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Javier Bardem confirms “Bond 23” villain role

Javier Bardem confirms “Bond 23” villain role (photo)

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After many months of speculative assumptions, Javier Bardem has finally confirmed that he will play a villain in the upcoming James Bond movie. The film seems to have more rumors than concrete facts attached to it. “Bond 23” is rumored to be called “Skyfall” and rumored to star Ralph Fiennes as another villain, but there probably won’t be any straight answers about those until the planned press conference next month at the beginning of the flick’s production.

For now, we’ll have to be happy with the facts. And the fact is that Bardem starring opposite Daniel Craig as the villain is a very, very good thing. There also were recent confirmations that French actress Berenice Marlohe will be “Bond 23’s” Bond girl, joining Naomi Harris as Miss Moneypenny. Rounding out the cast is Judi Dench, who returns as M.

“I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun,” Bardem told Nightline in an interview. “They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.”

There aren’t any details released about his character (beggars can’t be choosers), but BBC did have a spoilery scoop about the end of the movie. After “Bond 23” shoots in India, China and Turkey, the production will head to the UK to shoot at Duntrune Castle in Scotland.

The castle is allegedly meant to be Bond’s ancestral home, and he will draw all the film’s villains there for “an explosive” end. According to the woman who lives in the castle, shooting is planned to start at the end of February. She said it looks like a set is going to be built just to be blown up, and the final battle sequence will take place on both land and sea.

“Bond 23” is directed by Sam Mendes. It is slated to be out in theaters on November 9, 2012.

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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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