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Fred Talkin' Tennis

Watch Fred Armisen Talk Tennis in 7 Days in Hell Trailer

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One tennis match. Two bad-boy competitors. Seven days. This is hell. A new trailer for the upcoming HBO special 7 Days in Hell dives into this spoof documentary on a long-as-hell tennis match between Jon Snow and Andy Samberg. The fictional match ran for seven days — as the title suggests — and seemed like it would never end. With such a nail-biting moment, HBO had to bring in an exemplary crop of characters for discussion, and among them is the likes of Will Forte, Serena Williams and, of course, Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen.

Watch the 7 Days in Hell trailer below.

Samberg plays Aaron Williams, otherwise known as the bad boy of tennis. He grew up in an African-American household and was raised to become a tennis champion. “It was a reverse Blind Side,” Williams said. Then there’s Charles Poole, played by Kit Harington. See, kids, there is life after Game of Thrones. If you can believe it, an Englishman hadn’t won Wimbledon since 1937. As such, this guy is feeling a tremendous amount of pressure. Who will win out? It’s hard to say. Both have incredible skills with the racket, but both are also equally intellectually inept. As Poole says, he doesn’t know what strategy means. No, seriously! He doesn’t know the definition of the word.

And look who we have here. It’s Fred Armisen!

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You’re not gonna have a gathering of the country’s premiere comedic talents and not include this funny man. 7 Days in Hell premieres on HBO July 11th and features a cast that also includes Mary Steenburgen, John McEnroe, Lena Dunham, Howie Mandel, Chris Evert and David Copperfield. There’s also Oscar-nominee June Squibb who, if you ask me, has the best role in the entire thing: a middle-finger-flipping Queen of England!

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Lord help the one who gets between the Queen and her tennis.


Watch the trailer for IFC’s Documentary Now! below.

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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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