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Ayelet Zurer replaces Julia Ormond as Superman’s Krypton mom in “Man of Steel”

Ayelet Zurer replaces Julia Ormond as Superman’s Krypton mom in “Man of Steel” (photo)

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Though most fans identify Superman’s mom and dad as Ma and Pa Kent, being that the guy’s from the planet Krypton, his biological parents are actually a couple of aliens. Previously, Russell Crowe and Julia Ormond held the roles of Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van, respectively, but new reports reveal that Ormond has been replaced by Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer.

Best known to American audiences for her roles in “Angels & Demons” and “Munich,” Zurer also appeared on the Israeli television series “Betipul,” which was later adapted into the American show “In Treatment.” Deadline broke the news of Zurer’s casting, but was unable to cite a reason for director Zack Snyder’s last-minute substitution.

Like most of Superman’s core mythos, Lara Lor-Van was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, but unlike some other elements, was first introduced in the “Superman” comic strip and then retrofitted into the comic books. In addition to her comics appearances, Superman’s biological mother has also appeared in a number of television and film series, including “Smallville,” “Superman: The Animated Series” and both “Superman” and “Superman II,” in which she was played by Susannah York.

Zurer will be joining Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon and others for the 2013 release of “Man of Steel.” What do you think about the casting? Would you have preferred to have Julia Ormond as originally cast? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and 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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