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What to watch tonight: Will Eisner’s and Frank Miller’s “The Spirit”

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Will Eisner’s dazzlingly dark graphic novel “The Spirit” comes to life in a stunning stylized manner. Directed by Eisner’s comics world colleague, Frank Miller, “The Spirit jumps off the screen to engage the viewer. It’s not a surprise, though, as Miller uses the same green-screen method that brought “Sin City” to life. Miller earned his directorial bona fides when Robert Rodriguez brought him on to co-direct “Sin City,” which was based on Miller’s graphic novel. Miller put his “Sin City” experiences to good use in “The Spirit” bring the characters to life on the silver screen while remaining true to their comics roots. In “The Spirit” he creates a stark and highly stylized film noir world in the vein of “Batman Begins” or “Dark Knight Rises.”

The film stars Gabriel Macht as a rookie cop who is brutally killed, but because this is a comic he is mysteriously brought back to life. He then assumes the guise of The Spirit — a masked crime fighter who prowls the shadows of Central City on a supernatural mission to keep the urban landscape safe. As with most superheroes, The Spirit has an arch nemesis, The Octopus, who is played by Samuel L. Jackson. The Octopus is determined to live forever even if it means wiping out the entire population of Central City, so The Spirit has no choice but to stop the diabolical villain from achieving his cold-blooded plan. But even with his unique powers, the brave masked crusader faces deadly challenges from the treacherous beauties that inhabit Central City, including the sweet girl next door Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), spitfire secretary Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), wraithlike siren Lorelei (Jaime King), seductive policewoman Morgenstern (Stana Katic), and thee black widow Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega) who all set out to seduce The Spirit. Then there’s the Angel of Death who’s determined to claim the only man who ever somehow escaped her grasp. Even when he’s in the arms of his true love, Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), our hero isn’t safe.

Watch the trailer and be sure to tune in tonight at 8/7c for “The Spirit”:

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“The Spirit” airs tonight at 8/7c and at 10:15 PM ET/9:15 p.m. CT; Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8:00 PM ET; and Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3:00 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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