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Joss Whedon has long known what “The Avengers 2” is going to be about

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Joss Whedon is moving full steam ahead on “The Avengers 2.” He’s been opening up about the movie a lot recently, and now has confirmed that the film will have a February 2014 filming start date.

“I’m actually really excited because I’ve gotten to sort of look at everything and see behind the curtain on all the stuff, and Kevin Feige has a really clear vision and runs through all these movies. They’re all very different but they really are what the next story should be. I’m very excited about it,” he told E! News. “I’m actually consulting for Marvel in general and some of that is projecting myself. ‘Oh wait a minute, I need that.’ But most of it is hoping that everything’s as good as it can be because we’re all sort of pulling for each other.”

Interestingly, Whedon claimed that he knew the idea for “The Avengers 2” before he ever finalized what “The Avengers” would be about. Though he didn’t know for sure if he’d direct the movie’s sequel, he has been moving towards that point ever since.

“I didn’t think I was going to do the second one, but I had an idea for it before I figured out the first one,” he said. “You go into a movie not assuming there’s going to be a [sequel]. I’ve seen a lot of movies that are the first part of a trilogy that never happened and it’s terrible. You don’t save anything for the trip back. Having said that, I did sort of know if they were to come back, I know what’s going to happen.”

Whedon also spoke about the pilot for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which he just recently wrapped shooting. “It was fun. It went well,” he said. “We were just sort of finishing last week, and it’s a different view of the Marvel Universe but it’s very much Marvel. That’s the stuff I love because I grew up on it. You’ve got your cast and you’ve got your trouble everywhere but it’s not a dead body every week. Some are the bodies are alive and they talk and have feelings, it’s nice.”

“The Avengers 2” is due in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…