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Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are armed against evil in “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” still

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are armed against evil in “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” still (photo)

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The first image released from “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is out to prove that this isn’t your average fairy tale film. The flick is a sequel of sorts to the classic story about the two children that ends with them having to kill a witch who is trying to eat them. Turns out that that experience royally messed up Hansel and Gretel, and now as adults they’ve decided to make a career out of being witch killers for hire.

Clothed in leather and holding some heavy machinery, the Entertainment Weekly-exclusive “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” still shows that killing witches is no laughing matter. And while the film might have some elements of levity and humor, its stars Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner have said that the movie is really dark and gritty as well. In fact, Arterton went as far as to compare the direction style of the movie to a Quentin Tarantino film.


“They had to murder somebody when they are kids! So it’s all about being tough,” Arterton explained. “Jeremy and I found within the script moments where we showed the vulnerable side of them. Often in action movies, people are scared to put that in. I think it was important. Just a couple moments, tender moments, when the guard drops, then you understand.”

Renner spoke to MTV News recently and agreed with Arterton’s sentiments. He said that it was a combination of her involvement and the chance to do something outside of his typical genre that drew him in.

“It’s in a wonderful fairy tale world that’s a bit gritty, a bit fun. It should be a good ride,” he said. “It’s one of those movies that I wanted to do because of Gemma and because it was a fantasy, which is lighter fare than the other movies I’ve done, and I thought it would be fun to be a part of that world.”

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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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