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“Hangover” series to climax with third installment

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We loved the first “Hangover” film, with the unstoppable rise of Bradley Cooper counteracted by the one-two punch of Zach Galifianakis getting the recognition he deserves, and a pitch-perfect Ed Helms performance. The second film stretched the feasibility that the trio could find themselves in the same dilemma, but the box office guaranteed a return to the big screen. It now appears that the third night of debauchery, completely forgotten by “The Wolfpack” in “The Hangover Part III,” will be the final entry in the franchise.

After the ridiculous success of the second “Hangover” movie, it should come as a surprise to exactly no one that Warner Bros. is going for a threequel, re-teaming Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis with director Todd Phillips. Production on “The Hangover Part III” is scheduled to begin in September of this year, and while there aren’t any details about the story, it’s probably a safe bet that the three guys go to some event (odds are the wedding of either Galifianakis or Cooper’s characters – maybe both!), get blackout drunk and then run into Ken Jeong. Also, seeing as they were responsible for a baby and a monkey in the first and second movies, respectively, we’re expecting the Wolfpack to take in either a baby sloth or an angry honey badger this time out – maybe both!

In a press release that can be read in full over at Deadline, Phillips was quoted as saying, “We’re going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned. It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions.” So, maybe they all…..die?

How do you feel about the Wolfpack’s saga coming to a close in the third “Hangover” movie? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or 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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Ho Ho Ha

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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