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Jeff Buckley and William Shakespeare

Jeff Buckley and William Shakespeare (photo)

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Another re-telling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet” is set to be adapted with with the music of the late Jeff Buckley. Thankfully it’s a stage production, not a film, which would most likely be quickly be over-scored, overproduced and overblown.

[The most infamous image of Jeff Buckley, from the cover of Grace. Photo by Merri Cyr]

It’s the first to be created with the blessing of Buckley’s estate, executed by Mary Guibert, Buckley’s mother. She even collaborated in the conception and plays a key role for the development of the whole show, reports Variety.

I’m always wary of Shakespeare when modernized, not a fan of “Romeo + Juliet” or the like. The “+” sign was so clever, so modern. But this pairing has merit and could be a match made in heaven, if heaven were brimming with grievous sorrow.

“For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

I especially like the pick, “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” from Grace that is reportedly integral to the production – which merges the 1990’s Buckley songs with original 1590’s dialogue taken from Shakespeare. Also known to be included is the more raucous, “Eternal Life,” also off Buckley’s sole studio release. There is no confirmation about any material from posthumous releases.

The play is called “The Last Goodbye,” and slated for the 2010-2011 season. I’m still waiting for a biopic starring James Franco too, for better or worse.

“Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” – Jeff Buckley.

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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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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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