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Fred Armisen Gets Animated, Honest Ghostbusters II and More of This Week’s Best Videos

This week we're watching Fred in the animated film Phantom Boy, Samuel L. Jackson on Game of Thrones and more.

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Show of hands: Who needs a break from it all? Who could use a light-hearted respite from political theater, unspeakable tragedy, and sweltering weather with a handful of funny and awesome videos? Well, we’re here to help.

From Fred Armisen lending his pipes to a new animated film to a honest answer to all the Ghostbusters haters, here are the five best videos from this week you need to watch.

1. Fred Armisen in Phantom Boy

Phantom Boy, the new animated film from the creators of the Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris, hits theaters this week and has been earning rave reviews for its moving story and stunning hand-drawn animation. And if one of the voices in the English-language version sounds familiar, that might be because Portlandia and Documentary Now! star Fred Armisen lends his pipes to a cast that also includes Vincent D’Onofrio and Jared Padalecki. Check out the trailer above, and look for the film out today in select theaters.


2. Maron Meets Hellboy

Marc Maron ended his IFC series Maron this week after four amazing seasons. Joining him for the two-episode series finale was Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman. Watch Ron and guest M.C. Gainey offer Marc some manly advice in the clip above, and stream the series finale right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.


3. Little Girl Reenacts Matthew McConaughey’s Car Commercials

The concept of “time being a flat circle” makes much more sense than the rambling and inscrutable Lincoln commercials featuring True Detective star Matthew McConaughey, who’s now replaced by a pint-sized road philosopher in this shot-for-shot parody. Trading the Lincoln SUV for a Barbie jeep, the little girl adopts a thousand-yard stare and rambles incoherently about vehicular existentialism.


4. Samuel L. Jackson’s Game of Thrones Recap

The land of dragons and direwolves gets a foul-mouthed assessment from the baddest snake-hater in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson. Games of Thrones newbies and experts alike will benefit from the six-season refresher, which perfectly encapsulates the beheadings and back-stabbings (both literal and figurative) by a guy who’s no stranger to laying vengeance upon unsuspecting victims.


5. Honest Trailers: Ghostbusters II

Opening this week, the third installment of this beloved franchise has been tainted by misogynistic, fan-frenzied offense to the gender of the lead characters — long before a frame of film had been shot. But the merits of the threequel aside, anyone who’s seen the 1989 follow-up to the classic original can readily admit that Ghostbusters II isn’t without its share of glaring flaws. Check out Honest Trailers’ take on the uneven sequel, underscoring how nostalgia can make us wear rose-colored infrared goggles.

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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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