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Ranking Queen Beyonce’s Best and Worst Movies Roles

Catch Beyonce in Austin Powers in Goldmember this month on IFC.

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We all know Queen Bey can run the world, but some of her acting choices tend to be more lemon than lemonade. With Austin Powers in Goldmember airing this month on IFC, we’ve ranked her most memorable roles to determine whether the films “Slayed” or “Sunk”. Get in formation and check them out below.

7. Epic, Queen Tara

Beyonce Tara
Blue Sky

Even exquisite animation could not save this generic story. We appreciate casting Bey as royalty, but the role and movie are forgettable.

Verdict: Sunk


6. The Pink Panther, Xania

Beyonce Pink
Columbia Pictures

Despite Steve Martin’s comedy chops, the weak script was not improved by a flat performance from Bey. Still, only Beyoncé could look fierce in a Pink Panther movie.

Verdict: Sunk


5. Obsessed, Sharon

Beyonce Obsessed
Screen Gems

Beyoncé played Sharon, a wife protecting her man from an obsessed coworker, in this bland 2009 flick. The sole highlight was the Ali Larter/Beyoncé fight scene, which won Best Fight at the MTV Movie Awards.

Verdict: Movie Sunk (but the fight scene Slayed)


4. The Fighting Temptations, Lilly

Beyonce Fighting Temptations
Paramount Pictures

The wholesome and predictable 2003 comedy was boosted by a solid soundtrack featuring Bey. Who could’ve guessed that years later, Jay-Z would reportedly be “fighting” the “temptation” of “Becky with the good hair”?

Verdict: Slayed


3. Austin Powers in Goldmember, Foxxy Cleopatra

Beyonce Goldmember
New Line Cinema

Beyoncé as an undercover FBI Agent named Foxxy Cleopatra? Yaasss, Queen. The goofy, but charming chemistry between Beyoncé and Mike Myers helped the third installment of Austin Powers find its groove.

Verdict: Slayed


2. Cadillac Records, Etta James

Beyonce Cadillac Records
TriStar Pictures

Although a much stronger musical than drama, Bey excels at Etta James’ soaring vocals. At Last, a role worthy of Sasha Fierce.

Verdict: Slayed


1. Dreamgirls, Deena Jones

Beyonce Dreamgirls

While a good use of Bey’s powerhouse vocals, the 2006 musical didn’t offer much in terms of her character’s development. Still, the flashy musical numbers and showstopping choreography made it a worthwhile ride.

Verdict: Slayed

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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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