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In the works: Casting “The Road.”

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"Who's the unlucky?" In the works: There’s a new cast addition to John Hillcoat’s hotly anticipated (at least by us) adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s "The Road" — Charlize Theron has signed on to play the wife, a role that will be kept almost entirely to flashbacks, to Viggo Mortensen’s unnamed man escorting his young son through a hellish, post-apocalyptic America. [Variety]

Todd Graff, the writer/director of "Camp," has found a dancin’, singin’ star for his next film, the similarly themed "Will." "High School Musical"’s Vanessa Hudgens will play a former stutterer who bonds with a high school outcast to form a band. [Hollywood Reporter]

Giuseppe Tornatore, the filmmaker responsible for "Cinema Paradiso" and "The Legend of 1900," will next direct a film about Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese activist who’s spent most of the past two decades under house arrest due to her campaigns for democracy. Weirdly, Marvel’s Avi Arad will serve as one of the producers:

"At first I thought it wasn’t my kind of movie, but then I realized it was. To me, Suu Kyi was like a character from ‘X-Men,’ except she’s a real hero, not an imaginary one — she didn’t need to do what she did, and she gave up a lot to do it."

Arad
is determined that "The Lady" be a movie for the broadest possible
audience. "There’s a real commercial opportunity to tell this story. I
don’t want to do a biopic like HBO or the BBC would do. We have to find
a way of making it bigger than that. It’s a love story and a political
thriller. If it’s not commercially successful, we will have missed the
mark," he said. [Variety]

We ain’t got nothing at all.

Stephan Elliott, the writer/director of midnight movie favorite "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," will direct Jessica Biel, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas in an adaptation of Noel Coward’s play "Easy Virtue," about an American divorcee who marries a young Englishman, and then is forced to face his disapproving parents. [Hollywood Reporter]

Trailers: There’s a trailer for George A. Romero’s "Diary of the Dead" up here
— the film, which is a sort of reboot of the "Dead" franchise, and
which premiered at Toronto a few months ago, has attracted some
seriously mixed reviews, but remains one we’re really looking forward
to seeing at Sundance.

Cillian Murphy plays a video store clerk and Lucy Liu an iteration
of that crazy, kooky girl who pops in to bring adventure and
love to the life of a repressed movie protagonist in "Watching the
Detectives" — trailer’s here, and interesting mostly for its peek at Murphy attempting awkwardly to play light.

Acquired: First Independent Pictures has picked up Chen Shi-Zheng’s "Dark Matter" for an April release. The film, which premiered at Sundance last year, stars Liu Ye, Aidan Quinn and Meryl Streep and received renewed attention after the Virginia Tech tragedy for its similar themes of violence springing from an academic setting, and, though no one chose to put it so indelicately, its unbalanced Asians. [Hollywood Reporter]

+ Charlize Theron hits ‘The Road’ (Variety)
+ ‘Musical’ star fills ‘Will’ bill (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Tornatore courts a Nobel ‘Lady’ (Variety)
+ Biel extols ‘Virtue’ for Endgame (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Trailer: Diary of the Dead (MySpace)
+ Trailer: Watching the Detectives (Peace Arch Releasing)
+ ‘Dark’ sees light at First Independent (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…