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Music for a Martin Luther King film

Music for a Martin Luther King film (photo)

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Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks has a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic planned for sometime in 2011. It will be the first film about the legendary civil rights leader and all-American bad ass that has acquired the rights to use King’s intellectual property.

“We are all honored that the King Estate is giving us the opportunity to tell the story of these defining, historic events. It is our hope that the creative power of film and the impact of Dr. King’s life can combine to present a story of undeniable power that we can all be proud of,” Spielberg said of the deal to Variety a while back.

Steven Spielberg will produce with director, writer and cast not yet known. One would think the film’s almost a sure thing at the box office, but It would take a deft hand to deliver a piece that’s powerful without leaning on overly sentimental cliches. With such a figure as King, there’s also the challenge of telling the story when it’s one that everyone already knows.

And who could play him? Don’t say Will Smith – much as he is my guy. Terrence Howard must be on a short list. Obvious choice, Denzel Washington could belt it out, but MLK was only 39 when he died and D dubs is pushing into his mid-fifties.

Any picture about MLK should have some incredibly huge gospel jams. I thought today would be a good time to drop a couple of them along with a little doo wop and soul that anyone living in the 1960’s, and certainly Dr. King, would well know.

Here you go Mr. Spielberg, if you need a music supe, give me a call. Top five songs for DreamWorks’ Martin Luther King Jr. biopic:

1.”Burying Ground” – Sensational Nightingales (1956)

2.”Lord I’ve Tried” – The Swan Silvertones (1947)

3.”Maybe” – The Chantels (1958)

4.”Summertime/Motherless Child” – Mahalia Jackson (1961)

5.”A Change Is Gonna Come” – Sam Cooke (1963)

None of these are played out, or remotely overused except “A Change Is Gonna Come,” but I think it’s okay under the circumstances.

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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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