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In the works: Anime, killer sheep, “‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns.”

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"All terrorists are desperate."
Trailers: One for Satoshi Kon‘s "Paprika," which we rather loved when we caught it at the New York Film Festival, here.

One for the awesome-looking New Zealand horror-comedy "Black Sheep," about, yes, killer sheep, here.

One for "Year of the Dog," Mike White‘s directorial debut starring Molly Shannon, here.

And one for "Everything’s Gone Green," the screenwriting debut of Douglas Coupland, here.

Acquired: Roadside Attractions has picked up the based-on-a-true-story thriller "Lonely Hearts," which stars Jared Leto and a dreadfully miscast Salma Hayek as Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, the "Lonely Hearts Killers." John Travolta and James Gandolfini play the cops who chase them down; the film will be released on April 13th. [Via the Hollywood Reporter.] Our thoughts on the film from Tribeca last year are here.

In the works: "300" director Zack Snyder may next be directing "Sucker Punch," a project he’ll be producing and co-writing:

Set in the 1950’s, "Punch" follows a girl who is confined to a mental institution by her evil stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.

Snyder describes the film as "an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns"; we’re getting a bit of "Pan’s Labyrinth," at least from that summary. [Via the Hollywood Reporter.]

Abel Ferrara will be shooting a noir adaptation of the Giuseppe Farrandino’s Naples-set  novel "Pericle il nero (Pericles the Black Man)" — the language in which the film will be shot has yet to be decided, but it will include both Italian and U.S. actors. Ferrara just wrapped "Go Go Tales," the cast of which supposedly includes both Sylvia Miles and Pras (sweet). [Via Variety.]

Also in Italy: Director Marco Bellocchio, best known here for "Fists in the Pocket" and, more recently, "Good Morning, Night," will helm a film about Mussolini’s illegitimate son. The child was born before Mussolini came into power, and was hidden away with his mother in asylums where they both eventually died. [Via Variety.]

Amy Berg, director of the Oscar-nominated doc "Deliver Us From Evil,"  will make her narrative debut with "This Is Not America," a biopic about Yupi’k Native American girl who’s taken from her family in the 1960s as part of a government-run "Americanization" campaign. [Via the Hollywood Reporter.]

Todd Graff, the writer-director of theater-kid comedy-drama "Camp," will be directing "Will," a film about "a high school outcast and a popular girl who form an unlikely bond through their shared love of music." [Via the Hollywood Reporter.] Is that teen spirit we smell? Or just Sundance?

Michel Gondry, Leos Carax (of "Lovers on the Bridge") and Bong Joon-ho (of "The Host") are in talks to take part in one of those multi-director triptychs suddenly coming back into vogue. "Tokyo" will consists of three separate stories set in three separate parts of the city. [Via the Hollywood Reporter.]

And, in a piece we missed last week, the Weinstein Company has first-look rights to a proposed English language "The Lives of Others." [Via Variety.] We presume this would still be set in Germany, and would just feature actors speaking with Teutonic accents to indicate they would be speaking German if they could?

+ Trailer: Paprika (Apple)
+ Trailer: Black Sheep (Apple)
+ Trailer: Year of the Dog (Yahoo!)
+ Trailer: Everything’s Gone Green (
+ Roadside, Goldwyn will play ‘Hearts’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Snyder, WB in clinch for ‘Punch’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Ferrara takes on Italian noir (Variety)
+ Bellocchio readies Mussolini movie (Variety)
+ Berg, Levy come to ‘America’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Graff finds way to ‘Will’ for Walden (Hollywood Reporter)
+ 3 lined up for ‘Tokyo’ tales (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Weinsteins keep sight of Mirage (Variety)


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.


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…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.