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In the works: Opposite George Clooney.

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11242008_annakendrick.jpgWho’s starring opposite George Clooney in Jason Reitman’s new film “Up in the Air,” about a man in pursuit of his millionth frequent flier mile? Variety says Vera Farmiga will play “will play a businesswoman who develops a romantic relationship with Clooney’s character through meetings in airports and hotels around the country.” [Variety] The Hollywood Reporter claims Anna Kendrick, the policy debating femme fatale from “Rocket Science,” “has nabbed the coveted female lead.” [Hollywood Reporter] Presumably Kendrick, who’s still playing a convincing high schooler, won’t be vying for Clooney’s romantic affections.

Awesome international casting: French rock star Johnny Hallyday (watch him doing a French cover of “Black is Black”) and actress Sylvie Testud will star in the new Johnnie To film “Vengeance,” a thriller set in Hong Kong that will also star To regular Simon Yam. To was slated to work on a remake of “Le Cercle Rouge” next — the project is apparently still in development, with “Vengeance” serving as a kind of Franco-Canto compromise in the meantime. [Variety] And nother French music icon is set to hit the big screen — Serge Gainsbourg will be biopicted in “Serge Gainsbourg (vie heroique),” the first film to be directed by graphic novelist Joann Sfar, with Eric Elmosnino playing Gainsbourg (a few photos of him in character) and Laetitia Casta as Brigitte Bardot. [Variety]

More France: Pascal Laugier’s breakout “Martyrs” may have vanished down the Weinstein hole (ew!), but his career is striding onward — he’s signed on to direct and write an English-language supernatural thriller entitled “Details,” based on a short story by China Miéville, the greatest Marxist fantasy fiction writer working in the UK today. [Hollywood Reporter] Laugier’s also attached to the “Hellraiser” remake.

And there’s going to be a “Twilight” sequel, as the first film is this budding franchise made jillions of dollars this past weekend. [Variety]

[Photo: Anna Kendrick in “Rocket Science,” Picturehouse Entertainment, 2007]

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Final Countdown

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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Rev Up

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…