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In the works: Anna Nicole, The Movie.

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The Prisoner, Reality, Knowing.
Trailers: There’s a trailer for "Diggers," in which Ken Marino and Paul Rudd put comedy aside for Long Island clamdiggin’ bittersweetness, here.

Acquired: Lionsgate and the Weinstein Company will co-release "The Forbidden Kingdom," the first film to pair Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Woo…ooo? Rob Minkoff (most notably of "The Lion King") will direct; the story is an adaptation of "Journey to the West," or at least the idea of the Monkey King. Choreographer Wo Ping is on board to handle the fight sequences, and Peter Pau, who won an Oscar for his work on "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," will serve as DP. The film is being planned for a summer 2008 release. [Hollywood Reporter]

Newmarket will be distributing screenwriter John August‘s directorial debut "The Nines," which had its premiere at Sundance earlier this year. The high! concept! inside-the-industry film stars Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy, all playing different characters in each of the film’s three segments, which turn out to have, as you’d suspect, strange connections. [Variety]

Salvador Carrasco‘s "The Other Conquest" (La Otra Conquista), about the Aztecs struggles against the Spanish conquerors in the early 1500s, will be getting a second theatrical release from the new Union Station Media. The film was first released in various SoCal locations back in 2000 by Hombre d’Oro, which went under soon after, despite the film’s making nearly $1 million in its run. The film will be open May 4 on 50 screens in Texas, Nevada and Fresno, CA. [Hollywood Reporter]

In the works: The winner of the race to bring Anna Nicole Smith‘s strange, strange life to the screen will likely be Keoni Waxman‘s indie biopic "Anna Nicole," which has now secured a semi-famous star — singer/"Dancing With the Stars" alum Willa Ford. The film will trace Smith’s life from age 17 onwards. Director Waxman’s career is, appropriately, filled with TV movies and direct-to-DVD titles starring an array of HITGs like Stephen McHattie. [Variety] Meanwhile, Giovanni Ribisi has announced that he’ll be playing a young Albert Einstein (a role that, as we all know, was pioneered by Australian actor/filmmaker Yahoo Serious) in a biopic to be directed by Liliana Cavani, most recently of the rather good Patricia Highsmith adaptation "Ripley’s Game." [Dark Horizons]

Matthew Broderick, Virginia Madsen and Alan Alda will star in "Diminished Capacity," a comedy to be directed by "Oz" actor Terry Kinney. Check this set-up:

Broderick will play the lead role, a man who suffers memory loss after getting hit on the head. He then takes a trip with his Alzheimer’s-addled uncle (Alda) and his high school sweetheart (Madsen) to a memorabilia show as the group concocts a scheme to sell a rare baseball card.

It’s as if you’d programmed a computer to use an array of quirky elements to generate plots for potential Sundance darlings. [Variety]

Update: One more that we missed — Scott Derrickson (of cultural oddity "The Exorcism of Emily Rose") is directing a remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still." As the folks at [Empire] so poignantly point it: "If only there was some way to yell ‘Klaatu Barada Nikto!’ at Fox executives before it’s too late."

+ Trailer: Diggers (YouTube)
+ Lionsgate has keys to the ‘Kingdom’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Duo splitting ‘Nines’ rights (Variety)
+ Indie ‘Conquest’ re-enters U.S. (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Ford to star in ‘Anna Nicole’ film (Variety)
+ Giovanni Ribisi Is Albert Einstein (Dark Horizons)
+ Universal sees the ‘Whole’ picture (Variety)
+ Broderick, Alda filled to ‘Capacity’ (Variety)
+ Time For The Earth To Stand Still Again (Empire)


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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…