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Spirit Awards: David Oyelowo addresses “Black Panther” rumors

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As the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two continues to film, speculation is running rampant about which films will be included in Phase Three. “Ant-Man” is the first flick to be released in the third wave of Marvel movies with its November 6, 2015 release date, but what will come after that? Superheroes like Doctor Strange or the Hulk have been tossed around for standalone movies, and many believe a Black Panther film is only years away.

In fact, “Black Panther” is all but confirmed. Latino Review claimed back in June that a the flick was in development, though their timeline of the movie’s release was off. Stan Lee told AceShowBiz in November that “‘Black Panther’ is being developed,” calling the character “one of my favorites.” “All the [Marvel] heroes will eventually be made into movies,” he claimed.

Marvel has had the rights to “Black Panther” since 2005, and many names have swirled since for the role of T’Challa. One that continues to pop up is “Red Tails” actor David Oyelowo, who would definitely be suitable for the role. IFC caught up with Oyelowo on the Spirit Awards red carpet and asked him if he would be interested in playing the title character in a “Black Panther” movie.

“If the script is right,” he answered. “It’s all about the script for me. I don’t discriminate between an independent film, a studio film, a play, a radio play, a TV show; if the script is great, I’m there.”

The script was apparently right for “The Butler,” Oyelowo’s upcoming Lee Daniels film based on the story of real-life White House butler Eugene Allen. He plays Louis Gaines in the movie, and stars opposite actors like Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, Mariah Carey, Melissa Leo and even Oprah Winfrey. Oyelowo’s excitement for the project was palpable as he talked about it on the red carpet.

“It’s a love letter to America, that film,” he explained. “It charts the birth of the Civil Rights movement in this country and the reason why those actors signed on is just, again, a love of storytelling, a love of film, a love of this country and a love of the fact that sometimes you can both educate and entertain with what we do, and I think that film really represents that, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

“The Butler” is being released by The Weinstein Company and does not yet have a release date.

Do you think Oyelowo would be a good fit for a “Black Panther” movie? Are you looking forward to “The Butler”? 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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