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“The Avengers” dominates Blu-ray sales in first week of release


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All that hype for “The Avengers” DVDs and Blu-rays have paid off. Joss Whedon’s superhero blockbuster is the highest-grossing movie of the year and has become a record-breaking home video release as well.

Home Media Magazine is reporting that “The Avengers” “easily topped” Blu-ray and DVD disc sales during its first week of release last week. Of its sales, 72 percent were Blu-ray while 23 percent were the 3D Blu-ray combo pack.

“The Avengers” sold 34 times as many copies as the second DVD on the list, which was Warner Bros.’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns — Part 1.” We wouldn’t be surprised if “The Avengers” keeps up this steady stream of income for the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, there’s a whole slew more behind-the-scenes photos that have been updated to the Marvel Second Screen app but you can see over at They chiefly focus on Whedon directing his actors, which is something we never get tired of seeing. It’s continually clear that those who Whedon works with adore him, and that’s a nice sight to see. At least we now know that many of the smiles in “The Avengers” are genuine.

Among the behind-the-scenes images are also some concept photos for the movie and a new featurette. “The Avengers” Blu-ray is in stores now.

Directed by Joss Whedon, “The Avengers” stars Downey, Ruffalo, Evans, Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders. It came out on Blu-ray yesterday.

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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

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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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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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