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Blueberries, Paul Feig and Signor Baron Cohen.

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"Why is it me God has asked? I am nothing."
Trailer of the day: For "The Nativity Story," here. And weird, weird, weird. Catherine Hardwicke of "Thirteen" and "Lords of Dogtown" directs (in an interview with  Kevin Maher in the London Times she half-jokingly calls the film "the third of her teenage movie trilogy"); Keisha Castle-Hughes and the rest of the cast speak in a generic and apparently biblical accent. And the whole thing is so very "The Passion: The Prequel."

Elsewhere, the Weinstein Company picks up Wong Kar Wai‘s "My Blueberry Nights" (via Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter):

"Ten years ago, Harvey Weinstein played a key role in introducing my work to American audiences with ‘Chungking Express,’ " said Wong, who was the jury president at May’s Festival de Cannes. "It’s a pleasure to be reunited with an old friend at this new phase of my career."

Well, until Weinstein decides to chop the film down to 85 minutes, redo the opening credits and change the title to "The Enforcer." Other Asian film news: Lifesize Entertainment will release Kim Ki-duk‘s plastic surgery romance "Time" in the US (via Grady Hendrix at Kaiju Shakedown); Yoshimitsu Morita is directing a remake of "Sanjuro," using the original screenplay — Yuji Oda will take on the Toshiro Mifune role (via KFCC).

From Variety (when did Variety become free, by the way?): Michael Fleming reports that Sacha Baron Cohen will indeed play Signor Adolfo Pirelli in Tim Burton‘s "Sweeney Todd" adaptation (but will he sing?); Katja Hofmann writes that Thomas Kretschmann (Captain Wilm Hosenfeld in "The Pianist" and Hermann Fegelein in "Downfall") will play Nazi mass murderer Adolf Eichmann in biopic "Eichmann," to be directed by Robert Young. This will be Kretschmann’s seventh film outing as a Nazi. Also, Steven Zeitchik reports that Magnolia is in talks to pick up James Scurlock‘s snappy doc on credit card debt, "Maxed Out," which we totally missed at SXSW last year.

Finally, Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter writes that Paul Feig, creator of our beloved "Freaks and Geeks," will rewrite and direct "Smooth Operator" for Warner Brothers:

The story follows a CIA agent/debonair ladies man who must train a computer nerd with less than stellar lady skills so that the guy can seduce a female operative.

"It’s like a high-tech version of ‘Cyrano,’ " Feig said, "or like a ‘Hitch’-meets-‘Rush Hour.’ "

Feig’s plan is to make the script bigger in scope, with more physical comedy, something that he, as the creator of the much-loved quirky character show "Freaks and Geeks" or his work on "Undeclared," is not necessarily known for.

Feig just completed "Unaccompanied Minors" (which looks godawful) for Warner.

+ Trailer: The Nativity Story (Apple)
+ Who cares if they know the ending? (London Times)
+ Weinstein Co. picks ‘Blueberry’
(Hollywood Reporter)
+ TIME SELLS TO NORTH AMERICA (Kaiju Shakedown)
+ Remake of Kurosawa’s Sanjuro begins filming (KFCC)
+ Cohen to cut chops on ‘Sweeney Todd’ (Variety)
+ Kretschmann to play Eichmann (Variety)
+ Magnolia gets ‘Out’ (Variety)
+ Writer-helmer Feig getting ‘Smooth’ job at Warners (Hollywood Reporter)

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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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