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Liam Neeson confirms “The Dark Knight Rises” scene

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Long rumored for a return role in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Liam Neeson has now confirmed his presence in Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film.

Neeson debuted as the villain Ra’s Al Ghul way back in 2005’s franchise-starting “Batman Begins,” and given the character’s immortal nature in the comics world, there’s been much speculation that his return will provide a nice book-end for Nolan’s trilogy. And though he couldn’t go into specifics regarding the role he’ll play in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Neeson told Showbiz Spy that he was indeed on set and filmed a short scene for the film.

“I was on set for maybe an hour-and-a-half and the director didn’t tell me anything of what it’s about,” said Neeson. “So, I’m being very honest when I say I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

One thing that is for sure, though, is that if Neeson does reprise his role as Ra’s Al Ghul, he’ll be sharing the character with “The Social Network” actor Josh Pence. Tagged as “Young Ra’s Al Ghul” in the casting announcement, Pence will certainly be stepping into big shoes — though it’s not certain whether the character will be returning as an ally of Batman (as he has been from time to time in the comics), an enemy, or something else entirely.

What’s also uncertain is whether Pence will play Ra’s Al Ghul in a flashback or — if Nolan truly follows comic book lore — the outcome of Neeson’s character taking a dip in the life-giving waters of the Lazarus Pit, which keep the character immortal.

Of course, we can speculate all we want, because Neeson isn’t talking.

“I can tell you nothing about Dark Knight Rises, seriously,” said Neeson.

What do you think of Liam Neeson returning to Christopher Nolan’s Bat-verse? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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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