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“Y: The Last Man” in final negotiations for new screenwriters

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To television fans, Brian K. Vaughan is likely best known as a writer on “Lost,” but for folks in the comic book know, Vaughan is revered as the writer of a number of critically acclaimed comic series, including “Runaways”, “Ex Machina” and more. Of all his creations though, the one that continues to stand out as his masterpiece is “Y: The Last Man.” Now, with New Line having approached two new writers, the film appears closer to reality than ever.

“Y: The Last Man” focuses on Yorick Brown, who along with his Capuchin monkey, are the last remaining males of any species on Earth. Over the comic’s 60-issue run, Vaughan and his co-creator/penciler Pia Guerra, explored a chaotic world where men have ceased to exist, and the clock is ticking on the survival of the human species. The film version of the series has been in development for years, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, it finally seems to be moving forward with Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia as writers.

Federman and Scaia recently signed on to pen the upcoming Zorro movie at Sony, but are mostly known for the television work. The two have written episodes of “Charlie’s Angels,” “Warehouse 13,” “Jericho” and “Human Target,” which was also based upon a Vertigo comic book series. Set to produce “Y: The Last Man” are J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and a man well-familiar with bringing comic book properties to screen, David Goyer.

If you’re interested in Vaughan’s comic book work, but maybe don’t want to commit to the 10 graphic novels that comprise the “Y: The Last Man” series, you should absolutely check out “Saga,” by Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples. Just released yesterday from Image, the series is a new ongoing, and if the first issue is any indication, will be the book we’re all raving about for years to come. You can even buy the book digitally from Comixology.

Are you excited to see Yorick and Ameprsand come to the big screen? Tell us in the comments 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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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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