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In the works: Analog nostalgia, Romanek replaced?

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"All this tape are blank!"
Analog nostalgia! Watch the trailer for Garth Jennings’ "Son of Rambow" here (and here‘s our review of the film from last year’s Sundance Film Festival). Then watch the trailer for "Be Kind Rewind" here. Then watch Michel Gondry’s "sweded" version of that trailer, starring the director and his adorably incomprehensible accent in all of the parts, here. We enjoyed both films, though there are aspects of "Be Kind Rewind" that indicate that if it is somehow Gondry’s idea of a mainstream film, he’s even stranger than we’d ever have suspected.

One more — here, a trailer for Cao Hamburger’s "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," Brazil’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film and one of the nine on this year’s scandalous shortlist, though it didn’t get a nomination.

In the works: It’s now official — Guillermo del Toro is doing the "Hobbit"s. [Guardian]

Two days ago director Mark Romanek walked away from "The Wolfman," Universal’s remake of the iconic Lon Chaney film, only weeks before it was due to start shooting. [Hollywood Reporter] Now Harry Knowles is rumoring that the dreaded bogeyman of all message-board frequenting fanboys, Brett Ratner, will replace him. [Ain’t It Cool] Of the seven directors whose innovative short form work has been enshrined in the Directors Label DVDs, five have completed at least one feature. Romanek’s offering, "One Hour Photo," is the weakest. It’s also, visually, pretty impressive, and it’s a shame that he won’t be working on a larger-scale project with, presumably, a less irritating premise.

The next film from "Napoleon Dynamite" director Jared Hess will be "Gentlemen Broncos," and will star, in an eerie bit of slack-jawed partnership, "Flight of the Concords"’ Jemaine Clement (too easy, you say? We don’t cast ’em, we just report) as well as Michael Angarano and Sam Rockwell. The film, written by Hess and his wife, Jerusha, "follows a high school outcast who attends a camp for writers where his story gets ripped off by a legendary fantasy novelist." [Hollywood Reporter]

"The Last King of Scotland"’s Kevin Macdonald will direct biopic "Bobby Fischer Goes to War," about the prodigy’s 1972 victory World Chess Championship over Boris Spassky. [Variety]

Acquired: Because "Cassandra’s Dream" is doing so awesomely (?), the Weinstein Company has now also picked up Woody Allen’s next film, "Vicky Christina Barcelona." [Variety]

Nina Davenport’s documentary "Operation Filmmaker," about how Liev Schreiber brings an Iraqi film student onto the set of "Everything is Illuminated," and how things go wrong in all kinds of interesting ways, has been acquired by First Run/Icarus Films for a June 4th release. [indieWIRE]

+ Trailer: "Son of Rambow" (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: "Be Kind Rewind" (Apple)
+ Be Kind Rewind sweded trailer by Michel Gondry (YouTube)
+ Trailer: "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation" (Yahoo)
+ Del Toro to take charge of The Hobbit (Guardian)
+ Director Romanek departs ‘Wolfman’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Cast saddles up for ‘Broncos’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Macdonald to direct ‘Bobby Fischer’ (Variety)
+ TWC nabs rights to ‘Barcelona’ (Variety)
+ First Run/Icarus Takes on "Operation Filmmaker" (indieWIRE)

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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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