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Marvel’s short film “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” hits the web

Marvel’s short film “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” hits the web (photo)

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It turns out there’s a really good story behind why it took Agent Phil Coulson until the end of “Iron Man 2” to discover Thor’s hammer. The latest Marvel short film follows Coulson (Clark Gregg) as he makes a quick pit stop to grab some gas while heading towards the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in New Mexico. He gets held up while trying to decide whether he should buy the sugar or chocolate coated donuts, and bad-assery ensues.

Appropriately titled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer,” the short will appear on the “Captain America: The First Avenger” DVD and Blu-ray, which hits stores on October 25. It is the follow-up to “The Consultant,” a short that bridges the gap between “Iron Man 2″ and “The Incredible Hulk” which also appears on the DVD extras. Though “A Funny Thing” doesn’t answer as many questions as “The Consultant” does, it offers Gregg a chance to get in on the action for the first time in the Marvel movies.

These are the only two announced Marvel One-Shots, but the way Gregg has talked about them in the past made it seem like Marvel is up for doing more. He explained to Marvel.com earlier this month how the idea for the short films originated.

“I got a call from a rising young executive over at Marvel named Kevin Feige to talk about the Avengers,” he joked. “In that conversation he said they had this crazy idea. They want to do some shorts about a couple of different days in the life of Agent Coulson. Some [would be] connective tissue between the movies and others are behind-the-scenes in the day of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and in my mind [Agent Coulson is] the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. And I said that sounds amazing! Usually when I’m asked to do a short it’s somebody’s grad project at AFI or a student film, but this was an entirely different ball game.”

What did you think of this latest Marvel One-Shot? Do you hope Marvel keeps making them leading up to “The Avengers”? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

48 Hrs

Law & Disorder

The 10 Funniest Cops In Movie History

Catch Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hrs. this month on IFC.

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Ah, the action comedy. The magic of the movies makes “cracking jokes while waving a gun” hilarious instead of terrifying. With Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hrs. airing this month on IFC, we raise our coffee and doughnut to the law-enforcement officers who never fail to make us laugh.

10. John McClane, Die Hard series

Whether it’s through his own suffering, his action-packed one-liners, or the way he scribbles “HOHOHO NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN” on dead bad guys, John McClane is the only cop we want to be stuck in a building full of terrorists with.


9. Martin Riggs, Lethal Weapon series

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The Lethal Weapon films were Mel Gibson’s most famous (fictional) encounter with the law. A suicidal ex-Special Forces soldier-turned-loose-cannon-cop, Riggs is only held together by his dedication to the law, his hatred of criminals, and his incredibly long-suffering partner Sgt. Murtaugh. Speaking of…


8. Roger Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon series

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Riggs is famous for being the unpredictable, madcap comedy character, but he’s only hilarious thanks to the heavy sighs of his straitlaced partner Murtaugh. Without Danny Glover’s comic reactions Riggs would just be a lunatic running around with a gun screaming at people.


7. Det. Inspector Lee and Det. Carter, Rush Hour series

The pairing of Chris Tucker’s motormouth wisecracker and Jackie Chan’s cool, high-kicking martial artist was such a potent combination, it went on to inspire several sequels and imitators. (Kevin Hart should send Tucker residual checks from those Ride Along movies.)


6. Schmidt and Jenko, 21 Jump Street series

The Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill reboot of the classic ’80s TV series redefined the buddy comedy by going meta and flipping the genre’s cliches on its head. We never thought we’d say this, but we’re actually looking forward to 23 Jump Street.


5. Jack Cates and Reggie Hammond, 48 Hours

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To be fair, with Eddie Murphy’s hilarious felon hauled around by Nick Nolte’s police officer, there’s technically only one “funny cop” between the two of them. But getting away with ridiculous abuses of regulations in service of doing the right (and funniest) thing is what 48 Hours  is all about. We wouldn’t have the buddy cop comedy genre without these two. Click here to see all airings of 48 Hrs. on IFC this month.


4. Nicholas Angel, Hot Fuzz

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In Edgar Wright’s hilarious take on action movie tropes, Simon Pegg’s supercop is sent to cool his heels in the sleepy town of Sandford. It’s hard to say what’s funnier: how he reacts when he realizes a small town doesn’t need him to deal with vast murder conspiracies and explosive action scenes, or how he reacts when it does.


3. Marge Gunderson, Fargo

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Frances McDormand’s inimitable Marge Gunderson chases down incredibly inept criminals while heavily pregnant. Her down-to-earth demeanor is funnier in context than any action hero’s murderous puns ever were. We still laugh when we think about Marge yelling “He’s fleeing the interview! He’s fleeing the interview!” as William H. Macy’s lowlife Jerry Lundegaard makes a break for it.


2. Frank Drebin, Naked Gun series

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Leslie Nielsen began his spot-on parody of stiff cops way back in the Police Squad! days. He took his act to the big screen, with a film series that managed to make even O.J. Simpson funny. Heck, Frank Drebin could make your own murder conviction sound hilarious.


1. Axel Foley, Beverly Hills Cop

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Eddie Murphy is the unquestioned star of ’80s cop comedies. Beverly Hills itself is barely big enough to contain his charisma. If this is a fish-out-of-water comedy, he’s a blue whale and the water is a crystal decanter of Perrier. Fun fact: Beverly Hills Cop was originally a Stallone film. Eddie made it a major comedy smash pretty much single-mouthed. Click here to see all airings of Beverly Hills Cop this month on IFC.

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Austin City Tidbits

10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Austin

Fred moves to Austin in an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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This week on Portlandia, co-star Fred Armisen does the unthinkable. Abandoning the very heart of the show and rendering its title geographically incorrect, he decides to move to Austin. Sure, the laid-back, artist-friendly atmosphere would be a painless transition, but there are a few things you should keep in mind before you move there.

Here are some facts about Austin you need to know. And check out Fred’s journey to Austin on an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

1. It’s home to the largest urban bat colony in North America.

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Accommodating 750,000 bats in the spring and summer — with population spikes to 1.5 million during the peak season — Austin is no place for chiroptophobics. (Yes, we had to look it up.) With this staggering bat to belfry ratio, it’s the perfect city for nocturnal crimefighters and goths really into “theme” funerals.


2. It’s the exact opposite of Portland (sun-wise).

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The Pacific Northwest isn’t known for its overbearing sunlight, and with less than 40% of sunny days per year, Portland isn’t exactly home to scorching driveways you can fry an egg on. Compare that to Austin, whose 300 days of sun per year will clear that vitamin D deficiency right up.


3. It’s the birthplace of Whole Foods.

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Started in 1978 by two college dropouts and a $45,000 loan, Whole Foods is an organic gourmand’s American dream. Cuisine-focused Portlanders would find the transition easy to make, and those open to the whole squatting scene will be pleased to know Whole Foods’ founders briefly lived in their first shop and bathed in the dishwasher.


4. It’s also one of the healthiest cities in America.

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Whole Foods wasn’t an aberration. Healthy living’s a big priority in Austin and largely responsible for the 250 gyms, yoga studios, healthy restaurants, and health food stores throughout the city. But bear in mind, not every yoga partner’s going to have your best interests in mind.


5. It’s super dog-friendly.

Lovers of our four-legged friends will be pleased to discover that Austin holds our furry pals in the highest regard. Dog Fancy dubbed the city “DogTown USA,” and its many off-leash parks, swimming holes, and retailers catering to canines ought to keep the ankle-biters happy and Portland’s many animal activists from interrupting other people’s lunches.


6. It’s a haven for artists and musicians.

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If you happen to be handy with a brush or a guitar pick in Texas, then chances are you’re an Austinite. The city has the highest number of artists and musicians per capita in the entire state, making it a huge draw for fiscally challenged creatives.


7. It’s officially the Live Music Capital of the World.

Adopting the name in 1991, Austin hosts nearly 200 live music venues around town, thereby earning it another “per capita” claim: most live music venues. In fact, if concert bookers aren’t careful, they run the risk of double-booking two different Flaming Lips.


8. It’s a city of dedicated bookworms.

Fans of the printed word are sure to meet fellow hardbackers in Austin. Residents frequent their local bookshops with such frequency, the city draws the highest annual bookstore sales in the country, at nearly $200 per household. Of course, it’s best to know what the store owners are like ahead of time.


9. The Alamo Drafthouse is the best place to catch a movie.

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Heralded as the finest movie theater in the country, Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse is paradise for the discerning cinemagoer. With a strict “no talking or texting” policy and prohibitive access for unaccompanied minors, it’s a far cry from the distraction free-for-all that is your local multiplex.


10. It’s basically the Portland of the South.

Packed to the gills with artists, musicians, hipsters, freaks, and oddballs that continues to “Keep Austin Weird,” the city has almost all of the elements that makes Portland, Oregon just as eccentric. And we hear that its mayor bares a striking resemblance to Portland’s mayor, albeit with a sweet ‘stache.

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