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Robert Pattinson cast as Lawrence of Arabia in new Werner Herzog movie

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Say what you will about “The Twilight Saga,” but leading man Robert Pattinson seems to have got some serious staying power. In addition to working with David Cronenberg in this week’s “Cosmopolis,” he’s also been tapped to play Lawrence of Arabia in Werner Herzog‘s upcoming “Queen of the Desert.” So keep making those sparkly vampire jokes, because the only one laughing is RPattz.

Pattinson will fill the shoes famously worn by Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.” Variety reports he’ll star as T.E. Lawrence in the Herzog movie, which centers around English writer Gertrude Bell. Naomi Watts has been tapped to play Bell in the film.

“Queen of the Desert” centers around Bell’s journeys in the Middle East at the turn of the 20th century. She and Lawrence were close friends, and played influential roles in the histories of Jordan and Iraq. It sounds like Pattinson will be taking a back seat but still prominent role in this film.

Production on “Queen of the Desert” is set to start in the fall.

Unlike his “Twilight” costars, Pattinson has avoided filming blockbusters outside “The Twilight Saga.” He started his career in indies after he shot to fame in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” and likely didn’t realize he was shifting gears with “Twilight” until after filming wrapped. Since, he’s starred in the romantic drama “Remember Me,” Francis Lawrence’s “Water for Elephants” and the sexy drama “Bel Ami.”

Pattinson’s career path post-“Twilight” has been especially interesting. “Cosmopolis” will be a decided change for fans used to seeing the British actor as Edward Cullen, and it doesn’t seem like Pattinson is going back to the romantic genre any time soon. He’s leading the thriller “Mission: Blacklist” which is about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, and also starring opposite Guy Pearce in the Austalia-set drama “The Rover.”

This Herzog news is the biggest of his career, which is impressive considering Pattinson has made a name for himself as one of the world’s biggest young adult heartthrobs. Now we’re just waiting to be blown away by his acting abilities so we can see what all these big name Hollywood directors are seeing in him.

Do you think Pattinson will do a good job playing Lawrence? 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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