Director James McTeigue talks Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas”: “It’s like no other movie you have ever seen”

Concept art from "Cloud Atlas"

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Even before “V for Vendetta” came out in 2006, you were likely already familiar with director James McTeigue‘s work.

“The Raven” director worked as assistant director on many small films throughout the 1990s, but had his big break in 1999 when he landed a job as first assistant director on “The Matrix.” After that he was able to get the same position on “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” and was quick to work with the Wachowskis again on their next films: “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Matrix Revolutions” and “Speed Racer.”

When McTeigue finally did get to work on his first feature, “V for Vendetta,” it was the Wachowskis who helped him get the project through the studio system. He directed the movie off a script that Andy and Lana (then Larry) wrote, and they both acted as producers on the flick as well. The Wachowskis produced McTeigue’s second feature film, “Ninja Assassin,” as well, and they’ve stayed in contact while he worked on “The Raven.”

It turns out that they have remained so close that the Wachowskis have already let McTeigue see their next feature film, “Cloud Atlas.” Everything we’ve heard about their long-anticipated flick has led us to believe it will be like nothing we can expect. When we told McTeigue our assessment of the movie, he laughed and seemed to agree.

“It’s like no other movie you have ever seen, which is the highest compliment I can pay it,” he said.

With such a great working relationship behind them, McTeigue said that he expects to work with the Wachowskis again in the future. His next project is “Message from the King” and they’re working on the sci-fi film “Jupiter Ascending,” but he expects their working paths will continue to cross.

“I adore them. In my life, they’ve been great friends and they’ve been very generous. It’s always good to work with them,” he said. “We stay in contact. They’ve seen ‘The Raven’ and they like the movie. There’s definitely a future where we’ll do something together again, for sure.”

Are you intrigued by “Cloud Atlas”? Would you want to see McTeigue and the Wachowskis work together again? 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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