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Soprano’s director turns to big screen with 60’s rock flick.

Soprano’s director turns to big screen with 60’s rock flick. (photo)

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When I saw the first episode of “The Sopranos” in 1999 I was blown away, TV hadn’t been that good since “Twin Peaks.” But as the years wore on (to 2007) and the characters became caricatures, Tony and his crew became kind of a bad joke, told by a douchebag.

I remember being at the old Italian restaurant, mid-Soprano’s run, that my Grandparents (on my Italian half of the family) had gone to back in the day – a place the FBI used to bug, before they bugged everything. We went there for special occasions. I remember how the crowd had changed, witnessing the new crews of guys hanging out all playing at the Soprano’s, quoting a line, striking a pose. I boggled over this TV show playing on Italian American stereotypes and mythos while simultaneously creating them in the real world. How many tough guys fancied and styled themselves a Soprano? It’s hard to imagine a TV show having such an impact on culture, but it truly did. And for a generation of kids that’s what an Italian family was like, it put that out there, for good or ill.

The creator of this monster, David Chase, now has a feature film in the works. It’s “a music-driven coming-of-age saga… about a bunch of guys who form a rock band in the 1960s” according to Deadline New York. I over looked this with so much SXSW hubbub and still don’t quite know what to make of it.

The Rolling Stones? The Who? How Scorsese influenced is this picture going to be? Mark Johnson who produced “Donnie Brasco,” “Rain Man” and the 60’s rock/war flick “Good Morning Vietnam” is on board. Chase had the stuff at one time, maybe he just stuck with the same thing too long. Perhaps this untitled 60’s drama will be fresh look at the period trough the eyes of some bad ass kids, but until I hear some tunes I expect some played out shit.

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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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