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051705_grimmTwo trailers A trailer and a clip up on the Cannes website, to be watched immediately, if you know what’s good for you: Cronenberg’s "A History of Violence" is here, and "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" is here.

Distro news: Via indieWIRE, Pedro Almodóvar next film, "Volver (Return)," will be released, as have his last five films, by Sony Pictures Classics. The film, currently in pre-production, will star Penélope Cruz. And, from Twitch, the Weinsteins (notorious for their mistreatment of Asian films aquired under Miramax) have picked up the US rights to "New Police Story," starring Jackie Chan and Hong Kong pretty boy Nicholas Tse, and Chen Kaige’s historical/fantastical epic "The Promise," eleven minutes of which were just debuted with great pomp at Cannes.

CRI quotes Tsui Hark as saying his epic, "Seven Swords," wasn’t ready for Cannes (despite rumors that it would debut there) but will hopefully be ready for Venice.

Long-time producer, first-time director Stephen Woolley says he’s gotten messages of support from the Rolling Stones for "Stoned," a drama about life and mysterious death of the band’s late guitarist, Brian Jones, due out next year.

According to Dark Horizons, Colin Farrell is looking into a remake of 1968’s "Ice Station Zebra," a Cold War-era Arctic thriller thing notable only for the fact that Howard Hughes was famously obsessed with it, making the Las Vegas TV station he owned play it over and over again so that he could watch it, pre-VCR-era.

And four long-term labors of love: Julie Delpy will finally make her feature directorial debut with "Bathory," a project she’s often discussed in interviews. Delpy wrote the script about the legendary Elizabeth Bathory, whose rather extravagant beauty rituals included bathing in the blood of virgins. Delpy is in talks to reunite with her "Before Sunset" costar Ethan Hawke. In Empire, George Lucas shares more details on "Red Tails," the film about the Tuskegee Airmen he’s been planning to make, post-"Star Wars," for years. In the TelegraphKenneth Branagh details the "Japanese-inspired" version of "As You Like It" he’s currently directing, and all the contortions he had to go through to get the movie made now that Shakespeare’s just not as hip as he was in the mid-90s. And, in a totally awesome piece in the Guardian, an ebullient Terry Gilliam previews clips from "The Brothers Grimm" and crows about how well the film turned out, and how he may well get another swing at "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," the project that famously imploded after a series of on-set disasters caught on film in what became the doc "Lost in La Mancha," thanks to a deal he made with Johnny Depp.

+ Almodovar ‘Returns’ to SPC (indieWIRE)
+ Weinsteins Buy New Police Story, The Promise. (Twitch)
+ Seven Sequels for Seven Swords (CRI)
+ Stones ‘back Brian Jones biopic’ (BBC)
+ Farrell Treks To "Ice Station Zebra" (Dark Horizons)
+ Delpy bites into ‘Bathory’ pic (Reuters)
+ Life After Star Wars (Empire)
+ Branagh returns to a labour of love (Telegraph)
+ The deal (Guardian)

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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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Give Back

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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