Nora Ephron, famed filmmaker, dead at 71

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Nora Ephron, the screenwriter-turned-director best known for her Oscar-nominated work on “Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “Silkwood,” has passed away according to multiple news reports. She was 71.

News broke of Ephron’s illness and impending death pre-emptively, when her close friend Liz Smith posted a farewell letter to the “Julie & Julia” director. The column — which addressed Ephron in the past tense — left many confused as Ephron’s publisher subsequently told The New York Times writer Julie Bosman that she was still alive. However, later in the day it was confirmed that the writer-director has in fact died.

The exact cause of death is as of yet unknown, although friends and family confirmed to ABC News that she had been suffering from leukemia.

Many were surprised to find out about the illness, a fact Smith attributed to Ephron working on “more exotic things.” “People who never dreamed she was ill, are crestfallen. Amazed. Stunned,” she wrote. Deadline also reported that the writer-director-author was ailing, and that she “wanted this to remain a private matter.”

And she did. In the end, fans were less concerned about the way she died and more concerned about the legacy of her work. The three-time Oscar nominee started out as a journalist before gradually making her way into the Hollywood film world in the late 1970s. She broke out onto the movie scene thanks to her script for “When Harry Met Sally…,” and she solidified herself as the queen of romantic comedies with 1993’s “Sleepless in Seattle,” which she wrote and directed. Ephron went on to direct “You’ve Got Mail” and “Bewitched,” with 2009’s “Julie & Julia” being her last film.

Ephron was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and was recognized for her screenwriting as much as she was for her essays and journalistic work. The world lost a powerful voice when Ephron passed away, but the impact of her legacy will be felt for decades to come.

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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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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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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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