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Malin Akerman has her eyes on “Before Watchmen”

Malin Akerman in "Watchmen"

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By Jordan Hoffman

Gorgeous Swedish-Canadian actress Malin Akerman is in town to support “The Giant Mechanical Man” as it plays in the Tribeca Film Festival. During my conversation about that Jenna Fischer/Chris Messina romantic dramedy, I gave in to temptation and began discussing “Watchmen.” While Ms. Akerman remains blissfully unaware that I keep a small print of her Silk Spectre II character poster in my office (it is a masterpiece of parabolas) it turns out she’s very much aware about what is going on in the larger Watchmen-verse. Here’s how that went down.

IFC: Even though the book “Watchmen” exists as a canonical text —

AKERMAN: Hey, nice use of “canonical text!”

IFC: Thank you. But, as you may or may not know, DC has decided to publish prequel comics. . .

AKERMAN: So I hear. Yeah, I’d really like to read them.

IFC: They are making a few different mini-arcs for different characters, one of which is your character, and I’m wondering –

AKERMAN: I didn’t know about the breakdown. I wonder, though, if it is about Carla Gugino’s character, Silk Spectre I?

IFC: It’s a little bit awesome that you are asking that.

AKERMAN: And if it were about her, then, wouldn’t it be about The Minutemen?

IFC: It’s a little bit double awesome that you are asking that. As it happens, there’s one for both The Minutemen and your character.

AKERMAN: Great. Yeah, I want to read it. For curiosity, absolutely.

IFC: What sort of things would you like to learn about her? What sort of adventures would you like her to have?

AKERMAN: More about her childhood, certainly. And how her mother coaxed her into being a vigilante and to follow her footsteps. I always thought of Silk Spectre II as a sheltered girl, certainly someone who was tough on the streets, but someone sheltered from the world with a mother who was like a stage mom who pushed her into something that may not have been her choice. I’d love to see that dynamic explored, growing up.

IFC: Certain adversaries you’d like to see? Or the derivation of the costume?

AKERMAN: Oh, yes. A funny montage ending in the decision to choose latex and high heels for fighting.

Before Watchmen is coming to your favorite funnybook shop this summer.

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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

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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