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Paul Feig To Write and Direct Spy Comedy ‘Susan Cooper’

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Paul Feig’s “The Heat” is poised to be a huge hit this summer. The film stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in a buddy cop comedy the likes of which we haven’t seen since “Lethal Weapon,” “Turner and Hooch” or “Tango and Cash.” However, in the hands of Feig, who created IFC fave “Freaks and Geeks” and directed “Bridesmaids”, there’s no doubt that “The Heat” will be raunchier, funnier and downright better than its buddy cop comedy predecessors, but we have to wait until it’s released on June 28th to know for sure.

Feig is making a name for himself in the female-driven comedy and his next movie may end up being another in the genre, and that is definitely not a bad thing. The Wrap is reporting that Feig is developing a new film called “Susan Cooper,” which isn’t a cop film, but a spy comedy that he’s writing, producing, and directing. Don’t think this will be “Austin Powers” with a female lead, though. Apparently Feig was inspired by the 2006 James Bond reboot “Casino Royale,” which apparently ranks among Feig’s favorite movies, and is making the project a realistic comedy set in the world of spies. Feig is searching for a lead spy and is it wrong to hope for Melissa McCarthy as the Daniel Craig stand-in?

Since there’s no such thing as too much Feig, in addition to “Susan Cooper,” Feig is also developing a mother-daughter action-comedy with “The Heat” writer Katie Dippold and a sequel to “The Heat,” too. Can we get a heck yeah?

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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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