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LAFF: Emory Cohen talks working with Bradley Cooper in “The Place Beyond The Pines”

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With last night’s premiere of “To Rome With Love,” the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival is officially underway. IFC was on hand at the festivities, and we got a chance to catch up with “Smash” star Emory Cohen on the premiere red carpet. Though Cohen is at the festival this year (the 22-year-old New York’s first time to a festival and to Los Angeles) to promote his upcoming indie “Four,” we could resist asking him about his other big film, “The Place Beyond The Pines.”

The Derek Cianfrance-directed project is already in post-production, and will likely be released in the US at some point in 2013. But we still don’t know much about the flick other than the fact it follows a motorcycle stunt driver played by Ryan Gosling who considers committing a crime in order to help support his family. This puts him on a “collision course” with a cop-turned-politician played by Bradley Cooper.

Cohen plays AJ, the son of Cooper’s character Avery Cross. We asked him to tell us about his character, and he explained some of AJ’s motivations in the movie — which, as it turns out, are surprisingly relevant to this upcoming Father’s Day weekend.

“[AJ] kind of moves to the town to be closer to his dad. It’s really about fathers and sons and the disconnect sand the distance sometimes in those relationships. It’s heavy stuff. It was good stuff,” he said. “There were some parts of it… it was more of an extreme level, but for me, as a son, I understood some of the stuff that this guy goes through. Not the neglect, just the desire for more, which I think is a natural need of a child.”

In addition to Cooper and Gosling, “The Place Beyond The Pines” has an impressive ensemble cast. Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes play the two men’s wives, respectively, and Ray Liotta, Dane DeHaan and Ben Mendelsohn all also have roles in the film. Cohen spent most of his time on set filming opposite Cooper, but he still felt the pressures of working with such an established cast.

“I worked with Cooper, and it was really helpful for me because the character AJ comes to a new school and essentially wants to prove himself, and I was a new kid on the block and I came to prove myself. I’m not going to lie to you,” he said with a laugh.

In his LAFF film “Four,” Cohen plays a closeted homosexual named June who comes out to himself and to another man both sexually and emotionally on one Fourth of July night. The film also stars “The Wire’s” Wendell Pierce. Cohen and director Joshua Sanchez have been working on the project for years, and he said he owed it to himself and to the movie to come to LAFF to represent it.

“Me and Josh became very close and I worked very hard with Josh, so there’s a lot of love in this film, so it’s really important for me to represent this along with Josh,” he said.

Are you looking forward to seeing “The Place Beyond The Pines”? Are you intrigued by the premise of “Four”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and 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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