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“Robocop” remake eyes Joel Kinnaman for lead role

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Though we still lament the fact that “Arthur & Lancelot” was tabled over at Warner Bros., it’s two leading men have managed to find some good work for themselves. “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington has landed one of the main roles in the flick “The Seventh Son,” and now “The Killing’s” Joel Kinnaman has been offered the lead part in one of the biggest upcoming reboots being planned.

Variety‘s Jeff Sneider tweeted the news that Kinnaman has been offered the title role in the MGM remake of “Robocop” that is being directed by “Elite Squad’s” Jose Padilha. The Hollywood Reporter further fleshed out the news by saying that they expect the deal to come together “imminently.”

It would be a big step up for Kinnaman, who has earned acclaim for his role in “The Killing,” but thus far has only appeared in small roles in films like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Safe House” and “The Darkest Hour.” This would be his largest role to date, and the first time he’s had a major blockbuster rest on his shoulders.

The casting decision (which isn’t set in stone yet, we should note) is somewhat reminiscent of the decision to cast Taylor Kitsch, best known for his role as Tim Riggins on “Friday Night Lights,” as the lead in two big blockbusters this year: “John Carter” and “Battleship.” His star power is thus far untried, so if he isn’t enough to draw in the crowds then the movies will likely fail. Both are tracking fairly well, but it’s a large burden to place on any actor’s shoulders, especially one just breaking in to the movie scene.

MGM’s remake of “Robocop” is being described as a gritty origin story, so there’s certainly room for Kinnaman to come in and carve out his place in the franchise. It certainly is a casting choice that makes sense, and it’s nice to see that Kinnaman is being recognized for the great work that he is doing on the small screen. Expect an official confirmation on the casting decision for “Robocop” over the next few weeks.

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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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