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Five favorite Gary Sinise roles

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Tonight at 10:30/9:30c we’re showing “Reindeer Games.” The film follows Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck), a convict who impersonates his slain cellmate upon being released from prison in the hopes of getting lucky with the dead man’s gorgeous pen pal (Charlize Theron). However it turns out that even though the two attractive and consenting adults hook up, Theron isn’t just interested in his good looks. Instead, Theron’s psychotic criminal of a brother (Gary Sinise) has some plans of his own for Affleck. Specifically, he’s looking for someone to pull off a dangerous casino heist on Christmas Eve. Seems Sinise thinks that Rudy is actually the criminal mastermind his sister’s been writing to for months. What happens next is almost Shakespearean. Well if Shakespeare dressed his characters in Santa costumes and had them try to rob a casino. But as within a Shakespearean play, lies and treachery beget tragedy in this morality tale. Shakespeare would have been so lucky to have a supporting cast of genre veteran character actors, including Isaac Hayes, Dennis Farina, Danny Trejo and Clarence Williams III.

While it’s clear that Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron are meant to be the stars of the film, Gary Sinise steals the show as Theron’s creepy criminal of a brother. He’s slyly smarmy and manages to infuse each of his scenes with an intensity that makes you squirm, but also makes him absolutely riveting. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Sinise, though, during his decades-long career. Whatever role he’s playing on television or in the movies, Sinise delivers.

Here are five of our favorite Gary Sinise roles (so far):

5. Jim McConnell in “Mission to Mars”

4. Lt. Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump”

3. George Milton in “Of Mice and Men”

2. Ken Mattingly in “Apollo 13”

Here are five of our favorite Gary Sinise roles (aside from his part in “Reindeer Games”)”

1. Burt Hammersmith in “The Green Mile”

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“Reindeer Games” airs tonight at at 10:30 PM ET and Friday, Oct. 26 at 12:45 AM ET

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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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