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Incoming: Biopics, remakes, bans.

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"An Imaginary Portrait."
Trailers: One for Steven Shainberg‘s near-fantastical Diane Arbus film "Fur," which premiered at Telluride this past weekend, here.

One for "Killshot," which features an oddly hairdoed Mickey Rourke and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (!) as professional killers menacing Diane Lane and Thomas Jane (the film is based on an Elmore Leonard novel), here.

And a teaser for Guillermo del Toro‘s "Pan’s Labyrinth" is here.

Via Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter, Doug Block‘s acclaimed autobiographical documentary "51 Birch Street" will be released by 2929 Entertainment’s Truly Indie, and will open in New York on October 18th.

Via the Guardian, Peter Jackson is going to produce a remake of 1954 British war film "The Dambusters," with Jackson colleague Christian Rivers set to direct. We’d get all offended on behalf of the original film, but we haven’t seen it.

Via Coming Soon, Susan Sarandon and Chris Evans are in talks to join the cast of "Battle in Seattle," a film about the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle that has Charlize Theron already confirmed to star. It’s to be directed by her boyfriend, actor Stuart Townsend, who has apparently tired of competing for sinister prettyboy roles with fellow countrymen Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Cillian Murphy and decided to make his debut behind the camera.

Via Moviehole, Paul Fischer interviews Zach Braff and learns that we will have to wait another year for his next "Garden State"-ization of a European film: "The next thing I will do will be completely different, ‘Open Hearts,’ which is a Danish movie that I adapted. It’s a really dark drama about a car accident and the way the accident affects all the people involved in it. I was going to do it this summer, but since I couldn’t get my top people I’m waiting until next summer."

Via the AP,  "Chinese director Lou Ye has been banned from making movies in his home country for five years because his film was screened at Cannes in May without government approval, state media said." The film in question is "Summer Palace," which Lou could not get approved by state censors in time for its festival premiere. Lou was banned from making films in China for two years in 2000 after he shot "Suzhou River" with official permission. "Summer Palace" hasn’t been approved for release in China; it will play at Toronto but currently has no US distributor.

And via Maria Aspan at the New York Times, Edward Zwick‘s upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle "The Blood Diamond" is already being countermarketed against by the diamond industry. The World Diamond Council has set up diamondfacts.org to assure everyone that these days the diamond trade fuels health care and educational improvements, and hardly ever pays for the waging of bloody civil wars anymore.

+ Trailer: Fur (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: Killshot (iKlipz)
+ Teaser trailer: Pan’s Labyrinth (CHUD)
+ "Birch Street" finally on the movie map (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Peter Jackson lines up Dambusters remake (Guardian)
+ Sarandon & Evans Joining Battle in Seattle (ComingSoon.net)
+ Interview : Zach Braff (Moviehole)
+ China imposes 5-year ban on director (AP)
+ The Good Side of Diamonds, Before a Movie Shows the Bad (NY Times)

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…