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Pandora’s blockbuster.

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Freddie Highmore as Arthur.
Yes, James Cameron, yes…first, trailers:

One for "Black Snake Moan" here; oh, Craig Brewer. You scamp. It’s hardly fair to judge a film from its marketing materials, but we just feel like Mr. Brewer doesn’t get his own joke — at least people who made exploitation films knew they were making exploitation films.

We’re sure there’s a more elegant way to pair these two, given their themes, but we got nothing: a trailer for Tobie Openshaw‘s documentary on the betelnut girls of Taiwan is here (via BoingBoing).

So: James Cameron is set to direct his first narrative film since 1997’s "Titanic"; Anne Thompson at the Hollywood Reporter writes that sci-fi epic "Avatar" "will be filmed in a new digital 3-D format for release in 3-D," will be a $190 million live action/animation hybrid, will come out in 2009, and will star Australian actor Sam Worthington (of "Somersault") and Zoe Saldana (of "Center Stage"):

"Avatar," with a screenplay by Cameron, will mark the director’s return to the sci-fi action-adventure genre. He first wrote an 80-page treatment 11 years ago. The film centers on a wounded ex-Marine who is unwillingly sent to settle and exploit the faraway planet Pandora. He gets caught up in a battle for survival by the planet’s inhabitants, called Na’vis, and falls in love with one of them.

More on the subject from Sharon Waxman at the New York Times. Cameron will continue working on his adaptation of "Battle Angel Alita" while working on "Avatar."

M. Night Shyamalan is also working on an "Avatar"; Pamela McClintock at Variety reports that he’s signed on to write, direct and produce a live-action film adaptation of the cartoon series "Avatar: The Last Airbender." This will be the first time Shyamalan has taken on a project based on someone else’s source material; given what happened with his last film, this can only be good news.

In less extravagantly expensive news:

Charlie Matthau, son of Walter and director of "The Grass Harp," will adapt and direct "Freaky Deaky," based on the 1988 Elmore Leonard novel. Quentin Tarantino originally optioned the rights to the book (along with "Rum Punch," which became "Jackie Brown") but never got around to adapting it into a film. (Via Variety.)

Nigel Cole, of "Saving Grace" and "Calendar Girls," will direct "Eloise in Paris," an adaptation of Kay Thompson’s book. (Via the Hollywood Reporter.)

Liam Neeson will star in "Taken," directed by "District B13"‘s Pierre Morel and based on script by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. But, the world asks, will he be showing off his parkour skills? (Via Variety.)

Speaking of Besson, the man had scarcely finished announcing his retirement to various news outlets around the world, and now he’s announcing his unretirement — he plans to adapt two sequels to "Arthur and the Invisibles," which has been a big box office success in France. (Via Variety.)

+ Trailer: Black Snake Moan (MySpace)
+ Trailer: Betelnut Girls Taiwan (YouTube)
+ Cameron sets live-action, CG epic for 2009 (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Computers Join Actors in Hybrids On Screen (NY Times)
+ Shyamalan’s ‘Avatar’ also to bigscreen (Variety)
+ Matthau gets ‘Freaky’ (Variety)
+ ‘Eloise’ first pic at reborn HandMade (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Neeson gets ‘Taken’ away (Variety)
+ Besson builds ‘Arthur’ franchise (Variety)

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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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