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Ben Kingsley in talks to join “Iron Man 3”


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“The Avengers” is less than a month away from release, and Marvel is already gearing up to bring “Iron Man 3” to the big screen. The upcoming Iron Man movie is set to start filming next month and has the main cast — Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson — back on board. But the latest news from the project reveals it’s close to landing itself a new villain, as well.

And that villain could be played by Ben Kingsley. Variety is reporting that the “Hugo” star is in talks to join the cast of “Iron Man 3.” He won’t play the Mandarin as many suspected, but rather a character “involved in the spread of a virus through nanobots,” as “Iron Man 3” is loosely based on Warren Ellis’ “Extremis” (first published in 2005).

The Hollywood Reporter later elaborated that Kingsley would “not be the primary villain” in the film. Their sources say there is still a chance Kingsley will play Mandarin in the movie, though that character might be altered as the script is still being written. According to THR, “the Mandarin’s classic traits might be merged with a nano-technological virus seen in a storyline titled ‘Extremis.'”

Kingsley has previously said he had no interest portraying the Mandarin on the big screen because he is “a racist caricature,” according to But maybe with some tweaks to the character — including changing the fact he’s a Chinese communist ruler to appease the Chinese film market — Kingsley would be more willing to take the role.

“Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black, and slated for a May 3, 2013 release date.

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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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