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Amy Smart’s 5 Most Memorable Roles

Catch Amy Smart on a brand new Maron Wednesday at 9P

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Amy Smart is one of those actors who has been in pretty much everything. Comedies, dramas, ’90s teen movie classics…she’s done them all. With Amy’s role as Dave Anthony’s new slap-happy wife on Maron, we thought we’d look back at some of her best roles.

5. Crank, Eve

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Lionsgate

Starring in this high-octane blockbuster as Eve, a saucy stripper who would do anything to keep her ex-boyfriend (Jason Statham) alive, Smart kicked ass by tapping some. Statham’s hunky hitman gets injected with a drug that will kill him if his adrenaline drops, and Smart had to do what any self-respecting ex-girlfriend would: have sex with him in the middle of a crowded street to keep the juices pumping. With that ferociously fearless performance, Smart and Statham tag teamed one of the more memorable sex scenes in movie history. (Click here to see all airings of the Crank movies this month on IFC.)


4. Just Friends, Jamie Palamino

Just Friends
Lionsgate

Smart is perfectly cast here as that girl from high school you could never get over. Fleshing out a fully formed character from the typical “girlfriend” part, Smart makes Jamie Palamino someone we all want to be more than “just friends” with. A silly comedy with a plethora of broad performances, Smart’s grounded acting gives this movie some heart.


3. The Butterfly Effect, Kayleigh Miller

Butterfly Effect
New Line Cinema

You don’t tend to think of Ashton Kutcher vehicles as a chance to really show your range, but Smart got one of the best parts of her career in this mind bending sci-fi thriller, as a girl whose life is constantly being rewritten by the time traveling shenanigans of the former That ’70s Show cast member. From a small town girl with a dark secret to the ultimate sorority sister to a drug addicted prostitute looking to end it all, Smart brings a depth and believability to each incarnation of Kayleigh Miller, a girl who proves that if you love someone, sometimes you have to set them free.


2. Justified, Alison Brander

Justified
Sony Pictures Television

Justified may get overlooked when talking about the recent Golden Age of Television, but pound for pound, it was one of the most gripping series of the last decade. Smart, thankfully, got a season to strut her stuff, playing a tough-as-nail social worker who could go toe-to-toe with Timothy Olyphant’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Instead of immediately being won over by his cavalier charm, Smart’s Alison Brander made him work for it, creating one of the great romances of the show’s history. A natural in the world of Elmore Leonard, Smart showed she could play a tough-talking, down home girl with the best of them.


Tie: 1. Road Trip and Varsity Blues, Beth Wagner and Julie Harbor

Amy Smart Road Trip
DreamWorks Pictures

Ms. Smart first got noticed in this pair of teen flicks, as sassy girlfriends who were far cooler than the dopes they dated.

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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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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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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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