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In the works: Willem Dafoe does “Antichrist.”

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08132008_manderlay.jpgIn the works: “Antichrist,” Lars von Trier’s $11 million English-language horror flick, having gotten its funding down late last month, now has a cast — Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg “will play a couple who retreat to an isolated cabin in the woods following the death of their child.” Dafoe’s actually coming back for more — he’s worked with Von Trier before, in “Manderlay.” [Variety] And Isabel Coixet, whose “Elegy” topped out the indie box office this past weekend, is in talks to cast Rinko Kikuchi in “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo,” “a Japanese-set dramatic thriller that centers on a fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer.” [Hollywood Reporter]

On the unlikely source material front, the rights to former Veuve Clicquot CEO Mireille Guiliano’s smuggish best-seller “French Women Don’t Get Fat” have been picked up by Hilary Swank and producing partner Molly Smith to be worked into a rom-com about “girl-next-door champagne company middle manager who learns some tough life lessons which help her become the woman she’s always wanted to be,” with Swank possibly starring. [Hollywood Reporter] Meanwhile, Universal Pictures, fishing for a new epic franchise, has acquired the rights to Robert Jordan’s jillion-page “The Wheel of Time” fantasy series. Jordan passed away last year, but the 12th and final book in the series is still set for publication in 2009, with another author working to finish the novel using Jordan’s notes. [Variety]

Todd Brown at Twitch notes that Katsuhito Ishii, director of “The Taste of Tea,” has two projects in progress — one, “Sorasoi,” is “a comic mockumentary tracking a group of college students in a hostel training for a dance competition.” The other, “U-BEE,” seems to be something you play as ambient video in the background for decorative purposes. [Twitch]

Acquired: “An Omar Broadway Film,” a doc composed largely of footage that Broadway surreptitiously shot as an inmate of Newark’s Northern State Prison, has been picked up by HBO, who’ll give the film a New York/L.A. theatrical run to qualify it for an Oscar nomination. [Variety]

[Photo: “Manderlay,” IFC Films, 2005]

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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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