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Who killed the incomprehensible Russian threequel?

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04222008_daywatch.jpgOne more NY Comic Con tidbit:

Russian-Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov made his name with “Night Watch,” that epilepsy-inducingly excessive fantasy blockbuster about good and evil battling it out in the streets of modern Moscow that beat out “The Lord of the Rings” at the Russian box office. “Day Watch,” the film’s somewhat less fun and certainly less intelligible sequel, did even better on its home turf, racking in a reported $32 million. So what’s become of “Dusk Watch,” the planned third film in the trilogy? Bekmambetov, at the New York convention with shiny graphic novel adaptation “Wanted,” was asked about the status and, according to IGN, claims its fate is dubious:

“[Wanted] is my Dusk Watch for now,” the director said during the panel, “because it’s really the same chance, a different story, but the same genre. Unfortunately I don’t know when Dusk Watch will happen… Let’s say this is Dusk Watch.”

In other words, given the opportunity, who wouldn’t trade in Konstantin Khabensky and Mariya Poroshina for James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie? Though it might have been doomed to happen anyway. Fox Searchlight, who bought the U.S. rights to the full “Watch” trilogy, was at one point supposed to finance “Dusk Watch,” which would reportedly be shot in the U.S., in English, with different actors. One wonders if Bekmambetov became too big for such plans, or Fox nixed things when “Day Watch” barely pulled in half a mil here in the U.S.

[Photo: “Day Watch,” Fox Searchlight, 2007]

+ NYCC 08: Dusk Watch Update (IGN)

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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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