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“The Avengers” Japanese trailer assembles major reveals


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We love America and everything, but there are some things that the Japanese just have way better than we do. They get new video game systems first, they massage their cows before they eat them, they sell just about anything in vending machines, and now, perhaps best of all, they even get better trailers for American action movies. To wit, the new Japanese trailer for “The Avengers.”

If you’ve been obsessively watching ever teaser, trailer and snipped that hit the web, some of this footage will certainly look familiar to you, and there’s certainly nothing new (or wrong, really) in pairing the superhero action with Nine Inch Nails’ “We’re In This Together Now.” Still, this new trailer from the East still has enough new footage to justify tuning out the excitable Japanese man shouting at you throughout.

Most notably, the new footage places a heavy influence on the monstrous, science-fiction aspects of the film, with some of the clearest shots we’ve seen yet of the movie’s villainous aliens. Fans will also be excited to see scenes keyed to each main cast member, highlighting their apprehensions and anxieties about becoming part of the team. Much of the slightly different focuse can likely be chalked up to a desire to appeal to fans of both live action, big screen adaptations of animated Japanese sci-fi properties like “Space Battleship Yamato,” as well as franchises that place a heavy influence on teams, like any of about 1,000 different Super Sentai shows.

Does this latest look have you counting down the days until May 6? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or 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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