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Post-9/11 Adam Sandler and other films to look…forward to?

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"It's easy to see that this man is going through something very profound."
Trailers: One for "Offside," a slight but charming film about girls trying to sneak into a soccer match in Iran, here. (Our review of the film from the New York Film Festival is here).

One for "First Snow," an unexceptional drama starring an always-good Guy Pearce, is here. (Our blurb of a review of the film from Tribeca is here).

One for "Reign Over Me," which finds Mike Binder directing the world’s first Adam Sandler-9/11 flick, here.

One for "Primeval," which is either about a serial killer, African warlords or a giant crocodile — and, best of all, is "based on a true story" — here. We’ll recant this statement later, but right now, neck deep in prestigious holiday releases, we’d like to say: January, we’re looking forward to you.

And in the works:

Johnny Depp‘s production company has bought the rights to Nick Hornby‘s "A Long Way Down" (Depp isn’t attached to star). D.V. DeVincentis, who also adapted Hornby’s "High Fidelity," has been hired to write the script (via Pamela McClintock and Michael Fleming at Variety). Related news: the $10 million Broadway musical adaptation of "High Fidelity" will close after just 14 performances (via the AP). For a mere $2 million, we would have stepped in and advised against such a production.

Newcomer Justin Reardon will direct battle-of-the-sexes comedy "The Awakening of Jean-Luc Barbara," written by Jeff Baena of "I Heart Huckabees" (via Pamela McClintock at Variety).

Anne Hathaway will star in "Passengers," a supernatural thriller being directed by Rodrigo Garcia of woman-anthology films "Ten Tiny Love Stories" and "Nine Lives" (via Borys Kit at Hollywood Reporter).

Scott Coffey, the writer-director of Hollywood portrait oddity "Ellie Parker," will direct "Happiness Sold Separately," based on the Lolly Winston’s novel. Julia Roberts will produce and possibly star in the film (via Nicole Sperling at Hollywood Reporter).

The Weinsteins have picked up Shinya Tsukamoto‘s new film, "Nightmare Detective" (via Julian Ryall at the Hollywood Reporter).

And, finally, it looks like the world will no longer be denied Justin Timberlake‘s big-screen acting debut. According to Carl DiOrio, also at the Hollywood Reporter, "[a] federal judge ruled Wednesday that Universal can open its crime thriller ‘Alpha Dog’ in wide release as planned January 12, despite objections from murder suspect Jesse James Hollywood." Hollywood, the inspiration for the film, claimed its release would prevent him from getting a fair trial. Universal should be so lucky!

+ Trailer: Offside (Apple)
+ Trailer: First Snow (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: Reign Over Me (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: Primeval (Apple)
+ Book buys for Depp (Variety)
+ ‘High Fidelity’ ending after brief run (AP)
+ Baena to write ‘Awakening’ for bigscreen (Variety)
+ Hathaway on board for "Passengers" thriller (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Roberts ‘Sold’ on love story (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Weinsteins bring ‘Nightmare’ to U.S., U.K. (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Judge gives thumbs-up to movie release (Hollywood Reporter)


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


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.


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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…