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“Luck,” big names pile onto Michael Mann helmed HBO series.

“Luck,” big names pile onto Michael Mann helmed HBO series. (photo)

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Few filmmakers have a flair for music like Michael Mann, whose prowess for crafting the coolest musical sequences is only rivaled by his muscular firefights and a sustained fetish for shiny vehicles. He’s tops. So even though I couldn’t care less about horse racing, I’m giddy over HBO’s upcoming pilot for “Luck,” which Mann is directing.

What’s more Mann’s teaming with David Milch, the creator of “Deadwood” on this one. Milch, who seems to have a thing for horses, is writing and both will be producing. It looks to be an ensemble drama deep in the world of gambling and horse racing… and set at a race track. “It centers on Ace Bernstain, who, after three years in prison, teams with Gus Economou, his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the track” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Christ, it sounds terrible doesn’t it? And Ace Bernstain? I suspect that is a typo by THR (but I kind of hope not). I suspect only names like Mann and Milch could get this off the ground, but anything these two guys get off the ground is worth getting. I’m certain it will be mind blowing despite how it looks on paper. Dennis Farina and John Ortiz, both Micheal man go-to guys, are signed on to what is turning into a tough looking crew. Dustin Hoffman signed on as Ace, “a man in his late 60s just released from four years in prison who’s autodidactic, intelligent, and deeply involved in gambling.” [Variety]

And now, Nick Nolte has reportedly joined the cast as a character called “The Old Man.” This show is going to be completely out of control. Here’s hoping Mann slips some Neil Young in a montage of Nolte losing his mind at the track.

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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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