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Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement cast in “Men in Black III.”

Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement cast in “Men in Black III.” (photo)

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Though proud of a general disdain for big Hollywood franchises, I’m one of those people who thinks Will Smith can do no wrong. He’s always The Fresh Prince to me. Like a Barack Obama of the silver screen, it’s easy overlook his obvious failures. Health care as “Hancock,” it’s not what I wanted but he delivered. Yeah I even like his shitty movies – admittedly found amusement in “Men in Black II.” I’m sure it’s the only time I sat through a singing dog bit.

Parsing though the news on “Men in Black III” one can find all kinds of rumors, and originally it sounded like a real bad idea: Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones do not star, instead new straight guy/funny man team, Josh Brolin and Sacha Baron Cohen do, Will Smith has a cameo. Jemaine Clement is playing an alien called Yaz, or maybe Boris… it goes on.

According to Deadline, Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, is indeed cast as a villain called Yaz in MIB III, though the character’s name is really anyone’s guess (THR’s heatvision blog reports “It is known that Clement is playing a villain named Boris, who is described as being charmy and creepy at the same time.”)

Clement and band-mate Bret McKenzie declined a third season with their HBO series, no doubt leaving room for bigger things (and tours). I think it’s inspired casting, even though old sugar lumps is practically an alien already in my book. Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin do in fact star, but it look like Clement has replaced Sacha Baron Cohen. With “Tropic Thunder” writer Etan Cohen on board as well, this could be well worth making, even to those not so easily charmed by The Fresh Prince. Clement’s also appearing in “Dinner for Schmucks” with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd due out July 23rd.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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