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Ten actors and actresses to watch in 2012


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6. Luke Evans

Luke Evans has been a familiar face in genre films over the past two years. From playing Apollo in 2010’s “Clash of the Titans” remake to dabbling in Greek mythology again as Zeus in “Immortals,” and from depicting the Sheriff’s thug in “Robin Hood” to Aramis in “The Three Musketeers,” Evans was a force to be reckoned with in these (albeit disappointing) films. That’s hopefully about to change in 2012, though. He’ll star as opposite John Cusack in “The Raven” and as Bard in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” In addition, Evans has roles in the noir film “Ashes” and the horror movie “No One Lives” to round out a very busy three years.

7. Benjamin Walker

It’s been seven years since Benjamin Walker made his big break in 2004’s Academy Award-nominated film “Kinsey.” Walker went on to star in the 2006 Clint Eastwood flick “Flags of Our Fathers,” but has largely laid low in the past half decade. He’s gearing up for a comeback in 2012, though. Between playing Abraham Lincoln in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and the archangel Michael in the recently-delayed “Paradise Lost,” Walker will likely be catapulted into the Hollywood A-list by the time 2013 rolls around.

8. Alice Eve

Alice Eve caught the world’s attention in the surprisingly charming 2010 romantic comedy “She’s Out Of My League,” but her big follow-up to that film has been delayed until 2012. Next year she’ll play the female lead in two major releases: “The Raven” and “Men in Black III.” That should earn the British actress the star power she deserves by the time she plays the female lead in the upcoming sequel to J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek,” which is set to hit theaters in 2013.

9. Taylor Kitsch

Fans of “Friday Night Lights” have been following the career trajectory of Taylor Kitsch since 2006, but to the rest of the world he’s just that guy who played Gambit in the 2009 flick “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” All that’s about to change in 2012, however, as Kitsch is headlining three of the biggest releases of the year. He’ll play the titular hero from Earth in the upcoming sci-fi flick “John Carter” and re-team with “Friday Night Lights” showrunner Peter Berg in “Battleship,” the sci-fi adaptation of the classic game. Then he’ll be rounding out the year with Oliver Stone’s crime drama “Savages,” which places him opposite other up-and-comers Blake Lively and Aaron Johnson as well as established actors like Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Salma Hayek, and Benicio del Toro.

10. Josh Hutcherson

There’s a reason both Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence were featured on the most recent poster for “The Hunger Games”: he’s as big a star in the film as she is. Though Liam Hemsworth, who plays the other male lead, has overshadowed Hutcherson in the flick’s promotion, it’s truly Hutcherson who gets more of the screen time. In addition to “The Hunger Games,” Hutcherson stars in the long-gestating remake of “Red Dawn,” which will finally hit theaters in 2012. Between those two movies and his art forgery drama “Carmel,” Hutcherson should finally get the break he’s been on the brink of since he starred in 2007’s “Bridge to Terabithia.”

Which actors will you be keeping an eye out for in 2012? Tell us 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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