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In the works: Remaking Leconte, Peckinpah.

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"I don't know my way home."
Trailers: One for "Ocean’s Thirteen," here. "Are you watching ‘Oprah’?"

And one for David Duchovny vehicle "The TV Set," here. Having thoroughly plumbed the intrigues and inanities of making a movie, cinema is now ready to turn to the making of a TV pilot, though the inevitable struggle for artistic integrity does lose something.

Acquired: Stephen Chow‘s latest film, comedy (natch) "A Hope," has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, who also handled US distribution for the excellent "Kung Fu Hustle." Praise Movie Jesus! Chow’s first film to be shown in the US, "Shaolin Soccer," was acquired for Miramax by the Weinsteins, who, as part of their longterm campaign to torment fans of Asian film, snipped it down and dubbed it into English. On "A Hope":

Chow’s fifth feature is described as a fantasy comedy about a, "about a poor laborer father played by Chow and his young son. When a fascinating and strange new pet enters their lives, they learn a poignant lesson about the true nature of family and the things money can’t buy." [indieWIRE]

In the works: Director and internet celebrity David O. Russell will next direct "Sammy’s Hill," an adaptation of Kristin Gore’s novel about a young D.C. woman trying to balance her job as a congressional aide with her search for romance:

The book, which at times has been labeled chick lit after it hit shelves in 2004, would seem an unlikely fit for the mercurial director. Nevertheless, the material is rife with satirical elements akin to "Thank You for Smoking" and "Election." [Hollywood Reporter]

Hillary Swank is developing a remake of Patrice Leconte‘s "Intimate Strangers," in which a woman mistakes an accountant for her new therapist (less goofy than we made it sound), possibly as a starring vehicle for herself. [Variety] Meanwhile, Rod Lurie (of "The Contender") has signed on to direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah‘s "Straw Dogs" — tough, tough. "Plot details for the remake are being kept under wraps, but sources said it will take place in the U.S." [Hollywood Reporter]

And Quentin Tarantino is working on a longer version of his half of "Grindhouse," "Death Proof," for Cannes:

Given Tarantino’s Cannes history, it’s possible "Death Proof" could land a competition slot at fest’s 60th edition this year. He won Cannes’ top prize in 1994 with "Pulp Fiction." "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" (2004) were shown out of competition, and he served as president of the jury in 2004.

Robert Rodriguez‘s "Planet Terror" may also be in the running for a spot at the festival. [Variety]

+ Trailer: "Ocean’s Thirteen" (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: "The TV Set" (Apple)
+ Sony Makes Worldwide Deal for Stephen Chow’s Latest (indieWIRE)
+ Russell going to D.C. for Gore’s ‘Hill’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Swank developing ‘Intimate’ (Variety)
+ Lurie dons ‘Straw’ hat for remake (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Tarantino grinds out Cannes plan (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 IFC.com

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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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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…