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Why Patrick Dempsey should play Dr. Strange

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How – and there is no other way to describe it — strange is it that there hasn’t yet been a Dr. Strange movie?

Any given summer needs, quite frankly, a live action “Master of the Mystic Arts” tentpole. It would be not unlike a Harry Potter movie (and we know how successful that franchise has been), but for a more mature audience. Originally, the artwork within the panels of the mystical realms was so trippy in the 60’s that it became a hit with the stoner crowd. The artful use of CGI could buttress an already compelling narrative. The story of “Stephen Strange” is not unlike that of Iron Man’s Tony Stark — a wealthy, attractive, and flawed man – but with great potential. With regards to flaws: Tony Stark had the bottle; Stephen Strange was an egoist.

As the original story co-created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in Strange Tales # 110 in July 1963, a handsome New York surgeon, selfish beyond all measure, evolves into a protector of mankind. Strange began as a privileged youth, saving the life of his sister as a child. This pivotal life experience propelled him onto a path of healing, eventually leading him to graduation – in record time — from medical school and becoming a gifted neurosurgeon after a prestigious residency program. His sister, Donna, in the meantime, dies at the age of 19 in a drowning accident in which Strange was present. The failure to save her throws Stephen Strange into a cold and callous nihilism.

The pendulum swings; the crystal ball becomes cloudy. The gifted, arrogant surgeon now suffers a tragic car accident. In the accident, Strange loses the precision in his hands that required performing neurosurgery. This moment, of course, lights a fire under Strange’s ass and draws him out of his narrow self-absorption. And so Strange journeys, travelling the world in search of some kind of a cure. Strange finds his way to mystical Tibet, where he hears tales of “The Ancient One,” a mysterious person who can do unnatural things. On a blindingly snowy night, Strange, at the end of his resources, finds the fortress of the Ancient One. In the process of trying to get his hands healed he learns the art of sorcery. He abandons the quest to return to his previous life as a surgeon, seeing, ultimately, that serving as a force for good against the overwhelming force of dark magic in the cosmos is a more important end goal.

How awesome is that? In this journey, of course, there are mystical battles against the evil Baron Mordo, a resentful apprentice sorcerer who is the heir of The Ancient One. And demons – lots and lots of undying demons! There is also the beautiful Madeleine Revell, a United Nations translator whom Strange leaves behind due to his egotistical behavior. And, of course, there is the mysterious Ancient One.

Patrick Dempsey – aka, Grey’s Anatomy’s “Dr. McDreamy,” the neurosurgeon – has lobbied hard to play Dr. Strange. Dempsey told the LA Times’ Hero Blog, “I’ve been lobbying for that … There’s a whole bunch of people [among the ‘Grey’s’ crew] who are into comics and Marvel, too, on the set and they’re like, ‘Doctor Strange, that’s the one you should do.’ It would be fantastic.” Although he is more interested in Strange as a premium cable show, Marvel Studios has already confirmed that writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who came aboard the still-in-limbo project in 2010, have already completed the script.

Dempsey has convincingly played a neurosurgeon and he has convincingly played a reformed egotist (for further reference, see: “Loverboy”). He has the look, the experience with early success, the fan base and a convincing knowledge of the character. Patrick Dempsey can fill the large boots of the “Sorcerer Supreme.” Make this movie happen now and let this man helm it.

Would you want to see a “Doctor Strange” movie starring Patrick Dempsey? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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…