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“Thor: The Dark World” casts Christopher Eccleston as its villain


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The Doctor is in. Former “Doctor Who” star Christopher Eccleston has officially joined “Thor: The Dark World” as the villain Malekith the Accursed.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news, which confirms our belief that the sequel to “Thor” will follow the dark elf storyline popularized in the comics. Eccleston’s Malekith will be the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim and generally make life difficult for the Norse god in the upcoming movie.

Ever since Marvel announced the title “Thor: The Dark World,” fans have assumed that the sequel would tell the story of Malekith. Recent casting calls and filming locations have seemingly confirmed that speculation, but this is the first official word on the matter. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige called the character “a major, major new antagonist,” and Malekith definitely fits the bill.

We recently learned that the folks handling casting for “Thor: The Dark World” are looking for “extreme looking” heavily tattooed men and women with military experience as well as girls with “hot bodies” who are comfortable in skimpy clothing. These extras will help film an epic battle scene in England’s Bourne Woods as well as shoot scenes in London underground tunnels. The dark location seems to imply that there are creatures who need to live out of the light, which pointed to the dark elves being this movie’s villains.

Directed by “Game of Thrones” helmer Alan Taylor, “Thor 2” also stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Zachary Levi and Idris Elba. It is slated to hit theaters on November 15, 2013.

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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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