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In the works: The Coens adapt Chabon, Tomei plays a stripper.

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"My homeland is in my hat."
Trailer du jour: For "The Forbidden Kingdom," here. Director Rob Minkoff, of "The Lion King" and "Stuart Little," seems to have made an outrageous, unblushing asiaphile mash-up, with Jet Li playing a taciturn white-clad fightin’ monk, Jackie Chan as a drunken kung-fu master, Li Bing Bing playing a variation on The Bride with White Hair, Liu Yifei as the Zhang Ziyi stand-in and "Snow Angels"’ Michael Angarano as the inevitable white kid who learns martial arts, saves all of ancient China and makes the film palatable to a wider demographic.

In the works: The Coen brothers have their next project, after the already completed "Burn After Reading" and "A Serious Man" — they’ll be adapting Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon’s "The Yiddish Policemen’s Union," a (quite, quite awesome) hardboiled detective story set in an alternate America in which the State of Israel crumbled in the late 40s and displaced Jews were offered Alaska as a temporary settlement. Thrilled! The winking, but actually deadly serious alternate history genre tale is almost too perfect a fit for the brothers C. [Variety]

Marisa Tomei has been cast as the female lead in Darren Aronofsky’s
"The Wrestler." She’ll play a stripped to Mickey Rourke’s retired pro
wrestler. [Variety]

Lone Scherfig, the Danish filmmaker behind "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself" and the Dogme film "Italian for Beginners," will direct "An Education." The film, adapted from a Lynn Barber essay published in Granta and adapted by Nick Hornby, will star Peter Sarsgaard (♥!) as dashing older man romancing a 17-year-old suburban girl (Carey Mulligan). [Hollywood Reporter]

Acquired: Our sister company IFC Films has picked up "Diminished Capacity," that Sundance Matthew Broderick/Alan Alda amnesia/senility road trip movie, for a yet unannounced release date. [Hollywood Reporter]

Magnolia has purchased the rights to another Sundance title, Brit horror film "Donkey Punch. (Our review from the festival is here.) [Hollywood Reporter]

Sony Pictures Classics has bought the rights to the Russian film "12," Nikita Mikhalkov’s loose adaptation of "12 Angry Men"  and a nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. [Variety]

And the small distribution company Anywhere Road has picked up doc "A Very British Gangster," which premiered at Sundance last year and which traces the life of Brit crime lord Dominic Noonan. [Variety]

+ Trailer: "The Forbidden Kingdom" (Yahoo!)
+ Coens speak ‘Yiddish’ for Columbia (Variety)
+ Tomei joins Aronofsky’s ‘Wrestler’ (Variety)
+ ‘Education’ gets four stars (Hollywood Reporter)
+ IFC picks up ‘Capacity’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Magnolia partying with ‘Punch’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Sony Classics bets on Russia’s ’12’ (Variety)
+ Anywhere Road grabs ‘Gangster’ (Variety)

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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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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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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…