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In the works: “Atonement,” Iran, debate.

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"I'm very very sorry for the terrible distress that I have caused."
Trailers: There’s a trailer for "Atonement," the plummy adaptation of Ian McEwan‘s fluttered-over novel of the same name, up here. The film has so many earmarks of awardsy prestige we can practically hear the Academy members’ hearts going pitter-pat: beyond its acclaimed source material, it has director Joe Wright, who breathed life and some silliness into "Pride & Prejudice"; a cast that includes hotcha piratess Keira Knightley, award-winning Scottish faun James McAvoy, up-and-comer Romola Garai, plus Brenda Blethyn and Vanessa Redgrave; and a historical setting that spans everyone’s favorite world war. It’s not due out in the US until December.

A trailer for "Severance," which appears to be an unlikely (but possibly awesome) melding of "The Office" and "Deliverance," is here.

Acquired: Nothin’.

In the works: Everyone’s savvy about media management these days — Robert Tait at the Guardian reports that Iran has beat everyone to the punch by declaring intentions to produce a book and film documenting the experiences of the British sailors taken from a ship said to have strayed into Iranian waters and detained for almost two weeks:

A book will also tell the story of the British sailors, accounts that are likely to dwell on the hospitality and fun they had, rather than the imprisonment and isolation.

What the producers will make of Arthur Batchelor’s claim that he lost his iPod and was traumatised by taunts that he resembled Mr Bean was unclear yesterday.

Influential J-horror director Hideo Nakata, best known for helming the original "Ringu" and then hopping the fence to the US to direct the remake sequel and upcoming third installment of the horror trilogy, is headed back to Japan to direct "L," a spinoff of two-part blockbuster manga adaptation "Death Note." [Variety]

They’re remaking "Barbarella"? [Empire]

Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of "The Great Debaters," which sets its inspirational teacher-underdog success story in the world of college debate. (What with the upcoming "Rocket Science," debate is poised to become a film trend.) Denzel Washington will direct and star in the film, which will shoot in Louisiana. [Variety]

Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are reportedly in final negotiations to return for "Da Vinci" prequel "Angels & Demons." We know you’re excited. Intrigued? Not even still reading this? [Hollywood Reporter]

Award-winning short film director Phil Traill will make his feature debut with "All About Steve," which will star Sandra Bullock as a crossword-puzzle constructor who falls in love with and stalks a CNN cameraman across the country. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: We know. [Hollywood Reporter]

And Diane English, the screenwriter who’s set to make her directorial debut with that remake of "The Women," may be directing a screen adaptation of Erica Jong‘s landmark novel "Fear of Flying" (this is from Fox News gossip columnist Roger Friedman, so… grain of salt). English claims to have her eye on Maggie Gyllenhaal for the role of Isadora Wing.

+ Trailer: Atonement (Empire)
+ Trailer: Severance (Apple)
+ And now, from Tehran, the film and the book (Guardian)
+ Nakata takes ‘Note’ spinoff (Variety)
+ Bond Writers Penning Barbarella (Empire)
+ Washington, Whitaker team up (Variety)
+ Hanks, Howard circle prequel to ‘Da Vinci’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Traill ‘All’ in with Bullock (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Maggie Gyllenhaal Wanted for ‘Fear of Flying’ (Fox News)


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…