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J.J. Abrams, Edgar Wright team up for “Collider”

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The dream team has assembled, and they’re going to make a movie called “Collider.”

Deadline is reporting that J.J. Abrams, Edgar Wright and screenwriter Mark Protosevich have teamed up to work on a new sci-fi film that — like most Abrams projects are — is being kept under wraps. Wright will direct the flick and co-write based on an idea he came up with, while Protosevich will have the other co-writing credit. Abrams will produce the film under his Bad Robot banner.

It’s hard to get a read on what type of film this will be based on these preliminary details. Wright has never done a straight sci-fi film in the past, while Abrams has made his name making sci-fi movies in line with the likes of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Protosevich has had his hand in the sci-fi pot for a while now and is best known for writing the screenplay for “I Am Legend.” But he also has story credit on “Thor” and has written the “Mass Effect” screenplay, Spike Lee’s “Old Boy” remake and “Jurassic Park IV.”

No word from Deadline as to when this flick could get into production, but we’re likely still a few years out. Abrams is wrapping up post-production on “Star Trek 2,” which is due out next year, but he has plenty of other projects to keep him occupied. We already mentioned the three projects Protosevich is juggling, but it’s Wright’s schedule that has us the most worried. He plans to get started on his final Blood and Ice Cream trilogy movie “The World’s End” later this year, and then hopefully will get started on Marvel’s “Ant-Man” (if it gets greenlit). That will likely keep him occupied until 2014, and hopefully there’s still interest in this project by then.

What type of sci-fi movie would you like to see these three talents make? 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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