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“Prometheus” TV spots are meant to appeal to a wide audience

A scene from Prometheus

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There has been some concern that “Prometheus” won’t open well in theaters because there is too much mystery surrounding the project. For us, it’s that mystery that’s getting us so hyped to see the film, but Fox has now released two new TV spots that are sort of the Spark Notes version of the movie to try to intrigue audiences that aren’t as die hard as us.

It seems like this is all you need to know going into the movie. Some scientists are on a search for the “engineers” of humankind, and their journey takes them to a mysterious planet.

It doesn’t end well.

Heck, all we had to know about the movie was that it was director Ridley Scott‘s big return to sci-fi for us to be intrigued. The facts that it’s set in the “Alien” (and, by extension, “Blade Runner”) universe and will explain the origin of the Space Jockey were just the icing on the cake.

“Prometheus” is probably the movie that we’re most excited for this summer (okay, “The Dark Knight Rises” is pretty high up there too), and it’s a shame that audiences seem to feel that they must be spoon fed a movie in order to be interested in it. We do have some hope though, because “Inception” wasn’t an easy sci-fi pill to swallow when it was released in 2010 and it ended up being one of the top grossing movies of that year.

“Prometheus” opens June 8 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters, and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, and Charlize Theron.

What do you think of these two new TV spots? Do you think “Prometheus” needs to simplify its story in order to appeal to a larger audience? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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