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Michael Fassbender discusses “Prometheus” and Ridley Scott’s “new world” with classic elements

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Ridley Scott surprised the world with a new breed of sci-fi thriller when his film “Alien” hatched in 1979. Scott’s latest project “Prometheus” will drill a bit further into the “Alien”-verse, and although the movie will explore new story territory, actor Michael Fassbender praised his director’s classic approach to building suspense.

“It’s a slow burn,” Fassbender told IFC. “There are again sort of action sequences in it of course, but they’re there at the right time to serve the plot as opposed to just filling in another scene.”

The 2012 Golden Globe nominee for his performance in “Shame” admitted that he was skeptical when he first found out about “Prometheus.” He credited writer Damon Lindelof, though, for turning in a script that keeps its thrills simmering beneath the surface.

Fassbender did not use the word “prequel” when describing the relationship between “Prometheus” and “Alien,” but he noted that Lindelof and Scott crafted a film that can stand on its own.

“That was the first thing that struck me when I read it,” the actor explained. “I was like ‘Oh, another Alien film’, I was like ‘Where are you really going to go?’ and then you realize that it’s not and the world we know and we’ve seen in the other Alien films…this is another world.”

That new world will not forget its ties to established continuity, however, and Fassbender expects audiences to pick up on those cues. If the first “Prometheus” trailer was any indication, those cues will be plentiful, with the Space Jockey, his horse-shoe shaped spaceship and the Weyland-Yutani Coporation’s logo all showing up onscreen.

“There are connecting veins and you will recognize things,” Fassbender said, “but it’s like wow this is a whole new world altogether.”

“Prometheus” hits theaters on June 9, at which point its links to “Alien” will likely be made clear. Until then, Fassbender did offer assurance straight from the man responsible for infestation aboard the Nostromo more than 30 years ago.

“I haven’t seen anything,” he said, “but speaking to Ridley he seems to be really happy.”

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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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