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In the works: Aaron Sorkin and Facebook are now friends.

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08272008_aaronsorkin.jpgAaron Sorkin has a Facebook page. It says that Aaron Sorkin is writing a Facebook movie:

Welcome. I’m Aaron Sorkin. I understand there are a few other people using Facebook pages under my name–which I find more flattering than creepy–but this is me. I don’t know how I can prove that but feel free to test me.

I’ve just agreed to write a movie for Sony and producer Scott Rudin about how Facebook was invented. I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I’ve started this page. (Actually it was started by my researcher, Ian Reichbach, because my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she’s been dead for 33 years.)

Rudin has confirmed this with Dan Kois at New York‘s Vulture blog, shaking my world view with regard to people claiming to be celebrities on the internet. What if that really was Gore Vidal trying to get me to sign up for a $50 Macy’s gift card on MySpace?

Sorkin’s last produced screenplay was “Charlie Wilson’s War”; he also scripted “The Trial of The Chicago 7,” loosely based on Brett Morgen’s doc “Chicago 10,” a project still in search of a director. [New York]

Signs that we are an empire in decline: After years of tepid Hollywood remakes of little-seen Asian films, China is about to see their first remake of a (relatively) little-seen Hollywood film — “Cellular,” that Kim Basinger/Chris Evans/mobile phone thriller, has been remade as “Connected,” with Benny Chan directing and pumping up the juice: “In my movie, I added many elements that Hong Kong action movies do best — human combat, action, flying cars,” The film opens in China September 25th. [Hollywood Reporter]

Audrey Tautou will play Coco Chanel in biopic “Coco Avant Chanel,” with Anne Fontaine directing. The film’s slated for release next year — until then, you can always catch Shirley MacLaine playing the fashion icon in the Lifetime Original Movie. [Variety]

Austin Chick, whose pre-9/11, post- dot-com bubble drama “August” vanished almost immediately from theaters earlier this summer, will next direct a Hamptons-set thriller about pretty 20-somethings fighting over illicit cash. “I’d like to continue doing more specialty movies in the future, but with the business hitting such hard times I wanted to try something a little different,” he says. [Hollywood Reporter]

Acquired: Sony Picture Classics has snagged the rights to “Paris 36,” a period film from “The Chorus” director Christophe Barratier. No release date yet, but the film will premiere at Toronto. [Variety]

And here! Films has picked up Olaf de Fleur’s “The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela,” a docudrama about a Filipino transsexual that won the Teddy Award for Best Feature at Berlin this year. The film opens in New York and L.A. on September 26th. [indieWIRE]

[Photo: Aaron Sorkin, courtesy of Facebook]

+ CONFIRMED: Aaron Sorkin Creates Facebook Page, Writing Facebook Movie (New York)
+ ‘Cellular’ gets a return call in China (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Warner Bros. dons ‘Chanel’ biopic (Variety)
+ Screen Gems, Austin Chick in scream team (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Sony to distribute ‘Paris 36’ (Variety)
+ here! Takes “Queen” (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 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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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…