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“Y: The Last Man” taps “Portal: No Escape” director Dan Trachtenberg

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“Y: The Last Man” has finally found itself a director. After settling down on “Jericho” scribes Matt Federman and Stephen Scaia to pen the script, New Line has decided to hire former “Totally Rad Show” host Dan Trachtenberg to helm the project.

Though Trachtenberg doesn’t have any feature films under his belt, he did make waves with the “Portal” fan film “Portal: No Escape.” He’s already got the nerd cred to take on a beloved project like “Y: The Last Man” and he’s clearly got the talent, so it’s exciting that he’s been paired with the Brian K. Vaughn comic book series.

Deadline broke the news of the deal. The site mentions that Trachtenberg is also slated to direct “Crime of the Century” for Universal. No word yet when New Line is planning for “Y: The Last Man” to be released.

For those of you not in the know, “Y: The Last Man” takes place after a mysterious calamity kills every man on earth except for one and his pet monkey. The female survivors quickly create a new world order, but realize that they won’t be able to continue living without leading man Yorick Brown. Things quickly spiral out of control from there.

For a taste of what a “Y: The Last Man” movie could look like, check out this fan film:

And, for good measure, here’s “Portal: No Escape”:

Do you think Trachtenberg is a good pick for “Y: The Last Man”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Face Melting Cameos

The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Kyle MacLachlan as Portlandia Mayor for Facebook Q&A

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Check Out Highlights From Kyle MacLachlan’s Facebook Q&A

Catch Kyle MacLachlan on a brand-new Portlandia this Thursday, Feb. 4th at 10P on IFC.

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On this week’s brand-new Portlandia, Fred leaves Portland for the ex-pat life. One thing he’s likely to miss is Portland’s mayor, ably played by the amazing Kyle MacLachlan. Fortunately for us, Kyle took to Facebook to answer questions about Portland’s rat problem, tasty coffee and much more. (There’s even a David Lynch reference in there for hardcore fans.)

Check out some highlights from Kyle MacLachlan’s Facebook Q&A below, and be sure to catch him on a brand-new Portlandia this Thursday at 10P on IFC. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

1. “Is the pay better as mayor or a federal agent? Asking for a friend.”

KM: the FBI pays pretty well…and the coffee’s good

2. “What’s the longest time you have waited in line for brunch?”

KM: 3 days

3. “Serious question: how much coffee is too much coffee?”

KM: I’ll let you know when I get there.

4. “Dear Mr. Mayor, What do you think about Portland’s hipster rat problem? How will it be fixed? Do you think everyone can live happily together?”

KM: as long as the rats wear some form of hat/cap/snood…there should be no problem.

5. “I found a human ear in the park. What should I do with it?”

KM: bag and tag

6. “When are you going to be a guest on The Pedal Powered Talk Show? It’s America’s only talk show on a bicycle and you’re America’s only Kyle MacLachlan!”

KM: could I use a seat cushion?

“YES! Let us know when you’re in Portland next! We’ll pedal to you!”

KM: you got it!

7. “With mayorial [sic] elections coming up in 2016, the role of fictitious mayors has become increasingly important for our fair citizens in Portland. How will you attempt to influence the election in favor of the collective ideals of Portlandia and its world citizens? Thank you and best of luck.”

KM: what was the question again?

8. “the ‘my portland’ song is probably one of my favourite clips of portlandia / tv in general. Were you at all nervous at all having to make up the song on the spot?”

KM: terrified. and thank you :-)

9. “Does Portlandia want to become a sister city with Honolulu? I’d love to see that happen :-) Sending love from Hawaii! Can’t wait to visit the city!”

KM: mahalo!

10. “With the influx of people moving to the area from neighboring states, how will you, the mayor, handle presmoerving the super awkward moments on the Tri-met? Why haven’t you shown the true awkwardness that is the max lines?”

KM: I will speak to Fred…I’m sure he’s already planning something.

Want more Portlandia? Catch up on full episodes right here on IFC.com and on the IFC App.

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Here’s How Every Adam Sandler Movie Is Connected

Catch Billy Madison this month on IFC.

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When you hear “Adam Sandler movie,” a few things come to mind — none of which would be “taut and complex continuity.” But thanks to the keen eye of YouTuber Shawn Kohne, advanced film theory has a new course. Kohne walks us (it’s more of a frantic gallop, really) through his conspiratorial wall graph which connects Sandler flicks like a frat boy Warren Commission. Using recurring characters, company names, and catchphrases throughout Sandler movies, ol’ Happy Madison seems to have constructed a shared universe (or Sandlerverse) on par with Tarantino. Of course the Red Apple cigarette pack here would be a schlubby Cajun townie shouting, “You can do it!”

Check out this eye-opening theory on the Adam Sandler movie shared universe in the video below, and be sure to catch Billy Madison this month on IFC.

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