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“Avengers” star Cobie Smulders talks about playing S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill

“Avengers” star Cobie Smulders talks about playing S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (photo)

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Spoiler’s alert: we here at IFC News are pretty freaking pumped for “The Avengers” to hit theaters in May. Everything from the trailer to the posters to the latest interviews with the crew has gotten us duly excited for the upcoming ensemble Marvel superhero movie. And that’s why any small tidbit of news regarding Cobie Smulders in the flick gets us all in a tizzy.

So far the “How I Met Your Mother” star hasn’t been featured very prominently in the marketing for the film. She plays Maria Hill, an agent of Marvel’s secret law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Since she has no superpowers and Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury is her superior, it makes sense why she hasn’t figured into the promotion for “The Avengers” other than in one Comic-Con poster and a behind-the-scenes photo. But that hasn’t prevented her from being thrilled to be a part of the movie. Based on her comments to Vulture, it seems like “The Avengers” is one of the best experiences Smulders has ever had on a film.

“We had so much fun shooting [‘The Avengers’]. We had days when it was just us working — and, oh, 200 extras — but, you know, in the inner circle, it was nice to sit by the monitor with [director Joss Whedon] and watch him take on this ginormous project with great ease,” she said.

This isn’t the first time Whedon has eyed Smulders for a project. Back when he was still developing “Wonder Woman,” he was considering having her as the title character. Vulture asked Smulders if Whedon ever brought that potential casting decision up during the “Avengers” shoot.

“No! If he did, I would throw up in my mouth,” she said. “I mean, the ‘Wonder Woman thing was a very kind comment, I think. I was never in touch with studios about it or anything like that.”

Still, Maria Hill might be winning some fans to her favor once they see her on the big screen. Smulders described her costume as being “very sleek, and very leather” and said that coupled with her superpowers and hyperintelligence, Hill is a “fine woman who has all the answers.” It sounds to us like Smulders might be shaping up to have a career as a “sexy-brunette-vixen,” to steal Vulture’s words.

“You know, fingers crossed! If I can be seen as somewhat sexual, if only to my fiancé, after having a child and turning 30, I will be happy for us,” Smulders responded.

Are you excited to see what Smulders brings to the table in “The Avengers”? Tell us what you think in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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Home Run

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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Car Notes

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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