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Daniel Craig to appear as James Bond at London summer Olympics

Daniel Craig as James Bond

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The latest James Bond movie might be entitled “Skyfall,” but it turns out he could be on Her Majesty’s secret service after all.

New reports are saying that Daniel Craig is slated to make a cameo appearance as 007 in a video directed by Danny Boyle for the summer Olympics. The Sun first ran the story on Sunday, but many wrote it off as just another April Fool’s joke. Turns out that it actually is happening, and could even feature a cameo by the Queen herself. Here’s a rule of thumb: if you have a news story that seems to be ridiculous but is actually true, don’t run it on April Fool’s Day, especially if that day is a Sunday.

But anyways, back to the actual news. Boyle has been hard at work putting together an Opening Ceremonies introductory video called “The Arrival.” It will feature Craig (as Bond) arriving at Buckingham Palace by orders of the Queen. He is informed of his mission: to open the 2012 Olympic Games. Bond is then flown via helicopter to the Olympic Stadium, where he parachutes into the arena. No word yet on whether or not Craig will actually land in the Opening Ceremonies as part of a live stunt, but it doesn’t seem too ridiculous.

Some scenes from the short were shot on location in Buckingham Palace, and Boyle and his crew actually made Craig jump out of a helicopter with a parachute to give the short an authentic feel. These are the things we do for love of country, I guess. The rumor is that the Queen might make an appearance in “The Arrival,” but that has not been confirmed.

Craig is currently busy shooting “Skyfall,” so it shouldn’t be too hard for him to stay in character for this stunt. The opening ceremony takes place on July 27, and “Skyfall” opens in theaters on November 9.

Do you think that this is a cool idea for the London summer Olympics? 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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