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Fred Armisen Gets Animated, Honest Ghostbusters II and More of This Week’s Best Videos

This week we're watching Fred in the animated film Phantom Boy, Samuel L. Jackson on Game of Thrones and more.

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Show of hands: Who needs a break from it all? Who could use a light-hearted respite from political theater, unspeakable tragedy, and sweltering weather with a handful of funny and awesome videos? Well, we’re here to help.

From Fred Armisen lending his pipes to a new animated film to a honest answer to all the Ghostbusters haters, here are the five best videos from this week you need to watch.

1. Fred Armisen in Phantom Boy

Phantom Boy, the new animated film from the creators of the Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris, hits theaters this week and has been earning rave reviews for its moving story and stunning hand-drawn animation. And if one of the voices in the English-language version sounds familiar, that might be because Portlandia and Documentary Now! star Fred Armisen lends his pipes to a cast that also includes Vincent D’Onofrio and Jared Padalecki. Check out the trailer above, and look for the film out today in select theaters.


2. Maron Meets Hellboy

Marc Maron ended his IFC series Maron this week after four amazing seasons. Joining him for the two-episode series finale was Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman. Watch Ron and guest M.C. Gainey offer Marc some manly advice in the clip above, and stream the series finale right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.


3. Little Girl Reenacts Matthew McConaughey’s Car Commercials

The concept of “time being a flat circle” makes much more sense than the rambling and inscrutable Lincoln commercials featuring True Detective star Matthew McConaughey, who’s now replaced by a pint-sized road philosopher in this shot-for-shot parody. Trading the Lincoln SUV for a Barbie jeep, the little girl adopts a thousand-yard stare and rambles incoherently about vehicular existentialism.


4. Samuel L. Jackson’s Game of Thrones Recap

The land of dragons and direwolves gets a foul-mouthed assessment from the baddest snake-hater in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson. Games of Thrones newbies and experts alike will benefit from the six-season refresher, which perfectly encapsulates the beheadings and back-stabbings (both literal and figurative) by a guy who’s no stranger to laying vengeance upon unsuspecting victims.


5. Honest Trailers: Ghostbusters II

Opening this week, the third installment of this beloved franchise has been tainted by misogynistic, fan-frenzied offense to the gender of the lead characters — long before a frame of film had been shot. But the merits of the threequel aside, anyone who’s seen the 1989 follow-up to the classic original can readily admit that Ghostbusters II isn’t without its share of glaring flaws. Check out Honest Trailers’ take on the uneven sequel, underscoring how nostalgia can make us wear rose-colored infrared goggles.

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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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