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Latest “Iron Man 3” casting offers more hints about Marvel’s next movie

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James Badge Dale has joined the cast of “Iron Man 3,” the next installment of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe.

“The Departed” and “Shame” actor will play a character named Eric Savin, and joins confirmed cast members Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Don Cheadle. Originally reported by Variety, Dale’s casting could offer some interesting hints about plot points in the film, which is rumored to be based on author Warren Ellis’ six-issue “Extremis” story arc that ran from 2005-2006 in The Invincible Iron Man series.

In the Marvel Comics universe, Eric Savin was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army who stepped on a landmine and was subsequently resurrected as a cyborg nicknamed “Coldblood.” After rebelling against the shady agency that performed the surgery on him, he became a mercenary who was often hired for jobs that involved super-powered individuals. He frequently struggled to assert his humanity over his cold, robotic programming.

Dale’s character isn’t the only new addition to the “Iron Man 3” cast with some history in the comics world, either. Pearce is also confirmed to play Dr. Aldrich Killian, a character from Ellis’ story arc who is one of the creators of the “Extremis” project — an experiment that uses nanotechnology to replicate the super-soldier serum that gave Captain America his powers.

While rumors peg Kingsley as infamous Iron Man villain The Mandarin, his role hasn’t been confirmed at this point.

With the success of “The Avengers,” it’s no surprise that things are moving along quickly for “Iron Man 3,” which kicks off the second over-arching chapter of Marvel’s movie-verse. “Iron Man 3” is scheduled for release 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.)

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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.

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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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