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

A scene from "Iron Man"

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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.

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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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