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In the works: Eric Bana and Mark Ruffalo ready to direct, as is the “I’m Fucking Matt Damon” guy.

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08052008_thetimetravelerswife.jpgIn the works: Eric Bana, the Aussie comedian turned sad-eyed leading man, will make his directorial debut with “Love the Beast,” in which he’s also starring as… himself, as the film tracks his 25-year relationship with “The Beast,” a 1974 Falcon Coupe. The quote from the Australian distributor: “In an unexpectedly emotional journey, Eric explores the importance of friends, hobbies, and what it means to live life to the fullest. Along the way Eric seeks counsel and guidance from household names such as (US talk show host) Dr Phil and (Top Gear host) Jeremy Clarkson.” [The Daily Telegraph]

Also stepping behind the camera: Mark Ruffalo, who’ll be helming “Sympathy for Delicious,” in which he’ll star with James Franco and Chris Thornton in the story of, er, “a paralyzed DJ struggling to survive in his wheelchair on the streets of L.A. He turns to faith-healing and mysteriously acquires the ability to cure the sick — although not himself. Ruffalo plays a Jesuit priest who tries to help him come to terms with the limits of his gift, and Franco a rock singer in a band that exploits the suddenly famous healer.” [Variety]

Wayne McClammy, the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” segment producer who directed and co-wrote “I’m Fucking Matt Damon” and “I’m Fucking Ben Affleck,” will be directing “Beat Kip,” a revenge comedy, for Paramount Vantage. The film “tells the story of three buddies who travel across the country to confront an Ivy League nemesis who stole one of the guys’ girlfriends.” [Hollywood Reporter]

Hong Sang-Soo’s next will be an ultra-low budget (under $10,000, if my currency conversion is right) HD film tentatively titled “You Don’t Even Know.” “Story tells of film director Gyeong-Nam (Kim Tae-Woo from ‘Woman on the Beach’), who is invited to Jecheon to take part in the jury of the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival. There he meets programmer Hyeon-Hee (Eom Ji-won from ‘Tale of Cinema’), and later going to Jeju for a lecture, he ends up meeting the wife of one of his colleagues, played by Go Hyun-Jung. Film will shoot in Jecheon until August 15, and then stay in Jeju Island until early September.” Hong’s last film, “Night and Day,” premiered at Berlin in February, but still remains without US distribution. [Twitch]

Music video director Floria Sigismondi, of Interpol’s “Obstacle 1” and the White Stripes’ “Blue Orchid,” will be making a film about the Runaways, the ’70s all-girl rock band made up of Joan Jett, Cherie Curie, the late Sandy West and others, with Jett producing. [Variety]

And John Crowley, the director of “Intermission” and, more recently, “Boy A,” has signed on to direct an adaptation of Carolyn Parkhurst’s novel “The Dogs of Babel,” in which a linguistics professor tries to teach his dog, the only witness to his wife’s death, to speak, in order to discover if she died as a result of an accident or suicide. [Variety]

Acquired: Elissa Down’s directorial debut “The Black Balloon,” an Australian coming-of-age comedy starring Toni Collette and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”‘s Luke Ford, has been picked up by NeoClassics Films. [Variety]

And Artistic License Films has acquired Pamela Tanner Boll’s documentary about the “mothering-versus-working choice,” “Who Does She Think She Is?”, for an October release. [indieWIRE]

[Photo: Bana in “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” New Line Cinema, 2008]

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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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