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“The Avengers” breaks another “Dark Knight” record, earns Disney’s top spot


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Marvel’s team of superheroes continued to assert their box-office dominance this week, building on a weekend that saw it become one of the fastest films to reach $1 billion worldwide and adding yet another record to the film’s impressive list of accolades.

As of today, “The Avengers” is now the most successful film released by Walt Disney Pictures, moving ahead of “Toy Story 3” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” to take the top spot at the studio. The blockbuster team-up directed by Joss Whedon now sits at #6 overall among the highest-grossing films worldwide, pulling in more than $1.070 billion since its May 4 release.

And as always, the impending showdown between Marvel’s big event and DC/Warner Brothers’ franchise-ending Batman finale, “The Dark Knight Rises,” continues to loom large over the success of “The Avengers.” The Marvel movie shattered another record previously held by “The Dark Knight” this week, reaching the $400 million mark domestically in just 14 days — four days fewer than it took Christopher Nolan’s critically praised follow-up to “Batman Begins.”

As of Thursday, May 17, “The Avengers” has earned earned $668.7 million internationally and $402 million in the U.S. and the rest of North America.

While a sequel has already been green-lit by Marvel and Disney, Whedon recently expressed some uncertainty about returning to direct the next film. Given the long-term, multi-movie contracts signed by most of “The Avengers” cast, it’s expected that all of the lead actors will be returning for another go-around as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in addition to any solo films.

Do you think “The Avengers” will win the upcoming box-office showdown with “The Dark Knight Rises”? Chime in below or on Facebook or 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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