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In the works: Skinheads, Welles, “The Road.”

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"I'm wearin ‘em for a bet. What's your excuse? "
Trailer: A trailer for "This is England," the latest from the always promising Shane Meadows (of "Dead Mans Shoes"), here. The film, which is based on Meadows’ experiences as a child, follows a 12-year-old boy who’s taken in by a friendly group of local skinheads in 80s England. This looks to be the UK trailer; IFC First Take picked up the film for a US release in July.

Acquired: Orson Welles‘s final film, the unfinished "The Other Side of the Wind," is reportedly about to be acquired (and completed) by a "well-known cable network," according to Peter Bogdanovich, talking to the New York Sun‘s Howard Swains in an inconclusive but tantalizing piece. Welles was unable to complete the film due to legal problems stemming from one of this investors, Mehdi Bousheri, the brother-in-law of the former Shah of Iran — he was denied access to the film’s original negatives, but claimed the film was nearly complete, save for the editing.

"Orson said to me, ‘If anything happens to me, you will make sure you finish it, won’t you?’" Mr. Bogdanovich recalled. "It was, of course, a compliment and also a terrible moment. He pressed me to give some assurance, and it’s been hanging over us for 22 years now."

And, while it doesn’t quite count as an acquisition, Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Features, dumped by Dreamworks not so long ago, have signed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures. Burrowing bounders! [Guardian]

In the works: John Hillcoat will direct an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s recent post-apocalyptic novel "The Road," which is splendid, given the way McCarthy’s work clearly informed Hillcoat’s last film, the bleak Australian Western "The Proposition." Joe Penhall will write the script; Oprah’s just added the novel to her damn book club. [Variety]

Neil Jordan (♥!) will rewrite and direct "Heart-Shaped Box," an adaptation of Joe Hill’s horror novel about, er, a rock star who buys a haunted suit on eBay. Hill is the son of Stephen King; Jordan’s moving from fantasy-horror to straight-up horror and we must say, we’re looking forward to it. [Hollywood Reporter]

Gabriele Salvatores will direct an adaptation of Niccolò Ammaniti‘s "Come Dio Comanda" (As God Commands), the second pairing of the director and author — Salvatores’ 2004 kidnap drama  "I’m Not Scared"
was also an adaptation of one of Ammaniti’s books. "As God Commands"
will focus on an 11-year old living in a dystopic Italian suburb with
his neo-nazi dad. [Variety]

Sydney Pollack will direct "Recount," a narrative film about the 2000 presidential election and the Florida recount, for HBO Films. The film will premiere on the network (no theaters) next spring. [Variety] Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, the directorial pair behind last year’s strangely adored "Quinceañera,"  have also made a deal with HBO Films — they’ll write and direct "Sensational," "a drama that chronicles a scandalous affair Errol Flynn had with a 15-year-old girl." Also, "Quinceañera" is turning into a series for the ABC Family Channel — yay. [Variety]

James "Hey, Zeus!" Caviezel is in negotiations to star in "Only in New York," an indie crime thriller from single-monikered French wonder Pitof, of, yes, "Catwoman." [Hollywood Reporter]

And, for you 80s babies out there: A remake of sleepover standard "Adventures in Babysitting" is in the works. "Further Adventures in Babysitting" (though if this is indeed a remake, we’d presume these are actually the self-same recycled adventures) will star tweener favorites Raven Symone and Miley Cyrus. [Variety]

+ Trailer: "This is England" (
+ Deal Near on a Lost Welles (NY Sun)
+ Wallace & Gromit creators join Sony (Guardian)
+ Penhall paves ‘Road’ (Variety)
+ Jordan will build ‘Box’ for Warners (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Salvatores takes ‘Commands’ (Variety)
+ Pollack to direct ‘Recount’ (Variety)
+ Directing duo are ‘Sensational’ (Variety)
+ Caviezel: ‘N.Y.’ state of mind (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Paulsen to write ‘Babysitting’ (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

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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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