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10 Times IFC Stars Shined on the Big Screen

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With Bill Hader owning the box office these days, with star turns in both Finding Dory and The BFG, we got to thinking about our favorite movies featuring the stars of IFC. From indie dramas, to cult hits, box office behemoths to comedy classics, the stars of Portlandia, Documentary Now!, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Maron and Todd Margaret have popped up in some of the best movies of the last two decades. It wasn’t easy to narrow down, but here are our favorite movie roles from some of IFC’s brightest stars.

10. Will Arnett, The Lego Movie

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If we just look at his TV work — from Arrested Development to 30 Rock and Todd Margaret — Will Arnett is a national treasure. And with his turn as Batman in The Lego Movie scoring The Dark Knight his own spin-off flick, it looks like the man formerly known as GOB finally has a movie franchise to call his own. While he may not be the Batman we deserve, he will always be the smug, sarcastic Batman that we need.


9. Carrie Brownstein, Carol

It’s pretty remarkable to think that Carrie Brownstein had such a memorable turn in this critical darling of a film, considering she’s only been an actor for a few years. Before Portlandia, she was best know for fronting the indie-punk trio Sleater-Kinney, and yet here she was in 2015 playing Genevieve Cantrel, a young woman who has a dalliance with lead Rooney Mara in Todd Haynes’ awards season favorite. Watch the video above where Carrie talks about loving the film’s script, and her brief (but crucial) role. (Catch up on Portlandia right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.)


8. Scott Aukerman, Austin Powers in Goldmember

Yes, that’s Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s own Hot Saucerman in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it part as a Young Nigel, Austin Powers’ proud papa. Scott was much more known for being a writer on cult comedy shows like Mr. Show at the time, so his brief appearance in the third Austin Powers outing was more of a bit part than a star turn. As Scott said of the role in a 2013 interview, “Who knew being Michael Caine’s body double in Austin Powers 3 was in my future? If I could go back and tell Young Me that I would end up doing that, I wonder what reaction he would give. ‘Who is Austin Powers and why should I care?'” Just call him Scott Cameoman. (Click here to see all airings of Austin Powers in Goldmember on IFC. Catch up on Comedy Bang! Bang! right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.)


7. Weird Al Yankovic, UHF

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What, did you think we were going to pick Al’s brief turn in the Halloween II remake? UHF is THE Weird Al movie. Full of over-the-top parody, a killer collection of crazy songs, and a star making turn by future Kramer Michael Richards, “Weird Al” both wrote and starred in this ’80s family night staple. Heck, the term “cult classic” could have been coined just for the “Wheel of Fish” scene. (Catch up on Comedy Bang! Bang! right now on IFC.com and the IFC app. Click here to read 10 things you may not know about UHF.)


6. Jack McBrayer, They Came Together

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Few have seen They Came Together, the David Wain-directed, Paul Rudd/Amy Poehler rom com spoof, and that’s a shame. With a murderer’s row of comedy heavyweights, and enough silliness to keep you giggling for days, They Came Together is a cult classic waiting to happen. McBrayer — who we loved on Todd Margaret‘s third season — plays one of Rudd’s friends, who gives advice almost as bad as his jump shot.


5. Seth Meyers, American Dreamz

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The Documentary Now! cocreator turned up in the 2006 Hugh Grant pop music spoof American Dreamz as a slick agent with the awesome name of Chet Krogl.


4. Bill Hader, Tropic Thunder

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Hader was still making a name for himself on SNL when he got cast opposite an unrecognizable Tom Cruise in this comedy classic. Playing an assistant to the most foul mouthed, grotesque, and yet oddly effective producer Hollywood has ever seen, Hader got laughs by playing it straight. In fact, Tom Cruise could learn a thing or two about playing it straight from the guy.


3. David Cross, Waiting for Guffman

While Todd Margaret star David Cross would no doubt jokingly site Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel as the highlight of his feature film career, for us, he will always be the Blaine, Missouri UFO expert from Christopher Guest’s classic mockumentary who visits the same alien landing site every day for two years. With far too much time on his hands and a loose understanding of how anagrams work, we’ll just have to take his word for it when it comes to the greatest mystery of our time.


2. Fred Armisen, Anchorman

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Fred was still fairly new to SNL when he landed a cameo in Anchorman, the first film collaboration from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Playing a club owner who could not get enough of Ron Burgundy’s sweet jazz flute, Fred nearly stole the scene out from under the comedy icon, launching a killer career in movies in the process. (Catch up on Portlandia right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.)


1. Marc Maron, Almost Famous

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Marc spent most of the early days of his career doing stand-up and brooding in the back of dark bars, but he did pop up occasionally in the odd cameo. In 2000, he showed up in Almost Famous as a furious music promoter who tried to keep the rockers in Stillwater from fleeing without finishing their full set. (Fans of Marc’s WTF Podcast will recognize his “Lock the gates!” line from the opening of every episode.) With Maron coming to an end, maybe it’s finally time for “Angry Promoter” to get his own movie. (Watch the final season of Maron anytime on IFC.com and the IFC app.)

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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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