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Louis C.K., Kristen Wiig and more make Time’s 100 Most Influential list

TIME Magazine Most Influential Persons edition

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As they do every year, Time magazine has released their list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and we were surprised and pleased to see that some people we adore have made the list. Chief among them is Louis C.K., who won over audiences with his FX show “Louis” and his no-strings-attached comedy special “Live at the Beacon Theater.”

“What you see on ‘Louie’ is just the tip of the iceberg — a funny, clever show. What you’re not seeing is that he produces it, he writes it, he edits it, he knows every lens, every camera angle. He’s Steven Spielberg without the beard and with humor,” Joan Rivers wrote about Louis for the magazine. “There’s no downside to him. He’s the next Big One.”

And CK wasn’t the only comedian to make the big list. Judd Apatow wrote in about Kristen Wiig, who has quickly become the reigning comedy queen. “She never thought she was making a statement about women in comedy,” he wrote of Wiig’s award-winning film, “Bridesmaids.” “I guess coming fast out of the gate requires years of hard work that nobody but me gets to see. I am the lucky one.”

Also on the list were Chelsea Handler, who Kathy Griffin praised, and Stephen Colbert, who Garry Trudeau wrote in about. But it wasn’t only comedians who were recognized by Time this year.

Dramatic actresses including Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Claire Danes and Tilda Swinton also made the cut. Cicely Tyson wrote that Davis’s success as an actress and a person “affords me great hope for the future,” while Gary Oldman called Chastain “formidable,” “tremendous, terrific, awesome, outstanding.” Sally Potter praised Swinton on prioritizing “being over acting, presence over character,” and Valerie Plame Wilson praised Danes for giving a “finely calibrated, deliberate and nuanced” performance in “Homeland.”

Lastly, The Weinstein Company producer Harvey Weinstein was honored with a spot on the top 100, and it was Johnny Depp who was brought on board to write about him. “There are producers, and then there are producers,” Depp wrote. “Harvey belongs to the latter batch.”

Do you think that these Hollywood stars deserved to be in Time‘s top 100? 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.

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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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