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Casting Has Begun For My Movie About U2

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Inspired by their picture on the cover of SPIN Magazine and my recent review of Cadillac Records, I’ve decided that I’m going to write/direct/produce a full-length motion picture on the lives and times of U2–yes, another musical biopic, if you will.

Since I am blogging for a film channel’s website, I’ve got some good resources around here and figured this is the best place to start. And as you should know, because I’m obsessed with the Beastie Boys, I’m also hoping Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope Laboratories will snatch this up for distribution right away. What do you say MCA?

As of now, I have no script written, but I have begun casting. Here’s who’s starring in my soon-to-be-made (knock on wood) motion picture:

1. Kevin Bacon as Larry Mullen, Jr.
The most accomplished actor in my cast. Not only does he have an impressive film résumé, but he’s also in a band, The Bacon Brothers. I know he’ll have no problem whatsoever playing a rock star. I also wanted him in my film, so I could create a whole bunch of new links in that six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon game.

2. Benji and Joel Madden as Bono
I don’t know if Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden have any acting experience, but they’ve been hanging out with all those actors and socialites in Hollywood, so I’m sure they’ve picked up something. I also wanted my Bono to have some experience playing live music. I know Good Charlotte’s not in the same league as U2, but the Madden brothers have played to large crowds before–which is going to pay off big when I do the recreation of U2 playing “Sunday Bloody Sunday” at Red Rocks. I’m also casting twins for the role, just in case one them gets tired and fidgety on set–kind of like how the Olsen twins both played Michelle Tanner in Full House.

3. Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G as The Edge
The screen test was amazing! Don’t doubt Sacha Baron Cohen’s dramatic acting skills for one second, especially when he’s playing a character within a character. Surprisingly, his guitar chops aren’t too shabby either.

4. Dr. Drew Pinsky as Adam Clayton
What? He doesn’t have acting experience? I beg to differ. Apparently you never saw Wild Hogs or New York Minute (speaking of the Olsen Twins). I’m also casting Dr. Drew for my U2 biopic, hoping that he’ll pull double duty and keep the set free of drugs and drama. Because I’m pretty sure he can’t play bass, we’re paying Flea a day rate to come in for all the close-up, bass-plucking shots.

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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…

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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.

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