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In the works: John Lennon, the movie; “The Strangers 2: Strangerer.”

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08292008_johnlennon.jpgThere’ve already been two recent films about his assassin, so it seems to be time to take on the considerable challenge of the man himself — Turner Prize-nominated artist Sam Taylor-Wood will make her directorial debut with John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy,” written by “Control” screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh and apparently focusing on his early life. Here’s hoping that, like “Control,” the film ends up with an unknown playing its subject. [Hollywood Reporter]

Rogue Pictures is working on a sequel to “The Strangers,” with Liv Tyler expected to return, and general hopes it could become a “Saw”-style horror franchise. [Variety]

indieWIRE‘s Eugene Hernandez paid a visit to some of the filmmakers shooting at the DNC, among them “Kurt Cobain About A Son”‘s AJ Schnack, “A Lion In the House”‘s Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, “We Are Together”‘s Paul Taylor, “My Country, My Country”‘s Laura Poitras, and “They Killed Sister Dorothy”‘s Daniel Junge, working together on a documentary to be titled “Convention.” [indieWIRE]

And Latino Review claims that Max Makowski, who wrote and directed the 2005 Sundance sad assassin film “One Last Dance,” has been selected to direct that “Voltron” feature you never knew you wanted. [Latino Review]

Acquired: Sister company IFC Films has snagged Ole Christian Madsen’s “Flame & Citron,” a Danish drama about resistance members in World War II — the film premieres at Telluride this weekend, and will be released next year. And Kino has acquired Amos Gitai’s new film “One Day You’ll Understand,” which stars Jeanne Moreau as woman who won’t tell her son about her parents, killed at Auschwitz. It premiered at Berlin, and is slated to open in New York on October 31. [Hollywood Reporter]

Self-distribution company Truly Indie’s got its first feature — “Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun” stars Ben McKenzie (“Junebug”… and who are we kidding? Ryan from “The O.C.”) as a World War I soldier hit by an artillery shell. It hits theaters September 26th. [indieWIRE]

[Photo: John Lennon in “A Hard Day’s Night,” United Artists, 1964]

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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 IFC.com

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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

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…