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Scarlett Johansson to appear in “Captain America: Winter Soldier”

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Captain America won’t be without the ladies in “Captain America: Winter Soldier.”

Not only will he be getting a new love interest for the upcoming sequel, it turns out that Scarlett Johansson will be popping in as the Black Widow. Both Deadline and Variety have the news, which is exciting for fans looking forward to continuity within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s unclear just how big the Black Widow’s role will be, but it’s being described as a cameo.

As for the leading lady, there are five actresses currently fighting for the role. Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Imogen Poots, Jessica Brown Findlay and Teresa Palmer are all testing for the part, and it’s clear that directors Joe and Anthony Russo are looking for a specific type. It’s interesting that most of these women are famous from there roles on TV instead of film, but it seems like Marvel has been drawing more and more from television when creating their films. Our vote’s for Clarke, but that might just be because we’re huge “Game of Thrones” fans.

It will be interesting to see what other previously established Marvel characters make an appearance in this film. Hopefully we’ll get caught up on the Hulk, since he’s the one major “Avengers” character who doesn’t have his own movie coming out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2.

“Captain America: Winter Soldier” is due in theaters on April 4, 2014. It stars Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.

Which of these actresses do you hope is cast as the female lead? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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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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