. The production diary is jam-packed with shots of them moving around set both in and out of scenes, and it genuinely seems like the entire crew of the movie is having a great time filming it.

Those of you hoping to one day visit Hobbiton yourselves are in luck, too. In the video, Jackson explains that when they built the Shire set this time they used long-lasting materials so the set can stay standing even after filming on “The Hobbit” has finished. That’s probably the greatest Christmas gift any of us received this year. Don’t tell our families we said so.

Are you looking forward to “The Hobbit”? 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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