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Where the wild things are trailered.

Where the wild things are trailered. (photo)

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A trailer for Spike Jonze’s long-in-coming adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s picture book “Where the Wild Things Are” had it’s debut on, of all places, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today and is now online here. Update: Taken down, for whatever reason. An embedded version, with a preceding ad, is below, and here it is on Apple in glorious HD.

“Where the Wild Things Are” is already a notorious production — after a tiff with Universal, the original studio attached to the film in 2000, Jonze moved to Warner Bros, who were then rumored to have been unhappy with the tone and to have insisted on reshoots.There were reports from test screenings of children in the audiences crying, possibly at the monsters, which were announced to be a mix of costumes and CGI. People wondered if it really was suited for kids, but the bigger mystery for me was what the storyline would be — Sendak’s book was ten sentences long, which left a lot of leeway/work for screenwriter Dave Eggers.

The trailer, which is, in its trailery way, pretty wonderful (and oh so melancholic/twee), looks to be pitched over the heads of any actual child and right at a hip adult audience, with almost all dialogue replaced by a soundtrack of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up.” Those magic hour shots, that raggedly magical realism — it’s like crack for those of us with a soft spot for bittersweet nostalgia. The movie’s not due out until October 16, so I suppose the studio has plenty of time to try to convince parents this is also something their offspring will be entertained by.

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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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