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Michael Shannon calls “Man of Steel” footage “pretty mind-blowing”

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Michael Shannon is impressed with everything he’s seen of “Man of Steel.” And if it’s got his stamp of approval, it definitely has ours.

MTV News recently caught up with Shannon at the premiere of “Boardwalk Empire” and asked him for a status update on “Man of Steel.” It turns out that he’s seen some of the film and he’s very impressed by it.

“I’ve seen a little bit because I did some ADR for the film,” Shannon said. “It’s a very long process. Zack [Synder] puts a lot of time in post-production, like all his films because he’s such a visual stylist, and there’s a lot of computer-generated effects. But the little snippet I saw was pretty mind-blowing…and it wasn’t even finished.”

He similarly was impressed with Henry Cavill‘s portrayal of the titular Man of Steel. While we still haven’t seen an official look on how Shannon looks as Zod, we have seen Cavill as Superman, and Shannon said that he acts the part as well as he looks it.

“I always felt like I was in a scene with Superman. I never looked at [Henry Cavill] and thought that’s just somebody trying to be Superman — he felt like the real deal,” Shannon said. “I really admire Henry’s work ethic. I really haven’t seen anybody in this business work quite that hard. Obviously it’s a tremendous responsibility, and an intimidating one, to wear that suit. But he had the confidence and the work ethic to accomplish it.”

It seems like Cavill’s approach to the character has paid off. He’s certainly looked the part in every trailer and image we’ve seen from “Man of Steel,” and all of his fellow actors have been impressed with how he’s embodied Superman.

“It’s important to do the role justice. There are a lot of people relying on me to do this well,” Cavill said in an interview earlier this month. “I gladly accept that responsibility, and it’s a great one to have because it’s a wonderful opportunity. I don’t let the pressures get to me because that’s going to hinder my performance and, therefore, let people down. So I choose to ignore the pressure side of it and focus on doing justice to Superman.”

“Man of Steel” stars Cavill, Shannon, Amy Adams, Crowe, Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due 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…