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Superman Vs Batman, Star Wars and More Awesome Stuff From Comic-Con 2015

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Every year, more attention is drawn to what used to be a handful of sweaty outcasts fawning over an Astro Boy bootleg. But now, thanks to billion dollar film franchises and an overall easing of nerd-shaming, San Diego’s Comic-Con International has become a media sensation with scores of celebrity panels, tons of teasers, and a filled-to-capacity crowd. And unless fatigue over comic adaptations sets in before 2016, we can only expect the annual events to grow and grow.

But in the meantime, here are the best things that came out of Comic-Con 2015.

10. Joker and Harley Quinn Shine in Suicide Squad Trailer

DC’s Suicide Squad movie has been the subject of much geek debate (and let’s be honest, much ridicule), but the first trailer looks promising. If nothing else, it finally gives fans an insane Harley Quinn on the big screen.


9. Ash Vs. Evil Dead Trailer Brings Back Bruce Campbell In All His Hilarious Glory

Fans of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films rejoiced when the trailer for the new Ash Vs. Evil Dead TV series hit the Web. It’s good to see Campbell back in the role he was born to play.


8. Hugh Jackman Teased Old Man Logan for The Wolverine 2 

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Jackman drove fans at the X-Men: Apocalypse panel crazy with three words: Old Man Logan. Marvel Comics fans know that as the series which sees an aged (but still grumpy) Wolverine in a future where the supervillains have won. Does that mean The Wolverine 2 will be set in the future? Will Wolverine time travel as he did in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Or will he just hang out in Boca watching The Rockford Files reruns and hitting up early bird specials at Denny’s? Feel free to speculate wildly.

7. X-Men: Apocalypse Showcases a New Villain

The first trailer for 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse has leaked online, giving fans a taste of the ’80s set story and Oscar Isaac as new villain Apocalypse. Oh, and James McAvoy is bald now.


6. The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead Break the Internet

Our pals at AMC dropped a zombie two-fer with creepy trailers for the new season of The Walking Dead and the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. Both trailers are so intense, they makes us long for a third series called Share a Nice Cup of Chai Tea With the Walking Dead.


5. Joss Whedon Announces His Next Project

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It doesn’t take much for the man behind Buffy, Firefly, and The Avengers to drum up excitement for his next project — but this sounds like something special. Director Joss Whedon announced he will write a new six-issue Dark Horse comic book series he described as a “Victorian female Batman.” Elaborating to Entertainment Weekly, “It’s a Victorian thriller about a meek chambermaid who is fed to a dark horror — but instead of dying, she returns, with knowledge, power, and rage she can neither deny nor control.” Although there’s no artist or release date confirmed, you had us at “Victorian female Batman.”


4. Bryan Cranston’s “Yo Mama” Slam and Mic Drop

After five chilling seasons of Breaking Bad, we’re all well aware that Walter White is no one to mess with. But after this brief interaction between Bryan Cranston and a nervous Comic-Con fan during a Q&A, we’ll steer clear of giving the actor the opportunity to poison us with his ricin-spiked tongue. Watch Cranston take the innocent lad out, apropos of nothing.


3. The Deadpool Trailer (NSFW)

Even though it’s still just a shaky, blurry mess for the rest of us to see, the Deadpool trailer which debuted to a shrieking crowd, is a faithful and hilariously hyper-violent homage to the Merc with a Mouth. With playful murders, bawdy language, and fourth wall-shattering asides — not to mention a not-so-subtle dig at the Green Lantern film — it’s clear Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role.


2. New Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

It’s been nearly 30 years since Frank Miller delivered one of the greatest superhero tales with 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns. In it, Batman and Superman square off in an unprecedented battle of checks and balances, depicting a brawl that fans have been dying for decades to see adapted to the silver screen. Well, come March 2016, we’ll see for ourselves whether director Zack Snyder can muster the chops to do that comic milestone any justice. However, the most recent trailer shows some evidence that, yeah, this one might be good.


1. Luke, Leia, and Han Reunite for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel

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Not even a brush with death can keep this trio apart. Reportedly his first public appearance since sustaining injuries in a small plane crash, Harrison Ford joined Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher at the The Force Awakens panel and got us hyped to see some familiar (human) faces back in a Star Wars movie.

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Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
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Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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