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“The Avengers” has two post-credit scenes, mystery actor revealed

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With only two days left until “The Avengers” hits theaters (or a day and a half if you’re going to be headed to a midnight release Thursday night), many people are hotly discussing the direction the Marvel movie franchise will head in after this flick hits theaters. The post-credits sequences — yes, plural — will largely set that up, and we have two interesting spoilery nuggets of information that should help us get a sense of what we can expect in the future.

First up, we finally have confirmation that there will be two post-credits sequences during “The Avengers.” Movies.com writer Christopher Campbell confirmed to ComicBookMovie.com that he saw a second scene during a screening of the movie last night. It’s assumedly the new scene that was filled after the “Avengers” world premiere back in April.

Without giving too much away, Robert Downey Jr. makes a comment toward the end of “The Avengers” about wanting to get shawarma after the big battle is open. The dialogue-less second post-credits scene lasts for about a minute and shows the whole gang eating shawarma in full costume. Once you see the movie, you’ll realize how fantastic this is.

The second new fact about the “Avengers” post-credits sequences is about the first one. Huge spoiler here, but at the end of the flick we see that the Mad Titan who goes by the name of Thanos is the man behind Loki’s return to Earth. This foreshadows a greater conflict that will likely be dealt with in the inevitable “The Avengers 2.”

But while many just assumed that Thanos was entirely CGI, it turns out that he was actually played by an actor named Damion Poitier. He has worked with Joss Whedon in the past in his shows “Firefly” and “Dollhouse,” so that’s likely how he got the role. It will be interesting to see if he gets to keep it once the Thanos tease pays off in a future movie.

Directed by Joss Whedon, “The Avengers” stars Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders. It’s due in theaters on May 4.

Are you happy about the two post-credits scenes? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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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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Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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