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Another retelling of Robin Hood, and another rock score.

Another retelling of Robin Hood, and another rock score. (photo)

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My only real interest left in the Super Bowl (gone are the days of Packer Majik) are the high priced spots for the big studio movies due out in the coming months. There wasn’t much of interest, but being a sucker for medieval pictures and Ridley Scott I did get a bit antsy in my tights over “Robin Hood,” which I had not yet seen a trailer for.

Over in the UK they have a new Robin Hood reinvention every few years, but they’re understandably sparse over here. 1991 saw the last “serious” efforts with both the Kevin Costner romp “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “Robin Hood” with Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman. Both had scores that were mediocre at best, with Costner’s version reaching absurd light rock heights – recall Bryan Adam’s mega hit “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” which accompanied the film. And I think composer Michael Kamen (“Brazil,” “Die Hard”) was channeling riffs from “The Goonies” score.

Now we have the adventurously titled, “Robin Hood” teaming Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, and Composer Marc Streitenfeld together again. The three worked on “American Gangster” and more obviously here, on “Gladiator” – although there Streitenfeld was music editor and infamous electro-turd Hans Zimmer was composer.

The music in the trailer for our new Robin Hood incarnation was of course, totally disappointing, just another modern rock salvo set to action cues like all the rest. Garbage. Dated garbage, and it will be revealed as such in time to those for whom this is not already apparent. We’ll all have chuckle.

Roger Friedman wrote, in the Hollywood Reporter blog, that the film has a serious bent to it. Then asks, “But wait: Does the public want a dark, brooding Robin Hood who takes Sherwood Forest seriously?”

He goes on to claim that “Robin Hood movies and TV shows are always fun,” adding with information from a source that, “The Ridley Scott movie doesn’t sound like fun from what I’ve been told. It’s dead serious.”

I couldn’t disagree more with the idea that a Robin Hood retelling should be “fun.” We had that in ’93, it was called “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” If the source is right, who described this Scott project thusly, “I don’t know if it will make money,” says a source. “But it will be respected. It’s dark, violent and very Gladiator,” then there is hope for it.

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Rev Up

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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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