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In the works: Mirren in the mainstream, Niki Caro.

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Dance, dance, dance.
Trailers: There’s a trailer for Eli Roth‘s "Hostel: Part II" here — feel the gore! But make sure you wash your hands afterward.

And a trailer here for "The Hawk is Dying," which garnered some pretty dismal word of mouth coming out of Sundance last year despite universal fondness for Paul Giamatti. The film opens in New York tomorrow.

Acquired: Viz Pictures has picked up Japanese submission for Best Foreign Language Film "Hula Girls," which looks at how a group of young women in a small, crumbling Japanese town build a Hawaiian village tourist attraction. Director Lee Sang-il was in San Diego and New York this week for special screenings, and some sort of theatrical release for the film is set for summer. [Viz]

Shadow Distribution has picked up the rights to Shane King and Arne Johnson‘s doc "Girls Rock!" about a rock ‘n’ roll camp for young girls. The film will hit theaters in the fall. [indieWIRE]

In the works: Helen Mirren, never one to shy away from setting the crown down for the occasional mainstream project (or the occasional fabulously strange one), will star in "National Treasure: Book Of Secrets" as Nicolas Cage‘s mom. [Empire] And Ray Winstone has taken a major but undisclosed role in "Indiana Jones 4" — "sources said Winstone will play star Harrison Ford‘s sidekick." [Hollywood Reporter]

Mark Wahlberg is here, he’s there, he’s starring in M. Night Shyamalan‘s "The Happening," which has been given a June 13, 2008 release date. He’ll play "the father of a family on the run from an apocalyptic threat to humanity." [Hollywood Reporter]

Everyone has already predicted career doom for Jennifer Hudson, so watch her next move with your choice of hope, anticipatory schadenfreude or some exquisite mixture of the two — she’s in talks to act alongside Forest Whitaker in "Winged Creatures," the upcoming film from "Little Fish" director Rowan Woods. [Variety]

Niki Caro, the director of "Whale Rider" and "North Country," will next adapt and direct Ken Dornstein’s memoir "The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky," which traces how, after the death of his older brother David, an aspiring writer, Dornstein attempts to deal with his grief by sorting through David’s journals and letters and paying a visit to Lockerbie, Scotland, the site of the plane crash in which he died. [Hollywood Reporter]

Mateo Gil, who’s served as co-writer on many of Alejandro Amenábar‘s films, will write and direct an adaptation of Juan Rulfo’s influential early magical realist novel "Pedro Paramo." The novel’s been adapted twice before for film; Gil’s directed one other feature-length film, 1999 thriller "Nobody Knows Anybody." [Variety]

Not in the works: New York Daily News gossip columnist Ben Widdicombe writes:

Anna Nicole Smith was so desperate to play her icon, Marilyn Monroe, on the big screen, she offered to finance a film about the life of Monroe’s one-time husband Joe DiMaggio. But "DiMaggio: Setting the Record Straight" author Marv Schneider says Smith was turned down. "She offered to at least partially finance it, about six months before she died," Schneider told me. "The screenplay was finished in the summer."

Retired AP sportswriter Schneider, who interviewed the Yankee Clipper several times and wrote the book with DiMaggio’s former attorney Morris Engelberg, says Smith was not thought right for the role. "It was rejected out of hand. She wasn’t considered ready," he said at Zocalo restaurant. "Also, if she got the role, we thought we’d have a tough time getting a top actor to play DiMaggio."

+ Trailer: "Hoster: Part II" (MTV)
+ Trailer: "The Hawk is Dying" (Apple)
+ VIZ PICTURES ANNOUNCES DOMESTIC THEATRICAL SCREENINGS OF AWARD-WINNING FILM HULA GIRLS
(Viz)
+ Shadow to Bring "Girls Rock!" to U.S. (indieWIRE)
+ Helen Mirren In National Treasure 2 (Empire)
+ Winstone digging in for ‘Indy 4’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Wahlberg in Shyamalan’s ‘Happening’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Hudson may star in ‘Winged’ (Variety)
+ ‘Sky’ is falling to Caro (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Gil votes for ‘Pedro’ (Variety)
+ Anna Nicole’s unlikely pitch (NY Daily News)

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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…