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In the works: “Still Life” acquired, Tavernier in English.

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Acquired: New Yorker Films has picked up Jia Zhang-Ke‘s acclaimed "Still Life" for a fall release. Jia, the only director in the entire country of China not making pricey historical battle epics, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival last year, where the film made its premiere. [Hollywood Reporter] That deal was made at Tribeca, as were the acquisition of German drama "Vivere" by Here! Films for a release sometime this year, and the acquisition of doc "9 Star Hotel" by Koch Lorber for a May release in New York, with other cities to follow. "Vivere" is from Angelina Maccarone; "9 Star Hotel" follows Palestinian construction workers who sneak into Israel every day for work. [Hollywood Reporter] In another Tribeca pick-up, First Run/Icarus Films has snagged Camila Guzmán Urzúa‘s autobiographical doc "The Sugar Curtain," which traces the director’s years growing up in Cuba in the 70s and 80s, and which will get a summer release.

Elsewhere, Brian Jun‘s Midwestern drama "Steel City" will be release by Truly Indie, opening May 25th in New York and rolling out from there. The film premiered at Sundance last year, and Raymond J. Barry received a Spirit Award nomination for his role. [Hollywood Reporter]

In the works: France’s Bertrand Tavernier, director of "Coup de torchon" and many more, will make his English language debut with "In the Electric Mist," based on this James Lee Burke novel. The film, a Louisiana-set mystery about a detective tracking a serial killer, will star Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Peter Sarsgaard, Ned Beatty and Tom (Yes!) Sizemore. [Hollywood Reporter]

Tran Anh Hung, the Vietnamese filmmaker behind the impressive films "The Scent of Green Papaya" and "Vertical Ray of the Sun," will next direct boundless bundle of charisma Josh Hartnett in "I Come with the Rain," about "a private detective who, haunted by a past encounter with a serial killer, heads for the Far East to search for a missing heir who has the power to heal with his touch." [Variety]

George Clooney and Grant Heslov, who together wrote "Good Night, and Good Luck," will be co-writing "Escape From Tehran," based on this Wired magazine article. The film will be a dramedy about how the CIA used "a fake movie project to smuggle a handful of Americans out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis." [Variety]

Cillian Murphy is going to play a hippie. [Empire]

Mr. Bean is going to play a Dickens character. [Variety]

And, because the world always need more graphic novel adaptation (or at least the box office does), Warner Brothers has acquired the rights to Frank Miller‘s "Ronin," about  a dystopic New York, evil sword, and so on. [Hollywood Reporter] Columbia Pictures has picked up Dark Horse Comics’s "The Ark," created by Mark Verheiden. [Hollywood Reporter]

+ New Yorker draws deal for ‘Still Life’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Vivere,’ ‘Hotel’ among Tribeca pickups
(Hollywood Reporter)
+ Truly Indie hammers out ‘Steel’ deal (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Mist’ opportunity for Tavernier (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Hartnett to star in ‘Rain’ (Variety)
+ Clooney, Heslov visit ‘Tehran’ (Variety)
+ Four Get Their Hippie Hippie Shake On (Empire)
+ Atkinson, Howitt set for ‘Copperfield’ (Variety)
+ Warners ready for Miller’s ‘Ronin’ comic (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Ark’ triumph for Columbia, Moritz (Hollywood Reporter)

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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…