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“Man Of Steel” star Michael Shannon talks General Zod, fighting with Jor-El and making people kneel

“Man Of Steel” star Michael Shannon talks General Zod, fighting with Jor-El and making people kneel (photo)

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Michael Shannon might have been on the set of “Man of Steel” for several months now, but he hasn’t had much time in front of the camera with the film’s lead Henry Cavill. Still, the “Boardwalk Empire” star admitted in a recent interview promoting “Take Shelter” than he thinks Cavill will make a great Man of Steel.

“He seems very appropriate for the part, he’s a big fella and he’s very handsome and charming, so it’s certainly understandable why they cast him,” he told Digital Spy of the Brit.

But when they asked if they thing Cavill will be a better superhero than Christopher Reeve, Shannon couldn’t give the gossip site that vote of confidence. “I’ll always have a soft spot for Christopher Reeve because he’s the original,” he said.

The one actor Shannon has filmed a couple of scenes with is Russell Crowe, who plays Superman’s biological father Jor-El in the movie. Crowe posted an update about the scene on Twitter, and Shannon confirmed that the duo are buddies in real life even if they won’t be on the big screen.

“Me and Russell, we get along real well, actually. He’s a real nice fella,” Shannon said.
“We worked on it for a long time, we rehearsed it for a long time, then you shoot it and it’s done. It’s kind of strange to put all this work into something that’s going to be maybe a minute long [on film]. If you’re going to fight with someone, he’s a good fella to fight with. He knows what he’s doing.”

There is still a decent amount of “Man of Steel” to keep filming, but one scene that Shannon doesn’t think is going to make the cut is a retake of the classic “kneel before Zod” scene in the 1978 original.

“There’s not a sure thing that there’ll be any kneeling in the film,” he told Empire. “It’s not a dead issue, but it’s not a certainty. Maybe I’ll make people stay on their tippy toes, just to change it up. ‘Stand on your tippy toes before Zod!’ Yeah.”

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Final Countdown

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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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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Give Back

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…