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“Escape From New York” remake, why John Carpenter rules.

“Escape From New York” remake, why John Carpenter rules. (photo)

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A remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 bad ass flick, “Escape From New York” was announced months ago and the news was generally grim. Warner Bros.- New Line would gratuitously reinvent the film with an $80 million+ budget that probably wouldn’t be enough and names like Gerard Butler were getting thrown about to play the 80’s eye patch hero Snake Plissken.

Kurt Russel has some missteps in his long, Disney legend, rooted career, but EFNY was not one of them. In any case a poof like Butler could never fill out Plissken’s eye patch. Development was stalled, but Vulture reports a new green light.

A combination of three factors seem to be responsible. Apparently, a rewrite by Allen Loeb (“21,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”) “nailed the humor in Plissken without slipping into camp.” We’ll see about that. Secondly, a budget concern about setting the film in a post apocalyptic Manhattan was remedied when someone had the idea to go with a dirty bomb excuse instead of full on cataclysm – so they can shoot using the Manhattan we have instead of having to recreate one that is in complete ruin. “It is an exposé of an ecosystem, if you put a huge wall around Manhattan and then dropped in the most fucked-up, dangerous criminals on Earth,” Vulture’s source says.

Lastly, and most importantly, New Line’s new lease on the film’s life came with three crucial conditions in the contract from John Carpenter.

1. That Plissken “must be called ‘Snake.'”
2. He “must wear an eye patch.”
3. He must “always be a ‘bad-ass.'”

Carpenter is the man. So perhaps there is hope for this yet. Now all they have to do is assemble a cast that rivals Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Isaac Hayes, Donald Pleasence, and Lee Van Cleef. Quite possible. And then match the awesome, heavy synth soundtrack, done by the genius John Carpenter himself (with composer Alan Howarth) which has become an absolute staple among DJ’s and record heads world wide. Maybe the studio can just get Carpenter to direct and score again, he could play Snake too as far as I’m Concerned.


“Escape From New York” – Main Theme, by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth.

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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…