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Soderbergh, it ain’t over until Liberace sings

Soderbergh, it ain’t over until Liberace sings (photo)

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Steven Soderbergh has proven to be a uniquely unpredictable director since his debut in 1989 with “Sex, Lies, and Videotape.” He’s lost me a few times over the years especially with his, Tarkovsky “Solaris” remake, but it’s sad news to hear one of the most interesting American directors announce that he’s throwing in the towel. I’ll even miss the “Ocean’s” movies a little bit.

“I’ll go away and come back with a different approach – or I won’t.”

So maybe he’ll return. Twenty years is a long time, and the past few years have not been kind to Soderbergh’s efforts. “The Girlfriend Experience” though so timely (remember Elliot Spitzer’s pet, Ashley Alexandra Dupré) and bold (casting porn star Sasha Grey) did not do well. The 2-part epic “Che” was under marketed and tanked worldwide. Recently, “The Informant!” was totally over marketed and misleadingly so. Blame that exclamation point for throwing off the studio’s hype men, I guess they thought it was a really hilarious! comedy with fat suits and whoopee cushions.

Although Soderbergh was dropped from the Brad Pitt Baseball picture, “Moneyball” he still has some pictures in the pipe…. and they are two of the craziest musicals I’ve ever heard of. First up is “Cleo,” a musical staring Catherine Zeta Jones as Cleopatra and now Ray Winstone as Julius Ceasar. In case you haven’t heard yet, Guided By Voices will provide the music, and it’s in 3D.

“Cleopatra’s world would be a natural for this. You combine a 3D journey into her world, with Robert Pollard’s Guided by Voices music and dancing, it should be great fun.” he told critic Roger Moore.

I love Ptolemaic beauties and my guitars strung with screen door wire as much as the next guy but this project sounds crazier each time I read about it. It sounds like it could be gratuitously offensive, but there’s also that chance this is a musical tailor made for a generation that isn’t crazy about musicals.

More solid and thrilling, is the upcoming untitled Liberace flick, which I guess is more biopic than musical. It was written by “The Fisher King” writer Richard LaGravenese and that is enough to warrant attention right there. It’s set to star Michael Douglas as the infamous Milwaukee Glitter Man (I hope that’s the title) and Matt Damon as his lover. I’m rolling around in the aisle spilling popcorn already. Cross your flamboyant fingers that this comes together before Soderbergh makes his exit.

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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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