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“The Avengers” behind-the-scenes set photos hit the web

“The Avengers” behind-the-scenes set photos hit the web (photo)

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Did our earlier story about “The AvengersEntertainment Weekly cover — which hits newsstands this Friday — get you really psyched about the movie? Then you’re in luck, because the magazine has released an early look at some of the behind-the-scenes set photos that will be included in the movie’s cover story. And yes, they do look a heck of a lot better than the heavily photoshopped image that’s being used for this week’s cover.

Since the movie is the culmination of the five previously released Marvel superhero movies, the photos all show the flick’s ensemble cast interacting with one another. Up first, we have Chris Evans as Captain America (in his new suit, nonetheless) and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark looking off into the distance with displeased looks on their faces. There’s sure to be some tension between these two characters, as Captain America was friends with Stark’s father, Howard Stark, during their World War II days.

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Up next, there’s an action-packed shot of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in the middle of one of the film’s fight scenes. Judging by the taxi cab in the picture, I’m guessing that this shot will be a part of the big action sequence that has been filming recently, though the green screen shows that this was shot on a set.

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There’s also a neat behind-the-scenes photo of director Joss Whedon chatting with stars Downey, Evans and Chris Hemsworth. Judging by the happy looks on their faces, it looks like Whedon wasn’t kidding when he said his cast were actually really good friends.

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EW also posted the individual headshots of each of “The Avengers” stars that they used to create the ensemble cover image. They’re worth checking out, if only because they look so much better on their own than pasted together.

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When talking about his cast in the cover story, Whedon said that “The Avengers'” A-list actors get along well on set, unlike their big screen counterparts. “I was like, well, if they hate each other, I guess we can use that,” he said. “But they don’t.”

What do you think of these latest behind-the-scenes photos? Do you like the individual headshots better than EW‘s cover image? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Rev Up

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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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