Malin Akerman has her eyes on “Before Watchmen”

Malin Akerman in "Watchmen"

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By Jordan Hoffman

Gorgeous Swedish-Canadian actress Malin Akerman is in town to support “The Giant Mechanical Man” as it plays in the Tribeca Film Festival. During my conversation about that Jenna Fischer/Chris Messina romantic dramedy, I gave in to temptation and began discussing “Watchmen.” While Ms. Akerman remains blissfully unaware that I keep a small print of her Silk Spectre II character poster in my office (it is a masterpiece of parabolas) it turns out she’s very much aware about what is going on in the larger Watchmen-verse. Here’s how that went down.

IFC: Even though the book “Watchmen” exists as a canonical text —

AKERMAN: Hey, nice use of “canonical text!”

IFC: Thank you. But, as you may or may not know, DC has decided to publish prequel comics. . .

AKERMAN: So I hear. Yeah, I’d really like to read them.

IFC: They are making a few different mini-arcs for different characters, one of which is your character, and I’m wondering –

AKERMAN: I didn’t know about the breakdown. I wonder, though, if it is about Carla Gugino’s character, Silk Spectre I?

IFC: It’s a little bit awesome that you are asking that.

AKERMAN: And if it were about her, then, wouldn’t it be about The Minutemen?

IFC: It’s a little bit double awesome that you are asking that. As it happens, there’s one for both The Minutemen and your character.

AKERMAN: Great. Yeah, I want to read it. For curiosity, absolutely.

IFC: What sort of things would you like to learn about her? What sort of adventures would you like her to have?

AKERMAN: More about her childhood, certainly. And how her mother coaxed her into being a vigilante and to follow her footsteps. I always thought of Silk Spectre II as a sheltered girl, certainly someone who was tough on the streets, but someone sheltered from the world with a mother who was like a stage mom who pushed her into something that may not have been her choice. I’d love to see that dynamic explored, growing up.

IFC: Certain adversaries you’d like to see? Or the derivation of the costume?

AKERMAN: Oh, yes. A funny montage ending in the decision to choose latex and high heels for fighting.

Before Watchmen is coming to your favorite funnybook shop this summer.

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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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