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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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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Mirror, Mirror

Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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