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The Force Is With Bill

Spoiler Alert! Bill Hader Has a Fun Connection to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Documentary Now! star helped with the creation of a Star Wars: The Force Awakens character.

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From the very first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one plucky character rolled into our hearts and eventually our Christmas stockings. Of course, we’re referring to BB-8 — or as podcast maven Paul F. Tompkins calls it: Ball Droid. Described as a “Swiss Army Knife that shouldn’t be trusted,” the ambling robot conveys an impish optimism and playful loyalty that’s already charmed millions.

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But as we head towards the film’s release, the question on everyone’s mind is, “Who voiced the little guy?” Well, thanks to a scoop from HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, we can credit two familiar comedic actors for helping create the spherical bot’s sound as BB-8’s “Vocal Consultants.”

After his name was spotted in the credits, Documentary Now! co-creator and star Bill Hader revealed that he helped director J.J. Abrams devise the character’s robotic voice. According to Hader, the character was created using modern technology and good old-fashioned voice acting:

“JJ f***ing around with this sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me. It looked ridiculous but it made BB-8’s voice. At first I tried doing a voice, but we all agreed it sounded too human.”

It’s still unclear how much of Hader’s influence is retained in the final print. But Abrams superfans will note that this wouldn’t be the first time Hader has helped the Lost producer with vocal work — Hader is also credited as providing additional voices for Abrams’ 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, so clearly there is some sound booth camaraderie between the two.

However, Hader isn’t the only one listed as a vocal consultant for Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The hilarious Parks and Recreation actor and frequent Comedy Bang! Bang! guest Ben Schwartz also shares the title. But again, the level of involvement he had or the manner in which he “consulted” is still unclear.

Hopefully, both will find themselves opposite a Fallon or an Aukerman to share a few Star Wars anecdotes. In the meantime, here’s Hader regaling Conan and his audience with some killer impressions from a galaxy far, far away.

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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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