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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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

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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Car Notes

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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