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A James Brown Joint.

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"Something's missing. Was it love?"
Happy New Year, all. Did we miss anything? Other than this?

The late "Godfather of Soul" James Brown will rise again, on screen. Spike Lee has signed on to direct a feature film about the singer produced by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment, Paramount Pictures announced Wednesday.

"It’s an authorized biography done with the cooperation of Mr. Brown before his passing," Paramount spokeswoman Nancy Kirkpatrick said without further comment. [Via the AP.]

No disrespect intended to the recently deceased, but… plum! Oscar! Role! As for casting, we’re pulling for Cate Blanchett — because really, is there anything she can’t do?

Also in the works, Masi Oka (of "Heroes") has been cast in a supporting role in "21," an adaptation of "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions." Jim Sturgess will star (via Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter).

"Indiana Jones 4" is a go: "Par[amount] and Lucasfilm, which is producing, are eyeing a May 2008 worldwide release — some 19 years after the last film in the action-adventure franchise, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,’ came out."

Fans have long clamored for another installment in the series, but some questioned whether Ford would be able to keep up with the vigorous physical requirements of the role after the long delay. "I’m delighted to be back in business with my old friends. I don’t know if the pants still fit, but I know the hat will," said Ford, who is 64. [Via Pamela McClintock in Variety.]

Germany is about to see its first homegrown Hitler comedy, "Mein Fuehrer: The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler," directed by Dani Levy of "Go for Zucker."

The critics haven’t yet commented on "Mein Fuehrer…" but the weekly Der Spiegel says the new wave of films about Hitler is demonstrating "a need to break the myth down to a normal human … that makes him more everyday, perhaps easier to understand, in any case smaller."

"The ultimate way to shrink a myth is to make it laughable," it added. [Via Geir Moulson at the AP.]

And some trailers: A French voice-overed one for "Angel," a drama from François Ozon based on the novel by Elizabeth Taylor (not that one), here. No US distributor yet.

One for the adored-by-many (though we disliked it) German surveillance drama "The Lives of Others," here.

One for Eric Nicholas’ American surveillance drama "Alone With Her," here.

And that "Grindhouse" teaser, here. You know, Rose McGowan‘s machine-gun prosthetic leg is all well and good, but judging from this tiny fragment of heavily edited footage, the film just doesn’t look as fun as "Kill Bill." Eh, who the hell knows?

+ Spike Lee to direct James Brown biopic (AP)
+ "Heroes" star all in for "21" thriller (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Indiana Jones 4’ finally has a script (Variety)
+ ‘Fuehrer’ tells Hitler story with humor (AP)
+ Trailer: Angel (
+ Trailer: The Lives of Others (Apple)
+ Trailer: Alone With Her (Moviefone)
+ Teaser: Grindhouse (Yahoo)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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