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Saturn Awards: Bruce Greenwood explains why J.J. Abrams isn’t spoiling “Star Trek 2”

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We know next to nothing about “Star Trek 2,” and that’s exactly how J.J. Abrams would like to keep it. The director has done everything within his power to try to protect fans from finding out too much about the movie before it comes out, and he’s succeeded despite leaked photos and an ever-turning rumor mill.

What we do know is only that certain actors — like Bruce Greenwood — will be returning for the sequel, and that Benedict Cumberbatch will play an unrevealed villain. Greenwood played Christopher Pike, the first captain of the USS Enterprise, in “Star Trek,” and seemingly will reprise his role this time around. IFC caught up with Greenwood on the red carpet for the 38th annual Saturn Awards, and we asked him why he thinks Abrams goes to such great length to preserve secrecy around his projects.

“So the audience can have an experience that isn’t complicated by having to pretend they don’t know what happens,” Greenwood answered. “It makes it trickier to conceal things so that when you see it for the first time you don’t know what’s coming, but that’s okay. You can’t blame people for being interested and excited, trying to find out. But everyone who’s involved in the film is committed to keeping it under wraps.”

Still, we’ll have to know something about the movie at some point. It’s due in theaters on May 13, 2013 and eventually a trailer for the film is going to be released. Christopher Nolan did his best to keep secrets about “The Dark Knight Rises” under wraps but, once Warner Bros started laying the marketing on thick, it became increasingly hard to avoid trailers or TV spots. So how will Abrams deal with this issue? We posed the question to Greenwood.

“I don’t know,” he said. “That’s interesting, yeah. Maybe we shot a trailer that had nothing to do with the movie.”

We certainly hope so. But “Star Trek 2” isn’t the only big movie on Greenwood’s horizon. He stars in Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond The Pines,” which will make its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to congratulating him for that accomplishment, we asked Greenwood what he’s excited for his fans to see.

“Derek is such an interesting director and asks people to improvise so much that I think the movie is really going to feel alive.”

“The Place Beyond The Pines” also stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta.

Do you like Abrams’ mentality on spoilers? 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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