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This year’s SXSW is going to “Kick-Ass.”

This year’s SXSW is going to “Kick-Ass.” (photo)

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Though it played to a few hundred geeks at Harry Knowles’ “Butt-Numb-a-Thon” in December, “Kick-Ass” will make its official world premiere as the opening night film of this year’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX, which runs from March 12th through March 20th. If its Comic-Con reception last summer was any indication, the Lionsgate-acquired Matthew Vaughn flick about self-made superheroes should blow the roof off the Paramount Theater.

Aaron Johnson’s Kick-Ass, Chloë Moretz’s Hit-Girl and Nicolas Cage’s Big Daddy will be joined by “Elektra Luxx,” Sebastian Gutierrez’s sequel to last year’s SXSW fave “Women in Trouble,” which continues the story of Carla Gugino’s porn star who deals with an unwanted pregnancy with a little help from Timothy Olyphant, Malin Akerman and Justin Kirk, among others. “Quiet City” writer/director Aaron Katz will also return to SXSW with “Cold Weather,” about a former forensic science major and detective novel fiend who leaves the pressures of Chicago for his hometown of Portland, Oregon to discover something is amiss.

01062009_JamesFranco.jpgOn the documentary front, James Franco will present his new documentary “Saturday Night,” an inside look at “Saturday Night Live,” capturing the frenzy of the writing room, rehearsals and production challenges over the course of the week before it airs (presumably shot during one of Franco’s two stints as guest host in the past couple years.) SXSW will also play host to Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski’s “Lemmy,” a biopic of the legendary Motörhead lead singer Lemmy Kilmister with testimonies offered by members of Metallica, Billy Bob Thornton and Dave Grohl.

Festival audiences will also be the first to see “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson,” a part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series directed by “Hoop Dreams”‘ Steve James that documents the 1993 criminal case that divided the Virginia town of Hampton down racial lines when the future NBA superstar was charged for his involvement in a bowling alley brawl at the age of 17; and “Hubble 3D,” a new film from IMAX that takes audiences inside the Hubble Space Telescope, with director Toni Myers, cinematographer James Neilhouse and astronaut Mike Massimino scheduled to be in attendance.

And for those who have been wading around in the Twitter pool for potential SXSW selections, expect an announcement soon from Universal, who has previously brought films like “Knocked Up” and “Drag Me to Hell” to Austin. Michael Moses, the studio’s head of publicity recently twittered “Got something cool planned for SXSW” and after further prodding from HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny, implied that it could be “Get Him to the Greek,” the pseudo-sequel to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” that allows Russell Brand to reprise his role as aloof rock star Aldous Snow and co-stars Jonah Hill as a music label intern who must accommodate his every whim as Hill’s Aaron Greenberg chauffeurs Snow across the country for an anniversary concert at L.A.’s Greek Theater.

[Photos: “Kick-Ass,” Lionsgate, 2010; “Saturday Night Live,” NBC/Broadway Video, 2008]

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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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