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“The hobbit” delayed again, Andy Serkis tortures himself.

“The hobbit” delayed again, Andy Serkis tortures himself. (photo)

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When asked about getting ready for “The Hobbit” and the long dark of more motion capture Gollum, Andy Serkis (“King Kong,” LOTR trilogy) told Collider, “It’s a bit of a movable feast at the moment, really….I think it’s towards the back-end of this year.”

[Andy Serkis with Smeagol and Gollum. Photo by Andy Serkis]

What a burn up. I read December 2013 as a new date in a press release, who knows now. But the ever impressive Serkis, who brilliantly brought everyone’s favorite precious to life also had plenty of fresh excitement for revisiting Tolkien’s world. He was down in New Zealand doing reshoots for the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson film, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” and had a day there with “The Hobbit” director Guillermo del Toro. Serkis was thrilled by the concept art, the toys, and most importantly by del Toro himself, who surely gets it. Speaking on del Toro’s vision and his fresh pair of eyes on Middle Earth, Serkis said, “They’re gonna see something extraordinary.”

It’s not Gollum or Middle Earth that Serkis was torturing himself over, but what the actor puts himself through for his roles is truly above and beyond. He must have been sucking on Ricola for months after doing that Smeagol/Gollum voice work. Still that’s nothing compared to what he did for his latest film, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” which just premiered earlier this month in the US.

For his role as Ian Dury, the British rocker who rose to fame in the 1970’s, Serkis lost an amount of weight that might equal Elijah Wood’s total body mass. He also “worked out the right side of his body while letting his left side go weak and wore a leg caliper for months to mold himself into the polio-afflicted British punk icon.” Serkis just rules, like a motion capture Christian Bale without the violent fits.

For the full interview, much in need of editing, but still quite good check here.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…