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Joss Whedon promises “The Avengers 2” will be “smaller” and “more personal”

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Sure, we’re still two months away from “The Avengers” hitting theaters, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start talking about the movie’s sequel. Or at least it’s not to early for director Joss Whedon to start talking about the sequel, at least in our opinion.

British magazine SFX has a great article in which they catch up with Whedon and star Tom Hiddleston. The entirety of the story isn’t online, but DigitalSpy and ComicBookMovie.com both have some snippets of the Whedon and Hiddleston interviews that are interesting reads.

When SFX asked Whedon how he plans on topping the upcoming ensemble Marvel superhero film in “The Avengers 2,” he answered, “By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”

That’s certainly helps strengthen our excitement for Whedon’s vision for “The Avengers.” Most directors go the other direction in sequels and think bigger is better. But Whedon said he set the stage in this movie, out May 4, so that “The Avengers 2” could be a more intimate affair.

“I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight – and ultimately, what makes them awesome,” he said, adding that he made sure each Avenger had enough screen time in the movie to show “what makes them awesome. “I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.”

Hiddleston also had some noteworthy comments on how his villainous character Loki would respond to the array of Avengers he’ll face. It’s something we never really thought about in anticipation of the film, but is a component of the movie should make for some interesting onscreen drama.

“With each Avenger, [Loki] faces a different threat, a different strategy and methodology,” Hiddleston explained. “Some pose more of a threat than others in his mind, but they all have their own unique superpowers. I say it’s like tennis. You’ll never play the same game of tennis with a new and different opponent. The magic happens in the space between you, not just with the characters but the actors too.”

It’s also worth noting that “Cabin in the Woods” director Drew Goddard, who helped write that film’s script with Whedon, has already seen an early cut of the movie. Collider asked him what he thought of the film, to which Goddard answered, “as a life-long ‘Avengers’ fan and as a Joss fan, I couldn’t be happier.” That was just the vote of confidence we needed.

Are you looking forward to “The Avengers”? 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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