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10 Funny Reporters Who’ll Do Anything to Get the Scoop

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In the movies, journalists are often depicted as crusading figures in search of the truth. They tend to be at their funniest when they are doing anything to get the story, whether that means going back in time o taking a whole bunch of drugs. Check out a few of our favorite funny reporters from some of our favorite movies below.

1. Aaron Altman, Broadcast News

In a memorable moment from James L. Brooks’ classic comedy, newswriter Aaron (Albert Brooks) finally gets a shot on-air and develops a case of flop sweat that rivals even Richard Nixon.


2. Phil Connors, Groundhog Day

Weatherman Phil Connors’ sheer hatred of his assignment reporting on Punxsutawney Phil shines through in his interactions with his crew and the local townspeople. (It even bleeds into his on-air segments.) He might seem like a primadonna, but what else can you do when you have to report the exact same puff-piece story every day on an endless loop?


3. Darius Britt, Safety Not Guaranteed

Darius (Aubrey Plaza) is part of the team at Seattle Magazine who investigate a man who places a classified ad asking for someone to join him on his trip back in time. In the clip above, we see that she will do anything to keep track of her sources — even if that means stalking them in the grocery store.


4. Raoul Duke, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

We didn’t realize drugs were such an essential part of the journalistic process. But when you’re a character derived from a novel by author/reporter Hunter S. Thompson, mescaline is as important to your process as a laptop and coffee.


5. Josie Geller, Never Been Kissed

This movie likely inspired a bevy of reporters to go undercover in high schools to get the scoop on what “the kids” today are up to. So kids, if you suddenly have a new classmate who looks like they’re pushing 30, they’re probably on assignment.


6. Sue Charlton, Crocodile Dundee

Ah, the days when newspapers would pay for their reporters to fly halfway across the world to follow around some random dude with a giant knife. The ’80s, folks.


7. Gwen Pearson, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

Gwen is a reporter for her college paper tasked with following around the most popular guy on campus. We imagine her adventures with Van Wilder led Gwen to a strong career in puff celebrity journalism.


8. Steve Zissou and Jane Winslett-Richardson, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Wes Anderson’s film gave us two truth-seekers — a documentarian and a reporter — disputing the nature of reality. Also, big ups to Bill Murray for making this list twice.


9. Babe Bennett, Mr. Deeds

While misrepresenting yourself is a big reporting no-no, as Inside Access reporter Babe Bennett does here, there’s nothing like seeing a “mugger” get kicked in the head. And with a name like Babe Bennett, really her only career option is in tabloid journalism.


10. Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

The great Ron Burgundy is an example of an anchorman placing absolute trust in the collaborative nature of journalism.

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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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