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In the works: Murakami’s “Norwegian Wood”?

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07312008_norwegianwood.jpgIn the works: A great bit of news from indirectly, Screen Daily: French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, of the acclaimed “Vertical Ray of the Sun” and “The Scent of Green Papaya,” will next been working on a Japanese-language adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s “Norwegian Wood.”

The only work of Murakami’s to be adapted to the screen so far have been two short stories — “Tony Takitani,” which was made into a minimalist feature by Jun Ichikawa, and “All God’s Children Can Dance,” which apparently yielded a short from Robert Logevall starring Joan Chen. Most of Murakami’s work would seem impossible to adapt for the screen, save his recent “After Dark,” which reads, unfortunately, like an annotated screenplay, and (hey!) “Norwegian Wood,” one of his earlier and most straightforward novels, the chronicle of a college student during Tokyo’s turbulent late 1960s who’s involved with two different women. It’s a favorite of mine, and Tran Anh Hung’s a director whose work I’ve liked a lot in the past — he, incidentally, just wrapped “I Come with the Rain,” a Hong Kong-set thriller starring Josh Hartnett and “A Bittersweet Life”‘s Lee Byung-hun, his first film in eight years. [Twitch]

Elsewhere, Howard Stern’s hired Alex Winter, aka Bill of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” to write a remake of “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.” Hey, it can’t all be good news. [Variety]

Acquired: 2929 Prods. will distribute James Gray’s “Two Lovers,” of which I’d quite fond, through sister company Magnolia Pictures, having failed to find a satisfactory deal with an outside distributor. According to Gregg Goldstein: “‘Lovers’ will bow early next year with New York and Los Angeles openings… it’s not yet clear whether the film also will go out via Magnolia’s Ultra VOD day-and-date platform.” [Hollywood Reporter]

And Strand has picked up actor Luke Eberl’s directorial debut “Choose Connor,” a thriller starring Steven Weber and Alex Linx. [indieWIRE]

+ Tran Anh Hung Bringing Murakami’s NORWEGIAN WOOD To The Big Screen! (Twitch)
+ Stern sets ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ remake (Variety)
+ A Cannes of worms for indie films (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Strand Chooses “Connor” (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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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