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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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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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