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“Scarface” to get remade yet again

“Scarface” to get remade yet again (photo)

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After last week’s mass Internet outcry over the news that Alcon Entertainment would be remaking “Point Break”, apparently Universal was feeling a little left out. So, they did what any reasonable studio would do, scrambling around for one of their existing properties to remake, ultimately settling on “Scarface.”

Deadline reports that the studio is already meeting writers to script a new take on the concept that has given us so much already, including countless hacky rap metaphors and wall-art for generations of unimaginative college students. Truly, “Scarface” has the cultural influence of both Tupac Shakur and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec combined.

While the best known version of the film is Brian De Palma’s 1983 “Scarface,” starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana, that film was itself a remake of the 1932 film of the same name, directed by Howard Hawks. So while there will no doubt be cries of sacrilege and blasphemy on the internet about this remake, it’s nothing all that unusual, shocking or out of the ordinary. In fact, Deadline points out that when Universal first assembled the De Palma version, there were “howls of heresy.” The more things change, huh?

Deadline also notes that while the new “Scarface” won’t be a true, full-on remake, “it will take the common elements of the first two films: An outsider, an immigrant, barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted version of the American dream, becoming a kingpin through a campaign of ruthlessness and violent ambition.”

The original “Scarface” followed an Italian in Chicago, while the 1983 one memorably set its sights on a Cuban in Miami, but the focus of the new movie is currently still under wraps. Will it be a Chinese Triad who takes over the marijuana trade in California? A Russian gangster who runs a gambling ring in New York City? Or could it possibly be a high school chemistry teacher who enters into Albuquerque’s lucrative, yet dangerous, crystal meth trade, falling down the rabbit hole of deadly, criminal behavior? Anything is possible at this point.

How do you feel about an update to “Scarface”? Do you think it’s necessary or do you prefer your crime movies kitschy, dated and filled with aggressive scenery munching? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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A-O Rewind

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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