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Luke Wilson talks “Anchorman 2” and hopes for “Old School” sequel

Luke Wilson in "Anchorman"

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San Diego’s favorite scotch-drinking newsman is returning to the big screen for “Anchorman 2,” but what about his competition over at Channel 2?

IFC recently spoke with actor Luke Wilson about his new movie, “Meeting Evil,” in which he plays a downtrodden salesman who has a deadly encounter with a mysterious stranger played by Samuel L. Jackson. When asked what he thought of Will Ferrell’s announcement that a sequel to “Anchorman” was in the works, Wilson offered up some thoughts on the potential return of his character in the film, Channel 2 lead anchor Frank Vitchard, who was last seen getting his remaining arm ripped off by an angry bear.

“Somebody just told me [about the sequel] last week,” Wilson told IFC. “I didn’t know about it, but I’d love to do it. But then I remembered, ‘Oh yeah, I lost both my arms in the last one.'”

“So who knows? I hope they bring me back,” he laughed.

Asked why the prospect of another “Anchorman” outing was so appealing, Wilson recalled the day he filmed the memorable brawl between rival news teams in the 2004 comedy — a scene that featured him alongside Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and Tim Robbins.

“That was a really funny day of work, just to look over and see Will, Vince, Ben Stiller Tim Robbins…” he said. “It was such a weird mix of people. You’re in a great mood all day, and you leave thinking that it will be really funny. I really love doing stuff like that, and it would be fun to do that again.”

As for what sort of role his character might play in a sequel, Wilson was at a loss.

“I have no idea,” he said. “That would just be really funny. Will and Adam [McKay] are so funny that hopefully they write me in there.”

“I might have to remind them,” he laughed.

Given all the talk of sequels, IFC asked Wilson which of his own films he’d most like to return to for another chapter. After all, with a long list of leading roles on his resume, there’s a lot to choose from.

“God, it would be really fun to do something with Will and Vince again like ‘Old School,'” he said. “I think that was what ‘The Hangover’ basically was, but they couldn’t really get ‘Old School 2’ going. But that would be really fun.”

“And I always like working with Owen [Wilson] and Wes Anderson,” he added. “There’s nothing we could do a sequel of, but it would be nice to put that whole gang back together.”

Keep an eye on IFC.com for more from our “Meeting Evil” interview with Luke Wilson. “Meeting Evil” is available now via On-Demand and will hit theaters May 4.

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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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