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Al Pacino and Robert De Niro to star in Scorsese’s Sinatra biopic.

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro to star in Scorsese’s Sinatra biopic. (photo)

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Last summer when I heard that Scorsese was considering Leonardo DiCaprio to play Frank Sinatra in his coming biopic, I prayed for an intervention. I dig the actor and the team they’ve made, but Scorsese’s DiCaprio addiction has just gone too far now.

I figured that producer Tiny Sinatra, Frank’s daughter, who holds the rights to his music would win out with a Clooney pick. But now, blow out time, it looks like it’s going to be Al Pacino. According to NME (via The Hindu), Robert Deniro is Scorsese’s choice for Dean Martin too. Now the Heatis on, I expect Pacino to really go for it, hooha great ass time.

There’s still time for DiCaprio and plenty of others though if they play through the script Scorsese currently has in the works. “We can’t go through the greatest hits of Sinatra’s life. We tried this already. Just can’t do it, ” the director said, “So the other way to go is to have three or four different Sinatras. Younger. Older. Middle-aged. Very old. You cut back and forth in time – and you do it through the music. See what I’m saying? So that’s what we’re trying for. It’s very tricky.”

If you’re wondering whether Pacino playing the elder Chairman of the Board will please Sinatra’s son, Frank Jr, I wouldn’t hold your breath. He didn’t seem to care for anyone mentioned to him in an interview earlier this month, in fact, he didn’t seem to care for anything at all. He’s clearly upset about not being approached for his input sooner, and who can blame him. When Mark Wahlberg was brought up as a possible choice, Frank Jr. said he hoped that doesn’t happen, “Because we need an actor.” Damn. The best though was his terse, cynical response to the idea of Dicaprio playing his legendary father, which was simply “Box office.”

That poor interviewer. She did get something useful out of him though on the perils of biopics and exactly what irks him. “I’ll tell you what it is, and like I said, when the legend is made bigger than the person, all of a sudden we lose the person and not everything that becomes, shall we say legendary, is necessarily true. We can blow things out of proportion and it finally gets to the point that it just is not anywhere near the real picture. This is the problem. I’m talking about somebody that was painfully human.”

Aren’t we all.

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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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