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“Mass Effect” movie still in the works, gains a new writer

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Here’s a riddle for you: How many writers does it take to make the long-gestating “Mass Effect” movie actually happen? The answer, it seems, is two, as writer Morgan Davis Foehl has recently been brought in to write a second draft of the film’s script.

The news comes from Variety, who say that Legendary Pictures brought Foehl on to offer up a new take on the screenplay Mark Protosevich previously wrote. This is a property Legendary has owned the rights to since 2008 when the first game came out. Now the trilogy has been completed (somewhat controversially, since many fans boycotted the ending of “Mass Effect 3”) and it seems like Legendary is renewing its interest in the property.

It helps that video game films seem to be having a surge of popularity in Hollywood right now. “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” is hitting theaters tomorrow, Ubisoft just partnered with New Regency to make Michael Fassbender’s “Assassin’s Creed” movie and films based on “Metal Gear Solid,” “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” “God of War,” “World of Warcraft” and “Gears of War” are all in the works.

The “Mass Effect” trilogy lends itself well to the big screen. Though the main draw of the game is the fact that each player’s decisions affect the events in the story, the overarching science fiction premise would work well in a film. We’ll see if Foehl can pull it off.

Thus far, none of Foehl’s scripts have been produced. He’s worked on the 2009 Black List script “Whatever Gets You Through The Night,” the comic book adaptation “Crosshair” and the movie “Alien Sleeper Cell.”

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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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