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“Crash” TV.

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"I am angry all the time... and I don't know why."
[We hope you’ll bear with us as we also continue to trickle out Sundance reviews over the next week — there are still plenty of films we’d like to write about.]

At the LA Times, Marc Weingarten reports that publishers are being inundated with pitches, proposal and story ideas as striking writers are turning to the safe territory of the bound book. The article delves into a lingering attitude that’s been around since at least the days when Falkner headed to Hollywood to drink himself into oblivion — that novels are art, what people really want to write, while screenplays are what they end up writing for money. Weingarten gets this quote from a screenwriter named Mark Haskell Smith:

"The Writers Guild is gonna kill me for saying this, but a script is nothing more than a blueprint for a film," he said. "It’s a road map and can’t stand on its own; it needs others to make it a movie. Books are more holistic. They’re less about plot and more about character, emotions, nuance. It’s refreshing to just write about people for a change."

Elsewhere, others are hopping industry boundaries — the AP reports that the "Crash" TV series (that’s Paul Haggis "Crash," not David Cronenberg "Crash") that was reported as being in development last year is actually happening. It’ll air on Starz as the network’s "first original drama series," with production beginning this spring… strike willing? Haggis (who’s moved back and forth between TV and film), co-writer and producer Bobby Moresco, and producers Bob Yari and Don Cheadle are among those returning from the big screen version, which we think totally warrants a revisit of 2005’s greatest headslapper of a line: "I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other… just so we can feel something."

Also, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Sam Raimi is dipping his toe back into television with the live-action fantasy show "Wizard’s First Rule," based on Terry Goodkind’s series "The Sword of Truth" and intended for syndication. Raimi is responsible for executive producing the similar shows "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Young Hercules," which, you may recall, starred Ryan Gosling.

+ Hollywood writers turn to Plan B: the novel (LA Times)
+ ‘Crash’ Coming to Starz as a TV Series (AP)
+ Raimi new ‘Wizard’ of syndie (Hollywood Reporter)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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