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New “Cloud Atlas” still and production art reveal the Wachowskis’ vision for 2144

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When the Wachowskis released the first image to promote their upcoming film “Cloud Atlas” last week, there wasn’t much for the average person to sink their teeth into. Fans of the David Mitchell novel would recognize props like the VW Beetle and the Chatham Island totems, but there was no first look at the sets or characters that make up the six entwined storylines in the film.

Well, no longer. HanCinema, the Korean movie and drama database, got their hands on a still from the film that takes place in dystopian futuristic Korea. It features Korean actress Bae Doona (“The Host”) as Sonmi-451, a clone who serves as the main character for one of the movie’s six plotlines. In the novel, her portion is called “An Orison of Sonmi-451.”

In addition to the still of Doona, HanCinema also posted two images of concept art for the Korean portion of the film. Needless to say, the art shows a very Wachowski vibe and likely the final product of this portion of the film will look very similar to what these pictures depict. One of them is titled Seoul, 2144, the setting of “An Orison of Sonmi-451.”

Hopefully the Wackowskis continue to roll out images from the film in a similar fashion. “Cloud Atlas” also stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy and Jim Sturgess. Each actor will play multiple roles in the movie. The film recently wrapped production and is due in theaters on October 26, 2012.

What do you think of the still and concept art for the Korean portion of “Cloud Atlas”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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