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Let’s all listen to The Beatles before we watch “Chapter 27”

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On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon outside of his home at the Dakota apartments in New York City. The murder stunned the world and senselessly robbed the music scene of one of its brightest and most prolific stars. “Chapter 27” goes behind the crime and the headlines and explores the makings of the man who would kill one of the world’s most beloved musicians.

Since everyone knows how the story ends, with Chapman gunning down John Lennon on his doorstep, the movie instead focuses on why Chapman developed his deadly fixation on the legendary Beatles star and how he became so unstable. It doesn’t exactly humanize the killer–-and, frankly, who but a defense attorney would want to–-but it is an interesting look inside the machinations of the mind of a killer.

Jared Leto delivers a brilliantly creepy and committed performance as the increasingly unhinged and Catcher in the Rye-obsessed Chapman. This role is a long way from his heartthrob days on My So-Called Life, but he lives up to the challenge. The biggest surprise of the film, though, is Lindsay Lohan, who is impressively not annoying as Chapman’s naive and innocent friend, adjectives not frequently associated with Ms. Lohan these days. Also co-starring in the movie is Judah Friedlander, best known for his role as Frank on 30 Rock, who is almost unrecognizable as another Beatles fan Chapman befriends. The movie is necessarily dark, but it is a notable debut for director Jarrett Schaefer.

Plus: It’s a great excuse to listen to The Beatles

“Yesterday”

“All My Loving”

“I Want to Hold Your Hand”

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“Chapter 27” airs on IFC today at 11:15 AM ET; Friday, Sep. 28 at 7:00 AM ET and at 12:30 PM ET

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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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