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In the works: Malick!

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"We're living in a world that's blowing itself to hell as fast as everybody can arrange it."
Wow, it has been a while since we’ve done one of these round-ups.

In the works: Roll it off the tongue: Ter-rence Ma-lick. Heath Ledger and Sean Penn are in talks to star in what will hopefully be the great director’s next film, "Tree of Life," helpfully described as "a complex drama": "‘New World’ lead Colin Farrell was in talks to star in the feature two years ago, with about a third of the shoot set for India, but the star and location are no longer part of the project." [Hollywood Reporter]

Robin Wright Penn, Julianne Moore and Wynona Ryder have signed on to star in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," the new film from Rebecca Miller ("The Ballad of Jack and Rose"). The film, adapted from a novel of the same name, "centers on a dutiful wife whose husband falls for a younger woman, freeing her to explore her buried sensuality and leading to ‘a very quiet nervous breakdown.’" Moore for the sad housewife win, we’re guessing? [Variety]

Japanese studio Toho is working on a remake of Akira Kurosawa‘s "The Hidden Fortress," which is, among other things, one of the inspirations for "Star Wars." Hiroshi Abe will take on the Toshiro Mifune role, Masami Nagasawa will play the princess, and "In a move guaranteed to raise the eyebrows of Kurosawa fans, the parts of the two peasant refugees, the inspiration for R2-D2 and C-3PO, will be combined into a single character, Takezo, from whose perspective the story will be told. Jun Matsumoto of the boy band Arashi will take that key role." [Hollywood Reporter]

And one you’ve all been waiting for: There’s going to be a "Crank 2." We seem to recall Jason Statham‘s character dying spectacularly at the end of the first one, but we would never expect such a silly constraint to stop him from coming back for a sequel, in which we’re promised he’ll face "a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working." [Variety]

Acquired: We’ve been keeping an eye on Rian Johnson‘s "The Brothers Bloom" for a while now; his last film, "Brick," was one of our favorites of last year and a hell of an indie debut, and "Bloom," which stars Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz, looks to be in the same tweaked genre vein. It’s also been picked up, on the basis of a script and two minutes of footage, for a reported eight-figures, months before the film was expected to premiere at Sundance. [indieWIRE]

Trailers: A trailer for "Protagonist," the "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control"-esque documentary from Oscar-winning director Jessica Yu, is here.

And a trailer for "Awake," which looks like the trashy thriller second cousin of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," is here.

+ Ledger, Penn take part in Malick’s ‘Life’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Leading ladies sign on for ‘Pippa Lee’ (Variety)
+ Toho to remake Kurosawa’s ‘Fortress’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Jason Statham to reprise ‘Crank’ role (Variety)
+ Major Pre-Fest Buy Blooms; Summit Makes Blind Eight-figure Deal for Rian Johnson’s "Brothers"
+ Trailer: Protagonist (Apple)
+ Trailer: Awake (Yahoo)

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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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