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The Weinsteins find faith.

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Trailers: For Daniel Burman‘s "Family Law," the third in his fatherhood trilogy, here. One for "The Secret Life of Words," from Isabel Coixet of "My Life Without Me," here.

Everyone’s doing it. C’mon, we thought you were cool! So where’s your faith-based film distribution label, hmmm? According to Steven Zeitchik at Variety, the Weinstein Company has become the latest distribution company to leap into the Christian market — they’re be releasing films theatrically and straight to DVD:

First two theatrical projects to go into development on the label are adaptation of books "The Penny," by radio and TV host Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford, and "The Christmas Candle," by Max Lucado, a preacher whose books include "Cure for the Common Life."

Elsewhere in development:

Spike Lee will direct "L.A. Riots," a drama set during the 1992 riots — John Ridley will write the script (via Michael Fleming at Variety). Lee has said that "This isn’t about some cavalcade of stars, but rather a truthful and realistic examination of what happened, what the ramifications were and where we are now, in hopes that something like this doesn’t happen again." But we wanted another cavalcade of stars!

Hayden Christensen has signed on to play professional poker player Phil Hellmuth in biopic "The Madison Kid" (via Empire). No director yet, but it’s supposed to start shooting in May, which would make it a mere three or so years too late to effectively cash in on the poker craze.

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(of "Narc") is in talks to direct a remake of Otto Preminger‘s 1965 thriller "Bunny Lake is Missing." Reese Witherspoon is being looked at to star in the Carol Lynley role (via Michael Fleming at Variety).

Alan Rickman will play the villainous Judge Turpin in Tim Burton‘s "Sweeney Todd," which is shaping up to be the most awesomely cast film of 2007 (via Coming Soon).

"Open Water" director Chris Kentis and his producer and wife Laura Lau will take on "Indianapolis," an adaptation of Douglas Stanton’s book "In Harm’s Way" (via, once again, Michael Fleming at Variety).

Story concerns WWII’s U.S.S. Indianapolis, sunk by a Japanese sub following a secret mission to deliver materials for the atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima. The men floated for five days in the Philippine Sea; only 317 of an estimated 900 who abandoned ship were pulled from the shark-infested waters.

Finally, Lars Von Trier, grand creator of cinematic chastity vows, has apparently buried visual puzzles of sorts in his newest film, "The Boss of it All" (via Pia Lundberg at Variety, which we suppose you could just go read yourself. But hey, we have links!). He calls them "Lookeys": "The first Danish moviegoer to find all the Lookeys in the pic will be rewarded with $5,360 and the opportunity to be an extra in von Trier’s next film, English-language horror pic ‘Anti-Christ.’" And how did we miss that one? Von Trier returning to horror — what is this strange sensation we’re feeling? Are we actually looking forward to one of his films?

We lied about that "finally": One more — Viz has picked up Katsuhito Ishii‘s strange and wonderful "The Taste of Tea," which will open in New York on February 9th (via Grady Hendrix at Kaiju Shakedown).

+ Trailer: Family Law (Apple)
+ Trailer: Secret Life of Words (Apple)
+ Weinsteins put faith in film (Variety)
+ Lee is Universal’s inside man on ‘Riots’ (Variety)
+ Hayden Christensen Is The Madison Kid (Empire)
+ ‘Bunny Lake’ remake on fast track (Variety)
+ Alan Rickman Joins Sweeney Todd (Coming Soon)
+ Warners floats ‘Indianapolis’ (Variety)
+ Von Trier unveils ‘Lookey’ (Variety)
+ THE TASTE OF TEA COMING TO AMERICA (Kaiju Shakedown)

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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

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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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…