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“The Avengers” will close out Tribeca, plus thoughts from Joss Whedon and Robert Downey Jr.

Promo poster for Marvel's "The Avengers"

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“The Avengers” is a little bit more than a month away from its release date, and the buzz surrounding the film has reached fever pitch. Today we have a whole bunch of news surrounding the movie that should appease even the most rabid fan for at least a day. Hopefully.

Up first, the Tribeca Film Festival has announced that “The Avengers” will close out the fest on April 28. Local police officers, firemen, first responders and military personnel have been invited to attend the screening as “local heroes,” and also will have a chance to meet the cast.

In other news, Joss Whedon recently sat down with GQ UK to discuss “The Cabin in the Woods,” “The Avengers” and Shakespeare. The entire interview is very interesting, but Whedon makes some comments about “The Avenger” in particular that caught our eye.

“With this film it was always a question of if the audience was going to go through this, making sure the Avengers went through it as well: really testing them, not just watching them punch people for two hours,” he said. “It is big because it is by necessity big – it’s not spectacle for its own sake and I’m not good at that. They wouldn’t hire me for that, they’d get another guy… I don’t think people will watch ‘Avengers’ and say ‘Oh, it’s entered into the baroque stage and it’s too much.’ I believe in the story and the people that I work. I’m just excited for everybody to see all the fun I’ve had.”

And he wasn’t the only one talking about the upcoming film. caught up with Robert Downey Jr., who offered some thoughts — albeit more concisely than Whedon — on “The Avengers.”

“I feel like a big brother to Scarlett [Johansson],” Downey said. “Chris Hemsworth has the whole package. Jeremey Renner is a serious actor who doesn’t take himself too serious at all.”

When asked how it was working with Whedon, Downey said, “Perfect. During a scene, I could say ‘Is this right?’ Ten minutes later he had three pages of options for me to try.”

Last but certainly not least, Marvel has released a whole slew of behind-the-scenes pictures from the set of “The Avengers.” You can check them out over at /Film.

Are you excited for “The Avengers” to hit theaters on May 4? 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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