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Zachary Levi courted for Fandral in “Thor 2”

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A new face is heading to the cast of “Thor 2,” but he’ll be playing a familiar character. Zachary Levi is apparently replacing Josh Dallas as Fandral, one of Thor’s Warriors Three, in the upcoming sequel, and we’re pretty excited about the news.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story, saying that Levi’s casting is in early stages but that an offer will be made. Levi is still fresh of the series finale of his cult NBC show “Chuck,” while Dallas’ “Once Upon A Time” is picking up steam. Interestingly enough, Levi was courted for the role of Fandral in “Thor,” but couldn’t take the role because “Chuck” was picked up for its fifth (and final) season.

As someone who’s been a fan of “Chuck” since its inception, this is some great news. Levi is a fun, charismatic actor who has proved his comedic abilities and action-scene prowess time and again in the five-season-long show. However, he hasn’t made a transition to the big screen since it wrapped, with the exception of this casting news. The only two other film projects Levi has been a part of since “Chuck” was first released in 2007 were “Tangled” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”

Shooting on “Thor 2” is expected to start next month, so we’ll likely get confirmation of Levi’s participation by then. The movie currently stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins, with Mads Mikkelsen playing an as-yet-unnamed villain.

“We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in a recent interview. “And the events of ‘Avengers’ will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.”

Directed by Alan Taylor, “Thor 2” is due in theaters on November 8, 2013.

Are you excited to see Levi be cast in such a big role? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rev Up

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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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