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9 Things to Know Before Watching The Spoils Before Dying Tonight

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Eric Jonrosh’s masterpiece The Spoils Before Dying has been transformed into an epic three-night television event, directed by Jonrosh himself. The film, which takes viewers on a journey through the seedy underbelly of the 1950s Los Angeles jazz scene was too much for governments around the globe, who banned the film to protect the public from the lurid tale of lust and jazz. But one copy remained and it will be shown on IFC starting tonight at 9p with back-to-back episodes. The steamy story of murder and music will unfurl with two more episodes each night on Thursday and Friday.

Here are 9 things you need to know before you watch The Spoils Before Dying tonight:

1. Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) plays Rock Banyon a struggling jazz pianist accused of murdering his beloved chanteuse, Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph). Will trigonometry help him clear his name? Maybe.

2. Rock’s new mistress, and his one-time big band singer, Delores DeWinter (Kristen Wiig) loves razor clams and “love sandwiches”.

3. Eric Jonrosh’s (Will Ferrell) masterpiece The Spoils Before Dying was banned in 73 countries, including in the United States by an act of Congress, before IFC unveiled it.

4.  Jonrosh’s incendiary work was ordered destroyed by President Eisenhower himself, who swore the film would never be seen in this country. But one copy survived.

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5. Jonrosh once raced in Monte Carlo—and it wasn’t race day. Was he drinking Scotch-flavored gin? Perhaps.

6. Rock’s manager Alistair St. Barnaby (Haley Joel Osment) has no concept about true art and just wants Rock to record a mainstream jazz album.

7. While Jonrosh wrote the book, his “film-ification” of The Spoils Before Dying was inspired by Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil , Jazz on a Summer Day, Band of Outsiders, and more.

8. The Spoils Before Dying is produced by the team behind The Spoils of Babylon at Funny Or Die and executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont return as writers, as Piedmont also directs.

9. If you don’t tune in doom awaits you. Dooooom!

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The Spoils Before Dying premieres on IFC TONIGHT at 9p.

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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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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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