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Sigourney Weaver cites desire to return to Ellen Ripley role… if Fox will let her

Sigourney Weaver cites desire to return to Ellen Ripley role… if Fox will let her (photo)

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Sigourney Weaver overcame numerous fiery, slimy and face-hugging challenges throughout her run as Ellen Ripley in the four main “Alien” films. She blew stuff. She died. She even found herself being cloned back from the dead. With all of that behind her, it doesn’t seem to be completely out of the question that she might one day return to the role.

Unfortunately, when Weaver was asked about likelihood of Ripley’s return, she expressed very little faith in Hollywood.

“I doubt it just because the way the industry is,” the Oscar-nominated actress told Moviefone. “While I can’t speak for them, I think for Fox, once you’re 60, you’re not going to be starring in an action movie.”

If Fox could be persuaded, however, it sounds like Weaver would sign on to appear in one more movie battle against her intergalactic adversaries.

“I would have liked to do one last story where we go back to the planet, where Ripley’s history is resolved,” she said. “But I do feel like her story is unfinished.”

At 61, Weaver’s got plenty of acting left in her veins. Even if Fox doesn’t want to give her the whole spotlight, there has to be a way to get her back into the fight–preferably something that doesn’t involve her training Shia LeBouef to inherit her mantle as humanity’s last best hope.

Perhaps she could team up with Mila Kunis or Natalie Portman and show them how to wipe out a nest of H.R. Giger-designed nasties. The film would just need to aim a little higher than other recent installments from classic action franchises, such as “Indiana Jones” and “Rambo” that have tried to carry torches into theaters for a new generation.

At the end of the day, Fox will do what Fox wants to do, so don’t get your hopes up. Weaver also thinks it would be “great” if her character Grace from “Avatar” could come back for a sequel, though. And judging by her carefully chosen words, stating that she’s “not at a point where [she] can talk publicly about it,” seeing her back in action in that part sounds much more promising.

Would you like to see Sigourney Weaver return to the iconic character for one final swan song? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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G.I. Jeez

Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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