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Video: “Watchmen” at Comic-Con 2008

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“That seems like… a crazy idea,” “300” director Zack Snyder said upon being offered the adaptation of “Watchmen,” Alan Moore’s revered graphic novel that’s defied all earlier attempts to be brought to the big screen. “Once they asked me, I kinda felt responsible — even if I said no, they would have moved on, and then whatever happened to the movie, I still would have had my chance… If the movie, for whatever reason didn’t turn out, it would have been still my fault. So I figured, might as well make it my fault anyway.”

The hotly anticipated superhero film isn’t headed to theaters until March 6, 2009, but a recently released trailer has fans chomping at the bit. At Comic-Con’s panel for the film, Snyder reassured the crowd that he’s attempted to stay as true to the graphic novel as possible, with “Watchmen” artist Dave Gibbons at his side, claiming that “It’s just the stuff of dreams, really, to have something step out of your head and become real.”

Also joining them were Billy Crudup, who plays the omniscient Dr. Manhattan and who described the challenges to figuring out “how you pretend to be the 6’4″ buffed-out master of matter while you’re a 5’9″, 40-year-old jackass playing dress-up.” Patrick Wilson, who plays Night Owl, and Carla Gugino and Malin Ackerman, who play the first and second incarnations of the Silk Spectre, additionally spoke about their characters and why “Watchmen” won’t be your average superhero movie.

Take a look at video clips from the panel below:

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More from Comic-Con 2008: The “RocknRolla” panel with director Guy Ritchie and star Gerard Butler; “The Spirit” panel with Frank Miller and Samuel L. Jackson; the panel for “The Wolf Man” with award-winning make-up artist Rick Baker and stars Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt.

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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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