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Incoming: Sam Jackson, samurai, and Billy Crystal doing Auteuil

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Afro SamuraiTrailers: One for Wim Wenders"Don’t Come Knockin’," which stars and was written by Sam Shepard, and which got a mediocre reception at its premiere at Cannes this year, here. One for "A Good Woman," Mike Barker’s update of Oscar Wilde’s "Lady Windermere’s Fan," with Scarlett Johansson, here. And one for "Saw 2" (they really cranked those babies out) here.

Via Reuters, Samuel L. Jackson will star in a live-action adaptation of manga series "Afro Samurai."

An animated TV version of "Afro Samurai" is scheduled to air on Spike TV next year before being reverse imported to Japan, where it will air with Japanese subtitles. Jackson also will lend his voice to the series.

It is a weird world, is it not?

Also via Reuters, Richard Gere will star in "Infernal Affairs" director Andrew Lau‘s first US film, "The Flock," about "a hypervigilant agent (Gere) who, while training his young female replacement, must track down a missing girl who may be linked to a paroled sex offender he is investigating."

Via Empire, Billy Crystal will star in a remake of French farce "Après Vous," which stars Daniel Auteuil as a waiter who saves a man from a suicide attempt and tries to help him put his life back together, only to get caught up in a romantic triangle.

Via the Guardian, Francis Ford Coppola, who bought the rights to Kerouac’s "On the Road" back in 1968 and has attempted to get a film version going several times, has apparently hired "The Motorcycle Diaries"Walter Salles to prepare a script and Billy Crudup to star as the novel’s narrator Sal Paradise. One of the items sold at Christie’s Marlon Brando estate sale was a letter to the actor from Kerouac saying

I’m praying that you’ll buy ON THE ROAD and make a movie of it… I wanted you to play the part because Dean (as you know) is no dopey hotrodder but a real intelligent (in fact Jesuit) Irishman. You play Dean and I’ll play Sal (Warner Bros. mentioned I play Sal) and I’ll show you how Dean acts in real life…we can go visit him in Frisco, or have him come down to L.A. still a real frantic cat…

And, via the Sydney Morning Herald, Quincy Jones, who hasn’t done a film score for 20 years (and who won an Oscar for his score for "The Color Purple"), will compose the score for Jim Sheridan‘s 50 Cent vehicle "Get Rich or Die Tryin’."

+ Trailer: Don’t Come Knockin’ (Official Site)
+ Trailer: A Good Woman (Lions Gate)
+ Trailer: Saw 2 (Apple)
+ Samuel L. Jackson seeks payback in samurai tale (Reuters)
+ Gere tends ‘Flock’ for Hong Kong helmer (Reuters)
+ Après Vous, Billy Crystal (Empire)
+ On the Road: finally going somewhere (Guardian)
+ Quincy Jones to compose rapper movie score (Sydney Morning Herald)

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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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