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Friday marks twenty-five years since the death of Alfred Hitchcock, which is apparently enough time that they’re taking down the velvet rope and letting people prance on his grave. In a figurative sense. The second Hitchcock remake in so many weeks has been announced (the first, "Strangers on a Train," is set to be directed by Noam Murro) — this time, they’re talking about redoing no less than "The Birds," a film that seemed comfortably ensconced as an untouchable classic. To revisit, previous remakes of either films by Hitchcock or retakes of source material already made iconic by the master are Gus Van Sant‘s arty shot-by-shot recreation/homage of "Psycho," and the blah "A Perfect Murder," which was a remake of "Dial M for Murder." Despite our shrillness, we’ll be honest — we’re not going to get all huffy about the sacredness of Hitchcock’s films, which will remain pristine no matter how many wretched remakes they inspire. It’s just…"The Birds" isn’t great because of its plotline — its plotline is pretty damn silly. Hitchcock turned it into what has always been for us one of the strangest (and most effective) depictions of feminine competition, cruelty, and fear of being forgotten/abandoned, all incarnated (inexplicably) in avian attacks. In the hands of a lesser director (and aren’t they all?), the movie seems doomed to end up more like CBS’s "Locusts!"

Another remake in the works — Swiss actor Vincent Perez, who’s previously made a career as an attractive Gallic-ish setpiece in various period films, will direct David Duchovny in "The Secret," based on this Japanese novel, which has already been adapted into a film in Japan, 1999’s "Himitsu." The film’s about a man whose teenage daughter becomes possessed by the spirit of his dead wife (the girl’s mother). And a trailer to watch, via Coming Soon — "À Tout de Suite" was written and directed by Benoît Jacquot, who happens to be on the Cannes jury this year (the New York Times published this interview with star Isild Le Besco on Sunday).

+ ‘Birds’ to fly again in Uni remake (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Director Vincent Perez Has ‘Secret’ for Duchovny (Reuters)
+ À Tout de Suite (ComingSoon)

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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

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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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