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9 Biggest Blowhard Authors From Pop Culture

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The stereotype of the self-obsessed writer is one that’s in many ways based on fact, but the nine authors in this list take things to a whole new level. These typewriter jockeys have severely inflated self-esteem and let it out in spurts all over friends and family. In honor of Eric Jonrosh – the genius, yet egomaniacal mind behind The Spoils Before Dying – here are our picks for pop culture’s biggest blowhard authors.

9. Harry Blockv

The idea of Woody Allen playing somebody who is full of himself seems absurd, but his 1997 flick Deconstructing Harry shows the nebbish in top form as an author who just can’t stop cribbing from real life. The fact that he cast the smoking hot Elisabeth Shue as his ex-girlfriend just blurs the lines even more.


8. Hank Moody

The protagonist of Californication, as played by David Duchovny, is a totally self-absorbed nightmare of a man who blames everything but himself for his never-ending case of writer’s block. Hank is so convinced of his own genius that any criticism sends him into an impotent rage.


7. Garth Marenghi

The protagonist of hilarious meta-parody series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace is an ultra-pretentious wanker who wrote and starred in his own horror TV show. Stunningly ignorant and massively self-centered, Marenghi is a laugh riot.


6. Clifford Anderson

Christopher Reeve had one of his breakthrough roles in Sidney Lumet’s 1982 Deathtrap as a young writer who becomes embroiled in a constantly-shifting murder plot. Clifford starts out as a novice, but by the film’s halfway point is bragging about the sure success of his upcoming play… Deathtrap.


5. Bernard Berkman

Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale paints a pretty grim picture of the Brooklyn writers life, with family patriarch Bernard Beckman losing control of his writing career and his two sons at the same time. He’s both egotistical and clueless – a winning combination.


4. Mavis Gary

Young Adult tells the story of a ghostwriter returning to her small hometown and realizing that she never quite outgrew her own adolescence. As Mavis Gary, Charlize Theron does an amazing job acting like she’s above all of her old cohorts, even as she disintegrates into an alcohol-soaked mess.


3. Frank Mackey

The self-help field is rife with enormous egos, and Tom Cruise was the perfect pick to play author/guru Frank Mackey in P.T. Anderson’s Magnolia. Every word out of this guy’s mouth is cringeworthy and makes you want to punch him in the face.


2. Carrie Bradshaw

Overwhelmingly shallow and narcissistic, the protagonist of Sex and the City (and, later, The Carrie Diaries) was actually intended to be a role model to modern young women but instead mutated into an awful caricature of contemporary female life.


1. Eli Cash

Owen Wilson’s Western writer in The Royal Tenenbaums is a pitch-perfect parody of the Western writer, all pontification and flowery adjectives. He’s so high on his own supply that he can’t understand why the rest of the world doesn’t treat him with the seriousness he deserves.

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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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