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051305_dontlookbackWe so seldom have an excuse to delve into the gossip columns, we’re almost delighted to read (at MSNBC‘s "The Scoop") that J.Lo has canned no less than the legendary filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker, whose Bob Dylan doc "Dont Look Back" is surely one of the greatest music movies ever made, not to mention the one of the most famous warts-and-all portrait of an artist. According to Jeannette Walls, Sony Music hired Pennebaker to shoot something on the making of Lopez’ upcoming album, but Lopez apparently found the resulting footage, which reportedly includes shots of her shouting at various Sony employees, far less than flattering and had it disappeared.

In UK tabloid the Daily Mirror (the only paper our grandparents read!), is news that Sienna Miller, the actress next in line to be Mrs. Jude Law, has been dropped from the starring role of Edie Sedgwick in "Factory Girl" in favor of someone with a bigger name. It would have been the first starring role for Miller, who’s appearing nowish in "Layer Cake"; Defamer speculates that Katie Holmes (the future Mrs. Tom Cruise?) will replace her.

More respectable incoming projects: via the Hollywood Reporter, David Cronenberg’s next project will be "Painkillers," a futuristic thriller with a $35 million budget that’s based on Cronenberg’s first original screenplay in eight years. Also in the HR, 20th Century Fox is set to acquire New Zealand vampire movie "Perfect Creature" in what will be the largest sale for a NZ film.

Via Empire, the Weinsteins are apparently pretty eager to part ways with the foreign heartstring-tuggers (aka "Miramax porn") they built their empire on. Their new company, the, um, Weinstein Co., will distribute "Outlander":

The film will tell the story of a man from a distant galaxy who crashes headlong into Earth. But the twist is, that this happens at the time of the Vikings! And that’s not all! He has, as if that weren’t enough…wait for it…an alien predator in tow.

The Korea Times looks at the upcoming US remake of Park Chan-wook’s "Joint Security Area"; a huge hit in Korea, the film follows the friendships that develop between North and South Korean border guards. The US version will mark the directorial debut of screenwriter David Franzoni and will be set on the border between US and Mexico.

Bollywood’s Aishwarya Rai ("Bride & Prejudice") will star in a new British film based on the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a victim of domestic abuse who was jailed for killing her violent husband.

And, via CHUD, Disney has picked up US distro rights for soccer film "Goal!" Planned as the first film in a trilogy (and certainly a massive international franchise), "Goal!" will follow the adventures of a young Hispanic boy in L.A. who ends up playing for a major soccer team in England. David Beckham may or may not still be appearing as himself in the film.

+ Don’t you dare call J.Lo a diva! (MSNBC)
+ Goodnight Sienna (Daily Mirror)
+ Cruise-Holmes: PR Blitz Grows Troubling (Defamer)
+ Cronenberg has ‘History of Violence’ (H’wood Reporter)
+ N.Z. ‘Creature’ emerges at Fox  (H’wood Reporter)
+ Weinsteins To Distribute Outlander (Empire)
+ Hollywood Remake of ‘JSA’ in the Works (Korea Times)
+ Actress Rai set for British drama (BBC)
+ Disney Scores a Goal (CHUD)


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.


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…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.