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Odds: Friday – del Toro, Polanski, Coppola.

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"Fairy land was never like this!"
Guillermo del Toro‘s next film? "Champions," an adaptation of this ’60s Brit TV show about a team of secret agents who are rescued and given super powers by an advanced civilization when their plane crashed in the Himalayas. This will be a swing back to the commercial side for del Toro, who’s proven himself comfortable working in both. [Via Variety] And Roman Polanski‘s next film will be "The Ghost," based on this novel by Robert Harris, a political thriller about a ghostwriter who uncovers dangerous secrets when working on the memoirs of a former British prime minister. [Via Variety]

There’s interview runoff from Bruce Handy’s Vanity Fair profile of Francis Ford Coppola up online here. On revisiting and reworking past films:

[E]ven now there’s a movie I’d love to get my hands on, just because I didn’t do the final shaping of it. It would probably never be seen but I’d just like to do it for myself. Finian’s Rainbow. [He directed the musical, which stars Fred Astaire and Petula Clark, in 1968.] I’d love to take 20 minutes out of Finian’s Rainbow because I just think it could be made so much better. [Via Movie City News]

The critics aren’t raving about "Young Frankenstein" on Broadway, notes the AP.

 "Get Carter" fans
are unhappy about the planned demolition of the multi-story Gateshead
parking lot —  the Trinity Centre Multi-Storey Car Park — featured in the film, scheduled to start this month, reports
Arifa Akbar at the Independent.

The films submitted for Best Animated Feature Film Oscar consideration are up here. It’s going to be another three nominee year.

And Maria Bello tells Kevin Maher at the Telegraph "I think, maybe, I’ve picked roles that are a mix of the Madonna and the whore."

Being raised Roman Catholic, these archetypes were strong in my life and difficult to break. So in the roles I’ve chosen I had to smash them in myself – I could never live up to either the Madonna or the whore, because I’m a mixture of both.

+ United Artists revives ‘Champions’ (Variety)
+ Roman Polanski returns with ‘Ghost’ (Variety) 
+ Coppola Without Hollywood (Vanity Fair)
+ Critics Are Cool to `Young Frankenstein’ (AP)
+ ‘Get Carter’ fans mourn for car park (Independent)
+ 12 Animated Features Submitted for 2007 Oscar® Consideration (Oscars.org)
+ Why the lady is also a tramp (Telegraph)

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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…