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“The Avengers” cast offers insights into their superhero characters

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A new “The Avengers” trailer headed to the web today and an awesome new poster premiered yesterday, so it should come as no surprise that we’re sort of in the middle of “Avengers” mayhem right now. The flick won’t hit theaters until May 4, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop analyzing every word the cast says about the project in anticipation of its release.

Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly just offered us a lot of words. The magazine posted some snippets of their interviews with six of the movie’s main stars talking about their characters in “The Avengers.” No big surprises here, but plenty worth talking about.

Robert Downey Jr. discussed how he is trying to find balance between the Tony Stark that we all met and loved in the “Iron Man” movies and the one who is part of a team in “The Avengers.” He expressed his excitement that the project ended up coming together.

“‘Avengers’ has always been this kind of hovering [thing]. Is it really possible? I just think that it was an incredibly ambitious notion, and looking back at Marvel and their fledgling years, they always had a vision of this… although not entirely accurately,” he said with a laugh. “In one teaser I say, ‘I’m putting a team together,’ and in the other one I’m like, ‘What do you mean I can’t join the team?’ But aside from that, it kind of really tracks through.”

Mark Ruffalo then went on to tease the role Bruce Banner plays in the movie considering we haven’t seen him back since “The Incredible Hulk” days. “[Banner] starts like he’s sober in a weird way. He’s started a whole new life when we find him, and it’s cool,” Ruffalo said. That doesn’t last for long though.

“The rage is something that is like going on a binger — you wake up after a blackout and you did all this fucked up shit,” Ruffalo said. “Oh God, what did I do? And so we were talking about it like that, actually.”

Banner isn’t the only character to be shellshocked by his new surroundings. Captain America, who will be the central character in “The Avengers,” wakes up in the present after last being alive in World War II and doesn’t make the transition too well at first.

“Who does he have in the world? Nobody,” Chris Evans said. “Rogers is kind of defined by is his morals and values. In the ’40s there was much more of value on those things. Things are a little more impersonal these days. It just lends itself to his sense of isolation.”

Thor seems to have taken the adjustment in stride, though.

“There’s a maturity to the character because of the journey he went on, certainly. He was a petulant sort of kid at the beginning of ‘Thor,’ and by the end of it hopefully you walk away thinking that he is matured and there was a grounded quality to him that wasn’t there before,” Chris Hemsworth said. “He’s not quite the odd one out as much as he was in ‘Thor.’ These guys … one of them wears an iron suit, one of them turns into a big, green monster. They all have these crazy personalities, and alter egos. They’re misfits, and that’s how they fit, in a funny way.”

But what about the two non-superhero Avengers? Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson both opened up about how their human characters are set apart from the rest of the bunch.

“I’m on such the periphery,” Renner said. “By nature of being a sniper on top of a building, the behavior of a sniper is a loner. He gets a call and comes and does his thing.”

“The Widow has no time for romance. She’s a lover of all things. She has a love/hate relationship with I think everyone she meets in some way,” Johansson said. “Part of what makes her sexy is she takes no prisoners. You wouldn’t grab her for a big old bear hug.”

Are you excited for “The Avengers”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.