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Why Patrick Dempsey should play Dr. Strange

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How – and there is no other way to describe it — strange is it that there hasn’t yet been a Dr. Strange movie?

Any given summer needs, quite frankly, a live action “Master of the Mystic Arts” tentpole. It would be not unlike a Harry Potter movie (and we know how successful that franchise has been), but for a more mature audience. Originally, the artwork within the panels of the mystical realms was so trippy in the 60’s that it became a hit with the stoner crowd. The artful use of CGI could buttress an already compelling narrative. The story of “Stephen Strange” is not unlike that of Iron Man’s Tony Stark — a wealthy, attractive, and flawed man – but with great potential. With regards to flaws: Tony Stark had the bottle; Stephen Strange was an egoist.

As the original story co-created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in Strange Tales # 110 in July 1963, a handsome New York surgeon, selfish beyond all measure, evolves into a protector of mankind. Strange began as a privileged youth, saving the life of his sister as a child. This pivotal life experience propelled him onto a path of healing, eventually leading him to graduation – in record time — from medical school and becoming a gifted neurosurgeon after a prestigious residency program. His sister, Donna, in the meantime, dies at the age of 19 in a drowning accident in which Strange was present. The failure to save her throws Stephen Strange into a cold and callous nihilism.

The pendulum swings; the crystal ball becomes cloudy. The gifted, arrogant surgeon now suffers a tragic car accident. In the accident, Strange loses the precision in his hands that required performing neurosurgery. This moment, of course, lights a fire under Strange’s ass and draws him out of his narrow self-absorption. And so Strange journeys, travelling the world in search of some kind of a cure. Strange finds his way to mystical Tibet, where he hears tales of “The Ancient One,” a mysterious person who can do unnatural things. On a blindingly snowy night, Strange, at the end of his resources, finds the fortress of the Ancient One. In the process of trying to get his hands healed he learns the art of sorcery. He abandons the quest to return to his previous life as a surgeon, seeing, ultimately, that serving as a force for good against the overwhelming force of dark magic in the cosmos is a more important end goal.

How awesome is that? In this journey, of course, there are mystical battles against the evil Baron Mordo, a resentful apprentice sorcerer who is the heir of The Ancient One. And demons – lots and lots of undying demons! There is also the beautiful Madeleine Revell, a United Nations translator whom Strange leaves behind due to his egotistical behavior. And, of course, there is the mysterious Ancient One.

Patrick Dempsey – aka, Grey’s Anatomy’s “Dr. McDreamy,” the neurosurgeon – has lobbied hard to play Dr. Strange. Dempsey told the LA Times’ Hero Blog, “I’ve been lobbying for that … There’s a whole bunch of people [among the ‘Grey’s’ crew] who are into comics and Marvel, too, on the set and they’re like, ‘Doctor Strange, that’s the one you should do.’ It would be fantastic.” Although he is more interested in Strange as a premium cable show, Marvel Studios has already confirmed that writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who came aboard the still-in-limbo project in 2010, have already completed the script.

Dempsey has convincingly played a neurosurgeon and he has convincingly played a reformed egotist (for further reference, see: “Loverboy”). He has the look, the experience with early success, the fan base and a convincing knowledge of the character. Patrick Dempsey can fill the large boots of the “Sorcerer Supreme.” Make this movie happen now and let this man helm it.

Would you want to see a “Doctor Strange” movie starring Patrick Dempsey? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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