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“Iron Man 3” casts Guy Pearce in villain role

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Ben Kingsley might be playing a villain in “Iron Man 3,” but he won’t be playing Aldrich Killian.

That responsibility will fall on the capable shoulders of Guy Pearce, Variety is reporting. The “Prometheus” star is in talks to play the geneticist who is one of Iron Man’s antagonists in Warren Ellis’ six-issue series “Extremis,” the comic book storyline that “Iron Man 3” is going to be based on.

When Kingsley’s name was first announced as a villain in the flick, it was assumed he would be playing Aldrich. But this new information seems to confirm the rumor that he will be playing Iron Man’s greatest archnemesis, the Mandarin. In addition for the fact that Kingsley’s the perfect fit for the role (despite the fact that he keeps denying that’s what he’ll be playing), a portion of “Iron Man 3” is also going to be shot in China, which seems to back up the Mandarin storyline.

Which Aldrich cast, that means that director Shane Black only needs to fill the role of Maya Hansen. Hansen is the bioengineer who originally dreamed up the idea of the Extremis serum, and turned to her partner Aldrich to help her create it. Together, they decided to put the serum into the hands of terrorists and set them against Iron Man in order to prove the strength of the Extremis-enhanced supersoldiers created.

“Iron Man 3” is set to begin shooting in North Carolina in May. It’s due to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.

Do you think Guy Pearce is a good fit for Aldrich Killian? Does this mean Kingsley is actually playing the Mandarin? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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