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"A crime thriller with a twist"?
Quickies:

SXSW will open with the world premiere of writer/director Scott Frank‘s "The Lookout" — "Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode, and Jeff Daniels, the new film is described by SXSW as ‘a crime thriller with a twist.’ " The film is Frank’s directorial debut; he’s the writer behind "Dead Again," "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight," for which he received an Oscar nomination in 1999. Other SXSW films that have been announced: the world premiere of Joe Swanberg‘s "Hannah Takes the Stairs," the US premiere of New Zealand horror-comedy "Black Sheep," and Alan Cumming‘s "Suffering Man’s Charity." (Via Brian Brooks at indieWIRE.)

The Weinstein Co. has picked up Todd Haynes‘ That Obscure Object of Bob Dylan biopic, "I’m Not There." (Via Steven Zeitchik at Variety.)

First Look Pictures has picked up the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" feature-length film.

The film centers on the origins of "Hunger Force" characters Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake and an immortal piece of exercise equipment threatening the balance of galactic peace. (Via Dave McNary at Variety.)

In a New Year’s message to Ain’t It Cool News, Sylvester Stallone shares that " I am in the process of reactivating the project on the murders of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac and that looks like it is a strong possibility. Now that would be an interesting segue from ROCKY or RAMBO."

ABC has greenlit a one-hour TV pilot based on Doug Liman‘s "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (as David Denby so nicely put it, "When you see this movie, you can understand why the rest of the world thinks Americans are crazy") with Liman directing. The film’s screenwriter, Simon Kinberg, who also wrote the pilot, calls it " ‘Married … With Children’ with guns." (Via Nellie Andreeva at the Hollywood Reporter.)

And Mel Gibson is getting sued by Mexican director Juan Catlett, who claims that "Apocalypto" rips off his 1991 film "Return to Aztlan."

Catlett alleges that Gibson asked for a copy of his film while shooting Apocalypto and that scenes from Return to Aztlan ended up in Gibson’s film. Catlett has now started legal proceedings against Gibson. (Via the Guardian.)

+ SXSW Film Fest to Open with "The Lookout" (indieWIRE)
+ Dylan film goes to Weinsteins (Variety)
+ ‘Aqua Teen’ to bigscreen (Variety)
+ A New Year’s Message From Sly (AICN)
+ ABC has ‘Smith’ pilot in crosshairs (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Mel Gibson being sued for plagiarism (Guardian)

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…