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In the works: “Flanders,” time-travel, 80s remakes.

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War and peace.
Trailer: There’s a trailer for Bruno Dumont‘s "Flanders" here. Cannes darling Dumont is the director behind such rousing crowd-pleasers as "Twentynine Palms" and "Humanité." "Flanders," which juxtaposes the experiences of farm boys sent off to fight in an unnamed war with the girl they left behind, won the Grand Prix at the festival last year but currently has no US distribution and will be getting a limited theatrical release, opening in New York on May 18th.

Acquired: We thought this has been announced before, but apparently not — IFC First Take has picked up Shane Meadows"This Is England" for a July 27th release. [indieWIRE]

Roschdy Zem‘s Parisian comedy about the travails of a North African Muslim and an Ashkenaze Jew who inform their parents that they’re dating, "Bad Faith," has been picked up 7th Art Releasing and will reach theaters later this year. [indieWIRE]

In the works: Harry Knowles is proclaiming Michael Apted the director of the next Narnia movie, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." Apted, best known (well, maybe) for his beloved "Up" doc series, has directed narratives large and small — the largest in scope to date being lukewarm Bond installment "The World Is Not Enough." [AICN]

Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams have been cast as the leads in the adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s temporally challenged romance "The Time Traveler’s Wife" — startlingly good casting, actually, on both parts. Robert Schwentke, of "Flightplan," is set to direct. [Hollywood Reporter]

Remake heaven: MGM is looking into a remake of 80s musical "Fame" (FAME!). No word on a writer or director yet, but MGM COO Rick Sands says "We’ll update it, (but) we’ll still keep some of the songs." [Hollywood Reporter] Meanwhile, Gideon Raff (of "The Killing Floor") will write and direct a remake of classic (?) 1980s horror film "Terror Train," which, you may remember, featured David Copperfield as Ken the Magician. [Hollywood Reporter]

Luc Besson is making a movie for the environment. We’re not quite clear on what "Boomerang," which Besson will produce with photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand directing, is, though it seems to be of the "Baraka" ilk. Besson plans to make the film available for distribution free of charge once his backers have gotten back their investment plus 10%. [Variety]

"Little Miss Sunshine"‘s directorial duo, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, will next be helming "The Abstinence Teacher," an adaptation of the upcoming novel by Tom Perrotta. Perrotta wrote the novels from which "Election" and "Little Children" were adapted, so this project already has more than a whiff of that piny award smell. Warner Independent will distribute the film, which is about "a sex ed teacher who is forced by religious conservatives to teach abstinence." [Variety]

And music video director Floria Sigismondi will write and direct "Neon Angels," the story of 70s teenage band The Runaways, whose members included Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and the late Sandy West. [Variety]

+ Trailer: Flanders (
+ Meadows’ "England" Set for First Take Slate and Red Envelope (indieWIRE)
+ 7th Art Gets "Bad Faith" (indieWIRE)
+ AICN Breaking NARNIA Exclusive: Mrs Beaver feels the director of THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is very Apted! (AICN)
+ Bana, McAdams travel with NL’s ‘Wife’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ MGM gets another shot at ‘Fame’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Nu Image to remake ‘Terror Train’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Besson creates free ‘Boomerang’ (Variety)
+ ‘Sunshine’ pair pacts with WIP (Variety)
+ Runaways head to the bigscreen (Variety)


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…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.