“Star Trek 2” casting confirms Peter Weller, Benicio Del Toro may not be playing Khan

“Star Trek 2” casting confirms Peter Weller, Benicio Del Toro may not be playing Khan (photo)

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While the “Star Trek” fan community was in turmoil over the weekend as to whether Benicio Del Toro will or will not be playing Khan in the upcoming “Star Trek 2,” one totally awesome casting scoop managed to sneak underneath the radar. Peter Weller, also known as the man who immortalized “Robocop” in the 1987 original, has been confirmed to be playing a “principal role” in the sequel to J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 hit.

One wonders if this is the last major role we heard about when Alice Eve was cast in the project last week. Deadline, who broke the news, said they Weller’s representatives wouldn’t specify what role he is playing. Could it be that he’s the elder supporting villain teamed with Del Toro in their evil machinations?

But back to that Khan rumor. Latino Review reported over the weekend that they got a good scoop that Del Toro will in fact be playing Khan in “Star Trek 2.” Abrams and Paramount have previously denied this, and unsurprisingly they did again. But it should be noted that Latino Review has a pretty spot-on track record of accurately breaking scoops, and they also warned that denials would likely come after they reported their news.

Then again, Abrams was pretty definitive when he told HitFix that the rumor is “not true.” Apparently we’ll all just have to wait until “Star Trek 2” hits theaters on May 17, 2013 to find out who is telling the truth, or wait until an official plot synopsis is released.

Are you excited to hear Weller is joining “Star Trek 2”? Do you think Del Toro is playing Khan? 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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