Gritty Trailer For Rocky Sequel Creed Could Use More Mr. T


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A few dissenters aside, we can mostly agree that had the Rocky series stopped after Sylvester Stallone downed Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, there wouldn’t be a pit of dark emptiness in our hearts. Regardless, the train keeps a’ movin’ with the trailer for Creed, which actually looks like it could be a worthy addition to the long-winded franchise.

Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Creed, an up-and-coming boxer and son of Apollo Creed who seeks out mentorship from a noticeably aged Rocky. The film seems more spin-off than sequel, as the trailer focuses more on the young Creed’s personal journey without his deceased father than it does his relationship with the Italian Stallion.

Consider us excited… although we were disappointed that the movie doesn’t focus on the tribulations of Scott Stapp, lead singer of Christian-leaning post-grunge band Creed. Picture this: After the rise and fall of his once-iconic band, Stapp, with his life in disarray, seeks out Balboa to train him to become a legitimate fighter. There are tough times, but Stapp becomes a winner, a national hero once again. Then, in light of his newfound stardom, Stapp’s band approaches him with arms wide open about reuniting, but Stapp dramatically turns them down, in favor of his new passion, his new drive that takes him higher.

Also, those of us old enough to remember the ’80s Rocky films miss the fun, lighthearted tone that gave us everything from Mr. T’s brawler Clubber Lang in Rocky III to Paulie’s robot girlfriend from Rocky IV.

You can try to bury Paulie’s robot, Sly, but we will never forget.

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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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