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Being Gustav Klimt.

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"It's not a portrait, it's an allegory."
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton and Tilda Swinton are all in talks to star in Charlie "Mindfuck" Kaufman‘s directorial debut "Synecdoche, New York." And isn’t that just as quirky/charming a cast as you could hope for? Some plot:

Hoffman will play a theater director who ambitiously attempts to put on a play by creating a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse. Keener is set to play his first wife, Williams will play his second wife, Morton will appear as his sometime lover, and Swinton will portray Keener’s best friend and the dubious mentor to the daughter of Hoffman and Keener’s characters. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

Distributor Outsider Pictures has picked up "Klimt," a biopic starring John Malkovich as the college dorm wall favorite, and "Adam’s Apples," a black comedy from Anders Thomas Jensen, the director behind the strange, grisly and oddly good "The Green Butchers." (Via Hollywood Reporter.)

Stephen Chow‘s new film "A Hope," aka "Long River 7," has finished shooting and is now in post-production — the film’s rumored to be one of the most expensive Chinese productions ever, but that’s a tough record to hold these days. Next, he’s looking into a dance-themed project for the kiddies, but details have yet to be finalized. (Via Variety.)

Paul McGuigan, late of "Lucky Number Slevin," will direct an adaptation of 80s crime show "The Equalizer." Novelists Michael Connelly and Terrill Lee Lankford will write the script. "Don’t do something you won’t live to regret." (Via Hollywood Reporter.)

Elsewhere in the world, Olivier Dahan‘s Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie en Rose" will be the opening film at Berlin (via AFP). The New York Daily News has an only slightly ghoulish piece (with images) on the late Adrienne Shelley‘s Sundance film "Waitress." Former Limp Bizkit Fred Durst has recently wrapped shooting of his directorial debut "The Education of Charlie Banks." His lead, Chris Marquette, has only high praise for Durst’s skillz as an auteur:

Marquette credits Durst’s laid-back style with helping him develop as an actor. "The best advice he gave me was like this," Marquette said. "I was like [raising his voice and jumping up and down], ‘OK, Fred, how was that?’ [In a calm voice, mimicking Durst] ‘Very good.’ His confidence was incredible." [Via MTV.]

And, if you’ve been keeping track of the escalating New Line/Peter Jackson feud, which is being played out in the strangest of news outlets, it goes like this:

Jackson announces, via fandom stronghold, that he won’t be making "The Hobbit" because of the lawsuit he’s currently involved in with New Line.

New Line head Robert Shaye tells Sci Fi Wire that New Line won’t be working with Jackson while he’s in charge:

"I do not want to make a movie with somebody who is suing me," Shaye—New Line’s chief executive officer—said in an interview on Jan. 5 while promoting The Last Mimzy, a New Line family fantasy that marks his first time in a director’s chair since 1990’s Book of Love. "It will never happen during my watch."

And now Jackson responds over at Ain’t It Cool and takes the higher ground: "Fundamentally, our legal action is about holding New Line to it’s contractual obligations and promises. It is regrettable that Bob has chosen to make it personal."

Ugly, ugly. But also funny, in the way that only power players behind a billion-dollar movie franchise squabbling in fan forums can be.

+ Five on way to Kaufman’s ‘Synecdoche’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Outsider in with ‘Klimt,’ ‘Apples’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Hope’ in post production (Variety)
+ Weinstein eyes ‘Equalizer’ redo with duo (Hollywood Reporter)
+ French torch singer Edith Piaf’s biopic to open 57th Berlinale (AFP)
+ A haunting legacy (NY Daily News)
+ Fred Durst An ‘Insanely Calm’ Director, Says Star Of His Film Debut (MTV)
+ Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh Talk THE HOBBIT (
+ Shaye: New Line Blacklists Jackson (Sci Fi Wire)
+ Wingnut and Peter Jackson respond to Bob Shaye’s tongue-lashings!! (AICN)

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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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