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"It's all for you, Damien."
…then the Devil gets an awkward Tuesday release for the sake of the marketing campaign.

The original "The Omen" really wasn’t that great to begin with — even odder, then, are the attempts by some members of the press to find significance in the dismal-looking remake that opens tomorrow. Will Lawrence in the Telegraph uses the film as the center of yet another piece on "why all the horror remakes?":

"Also, I think there is a connection between the times we live in now and the ’70s," continues [London FrightFest co-director Alan] Jones. "Look at the original ‘Omen’; the church is in disarray, there’s war, unrest, so much happening on a global level and there’s the sense that this is what the Devil is working on. And just think of the reactions to the Vietnam war and now the Iraq war.

"It informs cinema, as we need to face our fears more. Going to a horror movie makes us feel slightly better about ourselves. We can see other people facing the pain, as well as forgetting about what’s on the news. In saying that, I still think the number of remakes is a little sad; we are going through a terrible period of uncertainty in the film industry, so people will act a bit like lemmings, running towards the cliffs. And on their back is the title of a horror film."

And Jennifer Merin, interviewing director John Moore for the NY Press:

MERIN: ‘The Omen”s the first feature to use 9/11 World Trade Center towers footage in a story other than the story of 9/11. And, you’ve included images from Katrina and other disasters.  Why?

MOORE:  To contextualize the story. I want to make films that comment on what’s going on in the world, but not be ugly, stupid and raw about it by making dumb-ass angry-young-man new genre of self-aware derivatives—like remakes of "Hostel" or some of Tarantino’s oeuvre that’s so tongue-in-cheek and disposable. It’s dangerous.

"The Omen" offered the chance to finesse an idea and say something. It’s a great story—almost Shakespearean. Doing the remake’s a bit like asking an actor if he wants to do "Macbeth" or "Death of a Salesman." Nobody in their right mind says no. Plus, there was the small but definite opportunity to contextualize as we do at the film’s beginning.

What?! Fortunately, there’s Gabriella Coslovich at The Age, who looks over Satanic appearances in horror films and concludes "As far as Hollywood devils go, the new Damien is one of the lamest."

+ Spine-tingling sense of déjà vu (Telegraph)
+ The really bad boy (The Age) 

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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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