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Steven Spielberg reportedly chooses Chris Hemsworth for “Robopocalypse”

Chris Hemsworth in Thor

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Chris Hemsworth has had a big year, and it just got a whole hell of a lot bigger.

Steven Spielberg has been on the hunt for his perfect “Robopocalypse” star, and now he’s finally found him. Deadline is reporting that Spielberg wants Hemsworth to play the leading man in the forthcoming technothriller. “Robopocalypse” is due in theaters on April 25, 2014.

This casting would be keeping things in the family for Hemsworth. Drew Goddard wrote the script for Spielberg’s “Robopocalypse” in an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel of the same name. Goddard also of course directed and wrote (along with Joss Whedon) “Cabin in the Woods,” which starred a pre-Marvel Hemsworth as one of its main characters.

This is without a doubt the biggest casting news of Hemsworth’s career. Sure, he’ll probably be better known for his role as Thor in Marvel’s cinematic universe, but having a director as prestigious as Spielberg specifically pick you as their leading man is a big vote of confidence, especially in a genre movie as anticipated as “Robopocalypse.” This also confirms the year-old rumors that this will likely be Spielberg’s next film.

Keep in mind that Hemsworth has had impressive year already by anyone’s standards, let alone someone still on the rise in his career. Both “Cabin in the Woods” and “Red Dawn” finally hit/are going to hit theaters, “The Avengers” is the biggest movie of the year and “Snow White and the Huntsman” did well for its genre and release date. Hemsworth also wrapped “Rush,” has started filming “Thor: The Dark World” and had “Snow White and the Huntsman 2” greenlit. And then, of course, there’s Spielberg.

The Australian actor might be the one breaking out right now, but somehow we think this Hollywood appreciation will start spreading to his “Avengers” costars soon. Then again, Hemsworth is the one who was the least established before, whereas Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo all had solid careers. Who knew that the guy who played Captain Kirk’s ill-fated father in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” would have such good luck only three years later.

Do you think Hemsworth is a good choice for “Robopocalypse”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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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.


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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