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Brother vs. brother: Zucker fight.

Brother vs. brother: Zucker fight. (photo)

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Greenpeace is a good organization that’s kind of itchily annoying, the same way a college activist getting you to sign a worthy petition is — a point driven home quite literally when Bruce Willis was whacking activists with golf balls from his oil rig in “Armageddon.” That image might be a good one to keep in mind when reading the news that arch-hack Jon Turteltaub (“National Treasure,” “Phenomenon,” “Cool Runnings,” “3 Ninjas” — a résumé to set your heart a-flutter) is all set to go on a biopic of the nascent Greenpeace movement of the ’70s and early ’80s: get ready for heart-pounding hilarity and adventure as seal and whale hunters meet their match in a scrappy, ragtag team of “pacifists, ecologists, musicians, teachers, sailors, and scientists.” Wacky!

More notable, though, is who’s producing: Jerry Zucker and wife Janet. Zucker is, of course, part of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team that was responsible for the much-loved “Naked Gun” and “Airplane!” movies; after the partnership dissolved, everyone went their own ways. The most “serious” of the bunch, Jerry made “Ghost” and the little-loved King Arthur movie “First Knight” (Richard Gere as Lancelot!). Brother David, meanwhile, became a 9/11 conservative, stemming his lifelong liberalism to channel his concern for national patriotism into films like “An American Carol” — a stillborn satire rewriting “A Christmas Carol” with a Michael Moore figure in the role of Scrooge who discovers he doesn’t want to destroy America after all. It’s, um, “special.”

So you could view Jerry Zucker’s entering the politicized filmmaking arena as kind of a rebuke to his brother’s politics. His wife and producer Janet Zucker is quoted as saying, “We’ve found that the best way to reach people’s hearts and minds is through entertainment,” which is certainly what David tried — and failed — to do. But when I interviewed David Zucker about “Carol” (which was like interviewing talking points, really), he said he’d switched parties “without surrendering my environmentalist beliefs.” So this might be the one political point of détente between the brothers and former filmmaking partners.

If you’ve never seen “An American Carol” — somehow, most people didn’t — it’s pretty staggering. Here’s the trailer. The movie itself is far more offensive. I’ve included the O’Reilly intro because, you know, it fits:

[Photo: Warriors for Greenpeace? Nah, “3 Ninjas,” Touchstone, 1992.]

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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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