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In the works:

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Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, and the titular children.
Antibiotics are making us a little woozy today (we do now know what a root canal feels like, and as they say, "the only source of knowledge is experience”), so if we write anything unintentionally libelous, it doesn’t count, okay?

Some thoughts:

"Invincible" = "Rock Star" with sports?

"Crank" =   "The Transporter" + "Speed" – public transportation?

Trailers: Here, for Lasse Hallström‘s "The Hoax," with Richard Gere as Clifford Irving, who peddled a fake biography of Howard Hughes to McGraw-Hill in 1971, believing Hughes would never go public to denounce the work. Seems to have a "Catch Me If You Can" look to it, but less charming. Another here, for "Driving Lessons," a "quirky" Brit flick featuring Rupert "Ron Weasley" Grint and Julie "Mrs. Weasley" Walters. Here, for "Little Children," from "In The Bedroom"‘s Todd Field. And here for Kyle Henry‘s ultra-indie (and Independent Spirit Award nominee) "Room."

We don’t normally care about posters, but Harry Knowles has dredged up two for "Black Snake Moan" on Ain’t It Cool News, and as we were so vocal about our dislike of Craig Brewer‘s first film, "Hustle & Flow," we thought we take a moment to predict we’ll feel the same about his second effort. Ta-dah!

Murali Thalluri, of Cannes selection "2:37" and the current controversy about whether or not he lied about the suicide of a childhood friend to get attention for the film, tells Penelope Debelle at The Age that he’s already got a Hollywood project lined up:

Thalluri told The Age on Monday night that he was working on the adaptation of a book that he could not name but that it was a big production involving Hollywood-studio money. The book was one of his favourites, he said, had been top of the New York bestsellers list for 38 weeks and the film would be shot in New York next year.

We tried Googling for possible titles using the above info, but only turned up "The South Beach Diet."

At BBC News, producer Alison Rosenzweig announces her intentions to make a film about Guy Goma, the IT department applicant who, while waiting in the BBC lobby for a job interview, was mistaken for a British Internet expert and pulled in to discuss the Apple Corps v. Apple Computer case on live TV.

And two from the Hollywood Reporter: Nellie Andreeva reported Monday that James Gandolfini has been developing "Hemingway." He’ll star as the author (which could be interesting); "Quills"Philip Kaufman will direct. And Gregg Goldstein notes that IFC Films and the Weinstein Company will be uniting to release Rachid Bouchareb‘s "Indigènes (Days of Glory)," the film whose ensemble cast shared the Best Actor award at Cannes this year.

Also, via ComingSoon.net, Tim Roth (remember him?) will star in Wong Kar Wai‘s "My Blueberry Nights" as well as Michael Haneke‘s English-language remake of his own "Funny Games."

+ Trailer: The Hoax (Apple)
+ Trailer: Driving Lessons (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: Little Children (Official site)
+ Trailer: Room (Apple)
+ Ok – You’ve Seen SNAKES ON A PLANE, but have you ever heard a BLACK SNAKE MOAN? (AICN)
+ Thalluri makes his next move (The Age)
+ ‘Wrong Guy’ could inspire movie (BBC)
+ Gandolfini, HBO in production deal (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Cannes favorite "Indigenes" set for U.S. release (Hollywood Reporter)
+  Roth Plays Games with Watts (ComingSoon.net)

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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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