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“300” sequel gains new title: “300: Rise of an Empire”


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Third time’s the charm? “300: The Battle of Artemisia” (formerly “Xerxes”) will now be dubbed “300: Rise of an Empire.” You know, just in case modern moviegoing audiences didn’t know who Artemisia was.

Andrew Stewart of Variety broke the news on Twitter, claiming that he got the scoop from Warner Bros. The title is a bit vague for our tastes, but we can understand why the other versions were too obscure. We just wish “Rise of an Empire” made it a bit clearer that this is a prequel telling a story apart from that of “300’s.” “Rise of an Empire” almost makes it seem as though that movie will tell the story of the rise of the Spartans, which it doesn’t.

The film is based on the Frank Miller graphic novel “Xerxes” and tells the story of the titular Persian king-turned-god’s rise to power. Though “Rise of an Empire” has lost the “Artemisia” from its title, the movie will explain how that goddess manipulates Xerses into going to battle against the Spartans. The movie will apparently take place alongside “300.”

Rodrigo Santoro will reprise his role as Xerxes in “Rise of an Empire, while Eva Green will play Artemisia, Sullivan Stapleton will play Themistocles and Jamie Blackley will play Calisto. The rest of the casting is still ongoing. “300: Rise of an Empire” is due in theaters on August 2, 2013.

Do you think this is a better title than what the prequel had before? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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

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Cancel it!

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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