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WonderCon 2012: “Prometheus” panel report and new trailer

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Without a doubt, the “Prometheus” panel was one of the most anticipated events at WonderCon this year. Ignore that one-minute-long leaked teaser that hit the web last night, because writer Damon Lindelof and director Ridley Scott debuted a brand new full-length trailer for the fans in attendance.

While there’s still plenty of mystery surrounding the film, the trailer does set up the basic premise of the project. A group of explorers have discovered the same pictogram in the history of seven civilizations, and so they take it as a sign that there is some greater mystery to be resolved. Except what they take as an invitation is actually something much different, and they end up seemingly awakening a group of aliens staying in that other spacecraft we’ve often seen in “Prometheus’s” promotional material and set off a chain of events that, if not stopped, will cause the end of Earth.

They could be misleading, but it did look like there were a few moments where there were some face-grabbing, stomach-exploding aliens in the trailer. And, of course, there is an obligatory shot of the Space Jockey, who now seems to definitively be in this film.

Stars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender then took to the stage to talk about their roles. Turns out that Fassbender plays an android named David in the film, something we hadn’t known previously. And, though this is an ensemble film, Theron can be considered to be one of the most “main” characters. It’s also worth noting that this was their first time seeing any footage.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve done science fiction, which didn’t mean I wasn’t trying, but I couldn’t come across anything that was of any interest to me,” Scott said of his desire to make “Prometheus.” “I thought there was a genesis of a very small idea that hasn’t been examined … The story just started to evolve and take off into another universe.”

Though “Prometheus” is set in the “Alien” universe, it’s well known by now that it’s not a direct prequel. Lindelof teased that there’s enough room left at the end of the movie to — maybe — lend itself to creating more films in this series that might eventually tie in to the “Alien” franchise.

“If we’re lucky, maybe there will be a second part to all of this, because the film really does leave you with some nice big open questions,” Scott said. “I’ll certainly do another science fiction film as soon as possible.”

And, if you needed more of a nod that this is setting up the “Alien” universe, Fassbender’s last line in the trailer is, “Big things have small beginnings.”

“Prometheus” hits theaters on June 8. Check out the new trailer below.

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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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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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