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The return of Lynch, Soderbergh and Li.

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"Tell me if you recognize me from somewhere."
Was it really only a month ago that we came crawling out of a rainy Sunday 9am screening of "Inland Empire" and stood, blinking, outside of Lincoln Center with other frazzled writers, trying to sort out whatever the fuck it was we’d just seen? And now David Lynch‘s DV opus returns to New York, where, according to Anthony Kaufman, it will premiere at the (hey!) IFC Center on December 6, and presumably make its way around the country from there.

According to the Guardian, Steven Soderbergh, who announced his plan to make a Che Guevara biopic ages ago, will now be making two: "In addition to Guerrilla, which had been announced earlier this year, Soderbergh is to make another film called The Argentine." Benicio Del Toro will play Guevara in both films.

Via Empire, not long after announcing his retirement from martial arts epics, Jet Li has signed on for a martial arts comedy co-starring Jackie Chan:

The pair is teaming up for an untitled family adventure that will be directed by Stuart Little’s Rob Minkoff and will feature action sequences from choreographer du jour Yuen Woo-Ping. There’s not much information on the plot for John Fusco’s script, but we do know that it’s loosely based on the legend of the monkey king and his attempts to gain immorality.

Anyone familiar with Li’s occasional attempts at lighter fare (see "The Master") can attest to why he doesn’t generally do comedy…then again, there’s no better time to learn. And how many people have a monkey king script in development now? Whatever happened to Spielberg‘s?

Sandy George at the Australian looks in on another film soon to be in the works, "Children of Huang Shi," the first co-production between China and Australia and also one of the first big films we can think of to portray the Japanese invasion and occupation of China. The film will follow "60 war orphans who are led nearly 1600km to safety by a young English writer, an Australian nurse and a Chinese communist sympathiser." Already cast are Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh.

+ Lynch’s "Inland Empire" Launches in NYC (Anthony Kaufman’s blog)
+ Soderbergh plans Guevara double bill (Guardian)
+ Li And Chan Officially Teaming Up (Empire)
+ China movie role after audition that was just practice (The Australian)

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Final Countdown

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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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…