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What to watch this week on IFC: April 8 – 14

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Want to make your Monday 100% more awesome? It’s easy and doesn’t require you to get off the couch. All you need to do is tune into “Transporter 3″ tonight at 8/7c. Why watch the movie? Two words, one answer: JASON STATHAM. Seriously there’s nothing that Jason Statham can’t make a little more awesome.

Tuesday

“District 9” isn’t your standard alien invasion flick at all. In the film (not real life, so don’t worry) it’s been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home for them in District 9. It’s an interesting twist on an old genre and you can watch it at 10:45/9:45C:

Wednesday

It’s a double-feature of Eli Roth’s unique blend of torture porn starting at 8/7c with “Hostel” where some ill-fated Backpackers (Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson) find that their decision to stay at a Slovakian hostel is a gruesome mistake. If that’s not enough gross-out for you, at 10/9c we’re showing “Hostel Part II” where this time the victims are three unlucky American women traveling abroad who take a weekend excursion and become pawns in a grisly game designed to entertain privileged deviants.

Thursday

After the Earth stops spinning, in order to save mankind, a team of sexy scientists and astronauts must set off a nuclear device at the center of the Earth. Who needs realistic science when something big gets to go boom? Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank star in “The Core” at 5:15/4:15 c.

Friday

After a new episode of our animated series “Out There,” we’re showing Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” at 11/10 a.k.a. one of the funniest movies ever. In the film, which influenced Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” corrupt politician Hedley Lemar (Harvey Korman) is intent on ruining a western town, so he appoints Bart (Cleavon Little), a run away slave, as sheriff. Bart initially has difficulty winning over the racist townspeople, but with help from an outlaw named Jim (Gene Wilder) and Lili Von Shtupp (Madeline Kahn), a show-girl, Bart sets out to win the hearts of the town and thwart Lemar’s evil plan.

Saturday

Spend Saturday night singing along to the Coen Brothers’ musically inclined movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” at 8/7c. The film (one of the Coen Brothers’ best, if we do say so ourselves) stars George Clooney as an escaped con who evades a mysterious lawman by masquerading as the Soggy Bottom Boys, along with his convict brothers John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson, as they search for buried treasure in 1930s Mississippi.

Sunday

A mini-marathon of “Arrested Development” episodes kick off at 12:30/11:30c. What better way to get your fix while waiting for the 15 episodes of “Arrested Development’s” fourth season to start airing on Netflix on May 26?

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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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