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“Man Of Steel” trailer: The top 5 scenes that tell a lot

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The new trailer for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” has arrived online, and like many of the “300” filmmaker’s other projects, the Superman reboot packs a lot into its teasers.

This time around, the footage covers a wide array of scenes from the film, including some angsty moments from Superman’s childhood and some explosive battle scenes both on the ground and in space. And like most trailers for high-profile projects like this one, there’s a lot we can learn from the footage.

Here are five scenes that offer some new details about what we’ll see when “Man of Steel” hits theaters next year.


No Good Deed

Early in the trailer, we get a few different scenes showing a young Clark Kent dealing with his developing powers. When he rescues a bus full of children that went into the water, it would seem that his abilities are revealed — though we later witness a conversation between Clark and his father in which Jonathan Kent suggests that letting the kids die might have been a better choice. This is certainly a different take on Clark’s father than we’ve ever seen before, and Superman’s dialogue near the end of the trailer about his father’s belief that the world wasn’t ready for someone like him only further distances this version of the character from prior films.


The Orphaned Son

It’s been over 30 years since Superman’s origin story was told on the big screen, and “Man of Steel” makes its “reboot” status official with some scenes featuring a new spin on the character’s origin. Not only do we get some scenes that appear to show an exploding Krypton, but atthe 1:48 mark we also get a good look at Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian father.


Not Alone?

A considerable amount of footage in the new trailer is dedicated to scenes of alien spacecraft flying (and exploding) in space and around the sky here on Earth. There’s clearly a greater focus on the sci-fi aspect of Superman’s origin in this new film, and the footage would seem to indicate that we’ll see the Man of Steel do battle well outside the confines of Earth. Whether the visitors will be Kryptonian or from some other world is uncertain, but we will be treated to at least one other man from Krypton in the film, that’s for sure…


Zod!

Given that one of Superman’s most iconic enemies made his debut in the movie franchise (and not in the comics), it’s only fitting that the new franchise is wasting no time introducing Zod, the vicious soldier from Krypton who has tormented the Man of Steel on the screen and in the comics. The trailer gives us our first good look at Michael Shannon as Zod right around the 1:52 mark, and he looks like a force to be reckoned with — as Superman appears to learn for himself in a brief scene that appears shortly thereafter.


Superman Bound

Along with giving us a different look at Clark Kent’s childhood, the new trailer also seems to indicate that “Man of Steel” will give us a different perspective on Superman’s place in the world. In several scenes sprinkled throughout the trailer, we see Superman cuffed and under military watch, and even being targeted by the military in a later scene. Will Superman’s relationship with the world he protects take on a more adversarial tone in the new franchise, or do these scenes offer an entirely different context for the Man of Steel’s public image? We won’t know the answers any time soon, but hey, speculation is half the fun!

Are you looking forward to “Man of Steel”? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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