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“Bond 23” snags Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris: report

“Bond 23” snags Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris: report (photo)

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Since “Bond 23” finally got back on track following funding issues far too dry to get into here, it’s been rumored that everyone’s favorite hunky Spaniard, Javier Bardem, would be stepping in as the film’s villain. Now comes reported confirmation that not only will Bardem be in the flick, but that he’ll be joined by Ralph “Don’t Say ‘Rawlf'” Fiennes and Naomie Harris.

The UK’s Daily Mail broke the story, but it’s up in the air whether Bardem will be playing “Bond 23’s” villain, the first-ever MTF transsexual Bond girl, or (fingers crossed) both. Fiennes’ role is likewise still unknown, but Naomie Harris will be stepping behind the desk of classic Bond character Miss Moneypenny.

Not seen since 2002’s “Die Another Day,” in which she was played by Samantha Bond, Moneypenny has traditionally been a dry foil for whoever plays Bond, with a fair bit of sexual tension between the two. Given that Harris, best known for her appearance in “28 Days Later,” is both a great actress and absolutely smoking hot, her and Daniel Craig should have no problem pulling that off in our esteemed estimation.

Bardem, Fiennes and Harris join star Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, who will reprise her role as M. Directed by Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”, “Revolutionary Road”), “Bond 23” is scheduled for a November 9, 2012 release date.

Which name is more ridiculous: “Miss Moneypenny” or “Ralph pronounced as Rayf”? Tell us below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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

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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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