Want to own Orson Welles’ Oscar? Now you can.

Want to own Orson Welles’ Oscar?  Now you can. (photo)

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Have you ever wanted to own an Academy Award? Are you a talentless hack with no shot of earning one through legitimate, artistic means? Are you also inordinately wealthy? If you’ve answered yes to all these questions, first of all, hello! Let’s be friends. Secondly, congratulations! I, your new bestie, have a cool movie news story for you.

TheWrap reports that Orson Welles‘ only Oscar, given to him in 1942 for the screenplay of “Citizen Kane,” is up for auction. Through December 20th at 5:00pm Pacific Time, you can bid on Welles’ “Kane” Oscar at NateDSanders.com. As of this writing, the current bid is a modest $60,240.

According to TheWrap’s story, Welles’ Oscar has had almost as complicated a life as Charles Foster Kane himself. Welles gave the statue — either as payment for work or as a friendly loan — to cinematographer Gary Graver. Later, Welles’ daughter Beatrice successfully sued Graver to have the statue returned to her. In 2003, she gave it to a Los Angeles charity named the Dax Foundation, but not before she fended off another lawsuit, this from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who didn’t want her selling it either (Oscar winners must typically sign a document promising not to sell their trophy). Eventually, Beatrice Welles won that suit too, but the Dax’s first attempt at an auction back in 2003 failed to yield a bid over the reserve price. Now they’re trying it again. So bid with confidence, richies! The proceeds go to charity. I mean it’s no beloved childhood sled that also serves as a symbol of our society’s collective loss of innocence, but it’s still a friggin’ Oscar.

How much would you pay for a real Oscar statue? Tell us in the comments below or write to us 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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