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Round the world roundup.

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"I've always wanted to drive a crashed car."New Zealand: Months ago, we promised there would be a movie about killer sheep. And there will be: "Black Sheep," a Korean-Kiwi co-production with effects to be done by Peter Jackson‘s WETA, has gotten its funding together and will begin shooting next year. Via The Age.

Hong Kong/H’wood: The remake of the Pang brothers"The Eye" hasn’t begun shooting yet, and apparently there enough faith in it, or at least lingering faith in Asian horror remakes, that New Line’s made a deal to remake "The Eye 2."  The Hong Kong original starred Shu Qi and wasn’t so much a sequel as just also about being able to see ghosts; the remake has been titled "In Utero," and the script is being adapted by Todd Stein. Via Empire.

China: Chinese-American writer-director Dayyan Eng‘s film "Waiting Alone"
has been nominated for a Golden Rooster for Best Feature, the first
time a foreign director’s Chinese film has been nominated in the
competition. Via CRI.

India/UK: Aseem Chhabra at Rediff writes about British-Indian filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir‘s two documentaries on Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan, "The Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan" and "The Inner World of Shah Rukh Khan," which have just been released on DVD in the US.

UK: Writer Philip Pullman (whose "His Dark Materials" trilogy is on it’s way to film also, with "Shopgirl"‘s Anand Tucker directing the first installment) has labeled C.S. Lewis‘ Chronicles of Narnia "misogynist" and "racist": "If the Disney corporation wants to market this film as a great Christian story, they’ll just have to tell lies about it," according to him. Via BBC.

Canada: Those crazy Page Six kids at New York Post claim that David Cronenberg‘s pissed at Paul Haggis for also daring to name his film "Crash," a title Cronenberg staked out in 1996 with his ode to car-wreck sex. Based solely off this Cronenberg quote on Fox News:

"I thought it was very disrespectful, not just to me, but to J.G. Ballard who wrote the book ‘Crash’ in 1973, which is very famous. In France, they refuse to call [Haggis’ movie] ‘Crash’ because they have reverence for that book and for my movie. They call it ‘Collision.’ I think that their argument, that they couldn’t think of another title, is a little bit bogus…I don’t know how I would react if I met Paul Haggis. He’s also Canadian. You know, we’re basically peaceful people, but there was the fur trade, and it got nasty."

+ NZ site for sheep horror film (The Age)
+ The Eye 2 Set For Hollywood Remake (Empire)
+ 1st Foreigner to Vie for Golden Rooster (CRI)
+ Shah Rukh’s inner world (Rediff)
+ Pullman attacks Narnia film plans (BBC)
+ DIRECTORS ON A COLLISION COURSE (NY Post)

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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.

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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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