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Jessica Chastain and Andy Lau in talks for “Iron Man 3” role

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Could “Iron Man 3” have found its Maya Hansen? It certainly seems like it, if new reports are to be believed.

Deadline is reporting that Jessica Chastain was offered the role of a “sexy scientist every bit as smart as Tony Stark,” and that seems to be in keeping with Maya’s M.O. Apparently Chastiain’s busy schedule originally prevented her from taking the role, but it’s since cleared up and director Shane Black has extended an invitation to her to join the cast. Other actresses who were in contention for the role were Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton and Isla Fisher.

Maya Hansen is one of the main characters in Warren Ellis’s “Iron Man” graphic novel series “Extremis,” which “Iron Man 3” is going to be based on. She is the bioengineer who originally dreamed up the idea of the Extremis serum, and turned to her partner Aldrich Killian to help her create it. Together, they decided to put the serum into the hands of terrorists and set them against Iron Man in order to prove the strength of the Extremis-enhanced supersoldiers created.

But Stark won’t have to fight Maya and Aldrich alone. NeonPunch is reporting that Chinese superstar Andy Lau is in final negotiations to come on board the flick, likely as a old friend of Stark’s. If NeonPunch is correct, the character Lau will likely play will be a scientist who represents China’s technology sector and helps Stark combat “Iron Man 3’s” villains by using “China’s armored heroes.”

Guy Pearce is currently in talks to play Aldrich, which means all the major roles in the flick (that we know about) have been filled. Ben Kingsley is another new villainous character to join the cast, though his part has yet to be revealed. It seems more and more likely that he’ll be playing the Mandarin, though. Those three newcomers will be joining returning stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johannson in Marvel’s first post-“Avengers” movie.

“Iron Man 3” is set to begin shooting in North Carolina in May. It’s due to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.

Do you think Chastain and Lau will be good fits for these roles? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rev Up

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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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