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In the works: “Wristcutters,” Shyamalan, Philip Roth.

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Hey, Tom Waits is in this movie.
Trailer: One for debt doc "Maxed Out," here.

Acquired: AfterDark Films has picked up the rights to Goran Dukic‘s "Wristcutters: A Love Story," a sort of romance set in an afterlife for people who committed suicide that stars Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon. The film premiered at Sundance last year and has been kicking around the festival circuit since then; it was nominated for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay at the Spirit Awards. We’ve been looking forward to seeing it, and AfterDark is apparently planning for an August release: "A potentially controversial marketing campaign is planned, featuring cardboard cutouts of characters jumping off a bridge, electrocuting and hanging themselves in keeping with the film’s suicide theme." Tasteful. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

Strand Releasing has acquired the US rights to "DarkBlueAlmostBlack," a character study of a young man trapped in a dead-end job that is the debut effort of Spanish writer-director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo. Here! Films has picked up the US rights to another Spanish film, "The 2 Sides of the Bed," which is, apparently, a musical comedy (woo!). [Via Variety.]

Picture This! has acquired Leste Chen‘s "Eternal Summer," a gay-themed drama from Taiwan that won the 2006 Golden Horse Award. [Via indieWIRE.]

In the works: Shrugging off scrunts, narfs and the mockery of the film community, M. Night Shyamalan has lined up his next film. "The Happening" will be Shyamalan’s first R-rated film, and is described as "a paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity." What will it be? Monsters, we hope. Fox will likely release the film in the summer of 2008. [Via Variety.]

Related: At The Reeler, Aaron Hillis talks to Cahiers du Cinéma editor Jean-Michel Frodon about the publication’s 2006 top-tenning of "Lady in the Water":

I really believe Shyamalan is one of the most important directors working inside the Hollywood system. He has a very daring and unusual approach about what it is to tell stories, generate beliefs, what brings people together and what separates them. He tells fabulous, antique stories that do not pretend at all to be realistic, which I find really very beautiful; he has a wonderful sense of aesthetics.

Anyway, neo-horror indie king Larry Fessenden will produce and act in "I Sell the Dead," the feature debut of writer-director Glenn McQuaid. "Lost" hobbit Dominic Monaghan will star as an 18th century London gravedigger; Ron Perlman and Angus Scrimm (the Tall Man in "Phantasm") are in talks to play a mysterious priest and a mysterious doctor, respectively. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

"The Illusionist"‘s Neil Burger will next be directing post-Iraq War road trip movie "The Return." Rachel McAdams, Michael Pena and Tim Robbins will star. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

And Isabel Coixet, last of "The Secret Life of Words," will direct a yet-untitled adaptation of Philip Roth‘s novella "The Dying Animal." Penélope Cruz, Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson are set to star; Roth’s not proved to be an easy one to adapt to film, though Phillip Noyce is also prepping to give it the ol’ college try with a planned adaptation of "American Pastoral." [Via Variety.]

Update: One more — James McAvoy is going mainstream; he’ll star in the new film from Timur Bekmambetov (of the "Night Watch" trilogy). In "Wanted," an adaptation of this graphic novel, he’ll play an orphan turned assassin. [Via the Guardian.]

+ Trailer: Maxed Out (
+ AfterDark loves ‘Wristcutters’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Strand snaps at rights to ‘Dark’ (Variety)
+ Picture This! Gets "Eternal Summer" (indieWIRE)
+ Fox lands Shyamalan movie (Variety)
+ The City’s Other Rendez-Vous (The Reeler)
+ ‘Sell’ mates: Monaghan, Perlman (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Return’ trip for McAdams, Pena, Robbins (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Lakeshore licks ‘Animal’ (Variety)

+ McAvoy muscles into action hero territory

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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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