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HCFF: Updates on “The World’s End,” “Star Trek 2,” “Ant-Man” and “Man of Steel”

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“Star Trek 2”
We still have plenty of movies to be excited for in 2012 — hello, “Prometheus,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Hobbit” — but we can’t help but look forward to the blockbuster film slate in 2013. That’s why the Q&A following the screening of “Shaun of the Dead” kept returning to “Star Trek 2.”

“We wrapped last week, and it’s going to be awesome,” Pegg promised.

Not satisfied with that answer, one fan asked Pegg to tell the audience everything there is to know about the movie. Pegg jokingly complied, teasing, “It all starts on the Enterprise. Kirk turns to Scotty and goes, ‘You want it?'”

In all seriousness, Pegg acknowledged that he unfortunately couldn’t tell us much about the movie. But his ambiguous answer was still enough to get us excited for the project.

“I can honestly say it was a fantastic experience, we had the best time, I know this bullshit always comes out at press time,” he said. “With the [first] film having established the characters as they are now, we can really hit the ground running with this one. It’s fast, and it really doesn’t fucking stop until the end. I’m excited. That’s what I’ll say.”

“Ant-Man”
Though we were at the festival to honor Wright’s work on “Shaun of the Dead,” talk inevitably turned to his potential upcoming Marvel project, “Ant-Man.” Wright didn’t give away much about the status of the film — “I have to give a spectacularly vague non-answer,” he hedged — but he did talk about how it felt talking about it following “The Avengers'” record-breaking opening weekend.

“It’s kind of nerve-wracking. I saw Kevin Feige afterwards and I said, ‘How does Shane Black feel?’ ‘Avengers’ just had the biggest opening weekend of all time,” Wright said. “I thought that movie was great, and it was a credit to Kevin Feige for seeing that six film arc and kind of courage to actually commit to that seven years ago. It’s kind of amazing.”

“Man of Steel”
Also not willing to give away much about his upcoming movie was Zack Snyder, who was hilariously harassed all night by “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman to try to give away some tidbits of information about “Man of Steel.” Unfortunately Kirkman’s appeals didn’t work, but Snyder did give a very vague update on the project.

“It’s going really good, I’m cutting right now,” Snyder said. “I’m really excited about it. I think it’s fun to work on. It’s gigantic and crazy stuff. I can’t believe I just said that. Spoiler alert, right? Gigantic and crazy.”

Are you looking forward to these movies as much as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

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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Car Notes

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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