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In the works: New projects from Bong Joon-ho and Lars von Trier

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Director Bong Joon-ho, who last title was the awesome genre-quaking monster movie “The Host,” has a new film in development (after international multi-director triptych “Tokyo!”). It will apparently be called “Mother” and will focus on a woman who tries to prove her son’s innocence after he’s accused of a terrible crime. [KFCC]

Lars von Trier claims that his next film won’t be “Wasington,” the follow-up to “Dogville” and “Manderlay”:

Instead, his next feature is Antichrist, a “psychological thriller that evolves into a horror film”. It features one man and one woman, yet to be cast, will be shot in Germany and in English this summer and deals with the favourite Von Trier topic of cruelty between the sexes: “You have to guess who is the Antichrist,” says its producer, Meta Louise Foldager, mischievously. Von Trier is testing ways of manipulating the image in it. [Telegraph, hat tip to Anthony Kaufman]

Tucked into Brooke Hauser’s interview with David Gordon Green at the LA Times: “He’s also remaking Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria,’ a horror film about a coven of witches at a ballet school in Germany. It’s all part of Green’s plan to branch out into new territory.” [LA Times]

Paul Dano heads from the bowling alley to the… mattress store? His next film, “Gigantic,” will be a quirky rom-com in which he plays a mattress salesman who gets involved with a woman he meets in his store (Zooey Deschanel ). [Hollywood Reporter]

Lovers of the shakycam can rejoice — Jason Bourne will move efficiently and dizzyingly onward. According to E!, “Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass have reportedly committed to add a fourth film to the critically acclaimed action franchise.” [E! Online]

Acquired: “Transsiberian,” the transit-borne thriller from “Next Stop Wonderland ” director Bran Anderson, has been picked up by First Look Studios for a late summer release. The film, which stars Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley, premiered at Sundance last month to solid reviews. [Variety]

Another Sundance title, and one I’d pegged to have gotten picked up much faster, has finally acquired distribution: “Sunshine Cleaning,” the Amy Adams/Emily Blunt dramedy about sisters who hope to earn their way up a rung or two on the social ladder by starting a crime scene clean-up company, has gone to Overture Films for a release late this year or early next. The film had such strong aspirations to be this year’s [title redacted] that, beyond its own title, it also features Alan Arkin as an irascible grandfather doling out love and inappropriate information to a young charge. [Variety]

“XXY,” an Argentinean coming-of-age drama about a teenage hermaphrodite, has been picked up by Film Movement to open in New York in May. The film won the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes last year. [Hollywood Reporter]

And Magnolia’s Magnet Releasing arm will be bringing Swedish horror film “Let The Right One In” to American theaters. The film is about a 12-year-old boy who befriends a girl who may be a vampire. [Hollywood Reporter]

[Photo: Bong Joon-ho on the set of “The Host,” Magnolia Films, 2007]

+ Bong Joon-ho, the director of ‘The Host’, returns with ‘Mother’ (KFCC)
+ Lars Von Trier’s funny turn (Telegraph)
+ David Gordon Green, mainstream director? (LA Times)
+ Dano signs for ‘Gigantic’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ New Bourne to Make Four (E! Online)
+ First Look takes ‘Transsiberian’ (Variety)
+ Overture nabs ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ (Variety)
+ Film Movement picks up ‘XXY’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Magnet attracts ‘Right One’ rights (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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