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Odds: Friday – Foreign languages, remakes.

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Ready for Ron Howard.
Quickly, as we’re, as always, running late for something:

"The nominees for best foreign-language film are even more politically charged, and every bit as artistically successful, emotionally touching and accessible as the English-language candidates," Caryn James perfunctorily trend-spots at the New York Times. It’s not the message we would draw from this year’s nominees in the category. The five entries, all slickly made films with a pop feel appeal, tend to leap continents and cultures — "Pan’s Labyrinth" is a Mexican film set in period Spain; "Water" is set in India, was filmed in Sri Lanka and is a Canadian submission; "Days of Glory" is an Algerian film that’s changed the laws in France. Combined with the Best Picture nod for "Letters From Iwo Jima," Clint Eastwood‘s Japan-language war movie, the whole designation of "foreign language films" as a separate competition seems more meaningless and conciliatory than ever before.

Elsewhere: "The Fly" is going to become an opera, according to Diane Haithman at the LA Times:

The opera, to be directed by Cronenberg with music by Academy Award-winning film composer Howard Shore and a libretto by playwright and Los Angeles native David Henry Hwang, is scheduled to have its world premiere in Paris on July 1, 2008, then arrive in the U.S. on Sept. 7 as the opening offering of L.A. Opera’s 2008-09 season.

Sing it with us now: "Whaddaya think, a fly? / Am I becoming a hundred-and-eighty-five-pound fly? / No, I’m becoming something that never existed before. / I’m becoming… Bruuuuuuuuundlefly."

The lives of Milli Vanilli are about to become fodder for a feature film — Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the screenplay for "Catch Me If You Can," will write and direct the film for Universal Pictures. Via Michael Fleming at Variety:

"I’ve always been fascinated by the notion of fakes and frauds, and in this case, you had guys who pulled off the ultimate con, selling 30 million singles and 11 million albums and then becoming the biggest laughing-stocks of pop entertainment," Nathanson said. "Fabrice had always refused to sell their rights; he was very cautious of Hollywood after all he’d been through. But my intention is to tell this story from their point of view."

Also via Variety, Diane Garrett and Steven Zeitchik writes that "Ron Howard may unlock an American version of ‘Cache’ for Universal."

Sing it with us now: "Why? Why? Whyyyyyyyyy?"

+ In Foreign Oscar Entries, the Past Masks the Present (NY Times)
+ Horror flick ‘The Fly’ to mutate into an opera (LA Times)
+ Universal sets up Milli Vanilli film (Variety)
+ Howard circling ‘Cache’ remake (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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