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What to watch this week on IFC: April 15 – 21

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg star in “The Perfect Storm” at 10:45/9:45c. The film is based on the non-fiction book by Sebastian Junger, which follows the fishing vessel Andrea Gail as it heads out to sea in October 1991, and into the heart of a storm with hurricane-strength winds and 100-foot waves.

Tuesday

Its a double dose of action-comedy when we show “Lethal Weapon 2” and “Lethal Weapon 3” back-to-back starting at 8/7c. Watch as Mel Gibson and Danny Glover invent the Odd Couple buddy cop drama in their roles as the curmudgeonly Murtagh and live wire Riggs. In these installments of the popular franchise, the LAPD cops are joined by Joe Pesci as a long-suffering loud-mouth accountant and Rene Russo as an internal affairs detective wild enough to give Riggs a run for his money.

Wednesday

“Scream” screenwriter Kevin Williamson made his directorial debut with “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” a screwball black comedy in which an honor roll student (Katie Holmes) and two friends accidentally kidnap their teacher (Helen Mirren). With their futures threatened by false accusations of cheating, three teenagers take matters into their own hands. Want to find out what happens next? Tune in at 6/5c.

Thursday

Shhhhh! We’re showing “Silent Hill” at 9:45/8:45c. Radha Mitchell stars as a woman searching for her missing daughter in a town that has been enveloped in a living darkness, against which the remaining humans fight a losing battle for survival. Filled with horrific nightmarish imagery sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Friday

Going so soon? The season finale of our animated series “Out There” airs tonight at 10/9c. In this final episode of the season, Jason Schwartzman, Ellen Page and Sarah Silverman guest star as the “cool kids” of the Yearbook Club, who notice Chad’s doodlings in class and want him to join their ranks. At first, Chad is happy to be invited into their inner circle but the Yearbook Club members quickly show their true colors.

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Saturday

Spend Saturday night with R. Kelly. That’s right, drop your plans because we’re showing every chapter of “Trapped in the Closet.” Starting at 11:45pm/10:45C, we’re showing Chapters 1-33 of R. Kelly’s bold, inventive and occasionally wacky hip hopera which follows its memorable cast of characters on a humorous and dramatic journey through Chicago searching for a mysterious package. The complete saga features all of the chapters from parts 1, 2 and 3.

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Sunday

“Escape From LA” with Kurt Russell when he reprises his role as one-eyed tough guy Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s dystopian action thriller. In this sequel to “Escape Form New York,” a massive earthquake has made an island out of Los Angeles. It becomes the official No Man’s Land to which those opposed to the country’s tyrannical, religious-fanatic President (Cliff Robertson) are exiled. After a powerful device that can shut down the world’s electronic systems ends up in the hands of some revolutionaries (courtesy of the Prez’s rebellious daughter), our eyepatch-wearing anti-hero is recruited to once again help the Commander in Chief get out of a jam.


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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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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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