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Michael Jackson planned film about foster kids, Uri Geller, macabre Halloween release

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Before he died, Michael Jackson’s sad childhood was often neglected by media reports that favored focusing on what a weirdo he was. But Jackson’s troubled childhood made him who he was and drove all those kid-centric movies, charities, and Neverland Ranch fun times. Rather than incriminating, his history seems to validate his good intentions, however ill-conceived. Further case in point, the King of Pop had recently “committed to co-direct and fund” a drama about foster children, tentatively called “They Cage the Animals at Night” [NYDailyNews]

If you’ve never seen “Louis, Martin & Michael,” a Louis Theroux documentary about his quest to interview Michael Jackson, google it. Louis is brilliantly awkward whether you’re interested in the crazies he interviews or not. This one stands out with a frightening Joe Jackson interview where he callously admits to whipping a young Michael. Louis also talks with Michael’s friend Uri Geller, a ginormous trip artist.

Geller’s cashing in on lots of private footage and a doc with the lamest title ever: “My Friend Michael Jackson: Uri’s Story.” From the Guardian report, so far it sounds like a feature about the two on a shopping spree at Harrods, and some misty, water-colored snippets of Uri’s wedding with best man Michael Jackson. God what I wouldn’t give to have Michael at my wedding, right?

It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark. Sony Pictures is acquiring the rehearsal footage and prearranged video accompaniments for Michael’s now defunct This Is It tour for something like $60 million and making a film out of it. It might be in 3-d. It’s slated for an October 30th release [Variety]. Girl, you know it’s thriller, thriller night.

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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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