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You childhood will eat itself: The Return.

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"A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist."Continued from last year, in which we spent far too much time fantasy casting a "Thundercats" adaptation (we’re still drumming our nails over that inevitable announcement).

In the Hollywood Reporter today, word that the Weinstein Co. is going forward with a "Knight Rider" motion picture (to begin production next year), with the following quote from show creator Glen A. Larson:

The project had previously been in development at Revolution Studios.
Larson has bandied about the project for years. "A number of people
wanted to do a pure comedic send-up of it, but I always felt that would
throw away the franchise," he said. "There was always some humor on the
show, but this film will probably have more gallows, foxhole humor."

At the LA Times‘ summer movie section, Michael Mann talks "Miami Vice" with Robert W. Welkos, and expresses similar intentions with his 80s adaptation:

Mann’s latest film is based on the "MTV-style" cops series "Miami Vice" that he executive produced in the 1980s. But he stresses that his new film won’t be a rehash of the Crockett-and-Tubbs buddy series that captivated TV viewers two decades ago. Don’t expect pastel cityscapes and undercover cops dressed in Armani jackets over T-shirts. "We wanted to do ‘Miami Vice’ as if it never existed before, do it for real," he says.

"The way Michael Mann wanted to do it, he made it heavier, darker," [star Jamie] Foxx says. "You don’t really pay attention to the clothes. Actually, a lot of the movie was shot at night."

So, given our currently sociopolitical climate, one would think we’re about primed for an unironic, superviolent summer flick about a team of war-vet mercenaries who travel around slaying bad guys on behalf of those in need (unappreciated and misunderstood by their own government, though ultimately they’re most patriotic of them all). And yet…the "A-Team" movie sits stagnant. Tell us it wouldn’t be perfect — it could put that part in "The Patriot" where Mel Gibson gores the evil English colonel’s horse with the American flag to shame.

(On that note, novelist Andrew Klavan has a supremely disturbing editorial in the LA Times calling for more of the "America, Fuck Yeah"-type films of the mid-1940s:

We need some films celebrating the war against Islamo-fascism in Afghanistan and Iraq — and in Iran as well, if and when that becomes necessary. We need films like those that were made during World War II, films such as 1943’s "Sahara" and "Action in the North Atlantic," or "The Fighting Seabees" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," which were released in 1944.

Not all of these were great films, or even good ones, but their patriotic tributes to our fighting forces inspired the nation.

More than that, they reminded the country what exactly it was that those forces were fighting to defend. Though many of these pictures now seem almost hilariously free with racist tirades against "sauerkrauts," and "eyeties" and "Tojo and his bug-eyed monkeys," they were also carefully constructed to display American life at its open-minded and inclusive best.

We made it halfway through before we figured out he wasn’t kidding in his call for propaganda and had to start over again.)

Film Force points out more announcement on the cast of the "Transformers" film (Jon Voight? John Turturro?!). Cinematical‘s Mark Beall, talking to Brian Henson, gets updates on the "Fraggle Rock" movie, the "Dark Crystal" sequel, and discussions of a follow-up to "Labyrinth."

And at Wired, Rob Levine talks to 80s cult figure-turned-melancholy soundtrack maestro Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo:

Much of Mothersbaugh’s most inventive work appears in the movies of Wes Anderson. The director is obsessed with music, and the two often spend hours together listening to stylistic models before Mothersbaugh composes a note. For "Rushmore," it was the baroque strains of Vivaldi; for "The Royal Tenenbaums," French impressionists like Debussy. These days, they’re listening to Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in preparation for Anderson’s next production, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s "Fantastic Mr. Fox." "It’s a dark story," Mothersbaugh says. "There’s a lot of flesh eating involved."

+ Weinstein Co. gears up for ‘Knight Rider’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Time for a new ‘Vice’ (LA Times)
+ Draft Hollywood (LA Times)
+ Transformers Cast Confirmed (Film Force)
+ Brian Henson Talks Dark Crystal 2, Fraggle Rock, and Labyrinth 2?! (Cinematical)
+ Devo Is Dead. Long Live Devo. (Wired)

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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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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…

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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.

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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.

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