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ReDeparted, and it feels so good.

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"My father always says 'what goes around comes around.'"
As Variety reported on Tuesday, William Monahan, the screenwriter behind "The Departed," has…thought about writing a sequel. He might even be working on one. As it’s rather quiet out, this tentative news has set the world abuzz about how one would put together a sequel to a film that (spoilers!) killed off its main characters. "Infernal Affairs," the Hong Kong film from which "The Departed" was adapted, did stretch on to parts 2 and 3 (to diminishing returns) by taking first the prequel route and then revisiting the events of the first installment. In the LA Times’ Scriptland column, Jay A. Fernandez does some digging:

According to the sources, Monahan is not taking the prequel route and is instead developing a wholly original continuation of the story. Best supporting actor nominee Mark Wahlberg recently told MTV that the filmmakers have discussed bringing in Scorsese‘s classic gangster muse Robert De Niro to play a role. That said, it’s unclear how involved Scorsese is at this point, or whether he would take part in any sequel.

Really, we don’t see how the sequel couldn’t follow the Vera Farmiga character’s unborn child, now an adult in near-future Boston battling crime on a flying skateboard and angsting over whether his father was a cop pretending to be a gangster or a gangster pretending to be a cop — see that? Duality. Call us, Marty!

In other biz news, Dan Bell at the Guardian writes that DreamWorks is ending its partnership with Aardman Animation after heavy losses from their latest film, "Flushed Away," and earlier losses on the Oscar-winning "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit." Aardman’s spokesman has essentially said they’re at peace with being too British for the international market; Dreamworks will, we presume, go on churning out cheap CG films featuring talking animals singing the songs of The Monkees.

In the works:

Julian Jarrold (late of "Kinky Boots") will begin shooting a movie version of "Brideshead Revisited" this spring. Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly were originally set to star, but are no longer attached to the project — new casting has yet to be confirmed. Jeremy Irons and Diana Quick starred in the supremely classy and definitive 1981 miniseries adaptation. (Via Adam Dawtrey at Variety.)

Patrick Creadon and Christine O’Malley, the directors of the doc "Wordplay," will next work on a doc about the U.S. federal debt:

"America’s federal debt is $8.6 trillion and growing at a frightening pace," Creadon said. "In addition, our major entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid) are dangerously unfunded. As a country, we are slowly spending ourselves to death."

(Via Nicole Sperling at the Hollywood Reporter.)

Russell Crowe will play the Sheriff of Nottingham in a "revisionist take" on the story of Robin Hood. King illegal forest to pig wild kill in it a is! (Via Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter.)

And they’re remaking "Christmas in Connecticut" (again). This version with star Jennifer Garner in the Barbara Stanwyck role. (Via Pamela McClintock at Variety.)

+ Inside Move: ‘Departed’ to arise? (Variety)
+ Who’s left alive for the sequel? (LA Times)
+ Gromit, help! Claymation heroes dumped (Guardian)
+ Hanway revisits ‘Brideshead’ (Variety)
+ "Wordplay" team documents debt (Hollywood Reporter)
+ New sheriff in Nottingham town: Crowe (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Garner to topline ‘Christmas’ remake (Variety)

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Final Countdown

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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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…