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“Thor 2” lands “Monster” director Patty Jenkins and a November 2013 release date

“Thor 2” lands “Monster” director Patty Jenkins and a November 2013 release date (photo)

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Just two days after “The Avengers” trailer hit the web, some big shake-ups are happening for the upcoming sequel to “Thor.” The third film in Marvel’s upcoming roster has been searching for a director ever since Kenneth Branagh said he wasn’t coming back on board for the sequel, and today Marvel announced that the woman behind the camera is going to be director Patty Jenkins.

It seems like Marvel was looking for someone familiar with the small screen to direct “Thor 2,” as they previously were considering “Game of Thrones” star Brian Kirk for the role. Jenkins has recently directed the pilot for “The Killing,” two 2006 episodes of “Entourage” and a 2004 episode of “Arrested Development,” as well as one segment of the Lifetime movie “Five.” Her only film credit is as director of the Oscar-winning 2003 flick “Monster.”

Now that “Thor 2” has a director, Disney and Marvel can finally start figuring out what the movie’s production schedule is going to look like. It seems as though they think it could take a little longer than originally planned to become big screen ready, because today Marvel also announced that the release date was being pushed back to November 15, 2013. Originally “Thor 2” was supposed to hit theaters on July 26, 2013. “Phineas and Ferb” is now getting that release slot.

With “The Avengers” hitting theaters on May 4, 2012 and “Iron Man 3” coming out a year later on May 3, 2013, it seems like a smart choice to push “Thor 2” back four months to a holiday release date. That way the Marvel films aren’t released as back-to-back as this year’s “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” were, and creates more anticipation for the upcoming installment of Marvel’s ensemble saga.

Are you glad to hear “Thor 2” production is finally poised to go underway? Let us know in the comments section 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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