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Odds: “Donnie Darko” Sequel Star Threatens to Retroactively Ruin the First Film

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06052008_donniedarko.jpgLarry Carroll at MTV talks with Briana Evigan, one of the stars of the non Richard Kelly-approved “Donnie Darko” sequel “S. Darko”: “Calling the script ‘very twisted,’ the 21-year-old actress also said that ‘S. Darko’ will interact with the events of the original film, à la the ‘Back to the Future’ sequels. ‘We just come back [in time] and change what happened in the first one.’ “

Anne Thompson at Variety gets “the real dope” on the Paramount Vantage fold-in:

TRUE: So far, only three Paramount Vantage films have made any money: An Inconvenient Truth, which cost nothing to acquire, which was released in partnership with Participant Productions and won the doc Oscar; this year’s best picture Oscar winner, No Country for Old Men, a 50/50 worldwide co-production with Miramax Films, which took over its domestic release, and Son of Rambow, a worldwide acquisition which earned $8 million in the UK and $2 million here, for which Vantage did not wind up paying $7 million. Moore and Lesher insist that the other films, at the end of the accounting process, will either make a little, or lose a little. “The movie business is tough,” says Lesher.

FALSE: There Will Be Blood lost tons of money. Let’s call it, after a lengthy Oscar campaign, breakeven.

At Slate, Troy Patterson writes that “I Spy [the ’60s TV series, not the recent film] represented pop culture’s first (or, at the very least, boldest) attempt at entertaining a notion of racial equality on screen.”

“Atonement” director Joe Wright talks David Lean with Louise Cohen at the Telegraph:

Lean was, as Andrei Tarkovsky put it, a “sculptor of time”. He totally understood the use of time in relation to image and drama and sound. The moment that stands out is in Lawrence of Arabia when the match is blown out against the rising sun. It is a classic lesson in the dramatic potential of cutting from something very close up, to something extremely wide – juxtaposing the macro and the micro to tell a story.

The three-year-old Rome Film Festival’s fate has been up in the air since the May election of right wing mayor Gianni Alemanno, who swore he’d downsize (or shut down) the festival, change the focus from Hollywood premieres to homegrown films and oust head Goffredo Bettini. The last he can now check off his list — Bettini’s replacement is Gian Luigi Rondi, a critic and one-time acting director of the Venice Film Festival. Fun fact: Rondi’s an old friend of Giulio Andreotti, the politician who’s the subject of Paolo Sorrentino’s not-so-flattering satirical portrait “Il Divo,” which screened in competition at Cannes this year and won the jury award. [Via Variety]

[Photo: “Donnie Darko,” Newmarket Films, 2001]

+ ‘S. Darko’ Star Briana Evigan Defends ‘Donnie Darko’ Sequel, Which Has Fans, Writer Of Original Flick Up In Arms (MTV)
+ Paramount Vantage Fallout (Variety)
+ I Spy a Progressive Racial Fantasy… (Slate)
+ David Lean, with his glamorous, beautiful worlds, is my hero (Telegraph)
+ Rondi to head Rome Film Festival (Variety)

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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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