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Robert Downey Jr. says “Iron Man 3” needs to “leave it all on the field”

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Sure, “The Avengers” is dominating headlines recently, and by all rights it should: Marvel’s upcoming superhero team-up extravaganza unites all of their big-name solo stars on one screen, and for one blockbuster-sized adventure. But what happens after “The Avengers” is in the rearview mirror?

Hero Complex recently spoke with Tony Stark himself, actor Robert Downey Jr., to get his take on the first film to follow “The Avengers” in Marvel’s big-screen lineup: “Iron Man 3.”

“My sense of it is that we need to leave it all on the field — whatever that means in the end. You can pick several different points of departure for that,” said Downey.

And while his assessment could be interpreted to mean any number of things — from the third film being the final installment for him to the feeling that the mediocre reviews of “Iron Man 2” make the next film a make-or-break situation — Downey had nothing but praise for the arrival of new director/co-writer Shane Black, who he paired up with for 2005’s critical darling “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”

“[Black is] more than the sum of his parts and he’s also kind of been a sleeper for a long time,” said Downey. “We’re not talking much about [the script] right now because Shane is off writing and we talked before that, and when we are talking again, the talking is going to be over pretty quick [because we’re on the same page].”

“It’s kind of like we’re fighting on the same side and at the same time we’re circling each other, so it’s all great,” he continued. “It should be great.”

However, fans of Downey and Black’s previous collaboration probably shouldn’t expect the tongue-in-cheek tone that “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” was so praised for. In fact, Downey said “Iron Man 3” will be “anything but” that type of vibe.

“The thing about Shane is that it will be anything but one of those moments, unless we come up with something that is so cheeky and character-driven and perfect that it has to be in the movie,” he explained.

According to Downey, the move from “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” director Jon Favreau to new director Black was actually the only option worth considering when it came to the future of the franchise.

“Bringing in Shane Black to write and direct ‘Iron Man 3’ to me is basically the only transition from Favreau to a ‘next thing’ that Favreau and the audience and Marvel and I could ever actually sign off on,” he said.

In fact, the thing Downey is most looking forward to is bringing Favreau back for “Iron Man 3” — but this time, in his role as Tony Stark’s assistant, “Happy” Hogan.

“The fun thing is going to be getting Happy in the movie,” he joked.

“Iron Man 3” is currently pegged for release May 3, 2013.

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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…