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Field of financial dreams.

Field of financial dreams. (photo)

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Got $5.4 million burning a hole in your pocket? Love nostalgic baseball movies with daddy issues? Boy, have the Lansings of Dyersville, Iowa have a deal for you. As reported by the Associated Press, the Lansings, the owners of the iconic farmhouse, cornfield and baseball diamond from 1989’s pastoral man-weepie “Field of Dreams” have put the property up for sale for the bargain basement price of $5.4 million smackers. Becky Lansing told the AP they’re selling because she and her husband are ready to retire and “would just love to become spectators. We want to sit in the bleachers.”

The movie (or “Shoeless Joe,” the novel it was based on by W.P. Kinsella) wasn’t written about the field; it was built by the production back in 1989 on two adjacent farms, the Lansings’ and the Ameskamps’. So whatever magic exists in that field is of the movie, rather than historical, variety. But who doesn’t get choked up when Ray and his father play catch? After production ended, both families maintained their portions of the field (clearly hoping that if they maintained it, we could come) and operated — and sometimes fought over — competitive souvenir shops. Life, unlike the movies, is not always so magical.

Since then, the field has hosted tourists, charity softball games, and a particularly awesome sounding Rolling Roadshow screening of “Field of Dreams” along with a concert by Kevin Costner and his band. The Lansings bought out the Ameskamps in 2007, and have operated the entire field as a tourist attraction since. In the AP story, the Lansings’ real estate consultant Ken Sanders says that early interest has come from buyers considering exploiting the land’s value as a tourist attraction by putting up hotels or (God forbid) a water park. But he also mentions the possibility of turning the field into a minor league ballpark, which sounds like a good idea to me.

In the meantime, the field’s official site claims to offer free admission, but it also warns that you “cannot reserve, or rent out the Field for any organized activities, individuals, or events.” Well, that’s kind of a buzzkill. But, hey, I bet for $5.4 million bucks you could change the policy.

[Photo: Ray Liotta and Kevin Costner in “Field of Dreams,” Universal Pictures, 1989]

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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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