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In the works: Catching up.

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"The world showed no compassion to me!"
Before we go on to more relevant news, we’d like to retract a statement we made earlier about Gerard Butler possibly having the worst agent in the world. Variety reports that Butler is attached to play Snake Plissken in a remake of "Escape From New York," which seems to us indicative of a brilliant larger plan to make Butler neo-B-movie king of the world.

Trailers: Two from last year’s Tribeca. "Lonely Hearts," the meh retelling of the crimes and punishment of the Lonely Hearts Killers, has a trailer here.

"Color Me Kubrick," charming but forgettable fluff featuring John Malkovich as a con man who pretended to be Stanley Kubrick (while knowing very little about his work) and got away with it because no one actually knew what the reclusive Kubrick looked or acted like, has a trailer here.

Acquired: David Gordon Green‘s very good "Snow Angels" has been acquired by Warner Independent. Our review from Sundance is here; we’re glad to see this got picked up, though WIP is apparently not planning on releasing it until next year. Green is also in talks to write and direct an adaptation of John Grisham‘s nonfiction book "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town." [Hollywood Reporter.]

"Youth Without Youth," Francis Ford Coppola‘s first film in ten years, is being considered for acquisition by Tom Cruise‘s shiny new United Artists. According to Anne Thompson, "Inspired by his daughter Sofia to make a low-budget personal film, Coppola may have skipped the festival route of selling the movie after witnessing the stir that her pic ‘Marie Antoinette’ faced at Cannes last May." [Variety]

Sony Pictures Classics hearts Germany — after making good with "The Lives of Others," SPC has picked up Stefan Ruzowitzky‘s "The Counterfeiters," "the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936." [indieWIRE] SPC has also picked up "Interview," Steve Buscemi‘s remake of the 2003 film of the same name from murdered Dutch filmmaker/provocateur Theo Van Gogh. Buscemi stars in the film, alongside omnipresent British starlet Sienna Miller — the film will open in July. [Variety]

Craig Zobel‘s "Great World of Sound" has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures for a fall release. The film, which follows two struggling salesmen who get roped into a record company scam, premiered at Sundance this year and screened at SXSW. [indieWIRE]

In the works: Neil Marshall, director of effective UK horror flicks "The Descent" and "Dog Soldiers," will be going mainstream and upscale with an edgy reinvention of the Sherlock Holmes character based on an upcoming comic book. [Variety]

French filmmaker Alexandre Aja (last of "The Hills Have Eyes" remake) will remake Joe Dante‘s 1978 "Jaws" parody "Piranha." We can only greet this news with a yawn of boredom and anger: Yawn! [Variety] Elsewhere, a "Dolemite" remake is in the early stages, with Bill Fishman (of "Tapeheads") to direct. Yawn of bewilderment: Yawn? [Hollywood Reporter]

Stephen Frears, gleaming with prestige after "The Queen," is in talks to direct "The Burial," a courtroom drama that’s not only based on a true story, it also includes elements of overcoming racism and fighting evil corporations. And Southern accents! Awards gold. [Hollywood Reporter] Meanwhile, a film about ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher is in development from Pathe and BBC Films — it will focus on the 17 days before the Falklands War in 1982. [Variety]

Daniel Craig and Julianne Moore are in talks to star in "Blindness," the next film from "City of God" director Fernando Meirelles. The film is an adaptation of this novel from Portuguese  writer Jose Saramago, and looks at an unnamed city hit by an mysterious epidemic of sudden blindness, and, possibly, deep symbolism. [Hollywood Reporter]

"The Last King of Scotland" director Kevin Macdonald will next be helming "State of Play," an adaptation of this British miniseries about journalism, politics, murder, etc. Brad Pitt will star. [Variety]

And the great animator Hayao Miyazaki‘s next (and possibly last?) film will be "Gake no ue no Ponyo" (Ponyo on a Cliff), about "a goldfish princess named Ponyo who wants to become human and her relationship with a 5-year-old boy." The film’s set for a summer 2008 release in Japan, and will reportedly consist entirely of 2-D animation, with no use of CG. [Variety]

+ New Line plotting Butler ‘Escape’
+ Trailer: Lonely Hearts (Apple)
+ Trailer: Color Me Kubrick (Apple)
+ WIP turns Green with 2 projects (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Inside Move: Coppola tackles ‘Youth’ (Variety)
+ Sony Classics Nabs North American Rights to "The Counterfeiters" (indieWIRE)
+ Sony nabs ‘Interview’ (Variety)
+ Magnolia Gets Zobel’s "Great Word of Sound"; Fall Release Planned (indieWIRE)
+ Warner Bros. gets a clue (Variety)
+ Aja bites into ‘Piranha’ (Variety)
+ Fallout takes on ‘Dolemite’ redo (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Frears in talks to helm ‘Burial’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Iron Lady ready for close-up (Variety)
+ Meirelles pic has eye on talent (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Macdonald to direct ‘State of Play’ (Variety)
+ ‘Ponyo’ next for Miyazaki (Variety)


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


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…