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What to watch on IFC: February 4 – 10

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It’s February and Groundhog’s Day has come and gone and whether you’re a fan of Punxsutawney Phil or Stan Island Stan or some other oversized rodent entirely, spring is coming. But not yet. It’s still cold and sleeting and hailing and freezing and raining and freezing raining. So just do the smart thing and leave the great outdoors to the groundhogs and stay inside watching IFC.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Christopher Walken takes us into “The Dead Zone” at 8/7c. Can you think of a better tour guide to the creepy world built by David Cronenbergy in his adaptation of the even creepier Stephen King novel? No, no you cannot.

Tuesday

Fluff your hair, put on your Raybans and find a white suit because we’re showing “Less Than Zero” at 3:45PM/2:45c. The film is based on Bret Easton Ellison’s 80s Gone Wild novel and stars Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz as Beverly Hills rich kids trying to help their friend played by Robert Downey Jr. who is hooked on cocaine.

Wednesday

At 8PM/ 7c Tom Hanks stars in “Charlie Wilson’s War.” The film casts Hanks as a congressman who, along with a socialite (Julia Roberts) and a CIA agent (Philip Seymour Hoffman), is instrumental to the funding of freedom fighters working against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Thursday

Before they entered “The Matrix,” the Wachowskis were “Bound,” their violent yet highly stylized neo-noir thriller made for quite the directorial debut. The film stars Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as a gangster’s moll and an ex-con who embark on a scheme to swipe a mobster’s moolah. It starts at 10/9c.


Friday

“Batman & Robin” starring George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell as the titular caped crusaders join forces with Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) to try and stop Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) from wreaking revenge upon the world. It starts at 7:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a brand new episode of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show “Portlandia” starts at 10/9c.

Saturday

AMC’s hit reality show “Comic Book Men” comes to IFC with a marathon of episodes kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET. The show is set at “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Clerks” creator Kevin Smith’s comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, in Red Bank, New Jersey. Tune in for back-to-back episodes and get ready for the geeks to inherit the earth when season two starts Thursday, Feb. 14th, 9/8c on AMC.

Sunday

Spend Sunday with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover when we show “Lethal Weapon 4” at 3:45 p.m. ET. In their continuing adventures, the dynamic duo reprise their roles as Los Angeles police partners who take on members of a Chinese triad who are smuggling families from the mainland.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Mirror, Mirror

Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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