Would You Pay to See Coldplay’s Game of Thrones Musical?

Game of Thrones Musical

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This week, NBC hosted a star-studded benefit to raise funds and awareness for a variety of children’s charities around the world. Taking a cue from Robin Williams’ antics in the film Patch Adams, the event was dubbed Red Nose Day and coaxed Twitter users to participate by posting photos of themselves wearing red noses, wherein the Gates Foundation automatically donated $25 to the fund.

In addition to the hashtag game, NBC produced a number of sketches and comedy segments featuring notable names like John Krasinski, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Chris Hemsworth, Zach Efron, Reese Witherspoon, and more.

Here are some clips from the event that you should check out:

1. Coldplay’s Game of Thrones Musical

With comparisons to Titanic (the boat, not the movie), singer Chris Martin’s ode to the HBO hit fantasy series featured Westeros-infused tunes as well as reluctant participation from Game of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and others. While we may never see an actual live performance on Broadway, let’s hold out hope for off-off-Broadway.

2. Billy Eichner and Martin Short in Billy on the Street

Despite his many roles in TV and film, there are still some very ignorant people who don’t know who Martin Short is. And that sad fact was pointed out in a high-decibel manner when Billy Eichner and the SCTV alum took to the streets of New York for another installment of Billy on the Street. And when all was said and done, the lesson was: More people need to watch Three Amigos.

3. Ed Sheeran and Kermit Sing Rainbow Connection

For those of us who grew up watching Sesame Street, we already know how easily talking felt can evoke some tears. And if it isn’t Ernie singing about living on the moon, then Kermit crooning “Rainbow Connection” is enough to get a little watery eyed. Joining him on guitar this time is singer Ed Sheeran, who received a nice compliment from the amphibian: “Wow, you’ve got lungs!”

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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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Home Run

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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