Cillian Murphy Likely to Join Justin Timberlake in “Im.mortal”

Cillian Murphy Likely to Join Justin Timberlake in “Im.mortal” (photo)

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Whatever you think of his music, Justin Timberlake is becoming a real triple threat. He sings, he dances, he acts. He even directs now, so make that quadruple.

Soon, we’ll see Timberlake in the “The Social Network,” which he’ll follow by trying out sci-fi in “Im.mortal,” helmed by “Gattaca” director Andrew Niccol. Reportedly, he’ll be joined by the excellent Cillian Murphy, who is in “final negotiations” to co-star.

Murphy has a diversity of roles under his belt, from an Irish Republican Army fighter in “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” to a lovable transgendered lad named Kitten in “Breakfast on Pluto,” but he’s best known for his sci-fi/action roles in “28 Days Later,” “Batman Begins” and now “Inception.”

“Im.mortal” takes place somewhere in the near future where the aging gene has been found and switched off. Time becomes the world’s currency — the rich can live forever, while everyone else has to fight for their immortality. Timberlake plays a poor bastard who comes into a fortune of time, but is accused of killing a rich man to get it. He goes on the lam, kidnaps a rich girl, and an agent (known as a Timekeeper) played by Murphy, has to track him down.

Murphy’s character is described as being “precise as the time he keeps,” a quality I can see him delivering on. I asked Murphy once about the kinds of roles he plays and the innate calm that his characters tend to have. He said, “I’ve always been attracted to… people under pressure, and people in situations of pressure. And they may be normal people or they may be extraordinary people, but it’s an interesting study of what happens to a person in that situation.” He laughed, “In regards to the calm thing, I don’t know. I’d say that people close to me wouldn’t use that to describe me.”

He and Timberlake would seem to make a strange pair, but I’ll go along with it.

Extra photo: Cillian Murphy, “Inception” Warner Bros., 2010.

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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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Home Run

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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