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“Nailed” is back, Tony Kaye is probably not.

“Nailed” is back, Tony Kaye is probably not. (photo)

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David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”) and Tony Kaye (“American History X”) are both fearsomely talented directors and, from most accounts, extremely difficult human beings; their projects attract trouble on a regular basis. Both had the bad luck to get tied up with Capitol Films when the company imploded. It’s a complicated saga, but essentially Capitol heads David Bergstein and Ron Tutor owe a lot of people money and are trying to sell their remaining movies even though some of them are now owned by a different company. And their financial problems are far from over.

Russell’s “Nailed,” a political comedy, was shut down four times because its financing sputtered out — issues that weren’t the famously temperamental director’s fault, and in May Jessica Biel claimed the film was unfinished and the whole thing was missing too many scenes to be releasable. But producer Matthew Rhodes is now telling the Hollywood Reporter that post-production money has been raised and “Nailed” is going to be on the market at Cannes next year. In the meantime, Russell’s already finished shooting a whole other movie, Mark Wahlberg boxing drama “The Fighter.” It’s entirely possible we’ll have both next year.

Kaye, meanwhile, seems to have his second non-workable project. According to Bernstein and another producer, Kaye’s post-Katrina impressionistic something-or-other “Black Water Transit” is “unreleasable” — which is hard to believe, given Kaye’s without a doubt an extremely talented filmmaker, but maybe more plausible from their perspective given that it was supposed to be a “Die Hard” type thriller and instead sounds more like a $48 million arthouse flick.

“Transit” may now be tossed on the slag heap next to “Lying for a Living,” which was supposed to document Marlon Brando’s acting workshops, and which ended when Kaye decided it would be a good idea to show up in November 2001 dressed as Osama bin Laden. A movie a decade: that’s Kaye. He’s making Russell look downright reasonable.

[Photo: “I Heart Huckabees,” Fox Searchlight, 2004]

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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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