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In the works: An auteur update.

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Trailers of the day: One for actress Sarah Polley‘s feature directorial debut "Away From Her," here. We caught the film at Sundance and thought it was just fine (review here), though we did hear others squealing about it.

And one for Chris Rock‘s second turn as a director and first as an indie director, "I Think I Love My Wife," here.

Directors!

Francis Ford Coppola‘s next project after "Youth Without Youth" will be the somewhat autobiographically inspired "Tetro" — set in Argentina, the film will follow a fictionalized version of "what Coppola calls his ‘very unusual family,’ which has been populated by artists since his father’s generation." [Via the AP.]

Paul Verhoeven‘s next project may be a long-promised adaptation of Boris Akunin’s Russian historical crime novel "The Winter Queen."  Milla Jovovich is in talks to star in the film, which will be titled "Azazel." [Screen Daily, via Film Fatale.]

Johnny To‘s next project will also be his English-language debut (depending on how one defines that) — he’ll be taking over for John Woo as director of "The Red Circle," a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville‘s (fabulous) "Le Cercle Rouge." Casting challenge: Is anyone today anywhere near as pretty as Alain Delon was in 1970? [Via Variety.]

Gurinder Chadha‘s next project will be teen comedy "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging," a title that makes "Bend It Like Beckham" look positively comprehensible to the average American audience member. Her last film was Austen-goes-Bollywood effort "Bride & Prejudice." [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

Takeshi Kitano‘s next project will be "Kantoku – Banzai!," which, along the lines of last film, "Takeshis," will be very self-referential though also, apparently, a comedy. The film will star Kitano as a director named, natch, Kitano Takeshi, and has apparently already been shot on the sly. [Via Twitch.]

Acquisitions!

Samuel Goldwyn Films and Netflix’s Red Envelope Entertainment have picked up US rights for Julie Delpy‘s romantic comedy "2 Days in Paris." The film marks Delpy’s directorial debut; she also serves as its writer, editor, composer and star. The film is slated for a summer release. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

Milos Forman‘s "Goya’s Ghost," which stars Stellan Skarsgard as Spanish artist Francisco Goya and Natalie Portman as his muse, has also been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films for a summer release. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

The US rights to Spanish thriller "The Orphanage" have been acquired by Picturehouse. The film marks the feature debut of director J.A. Bayona, and is produced by Guillermo del Toro, whose "Pan’s Labyrinth" was also released here by Picturehouse. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

+ Trailer: Away From Her (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: I Think I Love My Wife (Apple)
+ Coppola announces new film project (AP)
+ Milla Jovovich: Verhoeven’s Russian Queen of Crime (Film Fatale)
+ Studio Canal plans Johnnie To’s English breakout (Variety)
+ Chadha tries ‘Snogging’ for Nick, PPI (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Kitano’s Back in The Saddle And – Not Surprisingly – As Unconventional As Ever (Twitch)

+ Goldwyn, Red Envelope prefer ‘Paris’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ "Goya’s Ghosts" haunting theaters in summer (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Picturehouse set to adopt ‘Orphanage’ (Hollywood Reporter)

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Final Countdown

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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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.

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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…