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James Gunn in talks to direct “Guardians of the Galaxy”


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“Guardians of the Galaxy” could finally have found its director in the form of James Gunn.

He is apparently the man at the top Marvel’s shortlist for directors for the film, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The studio is also talking to “Bring It On” helmer Peyton Reed and “Half Nelson” directing duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden in case Gunn passes for whatever reason.

The trade writes that “Marvel is said to like Gunn’s sensibility and his ability to mix comedy elements with action and horror, a quality he shares with ‘The Avengers’ director Joss Whedon, who, with his exclusive contract with Marvel, is now a major architect of the company’s expanding universe.”

Gunn has already proven with his cult hit “Super” that he knows how to handle the superhero genre, though that movie might be a bit too brutal for Marvel’s M.O. But we definitely get the sense that Marvel is looking to bring some beloved genre directors into the fold after having some more established names like Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branagh and Joe Johnston set up the Marvel cinematic universe. Shane Black is directing “Iron Man 3,” Alan Taylor is helming “Thor: The Dark World” and Anthony and Joe Russo are tackling “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” And that’s not even including Edgar Wright, who Marvel will likely bring on to direct “Ant-Man.”

If anyone can deal with the various quirky elements of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” it would be Gunn. Between “Slither,” “Super” and the script he penned for the video game “Lollipop Chainsaw,” he has proven that he can juggle witty writing with horrific elements with ease. If Gunn does end up taking “Guardians,” our interest in the film and its quirky cast of characters will be raised significantly.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due in theaters on August 1, 2014.

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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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