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A tale of two biopics.

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06032008_milk.jpgOver the weekend, the LA TimesPatrick Goldstein reported on how the non-Gus Van Sant film about Harvey Milk, “The Mayor of Castro Street,” is pretty much dead after a 16-year struggle to get made.

“The history of this movie really mirrors the consciousness-raising that Hollywood went through over the last 15 or 20 years,” says director Rob Cohen, another filmmaker once attached to the project. “In the early 1990s, you couldn’t get a major Hollywood star to play a gay man, even an almost Jesus-style hero. But that’s what made the story so compelling. Harvey Milk was an unlikely political leader, but he symbolized an era where social movements were changing our country.”

Oliver Stone was also once attached to direct, Robin Williams was in line to play Milk and Craig Lucas worked on a script, but the film never came together, and Van Sant’s completed “Milk,” which stars Sean Penn as the assassinated activist and city official, will have its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Grady Hendrix at Kaiju Shakedown recounts another tale of rival biopics, one, like “Castro Street,” not yet in production. This time the players are Wong Kar-wai and Wilson Yip and their subject is Yip Man, best known as Bruce Lee’s teacher. WKW’s film, which was announced ages and supposed to star Tony Leung, has, like many proposed WKW films, lingered in limbo, but Wilson Yip’s is actually shooting, stars Donnie Yen and, to add insult to injury, has the title WKW intended to use, “Grandmaster Yip Man”:

Yip Chun, Yip Man’s son, went on the record about the movie, and one of his students went on the record trashing Tony Leung and Wong Kar-wai. Yip Chun was pretty mild-mannered about things, saying that he’d never met Tony Leung except for 5 minutes and so he’d never helped train him. He also said that Tony is a good actor but that Donnie Yen trained super hard for the role. His student then said that Wong Kar-wai was going to delay his Yip Man movie forever (until 2046, at least) and that Tony Leung didn’t deserve to play Yip Man because he didn’t know kung fu.

On that note, whatever happened to “The Lady From Shanghai”?

[Photo: Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” Focus Features, 2008]

+ Gus Van Sant’s ‘Milk’ beat out other production (LA Times)
+ WKW vs Raymond Wong (Kaiju Shakedown)


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…