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New “The Avengers” stills capture Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson in action

New “The Avengers” stills capture Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson in action (photo)

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In a little over seven months, “The Avengers” are going to be flying, smashing and rampaging their way to the big screen. The ensemble Marvel flick is one of the most hyped movies in 2012, and yesterday we brought you the news that Entertainment Weekly had selected the movie to be the focus of the magazine’s cover story this week. Fortunately, the excitement didn’t end with that.

Yesterday EW released a series of behind-the-scenes photos from the issue (on newsstands today), and today ComingSoon.net got their hands on scans of even more photos from the magazine. They’re fully realized stills from “The Avengers” movie versus being behind-the-scenes photos, and are definitely a bit juicier than what was released yesterday.

There’s a great shot of Loki, the villain in “The Avengers,” being walked through what looks like a military facility by a group of blue-clad soldiers. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Tom Hiddleston in costume for this film, but the new scan shows a scene that hasn’t been previously revealed.

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“I think [Thor’s] motivation is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it’s his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it’s some bad guy who they’ve gotta take down,” said “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth of his onscreen brother in a new excerpt from the EW story. “It’s a different approach for me, or for Thor. He’s constantly having to battle the greater good and what he should do vs. … it’s his little brother there.”

Also included in the new images is a shot of Chris Evans looking at a case that holds his Captain America uniform, labeled “Cpt Steve Rogers.” Evans shared with EW that his character will have a bit of a tough time adjusting to the present day.

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“He was a soldier, obviously, everybody he went to battle with, all of his brothers in arms, they’re all dead. He’s just lonely,” Evans said. “I think in the beginning it’s a fish out of water scene, and it’s tough. It’s a tough pill for him to swallow. Then comes trying to find a balance with the modern world.”

Then there’s Scarlett Johansson, looking her usual sultry self as the Black Widow. This photo looks to be from the same action sequence as the one revealed yesterday that featured her and her fellow human Avenger, Hawkeye. Apparently Johansson was a bit insecure when shooting her head shot for the EW cover.

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“The other day we were doing this big reveal shot of all the Avengers. Thor has got his hammer, Cap’s got his shield, Hawkeye has his bow and arrow, and Hulk is huge. Then it pans over to me and I’ve got guns. Iron Man’s like, hovering above all of us, ready to go,” she said. “I was like, ‘[director] Joss [Whedon]… um… do I look okay holding these guns?'” His response helped reassure her: “She’s a total badass. She’s a killing machine.”

Apparently there will be a kinship evident between Johansson’s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye because they are the only two humans in the superhero line-up. But, according to Mark Ruffalo, there also will be an unlikely friendship between his character, the Hulk, and Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man.

“No one wants to set him off except for Iron Man, except for Downey, who just wants to see him pop,” Ruffalo said. “It’s funny, there’s a really cool dynamic between Tony Stark and Banner. Banner actually enjoys it, and finds it really refreshing. They’re a lot alike in a strange way. They’re both these kind of scientists who are mavericks, kind of renegades.”

Also included in the new photos was a picture of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury firing gun like a total badass. “The Avengers” hits theaters on May 4, 2012.

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What do you think of this deluge of new stills from “The Avengers”? Is this a movie you’re looking forward to? Tell us below in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

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Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

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Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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