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Incoming: Goat and Broken Flowers.

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061305_brokenflowersTrailers: One for Jim Jarmusch’s "Broken Flowers," with Bill Murray doing his sad clown thing (bliss!) to great effect, here (out August 5). An international trailer for "Somersault," Cate Shortland‘s moody indie that was a great success in her homeland of Australia, is up here (Magnolia Pictures is handling the US release, which is planned for this year but with no solid date yet). And another international trailer, for Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial semi-debut "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," is here.

Others: Via the Hollywood News, David Gordon Green will direct Emile Hirsch (who’s been on fire, role-wise, of late)  in an adaptation of Brad Land’s frat hazing memoir "Goat." From ComingSoon — Todd Phillips, the director behind such less-than-varied fare as "Old School," "Frat House" (a doc!) and "Road Trip," goes indie for Focus Features, set to direct an adaptation of Carolyn Parkhurst’s novel "The Dogs of Babel."

Via Empire, Danny Boyle casts HK action superstar Michelle Yeoh, his "28 Days Later" star Cillian Murphy, and Chris "The Human Torch" Evans in his sci-fi feature "Sunshine." The script is being written by Alex Garland, of "28" and "The Beach." By way of the Hollywood Reporter, George Tillman, who directed the likable "Soul Food" and the Cuban Gooding Jr. vehicle of doom "Men of Honor," will helm "Frontin’," a cautionary tale about struggling in Hollywood, for Fox Searchlight.

And the New York Times has all the details on the deal for the adaptation rights for "Halo." Microsoft apparently put everyone off by sending copies of the script around to studios by way of an impoverished actor in a space soldier costume. They apparently also wanted "$10 million upfront fee for rights, approval over the cast and director, and 60 first-class plane tickets for Microsoft representatives and their guests to the movie’s premiere," and:

Aside from the $10 million upfront fee, Microsoft was asking for 15 percent of the studio’s first-dollar box-office gross receipts. The budget could be no less than $75 million, not including the fees for the actors and director. If the studio did not make the movie, it would forfeit the $10 million fee.

Microsoft also wanted creative control, with the script and characters unchanged. The studio would have to pay to fly a Microsoft representative to watch all cuts of the movie, and the studio would forgo merchandising rights.

Most of the studios dropped out of the script pursuit immediately, and apparently a deal was reached with Universal and Fox splitting domestic and foreign rights to the production, with Microsoft caving on many of its demands.

+ Trailer: Broken Flowers (MSN)
+ Trailer: Somersault (Red Carpet Films)
+ Trailer: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (French site)
+ Emile Hirsch in ‘Goat’ (Hollywood News)
+ Todd Phillips Trains The Dogs of Babel  (ComingSoon)
+ Trio Of Actors Walking On Sunshine (Empire)
+ Freirich, Neal are ‘Frontin” for Searchlight (HR)
+ Hollywood Hardball (NY Times)

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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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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.

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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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