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William Faulkner’s Nosferatu.

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"Some say it's a measure of Faulkner's dissipation that he stooped to the blood-sucking genre."
Edward Helmore in the Observer writes about a possible William Faulkner revival, and checks in on the script that was uncovered from the 13-year period in which the author hung around in Hollywood, largely squandering his talents and attempting to drink himself to death (though he did manage to write the screenplays for "The Big Sleep" and "To Have and Have Not"):

Seven years ago the novelist’s daughter found a manuscript among her late father’s possessions. It turned out to be a full-length, as yet unproduced screenplay described as a ‘vampire saga set in an anonymous Eastern European location’. Opinions vary, some saying it’s a measure of Faulkner’s dissipation that he stooped to the blood-sucking genre; others that a manuscript that’s already called ‘William Faulkner’s Nosferatu’ is entirely appropriate to both his poor condition at the time and, more generally, to his sunny location.

Faulkner’s estate has given the script to Lee Caplin, a producer who says he would like to set it in the Deep South. Little more is known but there is a revival of interest in adapting Faulkner’s work to the screen. It is said Oprah Winfrey wants to make Light in August and Caplin is looking for a writer to adapt Faulkner’s 1935 story Golden Land (the only tale he actually set in Hollywood) in the twisted style of a David Lynch film.

And some interesting projects closer to actually getting made: Empire talks to Paul Verhoeven about his next interest, a book about…Jesus.

“Well, first of all it is a book,” says Verhoeven. “It may be a film after. Essentially it is about Jesus the human being. That’s a big step isn’t it? To see him only as a human being, and it’s as historical as possible. It really goes into the politics of the time and tries to show a lot of things that have been buried and eliminated by Christianity. My scriptwriter told me not to do the movie in the United States because they might shoot me. So I took his advice and decided to write a book about it first.”

Via John Hopewell in Variety, Pedro Almodóvar‘s next film may be vengeance drama "La Piel que habito" — he hopes to cast Penélope Cruz.

The movie is a long-mooted Almodóvar project, an adaptation of the 1995 novel "Mygale" by Thierry Jonquet, about the hideous revenge a plastic surgeon exacts on men who have raped his young daughter.

The large screen transfer will only retain one scene from the novel.

Almodovar’s "Piel" would be a departure for the helmer, bearing little similarity to "Volver" and Almodovar’s life, the director told the Spanish press.

The film is "immensely tough and complicated, targeted at select audiences, the kind of film that’s discomfiting and doesn’t tend to win many awards," Almodovar said.

Dave McNary at Variety writes that Randall Miller , late of "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School," will direct "Bottle Shock," the story behind the birth of the Napa wine industry: "Project’s based on Ross Schwartz‘s screenplay, which culminates in the triumph of California wines over the French at the 1976 Paris Tastings." Empire reports that Jason Schwartzman, post-"Darjeeling Limited," will star in Todd Louiso’s Marc Pease Experience alongside Ben Stiller. Louiso’s last directorial effort was "Love Liza," though most know and love him as Dick in "High Fidelity."

Finally, via MonkeyPeaches, Tsai Ming-Liang mentions some details about his new film, "Face":

The [potential cast] includes Maggie Cheung, whose role is Salome, Lee Kang-Sheng,
who has starred in many films by Tsai, and veteran French star Jean-Pierre Léaud, who cameoed in Tsai’s What Time Is It There? He did
not say anything about the story but said the French government had
granted him the privilege to shoot the movie inside the Louvre… Shooting is expected to begin by the end of next
year, with US $4.6 million.

+ Fink meets Bloodsucker proxy (Observer)
+ Verhoeven Talks Jesus (Empire)
+ Almodovar eyes ‘Piel’ as next pic (Variety)
+ Zen uncorks ‘Shock’ (Variety)
+ Jason Has A Marc Pease Experience (Empire)
+ Director Tsai Ming-Liang’s List for His New Project (MonkeyPeaches)

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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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