LAFF: “E.T.” phones home at special 30th anniversary outdoor screening


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There’s something about “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” that remains timeless. Sure, some of the special effects in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic look a bit silly now and the excessive amounts of “Star Wars” references are funny in retrospect, but it’s easy to forget all that and become enraptures by the film that has charmed audiences for 30 years.

That’s the mindset that fans took when they headed to the Figat7th outdoor cinema to attend the free screening of “E.T.” hosted by the LA Film Festival. Those in attendance received free commemorative red hoodies to keep warm during the chill night as well as to celebrate the classic film. Hundreds showed up, some wearing their own “E.T.” shirts and others dressing in classic ’80s attire to win free tickets to some of the film festival’s other screenings this week.

But arguably the coolest part of the event was the arrival of the “E.T.” bicycle gang, which was arranged by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Led by 13-year-old Daniel Oakes and his E.T. plush toy, the group of riders recreated the classic bicycle scene in “E.T.” prior to the screening of the film. Fortunately there was a special bike valet for attendees who arrived on two wheels to park their vehicles.

As someone who has never had a chance to see “E.T.” on the big screen, it was a treat to be present at the free LAFF screening. And even though three decades have passed since it was first in theaters, audiences are still unable to resist the movie’s charms.

Attendees laughed, gasped and aww-ed at the appropriate times during the film, and it was clear that Drew Barrymore — who had her break-out role in this movie back when she was only seven — was the fan-favorite actress in the film. Considering the reception “E.T.” had at this screening, we bet fans are going to love it when the movie is released on Blu-Ray later this year.

Are you looking forward to “E.T.’s” upcoming 30th anniversary re-release? 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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