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“Before Sunrise” characters will come full circle in “Before Midnight,” says Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunset

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The glorious love story of Jesse and Celine — begun in “Before Sunrise,” and then continued in “Before Sunset” — will finally come to a conclusion in the just-shot “Before Midnight.” What’ll it be like? At the premiere of his new horror film “Sinister,” Ethan Hawke told us, “I felt in the third one, they come full circle, for both characters,” he said.

All these years after their star-crossed meeting in Vienna and subsequent, older-and-wiser encounter in Paris, Hawke’s Jesse and Julie Delpy’s Celine are together again, this time in Greece — which is no accident, apparently. Hawke said the actors and their co-writer and director, Richard Linklater, decided to give this concluding chapter of the story a Hellenic flavor because “[Greece] is the birthplace of romanticism, and these movies are deeply romantic,” Hawke noted. “And these movies start to become about time. Time is as big of a character in the movie as Jesse and Celine.”

Walking amid ancient Greek ruins, he said, heightened the possibility that fate might play a role in how the relationship will turn out. “You can’t walk a hundred yards in Greece without stumbling on some artifact of time,” he said. “So it was fun to set it there, and it’s a beautiful and poetic place to find them.”

Did Jesse make his plane (which he was about to miss at the end of the second film)? Has he written anything since his last novel, “This Time” — which was actually inspired by meeting Celine in “Before Sunrise,” and became the occasion of their reunion in “Before Sunset,” when he was on a book tour? Can he reclaim the spark, or is he still trying to recapture past glories — like his character in “Sinister,” who’s also an author? “You’ll find out,” Hawke said with a smile. “You’ll find out what he’s been writing. It might be a similar thing [between the two films]. You’re not that far off.”

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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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Ho Ho Ha

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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