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“Contagion” writer tapped for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” sequel

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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The devastating aftermath of last year’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” will get a story authored by someone well-versed in the world of apocalyptic scenarios.

Contagion” writer Scott Z. Burns has been chosen to script the sequel to the critical and commercial 2011 hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which served as both prequel and reboot for the “Planet of the Apes” movie franchise. The sequel will explore the simians’ ascension as society’s ruling class, according to a recent report on Heat Vision.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt is signed to return for the sequel, and so is celebrated motion-capture actor Andy Serkis, who played lead ape Caesar in the first film. The first film’s writers, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, will also return for the sequel and assist with the script.

The outcome of the virus that erupted in the first film and the rise of the intelligent simians should be familiar territory for Burns, whose script for Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film about the global spread of a deadly disease had audiences cringing and reaching for hand sanitizer. Burns also worked on “The Bourne Ultimatum,” so there’s some action on his resume to go along with the apocalyptic doom scenarios.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was one of the surprise hits of last year’s movie calendar, earning over $481.8 million worldwide in 2011 on a budget of $93 million. The film was also the subject of a vocal campaign to have Serkis honored for his motion-capture work at the most recent Academy Awards.

What do you think of bringing on the “Contagion” writer for the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” sequel? Chime in below or on Facebook or 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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