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Zack Snyder talks creating a new Superman in “Man of Steel”

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Zack Snyder is giving Superman a fresh start in “Man of Steel,” and he’s got no qualms about it.

Though the 1978 Christopher Reeve-starring “Superman” film is without a doubt the most beloved big screen incarnation of the superhero, Warner Bros. has opted to let Snyder go back to the drawing board and make the franchise his own. That means no referential nods back to Richard Donner’s film and no inclusion of John Williams’ iconic score.

“We decided to act as if no Superman film had been made – even though we love the films that have been made,” Snyder told Total Film (via ComicBookMovie.com). “We had to say this is a Superman movie for the first time and you can’t then go ‘Oh, now let’s steal a little music.'”

Even though that’s the case, we don’t have any doubts that the score for “Man of Steel” will be fantastic. Hans Zimmer signed on a couple months back, and if there’s any working composer who can rival Williams, it’s him.

“[The original score is] awesome music but Hans Zimmer is going to do something awesome,” Snyder promised.

In all likelihood, the major reason for the whole setting-up-a-new-Superman mentality is that Warner Bros. wants to start their own big screen DC superhero universe the same way Marvel did with “The Avengers.” Everything that came before “Man of Steel” is seemingly off the table (unless Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins as the new Batman after “The Dark Knight Rises”), so it’s up to this film to start the DC movies in the “Justice League” direction.

“We know Superman is the jewel in the DC crown. We want to get his house in order. And then? Who knows what’s possible,” Snyder said.

Because of that, Snyder has worked on making a Superman who is both accessible and iconic.

“We have great respect for the canon. I would say it is a clashing of stories and ideas. Superman is the king-daddy of all superheroes — to make him work is a big deal,” he said. “The big challenge is if you can make people feel ‘What would you do if you were Superman?’ That’s what we went out to do as far as we could. Superman’s always been this kind of big blue boy-scout up on a throne that nobody can really touch, so we tried to make him relatable.”

“Man of Steel” is due out in theaters on June 14, 2013.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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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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Give Back

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…