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“Batman: Arkham City” gets cooler, thanks to Mr. Freeze


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The best thing about “Batman: Arkham City” might be the way that characters only teased at in 2009’s “Arkham Asylum” are finally getting into the spotlight. The Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman and Two-Face–all mentioned only in passing before– all move to the foreground in this year’s sequel.

The latest teaser focuses on maybe the most tragic Bat-villain, Mr. Freeze. “Heart of Ice,” the episode of the 1990s Batman animated series that re-did the origin of the character, won an Emmy for its poignant portrayal of how cryogenics scientist Dr. Victor Fries became a cold-hearted criminal. Since then, he’s become one of Batman’s most formidable foes.

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Mr Freeze (full).jpgThis new trailer shows that his fixation on his terminally ill frozen wife still remains his prime motivator and that he’s going to be one tough SOB to take down. His apparent ability to read heat signatures will necessitate trickier stealth strategies for players controlling the Batman.

The game’s dome-headed redesign for Mr. Freeze harkens back a little bit to the character’s original incarnation as Mr. Zero and the voice for Mr. Freeze doesn’t seem to be that of Michael Ansara, the man who gave such pathos and icy malevolence to the animated Mr. Freeze. Nevertheless, developer Rocksteady Studios has done a great job with re-envisioning the characters in Batman’s world and this Mr. Freeze should be no exception.

Things will get chillier for the Caped Crusader when “Batman: Arkham City” hits shelves this fall.

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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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