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“Anna Karenina” trailer promises a theatrical feast for the eyes


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We’ll admit it, we’re suckers for the work that Keira Knightley and Joe Wright do together. Their period pieces always manage to hit just the right tone, and Wright tends to do a great job capturing the essence of the novels he retells while making his films stand on their own.

That being said, we couldn’t wait to see the trailer for their newest collaboration on “Anna Karenina.” True to form, the movie looks to be gorgeous and tragic, and promises to tell “an epic story of love.”

This is Knightley and Wright’s third time working together, following their collaborations on “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement.” We’ll call these three films their classic literature trilogy, as all three are period pieces based on novels that have become famous in their own rights. Except the tone of each project gets darker with each film they make, despite the fact that Knightley and Wright seem to trust each other more the longer they work together. What next, an adaptation of “Wuthering Heights”? Okay, that would actually be pretty awesome.

Interestingly enough, Wright filmed this entire movie in and around a run-down theater he built from scratch at Shepperton Studios in the UK. So not only will the movie be theatrical stylistically, but it also was literally shot in a theater. There’s one major scene from “Anna Karenina” that takes place in a theater, so potentially this adaptation will hinge itself around that. Either way, it looks gorgeous in the trailer and we sort of love that this isn’t going to be a straight retelling of the novel.

Based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel of the same name, “Anna Karenina” is set against the backdrop of 19th century Russia and follows its titular character through a love affair with an army officer. Knightley plays Anna, Jude Law portrays her husband Alexei Karenin and Aaron Johnson her lover Vronsky. The cast is rounded out with Domhnall Gleeson as Levin, Alicia Vikander as Kitty, Emily Watson as Countess Lydia and Kelly Macdonald as Dolly. It’s due in US theaters on November 9.

What did you think of the trailer for “Anna Karenina”? Tell us in the comments sectio n below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rev Up

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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