“Anna Karenina” trailer promises a theatrical feast for the eyes


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We’ll admit it, we’re suckers for the work that Keira Knightley and Joe Wright do together. Their period pieces always manage to hit just the right tone, and Wright tends to do a great job capturing the essence of the novels he retells while making his films stand on their own.

That being said, we couldn’t wait to see the trailer for their newest collaboration on “Anna Karenina.” True to form, the movie looks to be gorgeous and tragic, and promises to tell “an epic story of love.”

This is Knightley and Wright’s third time working together, following their collaborations on “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement.” We’ll call these three films their classic literature trilogy, as all three are period pieces based on novels that have become famous in their own rights. Except the tone of each project gets darker with each film they make, despite the fact that Knightley and Wright seem to trust each other more the longer they work together. What next, an adaptation of “Wuthering Heights”? Okay, that would actually be pretty awesome.

Interestingly enough, Wright filmed this entire movie in and around a run-down theater he built from scratch at Shepperton Studios in the UK. So not only will the movie be theatrical stylistically, but it also was literally shot in a theater. There’s one major scene from “Anna Karenina” that takes place in a theater, so potentially this adaptation will hinge itself around that. Either way, it looks gorgeous in the trailer and we sort of love that this isn’t going to be a straight retelling of the novel.

Based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel of the same name, “Anna Karenina” is set against the backdrop of 19th century Russia and follows its titular character through a love affair with an army officer. Knightley plays Anna, Jude Law portrays her husband Alexei Karenin and Aaron Johnson her lover Vronsky. The cast is rounded out with Domhnall Gleeson as Levin, Alicia Vikander as Kitty, Emily Watson as Countess Lydia and Kelly Macdonald as Dolly. It’s due in US theaters on November 9.

What did you think of the trailer for “Anna Karenina”? Tell us in the comments sectio n 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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