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Sigourney Weaver confirms “Avatar 2” return, offers thoughts on “Ghostbusters 3”

Sigourney Weaver confirms “Avatar 2” return, offers thoughts on “Ghostbusters 3” (photo)

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As a castmember in “Abduction,” Sigourney Weaver has recently been doing her duly appointed duty, giving interviews in an attempt to convince people to go see a Taylor Lautner movie where he almost certainly doesn’t turn into a werewolf. Thankfully, some folks were bright enough to ask the actress about some highly-anticipated projects that we really care about: New “Ghostbusters” and “Avatar” movies.

In a conversation with ComingSoon, Weaver graciously answered a question she must hear at least once a day and spoke about the likelihood of “Ghostbusters 3” actually happening. Despite not having read the script, the actress seems convinced that her character’s son, Oscar, will have grown up to be a Ghostbuster in the new movie. Oscar, who was an infant in 1989’s “Ghostbusters 2,” would work out to be at least 23 if aging in real time. In related news: You’re old.

When he’s not trying to keep his telephone conversations with Britney Spears secret from the Men in Black, “Ghostbusters” star Dan Aykroyd has been doing the rounds himself, claiming that the third film will happen with or without Bill Murray. In a separate interview with Cinema Blend, Weaver pointed toward the latter possibility when she mentioned, “Well, I guess [Murray’s character] Peter Venkman is dead.” However, Cinema Blend was quick to point out that the actress could just be repeating a 2009 story about Murray appearing in the film as a ghost.

Meanwhile, another Weaver-starring film, “Avatar” has a sequel in the works that is a little bit more of a sure thing, largely on account of the fact that James Cameron’s 3D take on “Ferngully” is only the biggest, most successful movie of all time. Not to spoil a nearly two-year-old film that everyone reading this is almost statistically guaranteed to have seen at least once, but SPOILER: Sigourney Weaver’s character dies at the end of the movie.

Weaver and Cameron aren’t going to let a little thing like death get in the way of keeping a lucrative franchise healthy, however, with the actress confirming to ComingSoon, “Don’t worry, I’ll be back.” She further explained that according to the director “no one ever dies in science-fiction,” and that the stories for the next two “Avatar” movies are “absolutely wonderful.”

What do you think about Dana Barrett’s son Oscar growing up to be a Ghostbuster? Also, do you think your motion sickness can handle another two “Avatar” movies? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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